Australia's longest rail trail opens in Brisbane's west
07 August 2018
Joint release with:
Leader of the Liberal National Party of Queensland
Mayor of Somerset Regional Council
- The new walking trail created along a disused rail corridor in west Brisbane is now open
- Stretching more than 160km, it's now Australia's longest rail trail and will attract almost 50,000 new visitors each year
- The Coalition Government invested $1.45 million in the project
Trekking tourism in Brisbane's west is set to explode with today's long-awaited opening of a multi-use rail trail stretching 161kms along a disused rail corridor making it the longest such trail in Australia.
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the trail follows the disused corridor from Yarraman to Wulkuraka railway stations, bringing almost 50,000 new visitors each year.
“This stunning new trail is expected to contribute almost $1.6 million to the region in tourism each year as more people come to mountain bike, horse ride or simply walk,” Dr McVeigh said.
“This project supported 13 jobs during construction and is expected to support another 49 ongoing roles in the future, which is a great contribution to the local economy.”
Leader of the LNP and Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington said the social and health benefits of getting people out and about and exploring their city will be huge.
“In order to keep a trail of this size a happy and safe place for both locals and tourists we've installed wire fencing and gates to make sure local livestock are safely fenced off and we've also put up 74 safety signs to help visitors avoid any danger zones,” Ms Frecklington said.
Mayor of Somerset Regional Council Graeme Lehmann said the Council was proud to have completed Australia's longest rail trail with this new section from Moore to Toogoolawah.
“Brisbane Valley Rail Trail will be a generator of jobs all the way along its 161 kilometres linking towns and benefitting business in Wulkuraka, Fernvale, Lowood, Coominya, Esk, Toogoolawah, Harlin, Moore, Linville, Benarkin, Blackbutt and Yarraman,” Cr Lehmann said.
“We thank both the Coalition Government and Queensland Government for their financial support which has helped make the 161 km trail a reality.”
This project was jointly funded by the Coalition Government investing $1,450,000, Queensland Government $1,800,000 and Somerset Regional Council $103,689.