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Mary Valley Rail Trail - Trail Description

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Mary Valley Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: SE QLD 158km North from Brisbane (via Caboolture) 167 KM( via Gympie) 53km south of Gympie 53km East of Noosa
Start/end: Imbil (end of William St) to Brooloo
Status: Open
Length open: 4.5km
Surface: Coarse gravel
Terrain: Flat
Best seasons: All Year
Features: tourist
Contact Region: S.E. Queensland
Brooloo  March 1993
Photo M Linnett
Brooloo March 1993 Photo M Linnett
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for horse riding
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Features

This 4.5km rail trail travels through the towns of Imbil and Brooloo.

Most of the rail trail passes through state forest.

Bell birds had made there home along the rail trail as well as many other native animals.

Description

General

  • The access points at Imbil is via William St (limited parking)
  • The access points at Brooloo is via Sutton St.
  • Toilets and water avaiable at Imbil
Imbil

Cafes, Hotel, Fuel Caravan Park, Motel

Brooloo.

Shop

No toilets or water available

Background Information

The Mary Valley line started from the Gympie Station and was served in the early days by a Rail motor. Timber was the major freight on this line as well as dairy.

The Valley Ratter Steam Train runs between Old Gympie to Amamoor (13km north of Imbil) 

https://www.maryvalleyrattler.com.au/tickets-and-timetable/

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Contact Us About This Trail

Email or click here: qld@railtrails.org.au.

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28 July , 2019 by Imbella

The Mary Valley Rail Trail (Stage 1) was officially opened on 28 July 2019. It is fully constructed and serviced with excellent interpretative signage. (The 2018 comment by Dave is now irrelevant.) Gympie Council have constructed a concrete causeway over Western Creek, and the compacted fine gravel surface is ideal w for walking, horse riding as well as biking. It is a 5km trail from Imbil to the former rail terminus at Brooloo. Detailed local history, rail history and description of other natural features including the Bellbird colony are provided on the signage at Brooloo, Breakneck Road crossing, Western Creek Road crossing and at the Imbil end of the trail at Selwyn Street. Imbil has a range of ideal accommodation (camping, caravanning, hotel, motel, quality cabin and B&B accommodation available as well as a range of eateries (cafes, coffee shop, Railway Hotel, restaurant at Bowls Club. The Trail passes through a farming area and beside State Forest but more importantly right over the site of the first gold discovery at Boyds Gully which commenced the rush in 1870 to the Imbil Diggings. There are two box culverts under the rail trail at Browns Gully and the larger one that allows the discharge of Breakneck Creek under the rail trail. Though only 5km, it is an excellent trail to ride and is an adjunct activity for the many campers and other visitors to Imbil. Consideration is currently being given to extending the trail northwards from Imbil which would take in Melawondi Tunnel, Melawondi (sawmilling location), to Kandanga.

28 July , 2019 by Imbella

The Mary Valley Rail Trail (Stage 1) was officially opened on 29 July 2019. It is fully constructed and serviced with excellent interpretative signage. (The 2018 comment by Dave is now irrelevant.) Gympie Council have constructed a concrete causeway over Western Creek, and the compacted fine gravel surface is ideal w for walking, horse riding as well as biking. It is a 5km trail from Imbil to the former rail terminus at Brooloo. Detailed local history, rail history and description of other natural features including the Bellbird colony are provided on the signage at Brooloo, Breakneck Road crossing, Western Creek Road crossing and at the Imbil end of the trail at Selwyn Street. Imbil has a range of ideal accommodation (camping, caravaning, hotel, motel, quality cabin and B&B accommodation available as well as a range of eateries (cafes, coffee shop, Railway Hotel, restaurant at Bowls Club. The Trail passes through a farming area and beside State Forest but more importantly right over the site of the first gold discovery at Boyds Gully which commenced the rush in 1870 to the Imbil Diggings. There are two box culverts under the rail trail at Browns Gully and the larger one that allows the discharge of Breakneck Creek under the rail trail. Though only 5km, it is an excellent trail to ride and is an adjunct activity for the many campers and other visitors to Imbil. Consideration is currently being given to extending the trail northwards from Imbil which would take in Melawondi Tunnel, Melawondi (sawmilling location), to Kandanga.

01 August , 2018 by Dave

Rode this trail on 31.7.2018. Pretty bumpy on Mtn bike, but okay. The trail had been slashed/mowed only a day or so prior which was great. Every road or driveway has barbed wire gates closing off tail. Some I was able to open and close, others I had to throw bike over and scramble under - pretty annoying and obviously not possible for horse riders to use. The old timber bridge that was there in 2004 has since been removed, sadly. I had to throw bike down embankment and push through long grass to get to road to bypass this creek, just south of Western Creek road. Two things made this an enjoyable trip. 1/. The Bell birds at George Burtenshaw Feature Protection Area can be heard as the trail passes right beside it. 2/. The lovely little town of Imbil….

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News

News

Come celebrate the opening of Queenslands newest Rail Trail

(Posted: 20/07/19)

  Enjoy the celebrations of Queensland newest ral trail in the picturesque Mary Valley Sunday 28 July 2019

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Mary Valley Rail Trail construction works underway

(Posted: 27/05/19)

Construction activities have commenced for the Mary Valley Rail Trail from Imbil to Brooloo.

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Mary Valley Rail Trail planning feedback (Queensland)

(Posted: 04/07/18)

Gympie Regional Council is currently in the preliminary stages of planning the Mary Valley Rail Trail

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