A long walk? – Yes. A hard walk? – No! The walk is basically downhill along a section of the old Wulkuraka (Ipswich) to Yarraman railway line now known as the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT). We’ll start our walk in Benarkin (an old timber town) and walk down the range to Linville. There are a few gullies to negotiate where the old railway bridges have been removed; a couple of these are quite steep but short. In a recent upgrade to the rail trail, the steepest were concreted, making the crossings easier and safer.
Benarkin has a general store and public toilets for your convenience before leaving. Free camping and showers are also available for anyone wishing to stay a night or two before or after the walk.
From here, the trail wends its way downhill, passing through Benarkin State forest where the tinkle of bellbirds fills the air. Moving into natural bushland, the trail crosses an historic culvert. A short detour leads to the bottom of the gully presenting an opportunity to walk through the large, century-old culverts installed to carry the huge volumes of water under the line in times of flood.
Continuing downhill, the trail emerges from the forest to allow great views of the Brisbane River Valley. At McNamara’s Camp, a shelter and chemical toilet provides a welcome break about halfway down. As the flora changes with a drier climate, stands of grass trees are prominent in the landscape.
Linville is a small country town with a general store and hotel for refreshments. The old station has information boards as well as several original items of railway rolling stock for inspection. Again, it has free camping for those wishing to stay before or after the walk as well as showers at the hotel for a small fee.
This activity will be conducted in keeping with health department Covid-19 directions regarding social distancing, good hygiene practices and group size in force for the venue/area at the time of the activity
Please do not attend this activity if you are feeling unwell on the day, or may have had contact with covid-19 in the 14 days prior to the activity.
Please register for this activity via the NPAQ website completing all fields.
Walk Grading: Blue (Intermediate) 18 km mainly downhill including some steep gully crossings – a moderate level of fitness required.
Meet: At the Railway Station in Linville at 7.30am for a car shuttle to Benarkin.
What to Bring: Hat, light jacket, rain gear (just in case), torch, whistle, 2+ litres of water, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, positive outlook, $5.00 NPAQ Fee
Directions: From Brisbane, travel north along the Bruce Highway, turning onto the D’Aguilar Highway at Caboolture. Travel through Woodford and Kilcoy, across the Brisbane River to Moore. Turn right at Moore to Linville. Allow 2-2 ½ hours
Those living on the Southside might find it easier and shorter to travel along the Ipswich Motorway, turning onto the Warrego Highway towards Toowoomba. After passing through Blacksoil, turn right onto the Brisbane Valley Highway. Travel trough Esk, Toogoolawah and Harlin. About 4km north of Harlin, turn left onto the D’Aguilar Highway towards Moore. Turn right at Moore to Linville. Allow 2-2 ½ hours. Carpooling is encouraged.
Nominations: NPAQ Website
Leader: For more information contact the leader, Frank Freeman (Ph07 3824 3954; Mobile: 0427 655 514 Email: [email protected])
Please do not attend this activity if you are feeling unwell on the day, or may have had contact with COVID-19 in the 21 days prior to the activity.