What is the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail?

The proposed Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail will be a great example of utilising a disused rail corridor that has been re-purposed as a multi-use path.

At the time of writing, the trail is only in the planning stage. It  runs from Gayndah to Taragoola near Gladstone in Central Queensland.

Humphery Bridge from other end (concrete construct rail bridge on Boyne Burnett Rail Trail)The railway line, sleepers and ballast are being removed, leaving a graded surface that is easy to walk and ride. Some trail sections may be sealed in the future.

The remnants of the past such as railway cuttings, tunnels and some bridges still remain.   The bridges can be upgraded with handrails.

A disused rail  corridor can provide some of the finest trails in the world, designed perfectly for walkers, bike riders and horses. Railway corridors were surveyed to have gradients no steeper than one in thirty, with no sharp bends.

Trains can only operate under these conditions. This makes them ideal passageways for recreation purposes.

Benefits of the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail

As a result of the survey design, walkers and riders will have easy access to remote and majestic areas of Australia, free from road traffic, yet directly connected to many townships.

As a result of the survey design, walkers and riders will have easy access to remote and majestic areas of Australia, free from road traffic, yet directly connected to many townships.

An historic railway corridor which connected regional Queenslanders will be put to good use by new generations enjoying all the beauty the Australian bush has to offer.

Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail will provide a flexible and convenient destination which allows users to pick and choose where  they wish to walk or ride, entering or leaving the trail at any road intersection or town.   

The scenic beauty is what makes the trail so unique with various stopping off spots that will need to be savoured.

In Australia, rail trails are becoming important tourism attractions and the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail will be no exception. It has the potential to generate considerable economic activity.

The trail also has the added attraction of being the only place in Australia with six consecutive rail tunnels (on the Dawes Range), and several magnificent bridges.

The wonder of these tunnels and bridges is in their historic value and the conditions under which they were built. The sleepers in the tunnels are the original hand hewn “hog backs” from the 1920’s.

Rail Tracks in Tunnel

Rail tracks and hog-back sleepers in tunnel

Click the image to see detail.

We are having a struggle to convince the State Government to retain a small stretch of these for future generations to see and enjoy.

The things to do and see along this trail will attract tourists from all over the world, boosting local economies along the trail.

A recent Australian case study conducted on the ‘Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail’  found that the average expenditure per person per day visiting the rail trail was $483.00.

That figure is impressive to say the least and those types of figures are something our local communities along the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail can look forward to.  Once this rail trail is completed, it will be a popular and valued community asset.

In future you will be able to Ride it! Walk it! Experience it! and start your Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail journey with information from this website.

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3 Replies to “What is the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail?”

  1. Having seen this revitalisation of old railway tracks in the UK from the likes of the Yorkshire Pennines and North Wales and subsequent visitor regeneration of the local areas from it, there is no doubt that this will be a fabulous and popular addition to the area. There is so much history in the valley that is currently inaccessible even to people who have gone looking for it. Really hope this comes to fruition!

  2. Mark, Megan, Thanks for the fantastic update on the site outlining What is? and Benefits for our proposed trail!!

    Great Work!!!

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