A high standard rail trail in the major population centre of Ipswich
Great history connections with the first rail line in Queensland, a coke mine, the Rail Workshop Museum and the Smith Street bike route to Ipswich.
The trail starts at Vogel Road and heads north east towards the Brassall shopping centre (Workshops Street) then travels behind the shopping centre, then crosses Haig street.
Mihi Junction is reached soon after crossing Haig St. There are picnic tables, which are under cover. Soon after the rest area an 80m long steel bridge spans Mihi Creek This section of the trail is in bushland.
A short distance on you will come to the next rest stop (Klondyke Junction.) Here you will see the remains of the old coke mine that supplied the QGR.
The Current end of this trail is at W.M Hughes Street, North Ipswich at the Workshop Rail Museum
This trail has lighting and 24 hr camera surveillance and a 3.5m wide concreted surface.
This is on the route of the first rail line from Ipswich to Wulkuraka, on the west of Ipswich, which closed in 1868.
This beat the rail line from Ipswich to Brisbane in 1875. Ipswich was a prime candidate for becoming the capital of Queensland,but lost out to Brisbane in 1859. This is why the direction of the first rail is this way.
It was built in 2008 and opened in 2009 with a proposed extension in the future further along the line which hugs the Bremer river toward the centre of Ipswich.