- 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
- 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
- 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
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.
We acknowledge the Wuli Wuli and Gureng Gureng people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is situated.
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.
One of the many significant bridges between Gayndah and Mundubbera. (Mike Goebel 2014)
Spectacular view from tunnel 2 near Kalpowar (2018)
At Boynedale the rail line skirts Lake Awoonga (2018)
Gayndah station (2018)
The local group has plans to make these former carriages part of the rail trail experience. (2018)
Burnett River near Gayndah (Mike Goebel)
Unfortunately, Reids Creek bridge 5km west of Gayndah was severely damaged in 2013, splitting the first section. (Mike Goebel)
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)
The rails have just been removed at Monto (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 (2018)
Monto has many of the charms of a Queensland regional centre. (2018)
Typical scenery between Monto and Kalpowar (2018)
Looking through Tunnel 6 to Tunnel 5. (2018)
The spectacular and rugged terrain as the line descends the Dawes Range near Kalpowar (2018)
After descending the range, typical scenery to Many Peaks and Builyan. (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)
Approaching Calliope (2018)
The branch line joined the main lines of Gladstone at Calliope (2018)
No services listed for this rail trail.