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Christmas Orchid found on trail

Dec 20 2013

In December 2013, our Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Ranger, Peter Kleis, found this example of a Christmas Orchid or Dipodium punctatum that is an Australian native terrestrial orchid.

The Queensland Herbarium has advised the Christmas Orchid is a saprophyte—a near leafless plant that derives its sustenance from decaying wood or other plant parts usually in association with a symbiotic fungus.

The orchid can't be cultivated in a home garden and will die if removed from the native environment. The Christmas Orchid is not a common orchid and is a good example of the one of the many special things that can encountered on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT).

Christmas Orchid (Dipodium punctatum)

From all the BVRT team we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

London to Auckland adventure

Nov 1 2013

Jeremy 'Quin' Scott is on the final leg of a marathon cycling adventure that is taking him from London to Auckland to raise funds for the Heart Foundation. Part of his journey has seen him traverse the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. Kate Dohle of the BVRT Ambassadors caught up with Quin for chat. Read the full story on our Community page.

Distance markers on the trail

Sep 13 2013

Distance markers have now been installed along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. The markers have been placed at 5 km intervals between each town centre along the length of the trail, and should prove to be of great benefit to trail users.

Esk to Coominya track re-opens

Aug 7 2013

The picturesque and popular Coominya to Esk trail has been repaired and re-opened, following damage from the 2011 floods.

Repair is underway on the Sandy Creek to Fernvale and Lowood to Coominya sections with three more sections between Esk and Harlin to be prepared by the end of the year, weather permitting.

Nukku Road to Yarraman information now available

May 14 2013

Information on the Nukku Road to Yarraman section of the trail is available, as well as a new brochure for download. This new 14 km stretch of the trail opened recently.

Flood repair to trail

Apr 29 2013

Work has commenced on the BVRT to repair damage from previous and recent flood events. Repairs will be made to six sections of the trail. The sections south of Esk are the current focus to enable the Coominya to Esk section to be re-opened. Work will then move to the northern sections to complete the flood repair work program by the end of the year, weather permitting. Peter Kleis, BVRT Ranger, will be supervising repairs and can be contacted on 0467 729 409 for updates.

Updated contacts for Linville and Blackbutt

Dec 17 2012

The trail between Linville and Blackbutt is now being managed by the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Ambassadors. Bookings and minor maintenance issues can be directed to Robyn Gray on 5424 8138 or Geoff Maudsley on 4163 0305.

Working group established for future arrangements

Nov 15 2012

The state government has established an interdepartmental working group to discuss future arrangements for the BVRT and to coordinate flood damage repair work. The Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning will continue to support a trail ranger to undertake management and maintenance of the trail until long term sustainable management arrangements can be put in place. Mr Peter Kleis, BVRT Trail Ranger can be contacted on 0467 729 409.

Blackbutt Charity Horseride!

Mar 15 2012

Join us on the Easter long weekend for a fun-filled family event that starts at Blackbutt and takes horse riders along the beautiful Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.

The ride will raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland while allowing participants to ride safely, have fun and meet new people who have the one common bond - the love of horses.

The weekend event starts on Good Friday at the Blackbutt Showgrounds with rides starting at 8.30 am on Saturday and Sunday.

The first 32 km ride will be to Taromeo Station where there will be a saddlebag lunch followed by a return ride on part of the old Moore to Blackbutt rail link.

Sunday's 31 km ride will be from Blackbutt Showgrounds to Yarraman and back.

Registration for the event cost $50 and participants were expected to raise a minimum of $200 each for the Leukaemia Foundation. Registrations close Friday 23 March.

Join the Facebook event if you are keen!

Wulkuraka to Yarraman

Oct 24 2011

Another 7.5 km of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail is now open! The section is south of Yarraman to Harland Park at Cooyar Creek (old Pidna rail station site). This expands on the 8km that was opened from Blackbutt to Gilla on 10 September. The new section of the BVRT was officially opened by Cr Peter Taylor, Mayor Toowoomba Regional Council at Heritage House Yarraman on Saturday, October 8.

For the full scoop view a PDF of the release..

The next section to re-open will be the Wanora - Fernvale and Lowood - Coominya Sections with final repairs on the trail currently underway.

Blackbutt Festival

Sep 1 2011

The annual Bloomin' Beautiful Blackbutt Festival runs from 3 to 11 September with art, country markets, a full program of entertainment and activities for the kids. It also incorporates the Brisbane Valley Rail Expo on 10-11 September. Click for a brochure with all the details.

Come along and join us!

Hendra virus information for trail users

Aug 18 2011

Attention trailgoers, here is some important information from Queensland Health relating to Hendra virus. The Queensland Government is managing Hendra virus through Biosecurity Queensland, a division of the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation.

Please read the following release for all the information.

900 people run newly restored BVRT trail in funrun

Jul 14 2011

100 km of the BVRT was closed after the devastating floods in January. After much hard work by the local community and the Somerset Regional and South Burnett Regional Councils nearly 40 km is now open for the public to use.

897 runners entered the Rail Trail Fun Run on Sunday 10 July 10 with over 1000 celebrating the reopening of the 8.5 km of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail between Fernvale and Lowood.

The next section to be opened will be the Esk to Toogoolawah section on 30 July, ready for visitors heading to the region for the Esk Multicultural Festival at the Esk Station Grounds, on the BVRT at Pipeliner Park.

More good news is that three community groups will share more than $12,000 in grants for projects associated with the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.

For more information please read the media release from Wayne Wendt, MP Member for Ipswich West and Chair of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Steering Committee.

Calling all bird fanciers to the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail!

May 11 2011

Bloomin' Beautiful Blackbutt Festival, September 3-11, 2011

Renowned photographer Valdamay Jones from Birds Queensland will host a bird walk during the Bloomin' Beautiful Blackbutt Festival on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September.

Learn about the habitat and habits of the many birds of the region and the Blackbutt region. Thrill to the sounds and sights of the birdlife while strolling with friends along one of Australia's most celebrated rail trails.

Where: Meet at Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Station

When: 4 pm Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September

What: Bird Walk with Valdamay Jones from Birds Queensland

Gold coin donation to Birds Queensland and includes free brochure with information on the birds living in the Blackbutt region. For further information contact Suzie on (07) 4170 0357 or visit the Bloomin' Beautiful Blackbutt Festival website.

Working bee #2! Everyone invited to give us a hand

Come lend us a helping hand at Yarraman on Friday, 11th of March

Mar 7 2011

Toowoomba Regional Council will be providing support for the volunteer efforts on the day with muster at 9 am at the Yarraman Trail Head.

The working bee will focus on clearing of the Yarraman trailhead and old station grounds, repairs to the Yarraman Weir Walk and trails linking to the BVRT.

Extending the BVRT to Yarraman will ensure the local community will reap the rewards of this valuable community asset and tourist attraction.

Lunch will be provided at the Yarraman Heritage Centre for all the volunteers who will help restore damages to the trail as a result of the January flooding.

When: Friday 11 March 2011

Where: Brisbane Valley Rail Trail/Yarraman Weir Walk Trailhead - Millar Street

Time: 9 am - Midday

What: Trail working bee

Bring: Walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, gloves, rake, shovel, drinking water and as many helpers as you can find!

Lunch will be followed by an information session presented by the Department of Local Government and Planning regarding the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail and the opportunities the trail will provide the local Yarraman community.

A big thank you to the Toowoomba Regional Council and the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Steering Committee for their support of this community recovery event.

Working bee and tree planting, Moore to Linville section of the BVRT

You are invited to join us for the first working bee on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail between Linville and Moore

Feb 9 2011

The task at hand is to restore, repair and re-open essential sections of the trail for use by the local community and visitors to the region. The first section is the Linville to Moore that runs adjacent to the Brisbane River in the upper reaches of the Brisbane Valley. There is some erosion control, debris clearing and tree planting jobs that need doing to get the trail back in tip top shape. It is also an opportunity to thank those who have been working tirelessly in our BVRT community in recent weeks.

The day starts with a free sausage sizzle breakfast for everyone at 7 am at the Linville Train Station. We then head south towards Moore along the trail from 8 am, working as we go!

Refreshments will be provided on the trail at Boundary Creek where we will plant over 200 seedlings and trees to stop further erosion at the creek crossing. Lunch will be provided at the Moore Memorial Hall for all the volunteers who will help bring the trail back to life.

When: Friday 18 February 2011

Where: Brisbane Valley Rail Trail - Linville Train Station - Moore Memorial Hall

Time: 7 am at Linville Train Station for Sausage Sizzle Breakfast

What: Trail working bee

Bring: Walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, gloves, rake, shovel, drinking water and as many helpers as you can find!

A big thank you to Bushcare Services, the Blackbutt and Benarkin Community Council and the Ambassadors of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail for their support of this community recovery event.

The Trail is in repair after recent flooding in the Brisbane Valley

Nov 3 2010

Unfortunately, recent rain in the Brisbane Valley has caused some damage to creek crossings along the trail in between Coominya and Esk and at Gallanini Creek north of Esk. The Somerset Regional Council and on ground crews will be working to repair these sections of the trail over the next few weeks.

The trail is still open, but please be aware that some creek crossings may be in disrepair.

BVRT Wins an award!

Above: The award accepted on behalf of Wayne Wendt, MP Member for Ipswich West. Above right: Wayne Wendt and Donna Little, Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation.

On Friday night, the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail won the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federations's Government Achievement Award. The award acknowledged the outstanding partnership between the Queensland Government, Ipswich City, Somerset and South Burnett Regional Councils to deliver the 148 km rail trail.

Planning has commenced on the delivery of the trail from Toogoolawah to Moore with construction of the final 30 km commencing in the second half of 2011 and will then provide a continuous trail for hiking, biking and horse riding from Wulkaraka to Blackbutt.