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Capricorn Coast Pineapple Rail Trail - Trail Description



Capricorn Coast Pineapple Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Capricorn Coast of central Queensland, 633km from Brisbane
Start/end: Rockhampton to Yeppoon
Status: Partially open
Length open: 4.5km
Surface: Sealed
Terrain: Bush and farm land
Best seasons: All Year
Public transport: Coach
Features: tourist
Enjoying the trail. (Sharon Moodie)
Enjoying the trail. (Sharon Moodie)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for wheelchairs Suitable for horse riding Suitable for prams Suitable for scooters in line skates



  • A proposed 53km rail trail from the major regional centre of Rockhampton to the coastal resort town of Yeppoon
  • The first section in Yeppoon has been opened to a high standard.
  • There is also strong community support to extend the trail all the way to the Rockhampton to join the two communities.



  • The first 4.5km section from the centre of Yeppoon to the Yeppoon - Rockhampton Rd is relatively level and has a high standard asphalt surface.
  • It passes through urban and picturesque bushland settings, and is a valuable recreation and commuting link to get into the centre of town.

Access points

             Braithwaite Street, Yeppoon     ( parking available)
             Barmayree Road, Yeppoon
             Putt Street , Barmaryee             (parking available)


Future Sections

  • The 39km from Yeppon Golf Course to Nerimbera passes through flat bushland initially to Cawarral then becomes more hilly and winding as it passes through Mt Chalmers and Mt Nicholson stations towards Rockhampton.
  • The 9.5km from Nerimbera to Rockhampton is still an active railway.  An on road path or rail side trail beside the railway could be constructed and there is certainly a precedent in Rockhampton where mainline trains run down the main street!

The Queensland government is currently looking at proposals for the Yeppoon station precinct area to finally develop this and have an appropriate focal point for the rail trail, and town.

Livingstone council and Queensland Transport and Main Roads are currently reviewing options to cross the busy Rockahmpton - Yeppoon Road so that the rail trail can extend on to Cawarral.  The rail trail will link several proposed residential and tourism developments.

Background Information

The railway line was constructed in 1909 and was closed beyond Broadmeadows when its main loading, pineapples, were shifted to road transport in 2006.

The Rockhampton Regional Council has committed to taking on the lease of the rail corridor and funding has been obtained for the first section.

With to de-alamagation in Janurary 2014 this rail trail is now maintained under the new Livingstone Shire Council, who need to be encouraged to apply for funding to extend this raill trail.


Livingstone Shire Council manage the rail trail.

The Capricorn BUG has been the main co-ordinator of community efforts to get a rail trail for this region of Queensland.

October 2018

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Presenting rail trails to the Prime Minister

(Posted: 26/01/21)

One of Rail Trails Australia's Queensland representatives met with the prime minister during his recent tour of central Queensland.


Capricorn Coast Pineapple rail trail to roll through revitalised Station Quarter

(Posted: 03/07/20)

A new extension to the Capricorn Coast Pineapple Rail Trail will provide safe and convenient access for pedestrians and cyclists through Station Quarter, linking the trail from Braithwaite street to the Yeppoon foreshore.


Pineapple Rail Trail rolls closer to Yeppoon Foreshore

(Posted: 22/02/20)

Pedestrians and cyclists in Yeppoon are set to benefit from a $455,000 extension to the Pineapple Capricorn Coast Rail Trail thanks to funding from the Queensland Government.


Have Your Say on the Future Development of the Capricorn Coast Rail Trail

(Posted: 30/01/19)

Livingstone Shire Council is seeking feedback for Stages 2,3 and 4 of the Capricorn Coast Pineapple Rail Trail


Repairs completed to the Pineapple Rail Trail

(Posted: 25/06/16)


Repairs are now complete for the Pineapple Rail Trail


Temporary closure of the Pineapple Rail Trail

(Posted: 08/05/16)

Pineapple repairs

The Pineapple Rail Trail ( Yeppoon) will be partially closed for cyclone damage repairs


Join the friends of the Pineapple Rail Trail (Yeppoon QLD.) meeting on Wednesday March 2

(Posted: 28/02/16)

Come and join the friends of the Rail Trail This Wednesday March 2 2016 .


Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Petition

(Posted: 19/05/15)

 The Brisbane Valley needs your support for its completion.


Flood Damage to Queensland Rail trail

(Posted: 11/04/14)

Queensland Capricorn Pineapple Rail Trail Suffers flood damage


Capricorn Coast Pineapple Rail Trail Opening

(Posted: 13/01/14)

All are welcome to the opening of Queensland newest rail trail in Yeppoon


Construction Starts on Capricorn Coast Rail Trail

(Posted: 03/12/12)

Stage one at Yeppoon is due to open in 2013.


Funding for Capricorn Coast Rail Trail (QLD)

(Posted: 02/07/11)

Capricorn Coast Rail Trail will receive $1.1 million for first stage construction at Yeppoon.