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Mary to Bay (Fraser Coast) Rail Trail

Queensland - Central

5 based on 1 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

Map Legend:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Possible Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • former Railway
  • 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.


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

Trail Guide

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.

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.

No services listed for this rail trail.

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One review of “Mary to Bay (Fraser Coast) Rail Trail”

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.

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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