Experience the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail
Queensland’s Greatest Rail Trail is open all year round. Really close to Brisbane, it’s all off-road and traffic free, just South East Queensland’s big skies and distinctive landscapes to enjoy. Come and experience for yourself why thousands of people love exploring the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail at a leisurely pace on bicycle, on horseback or on foot. Get a group of friends together and come and find out what Queensland country all about. (Video)
About the Trail
The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) follows the disused Brisbane Valley rail line that commenced construction at Wulkuraka near Ipswich in 1884 and was completed at Yarraman in 1913. The BVRT winds its way up the Brisbane valley, traversing farmland, forests, picturesque rural settings and country towns. Being on the old railway line, the BVRT provides an easy climb up the valley for day trippers, overnight camping or longer term adventures. BVRT GUIDE now available. Although it’s open all year round, some sections of the BVRT may be closed for short periods following severe weather events. Check out the DTMR webpage for up-to-date information.
Where is the Trail
The BVRT officially starts at Wulkuraka Station in Ipswich and then continues to Fernvale, before looping westwards to Lowood and then continuing north to Coominya, Esk and Toogoolawah. The section from Toogoolawah to Moore has not been developed at the present time, but there is an alternate scenic route by minor country roads. From Moore the trail continues northwards to Linville before turning west to Benarkin, Blackbutt and finally Yarraman. (Map)
Completion of the Trail
Following a successful community campaign led by the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Users Association, the section from Wulkuraka Station to Wanora has recently been opened and $1.8 million funding has been allocated by the Queensland Government to complete the section between Toogoolawah and Moore. However, that section has a number of major creek and road crossings which pose significant civil engineering challenges. The project has been independently costed at $3.354 million and Somerset Regional Council has recently been awarded an additional grant of $1.45 million from the Federal Government ‘Building Stronger Regions Fund’ to enable them to complete the project. Under the terms and conditions of the Federal Government grant, work must commence within 12 weeks of the grant being awarded and be completed by June 2018. More info.
Eat and Sleep
Most of the towns along the BVRT have a variety of pubs, bakeries, shops and cafes that offer excellent food and drink. Overnight accommodation is available in Fernvale, Lowood, Esk, Toogoolawah, Moore, Linville, Blackbutt and Yarraman. Be sure to take plenty of drinking water, although there are water troughs for horses at several locations on the trail.
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