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Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

Please note: The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail is currently closed between Yarraman and Nukku, and between Harlin (Ivory Creek) and Moore (Arababy Creek Road). The trail has sustained significant damage following recent heavy rainfall in the region. Rectification works will occur over the coming weeks to repair damaged sections of the trail.

Other sections of the trail, particularly between Harlin and Toogoolawah, have also sustained minor damage but will remain open. Trail users are advised to exercise caution if using the trail.

Users are advised to check the Bureau of Meteorology website for any weather warnings that may be in place, before using the trail, and be prepared for changes in weather and trail conditions.

Please note: Construction of the Brassall Bikeway Stage 7, which utilises a section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) from Diamantina Boulevard, Brassall to Bayley Road, Pine Mountain will commence in January 2020 and is expected to be completed by April 2020. This section of the BVRT will be closed for the duration of construction.

Read more about the Brassall Bikeway Stage 7.

Upcoming works: Contractors are scheduled to undertake works to install new bicycle type cattle grids on the trail between Toogoolawah and Esk, and between Lockyer Creek Bridge and Lowood, from 27 February 2020. Works are estimated to take five weeks (weather permitting). The trail will remain open during this time, however, users are advised to exercise caution when using these sections of the 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.

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 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

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.

Check the online calendar of events to find out if there are any other events scheduled for the same date as your planned event. If your event is approved, an event permit will be issued and your event will be added to the event calendar.

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 (where the Brassall Bikeway Stage 4 currently ends) to Bayley Road, Pine Mountain.

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

Construction of the shared pathway will commence in January 2020 and is expected to be completed by April 2020, weather permitting. For safety reasons, this section of the BVRT will be closed for use during the construction period and is due to re-open in May 2020. 

Due to site constraints, there will be no detour in place while construction is underway. Users are advised to start their journey from the designated carpark at Borallon, off Borallon Station Road. For local users, temporary access will be provided to the BVRT via Merlot Place as shown here.

The Bayley Road, Pine Mountain connection to the BVRT is currently closed closed for the construction of the Brassall Bikeway Stage 7.

Council has provided a fact sheet with further information about the project. 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

Please note: this project is separate to the proposal recently put forward by Somerset Regional Council to concrete a section of the BVRT between Pine Mountain and Fernvale.

At this stage, no formal consent has been provided by the Department of Transport and Main Roads for the proposal. 

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
28 February 2020