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Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

About the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, or BVRT, is a recreational trail that follows the disused Brisbane Valley rail corridor from Wulkuraka, west of Ipswich, to Yarraman, west of Kilcoy. The 161km trail provides walkers, cyclists and horse riders with a unique opportunity to experience the diverse rural landscape of the Brisbane Valley.

Location

The BVRT encompasses the Brassall Bikeway – Stage 4 which commences at Wulkuraka train station and currently ends at Diamantina Boulevard in Brassall.

The BVRT continues from Diamantina Boulevard north to Fernvale, before looping westwards to Lowood and then continuing north to Coominya, Esk, Toogoolawah, Harlin, Moore and Linville before turning west to Benarkin, Blackbutt and finally Yarraman.

Please refer to the BVRT map for distances between townships and location of public facilities.

Trail management

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is the state agency responsible for the day-to-day management and maintenance of the BVRT in conjunction with Ipswich City Council, Somerset, South Burnett and Toowoomba Regional Councils, and the Ambassadors of the BVRT.

Seqwater’s network pipeline traverses the BVRT between Pine Mountain and Coominya. TMR has partnered with Seqwater in an effort to better maintain the trail along this section with the bulk water supplier providing funding towards land management costs, including slashing and weed control.   

Any maintenance requests or concerns regarding management of the BVRT should be directed to TMR in the first instance.  

Lockyer Creek Railway Bridge Rehabilitation Project

In 2018, the department commenced major rehabilitation works to the Queensland heritage-listed Lockyer Creek Railway Bridge, located on the BVRT between Lowood and Coominya, due to the poor condition of the bridge.

Works have included replacing all of the timber components and abrasive blasting and repainting of the steel truss. A new pedestrian/cyclist walkway has also been installed on the bridge which has been designed to increase the safety of trail users and deliver an important all-weather crossing across Lockyer Creek. 

The majority of works have been completed with the exception of the walkway decking. A temporary ply decking has been installed until permanent decking can be installed in mid-January 2019. Users of the BVRT can access the bridge, however, are advised to exercise caution until the finished decking is installed. 

Please note, for the safety of horse riders, there is a horse detour in place via the former access track underneath the bridge. 

Beautification works, including installing interpretive signage, is due to occur in mid-February 2019 along with remediation of the work site.  

Safety information

Trail users should be prepared for changes in weather and trail conditions.

Before you leave, please be aware of any weather and bushfire warnings that may be in place while you are on the trail:

In an emergency, call 000 or 112 (from mobile services) for police, fire and ambulance services.

Contact details

Email: Brisbane_Valley_Rail_Trail@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone: For advice on trail conditions, things to do and places to stay along the BVRT, contact the BVRT Ranger on 0467 729 409.
Last updated
09 January 2019