A fine, sunny day greeted the four participants as they met at Grace Street, Wulkuraka to begin their 15km walk to Wanora. There are no facilities at Grace Street but works are underway to construct a new start-of-trip facility at 163 Grace Street. These improved facilities will include off-road car parking for up to 36 vehicles, toilet facilities and shade shelters with picnic tables and bench seats.
The first 5 km of this trail is concreted and well used by cyclists and walkers with and without dogs. The supersonic sound overhead was a reminder that we were close to the RAAF Base at Amberley. Once the concrete path was behind us, the traffic diminished, the path narrowed and we virtually had the rail trail to ourselves. Many birds were heard though not often sighted.
A sign marked the place of the old railway stations of Muirlea, Pine Mountain and Wanora. Brassall and Borallon both had a small shelter and a bench or two with a map of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail and some historical information about the railway line.
An enjoyable and relaxing walk culminating in a trip to Fernvale for coffee before returning to our cars at Grace Street.
The Wulkuraka to Wanora section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) is approximately 15km in length with the first 5km being on a concrete path. The Trail passes through Muirlea, Pine Mountain, Borallon and onto Wanora with replica station signs indicating the original site of previous stops or stations. The track is mostly flat with a little climb towards Pine Mountain. Because the walk starts and finishes at different points, the leader will organise a car shuffle.
Bring: Hat, at least 2 Litres water, your first aid kit
Meet: at 0815 for 0830 start
Park: by the Gregory Street Reserve in Grace Street, Wulkuraka, Ipswich UBD 212 J13 (approximately 600 metres from the Wulkuraka Railway Station)