The original Brisbane Valley railway line ran from Wulkuraka station in Ipswich in the south to Yarraman in the north, making Wulkuraka Station the true start or end point for every Brisbane Valley Rail Trail End-to-End adventure.
Wulkuraka station opened as Brisbane Valley Junction in the 1880s, being the junction station for the Brisbane Valley railway line from 1884 until 1989.
The section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail from Wulkuraka station to Wanora has recently been opened. It includes a great concrete bikeway that connects with the Brassall Bikeway to provide a cycling commuter route from Wulkuraka station to Diamentina Blvd on the outskirts of Ipswich (the BVRT is not well signposted – simply follow the Brassall bikeway from Wulkuraka Station and take the left hand turn signposted ‘Brassall Bikeway Stage 4’ or turn right at the T-junction when coming from the opposite direction)
There are no food or accommodation options directly on this section. The first food and accommodation options on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail heading northwards are in Fernvale. However, whilst on the Brassall Bikeway. it’s worth continuing on to check out the Ipswich Rail Workshops Museum.
Horse riders seeking to start in Ipswich must start at Diamentina Blvd as horses are not permitted on the concrete bikeway.
As Queensland’s oldest provincial city, Ipswich has a rich history. It’s renowned for its architectural, natural and cultural heritage. Ipswich proudly preserves and still operates from many of its historical buildings and homes, with more than 6000 heritage-listed sites.
Attractions include the Ipswich Art Gallery, the Workshops Rail Museum, steam trains, more than 500 parks, wineries, cafes, restaurants, cinemas and shopping centres. There are also several good bike shops in Ipswich.
Ipswich has a variety of accommodation options.
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