The South Burnett is home to two rail trails, including Australia’s longest rail trail, the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. While some sections of the Rail Trails are more challenging with uphill climbs or unsealed paths, both Rail Trails provide sections that are suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
Brisbane Valley Rail Trail
- Wulkuraka to Moore: 112km
- Moore to Yarraman: 49km
- Moore to Blackbutt: 30km
- Moore to Linville: 7km
- Linville to Benarkin: 18km
- Benarkin to Blackbutt: 5km
- Blackbutt to Yarraman: 19km
Passing through: Ipswich, Fernvale, Lowood, Coominya, Esk, Toogoolawah, Moore, Linville, Benarkin, Blackbutt, Nukku, Yarraman
South Burnett Old Linville Station, Tent School site at MacNamara’s Camp, Old
Highlights: Nukku Station building at Blackbutt
At 161km, the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail is the longest rail trail in Australia and takes in the sections from Ipswich to Moore in the Ipswich region, and from Moore to Yarraman in the South Burnett. The trail traverses farmland, forests, picturesque rural settings and country towns.
In the South Burnett, you can wander around the Old Linville and Nukku Station buildings and imagine the hustle and bustle of the platforms back in the early to mid 1900s when the line was at its peak use. Visit the Tent School site at MacNamara’s Camp, where the men who were building the railway sent their children to attend school, or take in one of the museums and galleries in some of the quaint towns.
Travelling North to South is the easier option, with less uphill sections of the Rail Trail, however there are sections in both directions to suit all ages and fitness levels.
Kilkivan to Kingaroy Rail Trail
- Kilkivan to Murgon: 45.5km (unsealed)
- Murgon to Kingaroy: 44km (sealed)
- Murgon to Wondai: 12.9km
- Wondai to Tingoora: 8.4km
- Tingoora to Wooroolin: 6km
- Wooroolin to Memerambi: 5km
- Memerambi to Crawford: 5.8km
- Crawford to Kingaroy: 5.3km
Passing through: Kingaroy, Crawford, Memerambi, Wooroolin, Tingoora, Wondai, Murgon, Goomeri, Kilkivan.
Highlights: Wagon Camp diorama at Wondai Timber Museum, Peanut Hunt at Kingaroy Heritage Museum, Barambah Creek, and wildlife.
The Kilkivan to Kingaroy Rail Trail includes Queensland’s longest sealed rail trail of 44km from Kingaroy to Murgon, located in the South Burnett. The section from Murgon to Kilkivan is located in the Gympie region.
The Kingaroy to Murgon section of the Rail Trail starts at O’Neill Square in the centre of Kingaroy and progresses north. This easily accessible, varied and unique rail trail offers close proximity to towns and villages through the region, each offering its own unique experiences and places to explore. Highlights of this section include the art galleries and museums in Kingaroy and Wondai, the Kingaroy wine region, and Barambah Creek.
Short distances between towns means a spot to refresh is never too far away. Enjoy a break and recharge with coffee at the cafes along the route or experience lunch at an authentic country pub.
For information and events on the South Burnett Rail Trail – Kingaroy to Murgon, click here.
For a list of events happening on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail please click here!