Discover the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail – the longest rail trail in Australia
Queensland’s Great Adventure Rail Trail is open all year round. Not far from Brisbane, it’s all off-road and traffic free, just South East Queensland’s big skies and scenic landscapes to enjoy, with a coffee stop every 25 km or so. Come and experience for yourself why thousands of people love exploring the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail on bicycle, on horseback or on foot. Get a group of friends together and come and find out what country Queensland is all about. (Video)
About the Trail
Currently the longest rail trail in Australia, the 161 km 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 off-road climb up the valley for day trippers, overnight camping or longer term adventures, but some sections can be more challenging. 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, Toogoolawah, Moore, Linville, Benarkin, and Blackbutt before finally arriving in Yarraman. Or you can do it the other way around. Out There Cycling provides an excellent, on-demand shuttle service. Tip: North to South is easier than South to North as there is more downhill.
What kind of bicycle is most suitable?
Cyclists ride the BVRT on all types of bicycle, but some sections can be quite challenging. MTBs and cyclocross bikes are recommended. The BVRT is definitely unsuitable for light-weight racing bicycles. E-bikes are permitted and are a great way to enjoy the rail trail. If you carry a charger, most local cafes and pubs will let you plug in your battery whilst enjoying a meal. Accommodation providers and the major campsites have power points.
Eat, Drink 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 carry plenty of drinking water.
There are water bubblers in every town except Coominya, Moore and Yarraman Station Park as there is no town water supply. Sometimes you may need to hunt for them or ask a local.
There are some water troughs for horses at various locations on the trail.
Please note, cafes may not open in the evenings and pubs tend to close their kitchens early in rural areas. Best to phone and check.
Mountain Bike Hire – mountain bikes are available for hire from Out There Cycling. More info.
Dog walking: On leash dogs are permitted on the BVRT.
For up to date information about the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, please Like the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Users Association Facebook page.
The great new BVRTUA cycling jersey is now available to order.
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