- Rail Trail
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- Rail Trail
- On Road
- Potential RT
- Other Trail
- Former Railway
- The 26 km Dawes Range section offers offers stunning mountain views as it passes through six tunnels in towards the top, with an array of National Parks nearby
- The 32km Mt Debateable to Mundubbera section follows the Burnett River for most of the way, has great views of some beautiful heritage bridges, with opportunities for canoeing
- The 7km section from Mt Debateable to Reids Creek is open.
- The 6km Four Mile Scrub to Boynedale Bush Camp section is along the shores of Lake Awoonga.
- The corridor from Targoola to Gayndah is 270km long, so potentially could be Australia’s longest rail trail
- Camping available along the rail trail.
- Abundant birdlife, wildlife and views
- Good climate most of the year
- Heritage Railway bridges
- Heritage Railway Station Precincts at Gayndah, Mundubbera and Monto
- Mt Gayndah – McConnell Lookout near Gayndah, offers stunning panoramic views
- Burnett River (Gayndah to Mundubbera section)
- Camping and accommodation options in towns along the trail and at Kalpowar State Forest
- Glassford Creek Copper Mine, Kroombit Tops, Bulburin National Park
- Gayndah (Queensland’s oldest inland town) and Mundubbera are the state’s citrus capitals
- Gayndah has the Big Orange, and the Orange Festival on May long weekend every odd year
- Mundubbera has the Big Mandarin, and the Blueberry Festival every odd year
- Dawes Range section is close to Monal goldfields
- Reginald Murray Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre and Visitor Information Centre at Eidsvold
- The Boynedale Bush Camp
Last updated: 8 October 2023
The rail trail is being developed in stages with three sections open:
1. Dawes Range (or Tunnels) section 26km
2. Reids Creek to Mundubbera (or Bridges) section 39km
3. Four Mile Creek to Boyndale 6km
- Parking at rail sidings
- Water and toilets available in most small towns along the corridor, refer details below
Dawes Range – Barrimoon Siding to Builyan (26 km)
- Firm gravel surface to tunnels, softer gravel and sand in some sections after that, suitable for mountain bikes.
- Cattle on corridor
- No mobile phone service: UHF can be used in the area
- Carry plenty of water
- Most bridges are intact, but are not trafficable at this stage, so waterways may be impassable after rain.
Barrimoon Siding is about 6km from Kalpower. Currently there are temporary corflute rail trail signs placed at strategic positions from Monto to the high point over the ranges at Barimoon Siding. (Note it is a gravel road from Kalpowar down to Builyan)
The first ten kilometres of the trail descends via sweeping curves through the six tunnels and many impressive cuttings, delivering panoramic views of the countryside.
Once descended into the valley, the trail surface becomes less firm with some soft and sandy sections, gates to be opened and steep and loose gullies to be negotiated under existing rail bridges. The gullies are manageable when dry but will likely be impassable if water flows during or after rainfall events. All but one gates are straightforward to manage.
Approaching Many Peaks there is a signed loop detour to get trail users around the disused railway bridge. The signage is a little vague. There is brand new toilet amenity block at the historic Many Peaks Railway Dam but that is not on the rail trail. You need to get on to the (very low traffic) bitumen road at Many Peaks and ride back less than a kilometre to the new park. It is well worth doing so as there is a new shelter shed, history information signage, toilet block and elevated lookout over the old weir. There is no drinking water available.
The final section to Builyan Siding has more soft sections.
- Kalpowar is a very small village with limited accommodation and facilities, and is 6km from Barrimoon Siding
- 2km From Barrimoon Siding is the Kalpowar State Forest camping area with a toilet.
- Many Peaks has the toilet block at Railway Dam and the hotel (not open)
- Builyan is small village with limited facilities; a general store (not always open), and showers and toilets at Builyan Community Hall.
- The nearest major regional centre is Monto, so bring all required food and drink.
For those wanting more detail, the six tunnels were built just after World War I and their lengths are: No.1 – 100m, No.s 2 and 3 – 105m, No. 4 – 130m, No. 5 – 155m and No. 6 – 170m. Tunnel 6 still has the rail line and the original ‘hogback’ sleepers in place. One tunnel is significantly curved so that it is dark upon entering but after a short distance light starts to appear from the other end, so torches are not essential but may be helpful.
Mt Debateable to Mundubbera (32 km)
The trail does not actually start at Gayndah, because of a missing bridge across Reids Creek. The access point is at the Mt Debateable station site, which can be accessed by using the old Gayndah – Mundubbera Road and turning right onto the Mt Debateable Road approx 10km west of Gayndah.
Mostly only suitable for fit mountain bikers, walking and horse riding. Cyclists should be well prepared with provisions for puncture repair. Expect significant soft sandy sections which will slow progress and some difficult gully crossings. There are plenty of gates especially towards Mundubberra.
- The trail surface varies from hard packed ballast, to loose sand and soft mud
- Includes a remarkable number of heritage listed bridges. However none of the bridges are open at present, and temporary bypasses (some steep and rough) have been built around them.
- Close to the Burnett River providing stunning views and koalas have been sighted in the eucalypt forest beside the trail.
- No toilets or drinking water along the trail
- Cattle on the corridor
This section was opened by the volunteer committee in Sept 2022 at low cost to provide access for those keen to experience this picturesque section while funding is obtained to deck the many bridges and improve the trail surface.
Camping is available at Gayndah Railway Station and Mundubbera Show grounds.
Mt Debateable to Reids Creek (7km)
Mostly only suitable for fit mountain bikers, walking and horse riding. Cyclists should be well prepared with provisions for puncture repair. Expect significant soft sandy sections which will slow progress and some difficult gully crossings.
Follows the Burnett River towards Gayndah, and ends at Reid’s Creek where a large bridge was destroyed by floodwaters in 2013. Funding is being sought to build a bridge across the creek again to connect the trail into Gayndah.
Four Mile Scrub to Boynedale Bush Camp (6km)
This walking only section runs from Four Mile Scrub to the popular Boynedale Bush Camp, along the shores of Lake Awoonga.
It has a smooth gravel surface and is basically flat.
Gayndah station (2018)
The Gayndah Rail Trail group has plans to make these former carriages part of the rail trail experience. (2018)
Unfortunately, Reid Creek bridge 5km west of Gayndah was severely damaged in 2013, splitting the first section. (Mike Goebel)
Riding from Mt Debateable back to Reid's Creek 
The rail trail between Mt Debateable and Humphery besides the Burnett River 
The scenery between Mt Debateable and Humphery on the way to Mundubbera 
Humphery No. 2 bridge, one of the many significant bridges between Gayndah and Mundubbera [Thom Hansen 2020]
The impressive Humphery No. 2 bridge is open for a great view of the river, but steep gradients either side due to bridges either side not yet being decked 
Funding to deck the many bridges between Mt Debatable at Mundubbera is still being sort so at the moment steep low level crossings are required around all bridges 
Slab Creek bridge is another significant bridge between Gayndah and Mundubbera. Funding is being sought for decking. 
Until Philpott Creek bridge is decked, unfortunately a four kilometre diversion on back roads is necessary.
Mundubbera station station still retains rails and numerous buildings. (Mike Goebel 2015)
The station and a length of track remain at Eidsvold (2018)
Monto station, which is being used for short stays by caravans and RVs (2018)
Monto has many of the charms of a Queensland regional centre. (2018)
Typical scenery between Monto and Kalpowar (2018)
Inside Tunnel No. 6 (at the top) where the rail trail group has retained some track and unique sleepers 
View from near the top of the Dawes Range, between tunnels [Gladstone Region Tours 2022]
Tunnel No. 3 in the Dawes Range 
Having a break while climbing the Dawes Range to admire the massive embankments and cuttings, all done by manual labour 
A gully of marvellous grass trees at the start of the climb up the Dawes Range 
Glassford Ck bridge at Golembil at the bottom of the range. There is currently a low level diversion around it. 
After descending the range, typical scenery to Many Peaks and Builyan. There is currently a low level diversion around all bridges including the Coppermine Creek bridge. (2018)
A little bit of civilisation again at Many Peaks (2018)
Typical scenery between Builyan and Boynedale (2018)
At Boynedale the rail line skirts Lake Awoonga, as it had to be relocated in the 1990s when the lake level was raised (2018)
Lake Awoonga, as it had to be relocated in the 1990s when the lake level was raised (2018)
Looking back up the Boyne Valley towards Lake Awoonga 
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A shuttle service is available on the tunnels section of this rail trail. Packs and Pedals is a small company based at Monto, and offers limited shuttles and tours.
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Rail Trail Development
After Queensland Rail confirmed the line from Gayndah to Taragoola would be closed, in 2012 several community groups from towns along the rail line from Gladstone to Maryborough held discussions with the Queensland Government about the future of the corridor, which closed in 2002. Each district had its own aims and ambitions, ranging from preserve the tracks as a working railway to developing the corridor as a recreational trail to showcase the old infrastructure while creating a rail trail to attract a range of tourists to the towns and districts along the path of the old corridor.
In 2019 a feasibility report was released recommending construction of three sections of rail trail;
- 36km along Lake Awoonga
- 32km Dawes Range from Builyan to Kalpowar
- 29km Burnett River Bridges from near Gayndah to Mundubbera.
The Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail organisation quickly swung into action and opened the 26 km Dawes Range section from Builyan to Barrimoon Siding in September 2021 with a minimum level of development to get usage going. They would like to extend this another 6km to Kalpowar.
The Burnett River Bridges section opened in 2022, with diversions around the bridges at this stage.
The Boynedale section was opened in 2023 by the Gladstone Area Water Board.
Queensland Railways constructed an inland railway loop from Mungar (south of Maryborough) to near Gladstone via Monto — a total of 406 km. The first section from Mungar opened in 1889 and the last section to join Monto from Gladstone opened in 1931.
A feature of the line is the varied construction styles and architecture of the bridges, particularly in the Gayndah region.
The last regular train ran in 2002 and the last train was a steam special in 2008.
The 125 km Mungar to Gayndah track is still in place for possible future use.
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