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Boolboonda Tunnel Rail Trail

Location: Approximately 90km west of Bundaberg, 400km from Brisbane
Length: 3 km
Surface: Compacted earth
Start / End: Boolboonda to Wonbah
Public Transport: Coach
Suitable for:
  • Cycling – Mountain BikesCycling – Mountain Bikes
  • Cycling – Touring and Hybrid BikesCycling – Touring and Hybrid Bikes
  • WalkingWalking

Map Legend:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Possible Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • former Railway

DETAILS

Why visit the Boolboonda Tunnel Rail Trail?

  • A 192 m, the longest non-supported tunnel in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Drive, cycle or walk through the tunnel and look for the pick axe marks left by those who built it
  • Home to hundreds of bentwing bats
  • A great feat of engineering in a beautiful rural location
  • Railway history and heritage
  • Part of the Bicentennial National Trail

Attractions

  • Birds and wildlife
  • Good climate most of the year
  • Railway history and heritage
  • Visit the historic Mt Perry Hotel
  • Close to the abandoned Boolboonda gold, silver and copper mine

Trail Guide

Note: no facilities; take all food and water

  • You can walk cycle or drive through this 192m tunnel,
  • If the tunnel is approached from Gin Gin (east side) it is clearly signposted on the left and close to the Gin Gin – Mt Perry Rd.
  • After passing through the tunnel the trail winds for 3km back to the main road giving a good sense of the terrain the trains had to battle through.
  • Here there is a sign (if coming from Mount Perry, west side) reading ‘Tourist Drive 6’. It is then about 12km to the historic mining town of Mt Perry. The rail line corridor is still visible in places from the road but what remains is difficult to follow and after leaving the trail portions of it is on private land.
  • The tunnel is on the same rail corridor as the Watawa Recreation Trail.

Background Information

Traditional Owners

We acknowledge the Gurang Gurang people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is situated.

Development and future of the rail trail

Most of the old railway reserve is now road reserve making it unlikely that the trail could be extended.

Rail Line history

The tunnel was constructed in 1883/1884 as part of a railway from North Bundaberg to Mount Perry. This section of the line closed in 1960.

PHOTOS

SERVICES

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