About the Trail
Soon to be the longest rail trail in Australia, 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 is currently under construction, but in the meantime there is an alternate scenic routeby 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 is now open and a total of $3.4 million funding has recently been awarded by the Queensland State Government and the Australian Federal Government to complete the section between Toogoolawah and Moore. Construction work is well advanced and is scheduled to be completed by 30 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.