BVRT 3 Day – Self Guided Cycle Tour

About The Experience

Take a leap into your next adventure with the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, experience the stretch of rail line from Wulkuraka to Yarraman. Discover 161 kilometres of adventure riders’ dreams, packed with picturesque winding descents, fast gravel sections and numerous river crossings. Travel through historical country towns packed with character, local attractions, tasty bakeries and great pubs. On your journey stop and take some photos with the old train stations, bridges, carriages and heritage listed sites.

The BVRT Self Guided Cycle Tour starts in Yarraman and slopes mostly downhill for the trip all the way back to Wulkuraka. The trail is easy to moderate and is great fun for anyone and everyone. If you think some of the hills may challenge you a bit too much, an upgrade to an e-bike could do wonders and help you get through the trail with ease. Spend your 3 nights at Oaks Aspire in Ipswich, The Linville Hotel and the Esk Caravan Park and Motel. These accommodation choices are all highly rated, comfortable and have great service and cleanliness. If you prefer more luxury or solitude please enquire about many of the upgrades including a host of cosy airbnb cabins and houses. A local bakery or takeaway shop is always just a short walk or ride away. This self guided tour takes care of all the logistics involved, so all you have to do is get on the bike and enjoy the ride. We provide you with a full itinerary so you always know what you’re doing and know all the best places to stop and have lunch or take a photo.

Brief Itinerary – Driving to Wulkaraka Trail Head – Starting at $750pp

Day 1 - Yarraman to Linville

The ‘Out There Cycling’ Shuttle bus will pick you up from the Wulkaraka Trail Head (Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Head), along with your bike & luggage. The shuttle leaves at promptly at 7am, make sure to be 10-15 mins early to load your bikes & luggage. The shuttle to Yarraman is approximately 2 to 2.5 hours drive, and along the way you will pass through most of the towns you will be riding between, so keep a lookout for anything that peaks your interest. The views you get from the shuttle are an experience on its own, the journey starts with plains for growing abundances of fruit and vegetables and towards the end of the trip it is very apparent that the main resource here is timber. The main reason for the creation of the rail trail was to transport all the milled timber from these lands along the rail trail. The timber from this region was used widely in the iconic ‘Queenslander’ style homes. On arrival at Yarraman you are dropped right on the trail where an old carriage named “The Bomb” sits. Explore the old carriage and have a read of all the historical  information at the drop off point, then follow the signs and start your adventure along the rail trail. Follow the trail to the small town of Blackbutt and head straight for the famous Blackbutt Bakery and try one of their amazing gourmet pies or dessert slices. Continue cycling through Benarkin State Forest and admire the great views all while hardly putting a foot on the pedal as this great section meanders down the range towards Linville. Linville is home to a historic railway station and carriages with plenty of information to learn more about the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. Linville is also home to the Linville Hotel where you stay for the night, enjoy a nice meal and a cold beer to finish off a long day riding.

Day 2 - Linville to Esk

Starting today off with just a short 7km ride to the town of Moore, a great place to grab a coffee and breakfast before heading off on another big day of riding. Not long after leaving Moore you will come across the heritage listed Yimbun Railway Tunnel, being the only tunnel to be constructed on the rail trail it’s a great spot to stop and take some awesome photos. Next you will cycle to the town of Toogoolawah, a perfect place to pull up and have a great lunch. I highly recommend the Exchange Hotel for a quality meal. The last leg of today continues on to the town of Esk, a great little town with plenty of quality cafes and shops. The Esk Caravan Park and Motel or the Esk Grand Hotel could be your rest stop for tonight.

Day 3 - Esk to Wulkuraka

Leaving the small town of Esk after a good coffee and breakfast, continue along the now mostly paved cycle path towards Coominya. Continue through the great open plains onto Lowood and then Fernvale where you are spoilt for choice when looking for a good lunch. When arriving at Fernvale make sure to text “Out There Cycling” and let them know so they can meet you promptly at the end of your ride with your luggage. Cycle onwards weaving in and out alongside the Brisbane River while also passing the enormous Wivenhoe Dam which is the main source of water throughout the entire Brisbane and Ipswich region. Finish at Wulkuraka Trail Head, the “Out There Cycling” team will be there waiting to hand over your luggage.

Brief Itinerary – Arriving from Airport Starting at $999pp

Day 1 - Arrive at Ipswich

Arrive at Ipswich. Trains departing Brisbane to Ipswich are scheduled regularly and have you arriving in Ipswich in about an hour. Once you have arrived, explore what Ipswich has to offer, the Workshops Rail Museum is close by and filled with information or take a stroll to the ‘top of town’ and indulge in some of the finest restaurants and cafe’s Ipswich has to offer. Before settling in for the night at the Oaks Aspire Hotel.

Day 2 - Yarraman to Linville

The ‘Out There Cycling’ Shuttle bus will pick you up from your hotel, along with your luggage. Wait out the back of the Oaks Aspire hotel next to the ground level carpark and be ready with your luggage at 6:45am. The shuttle to Yarraman is approximately 3 hours drive, and along the way you will pass through most of the towns you will be riding between, so keep a lookout for anything that peaks your interest. The views you get from the shuttle are an experience on its own, the journey starts with plains for growing abundances of fruit and vegetables and towards the end of the trip it is very apparent that the main resource here is timber. The main reason for the creation of the rail trail was to transport all the milled timber from these lands along the rail trail. The timber from this region was used widely in the iconic ‘Queenslander’ style homes. On arrival at Yarraman you are dropped right on the trail where an old carriage named “The Bomb” sits. Explore the old carriage and have a read of all the information at the drop off point, then follow the signs and start your adventure on the rail trail. Follow the trail to the small town of Blackbutt and head straight for the famous Blackbutt bakery and try one of their amazing pies or dessert slices. Continue cycling through Benarkin state forest and admire the great views all while hardly putting a foot on the pedal as this great section meanders down the range towards Linville. Linville is home to a historic railway station and carriages with plenty of information to learn more about the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. Linville is also home to the Linville Hotel where you stay for the night, enjoy a nice meal and a cold beer to finish off a long day riding.

Day 3 - Linville to Esk

Starting today off with just a short 7km ride to the town of Moore, a great place to grab a coffee and breakfast before heading off on another big day of riding. Not long after leaving more you will come across the heritage listed Yinbun tunnel, being the only tunnel to be constructed on the rail trail it’s a great spot to stop and take some awesome photos. Next you will cycle to the town of Toogoolawah, a perfect place to pull up and have a great lunch. I highly recommend the Exchange Hotel for a quality meal. The last leg of today continues on to the town of Esk, a great little town with plenty of quality cafes and shops. The Esk Caravan Park and Motel is your rest stop for tonight.

Day 4 - Esk to Wulkuraka

Leaving the small town of Esk after a good coffee and breakfast, continue along the now mostly paved cycle path towards Coominya. Continue through the great open plains onto Lowood and then Fernvale where you are spoilt for choice when looking for a good lunch. When arriving at Fernvale make sure to text “Out There Cycling” and let them know so they can meet you promptly at the end of your ride with your luggage. Cycle onwards weaving in and out alongside the Brisbane River while also passing the enormous Wivenhoe Dam which is the main source of water throughout the entire Brisbane and Ipswich region. Finish at Wulkuraka trail head, receive your luggage and handover your hire bikes, you have completed the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail! From Wulkuraka it is a simple train trip back into central Ipswich and Brisbane.

Inclusions

Inclusions

  • Accommodation for 2-3 nights depending on package
  • Transfer Ipswich to Yarraman
  • Mountain Bike hire with helmet, lock, hand pump, water bottle holder, single pannier and repair kit
  • Bike Return
  • Luggage Transfer between stops
  • Detailed Itinerary, Detailed Interactive Map and Route Notes

Not Included

  • Travel to Ipswich from airport
  • Accommodation Before or After the trip
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals
  • Additional Bike Accessories

Hire Bike Information

Standard Mountain Bike

The standard mountain bike’s consist of both the Trek Marlin 5 and Trek Marlin 6, both bikes are mountain bikes well suited to all sections of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. A specialised fitting service from the bike hire service is included so you always get the perfect fit for you.

For more Information: Marlin 6 – Trek Bikes (AU)

Electric Mountain Bike

The electric mountain bike hire is a Trek Powerfly 4 it has the range and power to get you through the day with ease. A single charge will get you through the day until you reach your stay for the night where you will be able to recharge ready for the next day. A specialised fitting service from the bike hire service is included so you always get the perfect fit for you.

For more Information: Powerfly 4 – Trek Bikes (AU)

Electric Step Through Mountain Bike

The electric step through mountain bike is a Trek Allant + 7 it has the range and power to get you through the day with ease. The unique step through design allows riders with low mobility to mount the bike with ease, barely lifting a leg. A single charge will get you through the day until you reach your stay for the night where you will be able to recharge ready for the next day. A specialised fitting service from the bike hire service is included so you always get the perfect fit for you.

For more Information: Allant+ 7 – Trek Bikes (AU)

Trail Information

The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail is an easy to moderate level trail spanning 161 kilometres. It consists of paved cycle paths, gravel and dirt sections including winding downhills and small uphills and grass sections. The 3 days of cycling can easily completed at a leisurely pace with plenty of time to spare. If you think you may struggle upgrade to an e-bike which will make the trail achievable for all fitness levels.