What’s really dirty, results in a sore arse, guys tend to like more than their girlfriends and isn’t anal sex? Bike touring on the Brisbane valley rail trail.
The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT for those fond of acronyms) is an old railway line that’s been converted to a multi use trail, multi as in bike, hike or horse.
It’s about 160km long and goes from Yarraman to Wulkuraka.
With the last of the start of the year long weekend bounty coming to a close Katie and I decided we needed to squeeze some adventure into the last one.
Riding from start to finish with hiking gear it was.
We drove to Wulkuraka station near Ipswich and got a lift to the Yarraman end with Josie from Out there cycling for the reasonable price of 50 bucks per person.
We rode 69km from Yarraman to stop at Harlin for the first night.
The section from Blackbutt to Linville is a highlight, steady long downhill through the forest.
Rail trails are nice because they’re never too steep, but currently the section from Moore to Toogoolawah isn’t complete and there’s a detour that consists of riding through some paddocks and a lot of back roads that can get a little steep at times.
Day 2 we rode 68km from Harlin to a little past Coominya.
This was the hardest day for Katie, the hills on the detour really took it out of her. Luckily just at the point where it looked like all hope was lost the track turned downhill and she stepped back from the edge.
We ended up sleeping under a bridge like homeless people. I think I could get used to this.
We also rode past a pretty big fire.
Day 3 we finished riding 39km from near Coominya back to Wulkuraka station.
Once we’d finished first stop was to see the Colonel for a bucket of his finest. I demolished most of a family feast on my own, delicious.
Other highlights included Katie eating almost 2 packets of ibuprofen over the 3 days. Impressive.
It was pretty quiet on the trail but we met a few people, 2 of whom volunteered for rail trails Queensland. They also mentioned there is another one from kilkivan to kingaroy which you could join onto the start to make it into potentially a week of relaxing riding, or if you wanted to get really serious you could ride the whole Bicentennial Trail of which the BVRT is but a small part. I’d never heard of the bicentennial trail before, and after going all the way down the bicentennial trail rabbit hole on Google I could feel the seriousness slowly but surely building.
How to get there:
Drive to one end and give Out there cycling a call to drop you at the other end. They can also drop you off and pick you up from any town along the way.