- Rail Trail
- On Road
- Potential Rail Trail
- Other Trail
- Former Railway
- Rail Trail
- On Road
- Potential RT
- Other Trail
- Former Railway
This Rail Trail consists of two distinct sections
This Rail Trail, still under development, consists of two distinct sections – urban and rural. When complete, it will ultimately connect the heritage city of Maryborough to the seaside city of Hervey Bay. It is a work in progress and trekkers will need to exercise discretion in what route to take as they travel from one section to another.
The sealed urban section is a high quality rail trail provides a safe off-road connecting the main centres of the major regional seaside town of Hervey Bay, from Urangan Pier to Nikenbah.
- It provides access to the beaches and the 868m long pier at Urangan
- There are many road crossings and care needs to be exercised at most
- The foreshore shared path 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 and keen
The unsealed rural section starts at Piggford Lane (off the Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road), and continues towards Maryborough, almost to the Colton station site. See Section Guides for more detail
● This section has a lot of rough sandy and gravel sections, mainly suited to bikes with wider tyres- mountain bikes, hybrid bikes and most ebikes.
● Traverses paperbark forest with no facilities.
The Fraser Coast has many wonderful attractions and activities. A few are listed below.
- Visit Queens Park Maryborough
- Go To The Maryborough Markets
- Discover the restored Pialba Railway Station building
- Browse Through Brennan And Geraghty’s Store Museum
- Discover The Maryborough Military And Colonial Museum
- 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
- Visit the Burrum District museum at Howard
- Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum
- Take A Trip To Fraser Island Queensland
Last updated: 19 September 2023
- 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)
- Walligan Station Picnic area – access via Dundowran Road
- Takura Station Picnic Area – access via Torbanlea Pialba Road.
- Churchill Mine Trail Head 9km from Dundathu or 11km from Torbanlea.
Urangan to Pialba (6.9km)
- Wide sealed trail surface connects the main centres of the coastal city of Hervey Bay.
- Many shops and restaurants near to the trail
Pialba to Nikenbah (6.9km)
- Wide sealed trail surface connects the main centre to southerly suburbs.
- Many shops and restaurants for the first few kms of this section
- There are no facilities near the trail head, except a cafe at Nikenbah
Piggford Lane, Nikenbah to Walligan (Stockyard Creek) (4.5km)
- Due to having no formal crossing of the busy Maryborough – Hervey Bay Rd, this section currently starts at Piggford Lane
- Wide smooth gravel trail surface through bushland with quite a bit of bird life.
- There are no facilities in this section, except a shelter at Walligan trailhead
At Stockyard Creek a very scenic lagoon used for watering steam trains for many decades can be found a couple of hundred metres downstream (to the left) of the rail trail.
Stockyard Creek to Takura (2km)
- Rough sandy and gravel section, not officially developed, which may not be accessible after wet weather
- There are two rough crossings at missing bridges between Stockyard Creek and Takura
- Isolated section with no facilities
- Picnic table at Takura station site
Takura to Colton (11km)
This section has a lot of rough sandy and gravel sections mainly suited to bikes with quite wide tyres, and walking
A further 7.2 km from Takura has been developed passing through woodland area, with bridge bypasses and signage. The Circuit is still developing, and story boards will be installed at a later date. Churchill Mine Rd Trail Head provides a pleasant rest area and parking, near the Susan River trestle bridge. The trail has now been developed for another 3.8km.
Safety and etiquette signage at Takura and Churchill Mine Trail Heads provides good advice for these next 11kms. This includes downloading the Emergency Plus app on mobile phones. Be prepared.
Walkers, horse riders, mountain and e-bikers will enjoy this lengthy section, taking in the birdlife and natural beauty this Wallum country offers.
Approximately 5 kms west of Takura the Trail provides access to the Colliery Circuit extensive walking tracks where the remains of the area’s coal mining history are still evident.
- Runs through paperbark forest with no facilities
- Newest section of the trail, built entirely by volunteers
- This section is isolated, and the only road access points are at Torbanlea – Pialba Rd at Takura, and Churchill Mine Road.
- Some missing bridges, but good bypasses built by volunteers
- We advise you to bring plenty of water, and don’t travel alone on this section
Council has constructed the first section from the Maryborough end in 2023.
- From Walker St (across from cemetery beside Zemek Bridge overpass) to Quarry Rd.
- High quality unsealed surface.
The rail trail starts at the 868m long pier and beach at Urangan, which is a major attraction of the area.(2007)
The rail trail connects with the scenic Hervey Bay foreshore trail (2007)
The high standard of construction makes the trail accessible to all members of the community (2007)
The former station at Pialba (2012)
Mural on the trail at Pialba (2007)
Whale mural at Pialba 
Whale artwork at Pialba 
The high standard of construction in town makes the trail accessible to all members of the community (2007)
The Mary to Bay Rail Trail is now taking place in signage as well [Garry Long 2023]
The rail trail at Uraween 
The trail along Urraween Rd, Urraween [Garry Long 2023]
The former Nikenbah station site (2018)
Coffee shop along the rail trail Nikenbah
The first rural section of trail is not sealed but still to a good standard (2018)
The current end of the Council rail trail at Stockyard Creek (2018)
The lagoon near Stockyard Creek that was used to water the steam engines 
Horse riders enjoying the new path at Takura 
The longest old timber railway bridge between Colton and Takura with the low level bypass on the right 
Riding one of the bridge bypasses between Colton and Takura 
Construction on the rail trail at West Maryborough began in May 2023
The Mary River is a major feature of historic Maryborough, the future destination of the rail trail.
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.
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