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Adventure Club: Activity Report – Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

Adventure Club Activity Report

Activity: Overnight Trip – Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT)
Date: 1-2 June 2019
Participants: See below
Staff: Brodie Bassingthwaighte, Ian Waite


A chilly morning greeted the group as we loaded bikes, tents and equipment ready for a weekend cycling the upper sections of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.  Now the longest Rail Trail in Australia, the original line was commenced near Ipswich in 1884 and eventually completed to Yarraman in 1913.  The line followed the picturesque Brisbane Valley.  The final steam trains ran on the line in 1969. Some Railmotor passenger services continued with the line finally closed in 1991 and the line pulled up.  From 1996, local councils and Queensland Rail commenced negotiations to develop the rail corridor into a trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, with the final sections opened last year to complete the trail.

Our group enjoyed a glorious first day, riding from Yarraman to Moore.  Grass trees and magnificent valley views make for a great trip.  The section from Benarkin to Linville is almost all downhill (3 to 5 % slope) making for a causal, gravity assisted ride.  It also includes the Benarkin viaduct and its historic culvert.  These are amazing engineering feats for their day.  After a casual lunch in Linville, the group rode onto Moore.  This leg of the trail provides some spectacular views of the upper reaches of the Brisbane River.  After 50km of riding, the group reached Moore in good time and went about establishing camp.  An early dinner saw the boys bed down for a well-earned sleep.

A slight overnight shower did little to dampen the boys’ spirit and enthusiasm for day 2.   The ride to Harlin is over the newest sections of the trail, making for easy riding over a good surface.  Again, there are vantage points to take in the scenic views along the valley. Intermittent light showers added to the challenge as we moved onwards towards our final goal.  The Yimbun tunnel (1910), the only tunnel along the entire trail and 100m in length, again reminded us of the engineering feats evident along the ride. The old Toogoolawah Station building provided a well-earned shelter for lunch.  While some boys chose to end their trip here, there were a couple who were keen to complete the journey, especially as the skies had cleared.  The final leg to Esk was done in good time, before all again boarded the bus for the trip home.

The overall trip was close to 100 km.  The boys showed great perseverance and resilience, never complaining as they completed the ride.  No mechanical problems or flats topped off a great weekend.

Images and trail map available from:


Count Surname CName St # Year D/B
1 Bassingthwaighte Brodie staff    
2 Waite Ian staff    
3 Campbell Braith 403220 8 Dayboy
4 McIntosh Edley 46799 8 Dayboy
5 Statham Ewan 46300 8 Dayboy
6 Doran Lachlan 401988 7 Dayboy
7 Strugnell Tumoana 402952 9 Dayboy
8 Strugnell Ashley parent    

Adventure Club – Cycling BVRT

For your consideration…

Activity # 19-4
Activity Title: Brisbane Valley Rail Trail – Cycling with o/night camping at Moore
Overview: Now the longest rail trail in Australia, the 161 km Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) follows the disused Brisbane Valley rail line that commenced construction at Wulkuraka near Ipswich in 1884 and was completed at Yarraman in 1913. The BVRT winds its way up the Brisbane valley, traversing farmland, forests, picturesque rural settings and country towns. Being on the old railway line, the BVRT provides an off-road climb up the valley for day trippers, overnight camping or longer-term adventures.

·         Yarraman to Moore (50 km)

·         Camp overnight

·         Moore to Toogoolawah (30 km) (or Esk (+19 km) depending on group)

·         North to South is more down than up.


Date: Sat-Sun 01-02 June, 2019
Travel: Depart TGS 6:00 am (from Margaret St Bus loop)
  Return TGS 5:30 pm (eta)
  Means Mini bus + trailer
Accom: Camping – 2 person tents available on loan from Adventure Club
Catering: self-catering – BYO.  Trangia stoves available on loan from Adventure Club
Equipment: Mountain Bike or commuter bike suitable for use on gravel  + basic repair kit eg. spare tube or puncture repair kit

(sorry but bike hire is expensive so I have decided not to organise for this)

Suitable clothing, including suitable shoes

Sleeping bag, crockery/cutlery. (wash up gear provided)

Small backpack

Costs: max $55, charged to TGS account.  Once you have committed to this activity, the cost may be charged if you withdraw from the activity or do not attend for any reason.
Staff: Mr Bassingthwaighte, TBC
Sign Up: Use the google form to sign up for this activity.

Please sign up by Friday 21 May – this is so transport can be booked.  There is a maximum of 10 places available.

 Other: A parental permission is also required.  Please have a parent/guardian complete the form and return to Mr Bassingthwaighte.

For Forms:

Parents are also invited to join this activity. 

Adventure Club: Mountain Biking at Hidden Vale Adventure Park

On Sunday, 10 March, 14 boys and 2 parents ventured to Hidden Vale Adventure Park to experience the mountain bike trails on offer.  The day was overcast, although it did become hot as the day progressed.  Happy Gilmore, 007, Dodgem, Trailer Trash and Plane Sailing (to name some of the trails ridden) provided for flowy riding and all the boys were able to meet the challenges of the park, with each riding within their capabilities.  Trailer Trash was especially popular with a number of boys taking the opportunity for multiple runs.

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