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Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

Please note: Important update regarding COVID-19: Please be advised the BVRT is currently still open, however, any users should adhere to the Australian and Queensland Government's restrictions concerning social distancing and outdoor gatherings.

Scheduled works: Queensland Urban Utilities contractors will be conducting works in the vicinity of the BVRT near Vernor as part of the Lowood-Fernvale Sewer Upgrade project and development of its new sewerage treatment plant. These works are due to start on Monday, 10 August 2020, and take between 8-10 weeks.  

Contractors are also scheduled to undertake works to install new bicycle type cattle grids on the trail around Sandy Creek Bridge and Gatton-Esk Road along with relocating some existing water tanks that are currently positioned underneath shelter sheds to provide shade for trail users.    

The trail will remain open during this time however users are advised to exercise caution when using these sections of the trail, observe any warning signage in place and follow any directions given by contractors.  

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.

Motor vehicles including motorbikes are not permitted on the trail. When using the trail, please respect other users, the natural environment, and the privacy of adjoining landowners. All trail users must abide by the BVRT Code of Conduct.

Plan your trip

Go on a walking, riding or horseback adventure back to the late 1800s along the old Brisbane Valley railway line. Escape to a trail loaded with breathtaking mountain scenery and tranquil waterways or venture over the heritage-listed Lockyer Creek Railway Bridge or through the Yimbun Railway Tunnel.

There is so much to see and do on the BVRT, passing through some of Queensland’s most unique country towns with plenty of accommodation, food, museums, galleries and fun attractions suitable for all ages.

Visit the following council websites to discover more information on local attractions, bike hire and trip planning:

Location

Trail users can start or finish the BVRT at Wulkuraka train station, which connects into the Brassall Bikeway network and continues through to Brassall and Pine Mountain. 

From Ipswich’s northern suburbs, the BVRT travels north towards Fernvale, before looping westwards to Lowood, over the heritage-listed Lockyer Creek Railway Bridge at Clarendon before reaching Coominya. The trail then winds its way northwards to Esk, Toogoolawah and Harlin taking in the heritage-listed Yimbun Railway Tunnel. From Harlin, the trail heads to Moore before reaching the historic railway precinct in Linville where some old railway carriages and the station building remain. Once leaving Linville, the trail turns west and runs through the picturesque Benarkin State Forest before reaching Blackbutt and finally Yarraman. 

Please refer to the BVRT online brochure for further information about the trail including maps, distances, location of public facilities and places of interest.

Trail management

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.  

Events

TMR is responsible for the management of organised events on the BVRT. You must first get an event permit from TMR to run an event on the BVRT. Types of organised events include but are not limited to: 

  • commercial events – an event where a business or organisation charges money or obtains another benefit from supplying goods and services (for example, guided or organised tours)
  • competitive events
  • social (non-competitive) events
  • fundraising and charitable events.

Private groups (30 people or less) and individuals involved in recreational activities, other than for commercial purposes, do not need a permit. Examples include bushwalking or nature study groups, bird watching, or general outdoor activities.

If your event is approved, an event permit will be issued and your event will be added to the event calendar.

Check the online calendar of events to find out if there are any other events scheduled for the same date as your planned event. 

How to apply

To apply for your permit, please complete an application form and submit it for assessment of your proposed event. Once all the required information is received, we will assess your application and consult with the relevant local council/s, community group or any other Queensland Government agency involved with the management of the BVRT, which may be affected.

Please allow at least 4 weeks to process your permit application.

Please read the following information before you submit your application:

Please submit your application using one of the below methods:

Email: Brisbane_Valley_Rail_Trail@tmr.qld.gov.au

Post:

Department of Transport and Main Roads
C/- Rail Corridor Management 
GPO Box 1412 
Brisbane Qld 4001

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:

Safety markers are located every kilometre along the BVRT. In the event of an emergency, call 000 or 112 (from mobile services) and quote the marker location ID found on the safety marker (for example, BVRT-023).

For non-emergency situations, trail users can communicate their location to a third party by asking them to visit www.QR2id.com and entering the marker location ID. 

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.

The project involved 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 restoration of timber bridges, particularly those of heritage significance, is becoming increasingly rare so this project has been a major achievement for the department. It took over 8500 labour hours to complete; 1200 metres of hardwood timber to replace the timber components; 4400 tonne of road base and rock fill to build the crane pad; and 4300 rivets, 946 bolts, 1892 washers and 840 litres of paint to restore the steel truss. 

The bridge is now open for use and is a major feature of the BVRT being one of only 2 heritage-listed structures on the trail along with the Yimbun Railway Tunnel near Harlin.

Lockyer Creek Rail Bridge

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
10 August 2020