The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) follows the disused Brisbane Valley rail line that commenced construction at Wulkaraka near Ipswich in 1884 and was completed at Yarraman in 1913.
Situated within a two-hour drive from Brisbane, the 161 km trail provides walkers, cyclists and horse riders an opportunity to experience a unique historical and diverse rural landscape. The BVRT winds its way along the western side of the Brisbane River traversing farm land, forests, picturesque rural settings and country towns. The Brisbane Valley was at its peak agricultural production in the early 1900s and produced a range of dairy products, forestry timbers, beef, sheep and pork. The rail line was the vital link that connected these rural enterprises to markets in Ipswich, Brisbane and further afield.
The high productivity of the area supported the staged extension of the rail through the towns of Fernvale, Coominya, Esk, Toogoolawah, Harlin, Moore and Linville before heading up the range and through the forested hills around Blackbutt, Benarkin and onto Yarraman.
Changing economic conditions through the mid-1900s eventually lead to the rail being closed in 1989.
The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail ( 221 KB) can be broken down into seven sections.
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