Introductory to Moderate
  • 3 days self guided cycle
  • 3 nights hotel/motel accommodation


4 daysfrom


Trip Code: SOG7913

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Self Guided Cycle Trip highlights

  • Enjoy the independence of self-guided cycling with all logistics taken care of for you
  • Hassle-free cycling on the dedicated cycle path on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail
  • Appreciate the views of rural Queensland with sweeping valleys and rugged mountains
  • Sample beer and bakery treats along the route
  • Visit historic towns and villages
  • Cycle through classic Australian farming communities

Between Wulkuraka and Yarraman in southern Queensland is the remnants of the Brisbane Valley rail line, constructed over 29 years between 1884 and 1913. The steam locomotives have long gone, replaced by cyclists following the same path. The conversion of the rail line to a cycle trail took a little less time, about 11 years with completion in 2018, only possible through the dedication and hard work of locals keen to showcase this special region of Australia. At 161km (100mi) in length, the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) qualifies as the longest rail trail in the country.

The cycling is on mixed surfaces of gravel, dirt and asphalt and is achievable for anyone of reasonable fitness and cycling ability. Along the route you'll pass through prime agricultural land, a rugged mountain range and forests of Blackbutt, Hoop Pine and Cedar. Stops at historical townships with good coffee and bakery items, interesting museums and friendly pubs are all part of the BVRT experience. At night, stay in comfortable accommodation and soak up the atmosphere of country Queensland towns. With all your logistics taken care of including transfers, bike hire, luggage transfers and accommodation bookings, all you need to do is enjoy the cycle day and take in the expansive scenery of this truly outstanding route.


On arrival, make your way to your hotel in the centre of town. Ipswich is easy to reach by train from central Brisbane - there are regular services taking 60 minutes. The remainder of the day is free to explore Ipswich. To set the mood for your rail trail experience, why not visit the Workshops Rail Museum with its exhibits of locomotives. You can also visit the art gallery, Queens Park or take in the cafe's, restaurants and shops at 'Top of Town' on the historic part of Brisbane Street. Dinner at leisure.

Meals:  Nil

This is your first day of cycling and you’ll be leaving from the Ipswich suburb of Wulkuraka which is an Aboriginal word meaning either red flowering gum tree or plenty of kookaburras. You’ll be picked up from your accommodation in Ipswich and transferred to the northern side of the Wulkuraka Train station. It is a pleasant ride out along the first section as you slowly leave suburbia behind you and quickly find yourself in the semi rural areas of Fernvale and Lowood. Either of these towns and the small town of Coominya are all great locations to stop for morning tea and lunch depending on your progress down the trail. As the rail follows a former rail line the trail passes right through the centre of these towns making it easy to stop for a break, food and refreshments. It is an easy ride along this section of the trail being fairly flat and well maintained. You will find a lot more ‘cycle traffic’ here as many locals utilise this end of the trail for return day rides as well as a steady flow of those coming full distance from Yarraman at the head of the BVRT. From Lowood the ride changes from outer urban to distinctly rural with patches of bushland. You will end your day in the small town of Esk which has become popular with day trippers from Brisbane, Ipswich and surrounding areas. This is the gateway town into the region and as such many people stop for a bite at one of the great cafes, browse the range of shops or simply take a break before heading north. Just west of the town are the eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range rising to the Ravensbourne National Park and a number of cyclists and others have reported deer sightings in their travels which explains some of the deer paraphernalia you may see in this town. Overnight Esk. Ascent: 499m, descent: 420m

Meals:  Nil

Esk is the gateway to the Brisbane Valley and has embraced the whole rail trail enterprise which is warmly welcomed by businesses in the region who have seen not only the economic benefits of rail tourism but also how it has raised the profile of the region more generally. Today you’ll be cycling north to Linville passing though the towns of Toogoolawah and Moore and a number of sign posted locations that were once rail stops but now stand as little more than punctuation marks on a rail history long gone. The township of Toogoolawah is just 19km from Esk so may be a little early for lunch but it is a great breakfast stop after sharpening your appetite on the rail trail. Check out the ‘Have a Chat’ café for great coffee and breakfasts. There is also a well stocked IGA supermarket. From Toogoolawah you’ll pass through the heritage listed Yinbun Tunnel, the only tunnel constructed on the entire line and a classic photo opportunity. The next and last town along the trail today is Moore. There are a couple of great options for lunch here, try Tilies Café or Kai Lounge. Both have a great café lunch menu and the Kai Lounge has a leafy outside area resembling a Bali garden. After lunch you might like to check out the Old Church Gallery (Thur-Sun 10-4) which is located right alongside the rail trail just to the north as you leave town. From Moore it is a short 7km cycle to Linville which is perhaps the quietest and smallest town on the whole journey but your hotel and accommodation at the Grand Hotel for the night has a lot of charm and a grand hotel indeed considering its location. Ascent: 341m, descent: 319m

Meals:  Nil

Today you pass through two towns on your way to Yarraman, Blackbutt and Benarkin. Although you will be cycling up the Blackbutt Range thankfully you’ll be cycling along a rail trail with a significant yet manageable gradient. There are some great views along this section as you climb out of the Brisbane Valley region into the Blackbutt Ranges which are part of the Great Dividing Range. As you climb you’ll notice the climate, soil and vegetation is markedly different from the plains. By the time you reach the higher parts of this region the primary reason for the rail systems construction is on display. This is timber country with huge hardwood trees, one species giving its name to the town of Blackbutt but there are also huge stands of hoop pine, cedars and other quality hardwood timber here. The steam locomotives have long gone and are now replaced by cyclists following the same path. The first town of the day is Benarkin which is fairly small but it does have great public conveniences in the park right alongside the trail and there is a small store for drinks and snacks as well. Then Blackbutt is a great lunch stop with cafes and probably the best bakery on the BVRT with a huge selections of cakes, slices, snacks and coffee. After Blackbutt it is a further 19km to Yarraman and the completion of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. An afternoon transfer back to Ipswich will conclude the trip. Ascent: 478m, descent: 182m

Meals:  Nil



The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


  • 1 breakfast (continental style)
  • 3 nights accommodation in hotels and motels on a twin share basis with private facilities on most nights
  • Mountain bike hire including a helmet and bike lock (on request), hand pump, repair kit (electric bikes and tag-along bikes can be hired for an additional supplement)
  • Luggage transfers on cycle days - please ensure you have no more than one piece per person weighing 15kgs max (excess luggage charges apply for additional bags and/or weight)
  • Route notes & maps available to download and use on your phone
  • GPS information
  • Transfer Ipswich to Yarraman
  • Bike return on last day

  • Travel to/from Ipswich and Wulkuraka
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Travel insurance
  • Most meals
  • Phone handlebar mount

Bike information

Trail Surface



Introductory to Moderate  

This self guided trip involves 3 days of undulating, dedicated cycle trails. Daily cycling distance varies from 43km to 67km. The Rail Trail is mostly gentle, with a few longer ascents that on completion you are rewarded with stunning views. The Rail Trail path is shared between walkers and horse riders, but is free from road traffic. The trail surface is made up of either gravel or dirt which can sometimes be soft and therefore requires care. The trail is best suited to mountain bikes - we provide hard tail mountain bikes, or you can pay a supplement for an e-bike.

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Prices are based on standard category rooms. Supplements may apply where the standard category is not available or an upgraded room is required.
Please note, when we book your accommodation some hotels may request a deposit/full payment to secure your booking. This amount will be payable, in addition to the Australian Cycle Tours deposit. Any extra payments, along with the $400 AUD deposit, are non-refundable.

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Options & Supplements*
  • Discount to remove bike hireAUD$-200
  • E-Bike supplementAUD$140
  • Single supplementAUD$350
  • Solo Traveller SurchargeAUD$450
*Prices listed are per person and also from

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Brisbane Valley Rail Trail - Wulkuraka to Yarraman trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ipswich is approximately 31 kilometres from Brisbane. The drive will take approximately 30 minutes.

There is a direct train departing from Brisbane Central station, platform 5 station, and arriving at Ipswich station, platform 1 station. Services depart every 15 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 58 min and costs $5-7.

Alternatively, there is a direct bus departing from Brisbane and arriving at Ipswich. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 42 min and costs $5.

Visit https://translink.com.au/seq for further information.

At the end of the trip you can take a train back to Ipswich or Brisbane from Wulkuraka.

The train from Wulkuraka to Ipswich departs hourly and takes 5 minutes.

The train from Wulkuraka to Brisbane departs hourly and takes 75 minutes.

Visit https://translink.com.au/seq for further information.

Yes, you need to be a capable cyclist. You will cover between 43km to 67km in a day. Most of the cycling is along the dedicated cycle path. The Rail Trail path is shared between walkers and horse riders, but is free from road traffic. The trail surface is made up of either gravel or dirt which can sometimes be soft and therefore requires care.

The trail is best suited to mountain bikes - we provide hard tail mountain bikes, or you can pay a supplement for an e-bike.

Yes, you can use your own bike if you prefer. Let us know at the time of booking and a small discount will be applied.

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Why cycle with us


As the pioneers of self guided active travel in Australia you can expect a seamless experience. Our quality tour notes and logistical expertise sets us apart and ensures a quality experience for you.


Our team is passionate about cycling and their extensive knowledge and experience means you get the very best advice - every time. We will help you tailor the right cycling itinerary for you.

Quality services

Expect first-class and flexible support both on and off the trail. We've sourced the highest quality bikes and most authentic accommodations so you can enjoy a stress free cycling trip.

Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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