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Mary to Bay (Fraser Coast) Rail Trail

Queensland - Central

4.5 based on 6 reviews
Location: 288km north of Brisbane
Length: 18 km
Surface: Fine gravel, Sealed
Start / End: Maryborough to Hervey Bay
Public Transport: Coach
Suitable for:
  • Cycling – Mountain BikesCycling – Mountain Bikes
  • Cycling – Touring and Hybrid BikesCycling – Touring and Hybrid Bikes
  • PramsPrams
  • Scooters and Inline SkatesScooters and Inline Skates
  • WalkingWalking
  • WheelchairsWheelchairs

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Potential Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • Former Railway
  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Potential RT
  • Other Trail
  • Former Railway
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  • A high quality rail trail connecting the main centres of the major regional seaside town of Hervey Bay
  • Provides access to the beaches and the 868m long pier at Urangan
  • Many road crossings but all have treatment appropriate to their use.
  • The foreshore trail along the coast from the Urangan Pier makes a very scenic loop trail back to Pialba.
  • Along this stretch there are an increasing number of cafes and restaurants opening to keep users fueled up.

Nearby Attractions

The Fraser Coast has many wonderful attractions and activities.  A few are listed below.

  • Visit Queens Park Maryborough
  • Go To The Maryborough Markets
  • Browse Through Brennan And Geraghty’s Store Museum
  • Discover The Maryborough Military And Colonial Museum
  • Explore The Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Take a fun train ride on the ‘Mary Ann’ throughout Maryborough’s Queens Park alongside Mary River
  • Go Whale Watching July Through November
  • Take A Stroll Along The Esplanade
  • Visit The Botanic Gardens In Urangan
  • Visit The 868 meter Long Urangan Pier
  • Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum
  • Take A Trip To Fraser Island Queensland

Last updated: 5 June 2023

Access Points

  • Urraween – Parking on side of road (wide verges)
  • Pialba – Parking available at the Hervey Bay Community Centre with walk/cycle path connections to the rail trail.
  • Urangan – At the Pier
  • Nikenbah – Park on side of road (wide verges)

Section Guides

Urraween to Pialba to Urangan (7.5km)

  • Wide sealed trail surface connects the main centres of the coastal city of Hervey Bay.

Pialba to Nikenbah (7km)

  • Wide sealed trail surface connects the main centre to southerly suburbs.

There are no facilities near the rail trail except a cafe at Nikenbah.

Nikenbah to Stockyard Creek (3.5km)

  • Wide gravel trail surface through bushland with quite a bit of bird life.

Due to no formal crossing of the busy Hervey Bay to Maryborough Rd, this section currently starts at Piggford Lane.

There are no facilities on this section except a shelter at Stockyard Creek.

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6 reviews of “Mary to Bay (Fraser Coast) Rail Trail”

Great to see improvements continue for the Mary to Bay Rail Trail, with additional wayfinding signs in the Urangan and Pialba areas. Still not clear indication at King St Urangan for the Pier St connection. Trail map on sign at Hunter St Pialba unfortunately bypasses the whale sculpture, Regional Gallery area and railway remnants. The Depot Cafe at Nikenbar, accessed via trail gate, is a must for coffee etc. Sealed trail still ends with no trail crossing at Maryborough Hervey Bay Rd. Restart trail at Piggford Ln towards Maryborough for gravel sections open. See also Facebook 'Mary2Bay Rail Trail Discussion'page for current community involvement and updates.

This certainly is a well built and designed rail trail. It is well used by locals and when I was there the electric scooters certainly outnumbered the cyclists. It has a very good coat of bitumen which I would say has very low maintenance and the local council keep the lawns and infrastructure well maintained. It has all the bells and whistles that you could expect from an urban cycling path.
Hervey Bay is worth visiting, but for my liking the place is really just becoming another city landscape. The beach areas and the pier are worthy of a visit and as I only rode the sealed area I can’t say much about the section. This is more remote and would be good to visit as this is more to my liking and more rural landscape is at the Maryborough end of the trail. I think this would appeal more to the adventure cyclists. I understand behind the scenes there is a group of dedicated locals working towards improving this section.

We are back in Hervey Bay and it isn't raining. Rode the complete trail from the Jetty to the end of the dirt section off Piggford Road. It is 3.5km from Piggford Rd to the end of the dirt section. Very smooth surface with two new bridges. At the end of the trail is a missing bridge, which would have been quite long. You could push down to the low level crossing and continue further down towards Maryborough, however 4 wheel drivers have been down and churned up the area into a huge deep rutted mud bath. No way of getting through on a bike unless you like getting muddy. Very inconsiderate, especially since there are signs up saying no vehicles beyond this point.
Read my previous review for the rest of the trail.

Wow this is a very top class rail trail. Hot mix all the way from the jetty to Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd. Too wet for us to go any further unfortunately. The surface is wide and smooth, and neat and tidy lawn and gardens on each side all the way. Felt like we could have rode on this all day, but it would not stop raining. Hervey Bay residents are so lucky to have this trail running through the middle of the city. 🛴🚲❤

Trail from Urangan to Nikenbah is fully sealed.
Nikenbah to Pigford Lane not clear but bypassing along the main road is possible.
Pigford to Walligan rest area is packed gravel and clear.
Walligan to Torbanlea Road has two removed bridges which maybe impassible when wet, surface is loose ballast but not hard to ride some over growth and small trees down.
Beyond that I have not ventured.

Road from Maryborough RWS to Urangan Pier via mainline and then the rail trail this morning – 58ks and 4 hours later arrived in the Bay. Great ride, challenging in places, especially through the forestry when you enter the trail head off the mainline north of Aldershot. Much work to be done on the trail at that end, but what an asset it will be. Recommend the ride for those wanting adventure as well as the rail trail experience. Steve Kingaroy.

Background Information

Traditional Owners

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

Development and future of the rail trail

The trail is managed by the Fraser Coast Regional Council, who extended the trail to the Urangan Pier, which links it up with the foreshore shared path along the Bay water front.

Discussions are currently under way to determine a suitable crossing of the busy Hervey Bay to Maryborough Rd to join the rural and urban sections together.

The Council, supported by local cycling groups such as the Fraser Coast BUG, have developed a plan for the whole of the former line to be converted to a rail trail and a connection made from Colton to Maryborough to provide a safe link between the two cities.

Rail Line History

The former railway branched off the North Coast main line at Colton, just above Maryborough. It reached Pialba in 1896 and was extended to Urangan in 1913. The line carried out a lot of pineapples from local farms and goods from the Urangan Pier and brought in a lot of picnic trains from Maryborough.  The last section of the line closed in 1993. The rails are still in place from Colton to Takura.

Rural section of Mary to Bay Rail Trail progressing well

Posted: 19/03/23

Rail Trails Australia Central Queensland rep Desley O'Grady made a flying visit to Hervey Bay ...


Mary to the Bay Rail Community Consulation Sessions

Posted: 29/01/19

Fraser Coast Regional Council are holding two Community Consulation Drop In Sessions about the planned ...


The 3.2km Hervey Bay Rail Trail Extension Opens

Posted: 22/05/17

The 3.2Km extention of the Rail Trail from Urraween Road to Chapel Road has now ...


Mary to the Bay Rail Trail extension opens (QLD)

Posted: 10/06/16

Photo. Mark Linnett, 2016 The Fraser Coast Regional Council ...

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