Brisbane Valley Rail Trail
History and Nature in the Great Outdoors
The top end of the trail is located on top of Australia's Great Dividing Range just two hours drive north-west of Brisbane and directly west of the Sunshine Coast. The Moore to Blackbutt (Nukku Road) section of the trail includes Linville and Benarkin and is located in the scenic upper reaches of the Brisbane River Valley and crosses the rugged and picturesque Blackbutt Range. The trail head at Moore is located opposite the Moore Memorial Hall in Stanley Gates Park and is approximately 51 kilometres north of Esk.
Moore is just under two hours drive from Brisbane (via the Bruce and D'Aguilar Highways or the Warrego, Brisbane Valley and D'Aguilar Highways). Benarkin and Blackbutt can be reached on the D'Aguilar Highway and the drive from Brisbane is approximately two hours.
So why not come and immerse yourself in the history and nature at this excellen recreational facility. Wander around the old Linville Station, tether your horse to the purpose built rails at Benarkin or perhaps spend a moment at the rather lonely place where two railway workers lost their lives building the line those many years ago. This site would have once overlooked the clang and clatter of men building the line by hand, in tough and remote conditions.
There are toilet facilities located in Benarkin and at the historical site where the Tent School at MacNamara's Camp once educated many children, while their fathers were buidling the line. The trail is very well signed, with a number of seats and sheltered picnic tables along the way. Visitors can walk, bike or horse ride the trail, which comprises 7 klm from Moore to Linville, 18 klm from Linville to Benarkin, and a further 4.6 klm to Blackbutt.
Mountain views, the song of the Bellbird and the native flora meld with history and heritage on the trail which meanders atop the Blackbutt range, affording a serene bush outlook with clear blue skies. This section is part of the 148 klm Brisbane Valley Trail.
Recently awarded the Queensland Outdoor recreation Federation's Government Achievement Award that acknowledges the outstanding partnership between the Queensland Government, Ipswich City, Somerset and South Burnett Regional Councils to deliver the 148 klm rail trail. Planning has commenced on the delivery of the trail from Toogoolawah to Moore. This will provide a continuous trail for hiking, biking and horse riding from Wulkuraka to Blackbutt. It has now been extended through Nukku to the original rail terminus at Yarraman.
Council receives many requests to use the trail for various group activities, including horse riding, bike riding and walking. Council welcomes this usage. For further information contact one of Council's Visitor Information Centres on (07) 4189 9100 or make direct contact with the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail ambassadors Robyn Gray (07) 5424 8138 or Jeff Maudsley (07) 4163 0305.
Key Historic Dates
1910: The first train arrives in Linville
1989: The last train leaves Linville
1995: The removal of the line and bridges
2006: The rail trail between Linville and Blackbutt is opened for creational use.
Kingaroy to Kilkivan Rail Trail
The South Burnett Regional Council in partnership with Gympie Regional Council have received funding from the Qld Government for the development of the Kingaroy to Kilkivan Rail Trail. Community consultation has been undertaken and construction has now commenced on the Kingaroy to Murgon section of the trail which is anticipated to be completed by December 2016.
During the period of construction the total section of the rail trail between Kingaroy and Murgon will be closed to all public access.
Exception to this public access closure can only be granted by the Parks & Gardens Manager by way of written approval.