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Wulkuraka – Brassall Rail Trail

Queensland - South East

3 based on 1 reviews
Location: 41 km west of Brisbane.
Length: 3 km
Surface: Sealed
Start / End: Brassall to North Ipswich
Public Transport: Bus, Train
Suitable for:
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  • Cycling – Touring and Hybrid BikesCycling – Touring and Hybrid Bikes
  • PramsPrams
  • WalkingWalking
  • WheelchairsWheelchairs

Map Legend:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Potential Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • former Railway
  • A high standard rail trail in the major population centre of Ipswich
  • Great history connections with the first rail line in Queensland, a coke mine, the Rail Workshop Museum and the Smith Street bike route to Ipswich.

Nearby Attractions

  • Ipswich is a major regional city in Queensland, with easy access from Brisbane by train and many tourist experiences on offer
  • This trail is one of a number of rail trails in the south-eastern part of Queensland
  • Wulkuraka is also the south-eastern starting point for the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

Last updated: 22 June 2022

  • The trail starts at Grace St, Wulkuraka. Grace St connects with Wulkuraka railway station.
  • The path generally follows the route of the old railway line towards Brassall.
  • At Vogel Road it goes on top of the old formation and heads north east towards the Brassall shopping centre (Workshops Street) then travels behind the shopping centre, then crosses Haig street.
  • Mihi Junction is reached  soon after crossing Haig St.  There are picnic tables, which are under cover.
  • Soon after the rest area, an 80m steel bridge spans Mihi Creek.  This section of the trail is in bushland.
  • After a short distance, you will come to the next rest stop (Klondyke Junction.) Here you will see the remains of the old coke mine that supplied the Queensland Railways.
  • The current end of this trail is at W.M Hughes Street, North Ipswich at the Rail Workshop Museum.
  • There are on road paths to North Ipswich shopping centre and the Bradfield Bridge across to Ipswich central and the railway station.

A lot of this trail has lighting and 24 hr camera surveillance and a 3.5m wide concrete surface.

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One review of “Wulkuraka – Brassall Rail Trail”

This is a great little rail trail! For anyone that is interested in industrial history there is another ‘rail trail’ of sorts nearby that follows the old Tivoli Rail Line. There used to be a colliery on the other side of the Warrego Highway at Tivoli and a railway used to go through the suburbs from North Ipswich. It is marked on a 1960’s street directory I have and the route can be seen on Google Earth.

It roughly goes from the Rail Museum on North Street and goes up the lane opposite the carpark. It then crosses Pine Mountain Road, goes over Wyndham Street, then Liverpool Street, goes parallel to Frost Street, crosses Hill Street, Albert Street, Simmons Road ,Kay Street and onwards to Francis Street. It’s not an official ‘rail trail’ but the council has used the easement for a bike path and may appeal to history buffs

Background Information

Traditional Owners

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

Railway History

This is on the route of the first rail line in Queensland, from Ipswich to Wulkuraka on the west of Ipswich, which closed in 1868.

This came before the rail line from Ipswich to Brisbane in 1875.  Ipswich was a prime candidate for becoming the capital of Queensland, but lost out to Brisbane in 1859. This is why the direction of the first rail line is this way.

The trail was built in 2008 and opened in 2009, with  a proposed extension in the future further along the line which hugs the Bremer River towards the centre of Ipswich.

Wulkuraka to Brassall opens ( Brisbane Valley Rail Trail)

Posted: 06/09/16

The next stage of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail opened on August 20 2016 in Ipswich This ...

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Brassall Trail Extensions opened

Posted: 15/07/13

Stage two of the Brassall Rail Trail has opened toward Wulkuraka Railway Station. This section ...

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