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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.

Upcoming works: Contractors are scheduled to undertake works to improve some rough sections of the trail between Toogoolawah and Huntley Road, Ottaba and between Lockyer Creek Bridge and Coominya, from 12 May 2020 with works due to be completed at the end of June 2020 (weather permitting). Works include upgrading the existing trail with a decomposed granite surface to provide a more user-friendly experience that the whole family can enjoy.

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.

Location

The BVRT commences at Wulkuraka train station and as part of the Brassall Bikeway network, travels through Brassall and Pine Mountain. 

From Ipswich’s northern suburbs, the BVRT continues on to 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 map for distances between townships and location of public facilities.

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. 

BVRT/Brassall Bikeway Stage 7 Project

The Queensland Government and Ipswich City Council have jointly invested in the construction of the Brassall Bikeway Stage 7, which utilises a section of the BVRT from Diamantina Boulevard, Brassall to Bayley Road, Pine Mountain. The project is an extension of the existing Brassall Bikeway Stage 4 between Wulkuraka train station and Diamantina Boulevard. 

The project, led by Ipswich City Council, involved constructing a 2.5-3.0-metre-wide concrete shared pathway on the existing BVRT alignment including new drainage and shade tree planting.

Construction work along the BVRT section is now complete and the shared pathway is open for use. However, the Bayley Road, Pine Mountain connection to the BVRT will remain closed until June 2020 while further works are completed. For local users, temporary access will still be available to the BVRT via Merlot Place. 

Any questions about the project should be directed to the Infrastructure and Environment Department within Ipswich City Council by contacting:

Phone:   (07) 3810 6666 (8.00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday)
Email: IED.Projects@ipswich.qld.gov.au

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
03 June 2020