- Rail Trail
The surburban railway to Ferny Grove once extended a further 32km to Dayboro. Short sections of this railway are now rail trails. which are popular with Brisbane mountain bikers due to their proximity to the many trails in the Brisbane Forest Park and the Samford Valley.
- Some short but picturesque sections of rail trail close to Brisbane. Accessible from Ferny Grove railway station. Roads occupy the old rail corridor within the Brisbane City Council Area. The former railway is clearly evident in the Conservation Park, rejoining quiet local roads for the section into Samford.
- An extensive network of recreation trails has been mapped by the Moreton Bay Regional Council, more suitable for horse riders and mountain bikes than walkers. Trails within the and around Samford are easy to locate.
Last updated: 23 November 2022
The route is a combination of sealed quiet roads and sealed rail trail from Ferny Grove to Samford.
Lanita Road (2.5km)
- The Lanita rail trail can be easily accessed from Ferny Grove Station. Leaving Ferny Grove railway station, the first 2.5km (approx) of the old railway alignment is now road. Lanita Road is a quiet outer suburban street, suitable for walking or cycling.
Ferny Grove does not currently have any real facilities near the station except for a service station convenience store.
Lanita Rail Trail (1.8km)
At the end of Lanita Road is a vehicle turning circle. A path leads up to the start of the trail which runs through the southern part of Brisbane Forest Park. The rail trail can be distinguished from other forest trails being sealed and by substantial railway embankments and cuttings. The trail ends at a gate at the western edge of the park.
Information on connecting trails in the Brisbane Forest Park can be found at MTB Dirt’s Brisbane Forest Park and Ironbark Gully pages.
The busier McLean Road (South and North) then picks up the railway alignment. Along this road is the site of Queensland’s worst railway accident. On Labour Day, 5 May 1947, a picnic train descending the steep grade of the Samford Range left the rails resulting in the death of 16 people including the driver and fireman. The accident was due to excessive speed, apparently because the driver was unfamiliar with the stretch of track. A cairn marks the spot beside McLean Road.
Take care dog-legging across Camp Mountain Rd, the route is well signposted.
At the end of McLean Road North a sealed section of true rail trail begins again up to Petersons Rd.
The corridor is then out of bounds so take the quite undulating Petersons Rd and Camp Mountain Rd into Samford
The railway can be picked up again where it passes through Samford Village. A short section of the formation remains as a walking trail connecting the northern and southern sections of Cash Avenue. The Samford Museum complex houses the original Ferny Grove railway station and has information on the line.
Samford is now a popular visitor destination with numerous eating establishments and a park.
Currawong Rail Trail (1km)
A further 1km section of the line can be walked or ridden north from Currawong Road. It leads to the entrance to a railway tunnel under Mount Samson Road. The far end of the tunnel has been blocked and it is now used by Queensland University to study the resident bat colony. Steps lead up to the road above where there is a plaque marking the location of the tunnel. The section may be muddy after rain. The tunnel is not able to be entered; the northern end was filled when the site was used as the local rubbish tip.
No guessing the name of the railway station! 
The road out to the start of the rail trails 
Start of the true rail trail at about 2.5km from Ferny Grove station 
Typical scenery on the rail trail 
The trail is popular with walkers and riders 
Finishing the first section at Maclean Rd South 
Travelling along Maclean Rd South to the next section 
A dog-leg across Camp Mountain Rd. The route is well sign posted 
Start of the next section at end of Maclean Rd North 
End of the rail trail at Petersons Rd 
Some significant undulations in Petersons Rd on the way to Samford 
The park at Samford is very popular 
Start of a short section to Yugar at the end of Currawong Court 
Currawong Trail 
The Tunnel at the end of the Currawong section at Yugar (2007)
We acknowledge the Waka Waka and Yuggera people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is situated.
Development and future of the rail trail
In 2012 the Department of Transport and Main Roads considered two options for a commuter cycle route between Samford and Ferny Grove. Parts of the cycleway would utilise more of the former rail corridor.
In 2016, the Rail Trail $ 2.1 Million upgrade was completed (which included a new concrete bridge over Dry Creek)
Rail Line history
The railway opened in sections starting in 1916. It reached Dayboro in 1920. The line closed in 1955 after only 35 years of service. The line was closed beyond Ferny Grove in 1955 after the freight traffic was lost to road transport
On 5 May 1947, a packed excursion train derailed at Camp Mountain, after Ferny Grove railway station, in what is Queensland’s worst rail tragedy. There were 16 fatalities, including both the driver and fireman of the train, and 38 others were injured.
The Camp Mountain train disaster is still the largest loss of life in a rail accident on the Queensland railway network.
Stage one of the Ferny Grove to Samford Rail Trail upgrade is now complete. (more&...More...