- Rail Trail
- On Road
- Possible Rail Trail
- 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 Gayndah to Mundubbera section will open in the near future and will follow the Burnett River, which offers canoeing
- The closed 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
- Railway history and heritage
- 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
- Dawes Range section is close to Monal goldfields
- RM Williams Bush Learning Centre and Visitor Information Centre at Eidsvold
The rail trail is being developed in sections. Currently only the Dawes Range section is open.
- Parking at rail sidings
- Water and toilets available in most small towns along the corridor
Barrimoon Siding to Builyan (26 km)
- Firm gravel surface to tunnels, softer gravel 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 intact, but are not trafficable 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 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 Buliyan Siding has more soft sections.
- 2km From Barrimoon Sidign is the Kalpowar State Forest camping area with a toilet. 6km away is Kalpowar which is a very small village with limited accommodation and facilities
- Many Peaks has the toilet block at Railway Dam and the hotel (open?)
- Builyan is small village with limited facilities; a general store and showers and toilets at Builyan Community Hall.
- The nearest major regional centre is Monto, bring all required food.
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.
Gayndah to Mundubbera (29 km)
This section is under development and not open.
- No toilets or drinking water along the trail
- Gravel; suitable for all bicycles, walking and horse riding
This section of the trail will open before the end of 2021. It includes stunning views of the Burnett River and koalas have been sighted in the eucalypt forest beside the trail.
The 29 km Burnett River Bridges section from Gayndah to Mundubbera is close to the river and has a remarkable number of heritage listed bridges.
Camping is available at Gayndah Railway Station and Mundubbera Show grounds.
Gayndah station (2018)
The Gayndah Rail Trail group has plans to make these former carriages part of the rail trail experience. (2018)
Unfortunately, Reids Creek bridge 5km west of Gayndah was severely damaged in 2013, splitting the first section. (Mike Goebel)
Burnett River near Gayndah when the rails were still in place [Mike Goebel 2015]
One of the many significant bridges between Gayndah and Mundubbera. (Mike Goebel 2014)
Another significant bridge between Gayndah and Mundubbera (Mike Goebel 2018)
Mundubbera station in 2015 when the rails were still in place. (Mike Goebel)
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)
It takes a lot to build a railway and a lot to remove it. A small part of the remains of the railway at Monto in 2018. Some still remains.
Monto has many of the charms of a Queensland regional centre. (2018)
Typical scenery between Monto and Kalpowar (2018)
View from the rail trail near the top of the Dawes Range, between tunnels
Inside Tunnel No. 6 (at the top) where the rail trail group has retained some track and unique
Looking from Tunnel No. 6 towards Tunnel No. 5 
Tunnel No. 3 in the Dawes Range 
Spectacular view from tunnel 2 near Kalpowar (2018)
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 
We acknowledge the Wuli Wuli and Gureng Gureng people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is situated.
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 will open in the near future.
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.
The opening of the Dawes Range section of the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail in ...More...