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Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail

Queensland - Central

3 based on 1 reviews
Location: Gladstone, 516 km north of Brisbane
Length: 32 km
Surface: Coarse gravel
Start / End: Taragoola (Calliope) to Gayndah
Public Transport: None
Suitable for:
  • Cycling – Mountain BikesCycling – Mountain Bikes
  • Cycling – Touring and Hybrid BikesCycling – Touring and Hybrid Bikes
  • Horse RidingHorse Riding

Map Legend:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Possible Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • former Railway
  • At 270 km when completed, Australia’s longest rail trail
  • The 32 km Dawes Range section, opened in September, goes from Barimoon Siding to Builyan Sidings. The trail passes through six tunnels and offers stunning mountain views, 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
  • Camping available along the trail

Attractions

  • 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

Trail Guide

  • Parking at rail sidings
  • Water and toilets available in most small towns along the trail
  • Most bridges intact, but are not accessible
  • Care should be taken after heavy rains

Section Guides

Gayndah to Mundubbera (29 km)

  • 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.

Kalpowar to Builyan (32 km): opened September 2021 at Barimoon Siding, Kalpowar

  • Gravel surface suitable for wheelchairs, walkers, prams and general rail trail use
  • Showers and toilets at Builyan Community Hall; toilets at Many Peaks railway dam
  • Cattle on corridor
  • Borders Kalpowar State Forest, where there is a camping area with a toilet about 2 km from Barimoon Siding
  • No mobile phone service: UHF can be used in the area
  • Bring all you food and water: closest shops are at Builyan or Monto

The trail passes through the townships of Kalpowar, Barimoon Siding, Golembil Siding, Many Peaks and Builyan.

There are six historic tunnels built just after World War I.

Tunnel 1 is 100 m long; Tunnel 2 is 115 m; Tunnel 3 is 100 m; Tunnel 4 is 110 m; Tunnel 5 is 150 m and Tunnel 6 is 150 m.

Tunnel 6 still has the rail line and the original ‘hogback’ sleepers.

Background Information

Traditional Owners

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

Railway history

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.

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 and may be used in the future.

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.

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One review of “Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail”

I have recently cycled the section from Barimoon Siding to Many Peaks. Currently there are temporary corflute rail trail signs placed at strategic positions from Monto to the high point over the ranges at Barimoon Siding. The first of six tunnels occurs within the first kilometre of the start of the trail and the remaining five tunnels appear within the next three kilometres. One tunnel is significantly curved so that as you enter it is dark but you proceed only a short distance before light starts to appear from the other end. So torches are not essential but may be helpful. The first ten kilometres of the trail descends via sweeping curves through the tunnels and many impressive cuttings, delivering panoramic views of the countryside. The trail surface is firm and the first two gates across the trail have ride over stock grids beside them.
Once you descend to the valley, the 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. The exception isn't actually a gate; it is a set of barb wire runs that are on star pickets spacers with a shortened star picket that is used as a lever to tension the fence/gate section closed. It is a bit of a handful.
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. Bring all your water and food and allow more time than you may think to ride the entire section especially if you are planning an out-and-back ride. This is a fantastic trail, challenging in places, still in its infancy as a rail trail.

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