Cycle the South Burnett Rail Trail

The green-filled landscape of the South Burnett Rail Trail.
The green-filled landscape of the South Burnett Rail Trail.

Cycle the South Burnett Rail Trail

The South Burnett Rail Trail comprises part of the greater Kingaroy to Kilkivan Rail Trail in Queensland. It's lovingly maintained by volunteers and the South Burnett Council. In this article, we take a look at the highlights to be found along the South Burnett Rail Trail. 

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What is the South Burnett Rail Trail?

The South Burnett Rail Trail is an extension to the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail and has been open since September 2017. Meandering alongside old railway lines, the trail winds its way through idyllic farmland, dense eucalyptus forests, and charming rural communities, along a well maintained cycle trail, thanks to the good work of the South Burnett Council. From Kingaroy to Murgon the 42km trail passes through seven towns with a variety of cafes, pubs, restaurants and other highlights to stop off at along the way.
Cycling the rail trail around Murgon in Queensland |  <i>Jason Wyeth</i>

How long is the South Burnett Rail Trail?

The South Burnett Rail Trail is 42 km long and is sealed bitumen which makes it Queensland's longest sealed rail trail.
A beautiful sunset over the South Burnett Rail Trail.

What are the cycling conditions like on the South Burnett Rail Trail?

Cycling conditions are great as the track is well maintained by the local council. The trail is well signed, has bubblers and shelters along the track with only a few country road crossings to pass over. The track is also sealed bitumen which makes it a smooth ride. There is also the South Burnett Rail Trail Users Association which is a community group that helps with the enhancement and extension of the rail trail.

What are the highlights of the South Burnett Rail Trail?


Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery

An Art Deco building that exhibitions local's and visiting artists' work across three different galleries. Open Monday to Saturday.

The Grand Hotel in Wooroolin

The perfect spot to stop at for a pub lunch or dinner. This cosy old pub has a long rich history first opening its doors in 1916. We recommend having the steak sandwich followed by a nice cold beer.

Ficks Crossing

A lovely spot to stop for a picnic on the banks of Barambah Creek. You can also enjoy a swim in the river or alternatively hire a kayak to explore further down the river.

Kingsley Grove Estate

Founded in 1998 by the Berry family, this winery offers a variety of different wines and now also makes ice cream. The Kingsley cellar door is open from 10pm to 5pm 7 days a week for wine tasting.
The iconic Peanut Van in Kingaroy.

The Peanut Van 

A must-try with a range of different flavoured hot peanuts. The Peanut Van has been selling peanuts for over 40 years. We recommend trying the salted caramel peanuts they are delicious.

Pottique Lavender Farm 

Wander the lavender-filled fields and pick your own lavender. You can also taste some of their lavender liquor or tea.
Cycling the South Burnett Rail Trail |  <i>Shawn Flannery</i> Pick your own lavender at the Pottique Lavender Farm. Taste test local wines after a day of cycling the South Burnett Rail Trail.

How can I cycle the South Burnett Rail Trail?

Australian Cycle Tours offers a self-guided bike ride where you will cycle along the South Burnett Rail Trail as well as the Brisbane Valley and Kilkivan Rail Trail. This is an 8-day trip that covers over 300 km, where you will cycle through a variety of different terrains including gravel, dirt and asphalt. Accommodation ranges between 2-3 star hotels and motels located close to town or the bike path. 

The trip also includes daily luggage transfers so you don’t have to worry about carrying around heavy bags all day, just pack a small day pack and plenty of water for the day's cycle. Once the trip is finished you will also get a transfer from Kilkivan back to Ipswich.

What have travellers said about the South Burnett Rail Trail?

"Well organised and everything went smoothly, with no hiccups. Good communications and guide material." A. Evans

"We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Josie and Dave were fantastic local support." P. James

"Enjoyed the ride and the experience." M. Hughes



Got any other questions about the South Burnett Rail Trail? Leave a comment below.


Comments (2)

Greg Packer

We have been taking a group of friends from Brisbane& Gold Coast ( now up to 30 cyclists) to Kingaroy every year for 3 years and the cycling is great and you can ride a lot of parallel country roads to the trail as well
See my films on Youtube of the trail and surrounding areas

last year

Hi Greg,

Great to hear you love cycling the South Burnett Rail Trail! It's proving to be a popular section of Queensland to ride. We'll have to check out your videos.

Will from Australian Cycle Tours

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