- Rail Trail
- Good climate most of the year
- This is a short trail mainly through state forest
- Imbil is well situated with food and accommodation options
- Imbil Railway Station is well preserved
- Suitable for a long walk, or a short out and back ride
- Scenic rural countryside
- Imbil has a substantial railway bridge over Yabba Creek
- Railway history and heritage
- The Mary Valley Rattler train runs on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday between Gympie and Amamoor (13 km north of Imbil)
Last updated: 23 February 2024
The Stage One 4.5 km open section of the trail runs through the towns of Imbil and Brooloo.
Most of the rail trail passes through State forest; there are bellbirds along the trail as well as many other native animals.
- The access at Imbil is via William St (limited parking)
- The access at Brooloo via Sutton St
- Toilets and drinking water at Imbil
- A few gates to open and close
Stage 2 (Imbil to Kandanga) and Stage 3 (Kandanga to Anamoor) are currently undergoing a Feasibility Study by Gympie Regional Council. This Study is due to be delivered by 30 June 2023.
Imbil to Brooloo (4.5 km)
- cafes, hotel, fuel, caravan park, motel
- no toilets or drinking water at Brooloo
Typical Scenery 2019 Gary Long
A few gates to open 2019 Gary Long
Near Western Creek 2019 Gary Long
Bellbird Park 2019
Imbil Station 2019
Yabba Creek Bridge part of proposed trail extension 2019
Mary Valley Rattler Gympie 2019
We acknowledge the Gubbi Gubbi people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.
Development and future of the trail
The rail trail was developed by Gympie Regional Council.
It is hoped to see the Mary Valley Rail Trail extended from Imbil to Amamoor, adding around 16 km to the trail. Gympie Regional Council has earmarked the extended trail as the key catalyst project for the Mary Valley in its 2019-24 Tourism Strategy, and is applying for funding to carry out a Feasibility Study.
The Mary Valley line was a branch line of the North Coast railway line, which branched just south of Gympie and continued to Brooloo in the upper Mary Valley.
It was built between 1911 and 1915 to facilitate closer settlement of the Mary River Valley and reached the terminus of Brooloo in April 1915.
The line had become unprofitable by the 1970s and in 1988 staff were withdrawn from all of the stations and some buildings such as goods sheds and residences were sold for removal.
The Mary Valley Heritage Railway Board set out to operate a tourist train on the line in 1996 using volunteers and trainees; tourist train services began in May 1998.
The train currently runs from Gympie as far as Amamoor on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
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