5
Moderate
Activities
  • 3 days supported cycling
  • Bushwalk to Cania Gorge
  • 'Twilight Tunnels' event and dinner
Accommodation
  • 4 nights motel accommodation
Meals
  • 1 Dinner
  • 1 Lunch

5 Days$1620AUD

Trip Code: BYN

Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail Supported Cycle Trip highlights


  • Cycle the Boyne Burnett Insland Rail Trail now as the ambition of the greater BBIRT begins to take shape
  • Enjoy the convenience and reassurance of a supported tour
  • Delight in the popular 'Tunnels in the Twilight' with dinner and refreshments
  • Discover the historic towns and villages in the North Burnett Region
  • Visit the heritage listed pre-Federation Glassford Chimneys in the Dawes National Park
  • Take an afternoon bushwalk in Cania Gorge

The Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail, once fully complete, is set to become the longest rail trail in Australia at over 270km. While the completion of this ambitious undertaking is still many years away, there are some great sections currently available. This cycle tour is designed for the curious and those wanting to show support for the tireless volunteers who are devoted to opening up this region to cycle tourism. Your tour hosts live in the region and are members of the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail Committee and are able to provide a wealth of information, not just of the region generally but also of the various aspects of the trail, including its particular design features and the various challenges past and present. The tour begins at the southern end where the trail follows the Burnett River most of the way into Mundubbera. Later the journey continues north of Monto with a cycle along the northern section from Kalpower to Builyan. The tour also includes a detour cycle to the historic Glassford Chimneys and a loop ride around the charming town of Monto. Then, to celebrate the end of the cycle tour enjoy a local community event ‘Tunnels by Twilight’ beginning with grazing platters to whet your appetite. The afternoon continues with an eleven kilometre cycle along a section of the northern trail through six tunnels. To finish the day enjoy a 2 course country dinner provided by the Kalpower hall committee. This tour is designed to link the benefits of cycle tourism to local communities and the final night dinner expresses that ambition very well.

Activities:

Itinerary

You will need to make your own way to Murgon this afternoon and check in to your first accommodation. Your tour hosts will meet with the group in the evening to outline the tour ahead. Overnight: Murgon.

Meals:  Nil

Today will start with a transfer from Murgon to Gayndah to begin your cycle. The cycle journey begins today just north of Gayndah at Reid’s Creek where we pick up the first open section of the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail, BBIRT. The trail follows a largely riverside rail alignment to the township of Mundubbera (38km). Once complete the BBIRT at 270km will be the longest rail trail in Australia and on this cycle journey you’ll get a good insight into the aspirations of the dedicated volunteers who welcome and get motivation from the early visitors who cycle along the sections currently open. This southern section follows the Burnett River along many stretches and is characterised by the iconic railway bridges. Interestingly, it is said the chief engineer encouraged different engineering design proposals for each bridge. You’ll arrive in the township of Mundubbera which is a bit of a fruit bowl town producing a range of fruit including blueberries, pecans, mangoes, avocados, lychees, peaches, nectarines, watermelons, rockmelons and citrus. After stopping for a pub lunch at a classic inland Queensland hotel, it's off to the northern town of Monto where you can choose to either explore the township on your own or head out for a bushwalk to Cania Gorge. Overnight Monto. Ascent: 276m, descent: 265m

Meals:  Nil

This morning the cycle route explores the current state of the rail trail development cycling the section of the Boyne Burnett Rail Trail located north of Monto. You’ll be transferred to Barrimoon Siding to begin the Kalpowar to Builyan section, a shorter section of rail trail than the southern section, but no less impressive. It is a 30km cycle with a gentle descent which you’ll find fairly easy cycling with impressive panoramas stretching out before you, passing through 6 historic railway tunnels on your way. The day also includes a 20km detour from the trail to a long-forgotten town and mine known as the Glassford Chimneys. This was a gold and copper town in the late 1800’s well before federation or the construction of the railway to this area. The old smelter chimneys and surrounds are now heritage listed and within the Dawes National Park. The route heads back to the rail trail to cycle further north passing behind the small township of Many Peaks before arriving at the township of Builyan before being transferred back to Monto. Overnight: Monto. Ascent: 369m, descent: 593m

Meals:  L

After two days of being transferred to the trail first thing, the route today is a loop (30km) along rural backroads around Monto in the morning. Or if you prefer you can set your own itinerary for the morning. Monto was the first town in Queensland built to a town plan and has a sense of town pride. The area is predominately agricultural and famous for its beef, dairy and pork. More recently the Monto Art Trail was developed and makes for an amazing walk or bike ride. Later in the afternoon we head off to a local event, ‘Tunnels by Twilight’. This is a locally organised event that brings cyclists and the community together with an 11km twilight cycle along the northern section of the trail beginning with grazing platters to whet your appetite. Then we cycle though 6 tunnels before heading to the Kalpowar Hall, famous for its steam train mural. Here we enjoy a 2 course ‘country dinner’ provided by the hall committee. This is a great way to meet the locals and get some understanding of a rail trail development fuelled by dedicated members of the community as well as meet other cyclists who may attend this public event. Overnight: Monto. Ascent: 302m, descent: 289m

Meals:  D

Your transfer will head south from Monto through the Burnett region you have cycled over the previous 3 days. This is a road journey of around 3 hours, arriving in Murgon before lunch.

Meals:  Nil


Map

Elevation

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.


Inclusions

  • Morning tea on cycle days
  • Lunch on trail day 3
  • 1 night twin share motel accommodation in Murgon
  • 3 nights twin share motel accommodation in Monto
  • Mountain ebike hire including a helmet and bike lock (on request), hand pump, repair kit.
  • Australian Cycle Tour' navigation App plus route notes and maps
  • GPS information
  • Group transfer from Murgon to Gayndah on day 2
  • Return group transfer from Monto to Murgon
  • Tunnels by Twilight Tour and Dinner
  • Support Vehicle and Tour Escort

  • Travel to/from Murgon
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not indicated on itinerary
  • Phone handlebar mount

Accommodation


Bike information


Trail Surface


Suitability

Moderate

5

We have graded this trip as moderate and while it is not recommended to inexperienced/low skilled riders it not overly technical or challenging either. The trail is fairly undulating with a hard surface but there are a couple of short sections of sand where it is recommended you walk. Our supplied ebikes have a ‘walk’ function that allows you to walk beside the bike without needing to push the weight of the bike. On day 3 there is an optional detour (20km) to an old copper mine that does have a couple of steep pinches where the walk function may also help cover these short sections. This ride also covers a few sections of low traffic rural dirt roads that are maintained public roads of good quality.


Departure dates


Notes

DN1
The price of this trip is based on 4 pax minium on tour. A supplement applies for groups of 2 or 3 pax.
DN2
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.
DN3
If you are travelling on your own a single suppplement will apply to secure your own room. We can try and pair you with another participant of the same gender, however if we cannot match you up a single supplement will be applicable.

Priceper person from

$1620AUD

Options & Supplements*
  • Discount to remove bike hireAUD$-245
  • Single supplementAUD$340
  • Supplement for 2 or 3 people (p/p)AUD$630
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail Supported Cycle 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

Murgon is around 330 km northwest of Brisbane and just under 4 hours drive. The option of a train with coach connection from Caboolture is also a possible alternative which for some may be a more relaxing and stressfree way to arrive.

Your tour includes a transfer from Monto where the tour concludes back to Murgon.

Yes, you need to be a capable cyclist. While this tour does not require high level technical skills you will be travelling in rural areas on a range of surfaces and you should feel confident as a cyclist. Most of the tour is along undulating, (rail corridors), with hard dirt surfaces and along low traffic public roads but there are a few sandy sections where you may choose to dismount and walk a short distance. There are a couple of relatively steep inclines and it is suggested you walk these short sections.

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.

We include this as part of the tour as a good way to meet some local identities involved with the evolving rail trail with the local hall committee providing us a 2 course 'country dinner'


Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail Supported Cycle Trip reviews


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.