- Rail Trail
- On Road
- Possible Rail Trail
- Other Trail
- former Railway
- Outstanding dry savannah landscapes with panoramic views and interesting vegetation
- Impressive rock cuttings, stone bridges and culverts
- Remnants of mining history
- Small museum and pub at Lappa Junction
- Remote trail for highly independent travel
- Safe cycling with very limited traffic
- Part of an increasingly popular multi-day savannah cycling journey
- Opportunity to extend the adventure on the weekly Savannahlander train at Lappa – see link here
The Lappa Trail runs through remote pastoral country. There are no services or habitations and limited or no mobile reception beyond Mt Garnet. The only health services are at Mt Garnet at the southern end of the trail and at Dimbulah, 32km east of Lappa. Cyclists and support vehicles should carry extra water, a 1:50,000 Lappa topographical map, first aid, food/fuel and viable communication systems. California Creek may be impassable in the wet season; seek advice from Mt Garnet police on (07) 4097 9120 8 am to 4 pm.
This old railway route is now used as a public roadway. You may encounter the odd vehicle on the trail.
The trail may be traversed in either direction but the generally downhill south to north ride is more appealing.
Accommodation is available at the Travellers Rest caravan park/campground at Mount Garnet which is ideal for overnight stays – see link here
There is no accommodation available at Lappa Junction. However accommodation is available at Almaden, which is a further 23 km away on a good well formed highway.
The trail meanders along and beside the original alignment through remote landscape with sweeping views of the Featherbed Ranges. There is very limited habitation apart from a few operational mines and Sunnymount cattle station close to Lappa.
The track can be quite rough and washed out in some sections. The part of the trail on the Nymbool Road section can be very sandy, and care needs to be taken.
Frangipani and mango trees mark the site of old mines and homesteads, and a few holding dams are now used by cattle and wildlife.
Remnant heritage items include narrow rock cuttings from around 1902 and good examples of cut and fill engineering, stone bridges and culverts, and a few sleepers.
Outback cycling to Mt Garnet
Circa 1902 culverts on alignment 2015
Safe group riding on alignment, now used as station road 2015
Circa 1902 culverts on alignment 2016
Lappa station Savannahlander circa 2016
Cuttings through Featherbed ranges circa 2016
Original alignment cuttings in the Featherbed Ranges 2014
Happy cycle group in front of Hotel Espanol
We acknowledge the Mbarbaram people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.
The railway line was privately built in 1902 and was a major conduit for the emergent mining industry of the Far North Queensland hinterland.
It was taken over by Queensland Railways in 1914 and closed in 1960. The infrastructure was removed and the trail corridor is now used as a public/station road. Lappa Junction is situated on the Cairns to Forsayth line, which is traversed weekly from March to September by the Savannahlander.
Interesting historical information on Lappa and Mt Garnet is available from: Lappa and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Garnet,_Queensland