Great Queensland Rail Trail Adventure

Great Queensland Rail Trail Adventure

Linking the Boyne Burnett Inland, Kilkivan to Kingaroy and Brisbane Valley Rail Trails

NOTE: Use the tabs at the bottom of the map to view each section of the trail.


Imagine if you could ride from Ipswich to Gladstone on rail trails (and some back roads)? Well, one day you might be able to. At present you can ride Ipswich to Gladstone on rail trails for a good chunk of it, and dream of more.

This is the brainchild and vision of Andrew Demack, who in 2021 had the wonderful idea of linking three Queensland Rail Trails together to basically ride from Ipswich in South Eastern Queensland to Gladstone.

On 11 September 2021, the Barrimoon Tunnels section of the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail was opened, (That’s near Kalpowar, down into the Boyne Valley, if you are unfamiliar with Barrimoon as a locality). So Andrew decided to ride to the opening event. And that he would ride there, just to highlight the possibility of linking up the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail, and the Kilkivan to Kingaroy Rail Trail, and the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.

He put the idea out to friends on social media, with the result that a group of between three and eight riders were participants in the inaugural Great Queensland Rail Trail Adventure. He had an awesome time. Andrew reckons it’s achievable for even the most average of bike riders.

See Andrew’s full Blog from his adventures: Open Andrew’s blog

NOTE The South Burnett section of the route mapped on the South Burnett Rail Trail website is slightly deferent to Andrew’s original route. Small changes were made to maximize quieter road selections.

The route is a combination of bitumen and gravel roads.

This route links the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, The South Burnett Rail Trail to the Boyne Inland Rail Trail to create the Great South East Queensland Rail Trail Adventure.

The Gayndah to Hivesville section needs careful planning, as there are no services in this section of the route.

Mobile phone reception is patchy so make sure that you take plenty of food and water with you. Accommodation is available at the Hivesville Hotel, there is also camping allowed at the Hivesville sportsgrounds.

The Hivesville petrol station is very well stocked and does meals as well.

Challenge yourself and be rewarded with clean country air, beautiful countryside and next to no traffic.

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