Queensland Rail Trails Tour
Kilkivan to Kingaroy and Brisbane Valley Rail Trails
Thursday 02 May, 2019 to Monday 06 May, 2019
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|Service:||Our owners are usually on tour with you. Renowned for good old fashioned service|
|Quality:||From great accom & meals to our lovingly prepared home-made muffins and biscuits|
|Support:||Our awesome crew & support vehicles are never far away if you need a pick-up or a mechanic|
|Camaraderie:||AllTrails cyclists are fun, positive and supportive – and waiting for you to join the community|
|The tour at a glance|
|Dates:||2-6 May 2019 (Thu-Mon)|
|Duration:||5 days, 4 nights. 5 ride days|
|Ave. Daily:||50 km|
|Bike Type:||Mountain bike|
|Surface:||Gravel and sealed sections|
|Terrain:||Flat to undulating|
|Group Size:||Small group tour|
|Accom:||3-4 star quality country motels|
|Meals incl:||4 breakfasts 4 dinners|
|Price:||See PRICING tab for options|
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‘Yarraman to Wulkuraka’
2 Great Rail Trails in 5 Spectacular Queensland Days
In May, the weather in most parts of Australia starts to cool down and you can really sense the winter closing in. Not in Queensland though – May is a spectacular time of year to be there when the intensity of the summer heat has passed, along with the tropical summer rains. What you are left with is a balmy average high temp of 23 deg with plenty of warm sun. Now that’s what we’re talking about.
We have combined not just two rail trails on this ride, but also two quite different ways to experience a trail:
The first two days cycling is on the Kilkivan to Kingaroy Rail Trail deep in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland – fully accommodated and supported by AllTrails in a small group environment, including breakfast, morning teas, afternoon teas and dinners.
On the last three days we will still be looking after you before and after the day’s ride, however the group will be entered in Bicycle QLD’s ride along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail from Yarraman to Wulkuraka. This ride will provide a larger group dynamic with a fun atmosphere, although you won’t need to camp with the rest of the cyclists on this ride – we take you to your accommodation after the ride for afternoon tea and a shower then bring you back to camp in the evening for the dinner and live entertainment if you wish. The next morning we arrange your breakfast with the AllTrails group then head off on your day’s ride. Entry to Bicycle QLD’s wonderful event is included in our fee.
Five days of relaxed and beautiful cycling at a wonderful time of year in QLD.
Book it, you’ll love it.
- Group of 3 or more cyclists = $100 discount pp
- Families with children = substantial savings contact us for a quote
The individual highlights of this tour are numerous, however the biggest highlight is just being able to easily enjoy the experience of two great rail trails in five days without any hassle. You just book the ride and turn up – leave the logistics to us – the specialist in Australian multi-day bike tours. Come on your own, as a couple, or in a small group – welcome to the Queensland Rail Trails Tour.
Rail Trail TestimonialsEnjoyed the Rail Trail ride very much. Outstanding job of organising EVERYTHING whilst always remaining calm and happy. Highlight for me was riding alongside the river, it was so peaceful and the scenery was beautiful. Weather was sensational too. Also great to meet new cycling friends. Thanks again
Just a short note to let you know how much we enjoyed ourselves. Helpful, knowledgeable and such good company. Great cycling companions. Friendships resumed and new friends made. From the scrumptious devonshire tea in amongst a beautiful garden setting to a meandering echidna, it was all just fantastic. Looking forward to more trips.
I had a wonderful time, thank you for all your help and fantastic organisation. Such a lovely group of people also, which combined with the most perfect weather and gorgeous countryside was a lovely way to spend a few days. Thank you again for a really well run and most enjoyable bike ride.
Had a great time on the Rail Trail ride over the long weekend. Professional, friendly, helpful, fun, unflappable, and knowledgeable! Icy frozen sticks were a real treat, muffins where super yummy, and little surprise bags of treats were fun too. Thanks for a great weekend and we will look forward to riding again one day!
Arrived home yesterday – the Rail Trail experience was fabulous. Thank-you for your detailed coordination, and also for the birthday card – that was quite a surprise. We wish to thank the AllTrails team for hosting and supporting us – we couldn’t have asked for a better host.
A past AllTrails Rail Trail tour featured in the Herald Sun Weekend Travel Editorial. Read Here
You push off along the rail trail and come across a small town or a clearing in the trees for some morning tea. After a chat and refilling your water bottles you head out again for a good ride, stopping in eventually at one of the small villages dotted along the trail for a cafe lunch with some great choices of local produce, and enough sustenance and energy to take you through into the afternoon. The last leg of the day takes you through more lovely scenery and spectacular cycling while the AllTrails support vehicle is not far away with water refills, bananas, snacks, goodies and advice on the best places to go and the best places to stop.
You will arrive at your overnight accommodation with plenty of time to explore another interesting town, enjoy the afternoon with a cuppa & biscuit, a wine in the garden or a beer at the local pub. In the evenings on the first half of the ride we share a few stories at the evening briefing followed by a delicious dinner, while on the second half of the ride we head to Bicycle QLDs campsite for a meal (optional) and all the campsite entertainment, then it’s off to bed for a well-deserved slumber so that we can do it all again tomorrow.
Meal and accom inclusions noted as B, L, D, A (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation)
After we have lunch, set up bikes and run through a safety briefing, you are on your way to Murgon along what will be the most adventurous section of trail we will traverse in the next 5 days. The track surface here will alternate between dirt, grass and gravel interspersed with patches of original blue-chip rail stone to keep the riding interesting. The trail is largely underdeveloped (maintaining the rail lines original signage and character) yet provides definite reward for effort. Not far out of Kilkivan, take care crossing Wide Bay Creek which some have described as a “refreshing interlude” and the “highlight of the ride”. AllTrails crew will be on hand to help you stay dry. Goomeri is another small town which at today’s midpoint, is the perfect spot to stop for refreshments. The Goomeri Bakery and Cafés come highly recommended.
Our destination of Murgon is the home of an unusual Dairy Industry museum. Be sure to check out the median strip in the main street which is named in honour of Flo Bjelke-Petersen (a Queensland Senator of 12 years, well-known pumpkin scone cook and wife of a former state premier) and there is a sign announcing that it is the home of Australia’s champion cheese. In the 1980s, when Joh Bjelke-Petersen was the Premier of Queensland, the town proudly announced, ‘Come to Murgon – Gateway to Joh’s Country’. It is entirely appropriate that nearby Goomeri (where you may have stopped for afternoon tea with pumpkin scones on your way to Murgon) holds a Pumpkin Festival each year.
With its quirky country charm, Murgon will be our home tonight. Centrally located, you may wish to explore town this afternoon or just relax by the motel pool, before adjourning to the bar for our nightly brief recapping the fun of the day, what to look out for tomorrow, followed of course by dinner together in the hotel restaurant.
But don’t get there too fast. Slow down and enjoy the birdsong as you traverse gentle undulations through farm and bushland. Be sure to call in at the AllTrails café that will be set up, path side, with hot and cold refreshments, fruit and snacks, and all the smiles and gossip of the day. Alternatively, the small hamlets of Wondai (14km) or Tingoora (22km) both have pubs on hand if something more serious is in order!
At the 44km mark you will arrive in Kingaroy where the AllTrails crew will direct you to the best lunch spots, coffee outlets, picnic supplies shops, or a pub if you are feeling ready for that.
Kingaroy, actual former home to the Bjelke-Petersen’s, is dominated by peanuts. There are big peanut signs in the street; a peanut selling point known as ‘The Peanut Van’ sells the local product around South East Queensland and as far south as Casino; the huge peanut silos dominate the town; and even the Visitors Centre has peanuts for sale. The district is now one of Australia’s major peanut producers with part of the crop being exported to New Zealand, Britain and Japan.
Here we park up in a well-appointed hotel complete with pool, bar and restaurant – the perfect way to relax after a day on the bike. Tonight we gather for a round-up of the day’s events, a briefing on tomorrow and a group meal.
From here on while riding the trail, you will be under the care and guidance of Bicycle Queensland and their wonderful ensemble of course volunteers. The trail will visit small towns along the way, the largest being Blackbutt (18km), a regional centre and perfect lunch stop with a choice of bakeries, cafes and pubs, then onto our destination town of Moore at 48km.
Grab an ice-cream, explore camp and Moore, then park the bikes up at the AllTrails Overnight Bike Compound in camp before boarding the bus to our 2-night accommodation town of Esk, a short drive away. After freshening up and exploring the beautiful town of Esk, the AllTrails dinner bus will head back to camp for a couple of hours to enjoy a meal (included in your entry) and all the action and fun of the event which includes the BQ nightly rider briefing. For those preferring to relax and enjoy the quiet sophistication of Esk, you are more than welcome to stay in town where you can purchase your dinner from the many options the town has on offer.
Today, the trail takes us through Toogoolawah (27km), Esk (46km) then onto our destination town of Coominya at 70km. For those looking for a shorter ride option, you are welcome to ride directly to our accommodation in Esk (we will transfer your bike to the bike compound in Coominya).
The AllTrails bus will again provide transfers between Coominya and Esk following the ride and for the evening’s dinner, briefing and entertainment at camp. What a wonderful day!
Arriving in Wulkuraka, it’s congratulations all round as you tick off Queensland’s two longest rail trails. It’s quite an accomplishment, and to be able to do them both in five days makes it all that more special! All aboard the bus for a transfer back to Brisbane Transit Centre (arriving approx 1pm) where you can catch the Air Train to the airport, or feel free to spend a few more days down here exploring the region.
|PRICES IN AUD||Before 2 Apr||From 2 Apr|
|TWIN SHARE PP
(double bed or two beds)
|$2290 pp||$2340 pp|
(one person with own room)
Families with children: Great savings on a family package. Contact us for a quote
Travelling on your own: Book the Single Room rate, or early bookers can book a Twin Share rate and we will partner you up with somebody else of the same gender travelling on their own. This offer closes 2 months before tour departure (2 Mar) – after this date contact us to see if we can match you, if not the single room price will apply.
Optional ExtrasTransfers from Brisbane: We are arranging a transfer from Brisbane to the start of the ride in Kilkivan on Thu 2 May, then back from Ipswich to Brisbane on Mon 6 May. Join us if you wish or meet us in Kilkivan.
- Brisbane to Kilkivan transfer (dep approx 8am) $40
- Ipswich to Brisbane transfer (arr approx 1pm) $ $20
- Transfer of hard case bike box from start of ride to finish, $10/day (if space available) $40
- Transfer of soft FOLDABLE bike bag from start of ride to finish $3/day $12
A ‘Merchandise Kit’ is included in the cost of this tour, including an AllTrails cycling jersey, cycling cap, drink bottle and day bag. Check the merchandise PDF link for jersey colour options and sizing: Link to AllTrails Merchandise PDF
AllTrails t-shirts – good quality tees (not included in merchandise kit above):
- Older stock, limited sizes $20
- New style tee $30
- Raglan style (3/4 sleeve) $35
Feel free to contact us at any time through our website ‘Contact Us’ page, phone or email. We love what we do and want to get you on the best bike ride for you. Speak to us about what’s on your mind and we’ll help you make your decision.
Cycling always has risks but in general rail trail cycling is very safe. There is very little chance of getting lost, you can cycle at your own pace with friends two or even three abreast and if you do need support, our bus is never far away. Rail trails can be inconsistent in their surface with alternating patches of compacted dirt, gravel, sealed sections and sometimes also grass, however rail trails also have no vehicle traffic to worry about other than small sections of road, usually around overnight towns. Check the tour webpage for specific descriptions of cycling surface for your tour.
Our support bus is there to support the tour and also pick up riders who need to jump in for any reason. The bus is also sometimes used for part-time riders who only ride certain sections of each day – these are often partners of someone else on the ride. This vehicle can be quite popular on some days – especially long days or days with big hills! There is no shame in riding in this bus so if you are considering a tour and are ‘in the ball-park’ in terms of your fitness and preparedness, but not 100% sure if you will be up to it on the toughest days, just go for it – our vehicle and staff will be there to help out. It’s better to give it a try than to miss out all together. If you feel that you are extremely far off the fitness level required and cannot commit to enough training that will get you fit in time then you may be better off booking a later ride or a different type of tour – just give us a call or email to discuss.
Obtaining appropriate insurance is your (very important) responsibility
IMPORTANT: Travel Insurance – even for trips within Australia
- When you consider the cost of cancelling your tour if something goes wrong before or during your travel, insurance is good protection.
- Domestic travel insurance is usually considerably cheaper than international.
- Purchase your travel insurance as soon as you have booked your tour and your travel – don’t wait until just before you go.
- Some credit card travel insurances do not apply to domestic Australian travel – check with your provider.
- There are lots of travel insurance providers – cyclists should do their own research to ensure they are covered adequately.
- Here are two options as an example:
- International travellers should always have a comprehensive travel insurance.
IMPORTANT: Cyclist insurance for accidents & medical:
Cyclist Insurance is different to Travel Insurance and is often included as part of cycling memberships such as Bicycle Network or Bicycle Queensland or can be bought separately. Cycling can be a dangerous activity and you should be prepared for the worst. If you have an accident in training for the tour or on the tour itself cyclist insurance can help with medical, income protection and third party coverage. Check out the benefits here:
A staff member with good bike mechanical knowledge will be part of our crew and will have a stand pump for different valves. The mechanic will often be able to help you with a safety check, general tips and advice about your bike and its upkeep, as well as fixing mechanical problems. We will have limited parts available for replacement which will be charged at shop prices. Labour is free for the first fifteen minutes, there after costs may be incurred at the mechanic’s discretion. Cyclists with rare or different bikes are asked to contact us at AllTrails as parts can often be very difficult to obtain.
You really need to be a reasonably fit person, however not necessarily a fast or a highly experienced ‘cyclist’. If you can sit on an average speed of 15-20 km/hr on a flat road, you will be fine. Try to build your distance in training to gradually ride about 40km a day for 2 days straight. Remember there is no rush with this ride, and there is always a backup vehicle not too far away.
On the online entry form you can nominate any travelling companions who you would like to share a room with and/or be accommodated close to so that couples or friends can be grouped together. This can be in a double bed or twin beds. If you are travelling alone like many of our riders, a Single Supplement price is available for those who would like their own room for the whole trip. On some tours you can also choose to ‘twin share’ where single riders are paired with other riders of the same gender (often changed during the tour to allow solo travellers to meet other solo travellers). On other tours you may need to put your name down on a Twin Share Request List and we will try to match you up. If you are a snorer or have other habits that may affect your fellow room-mates we ask that you book your own room at the Single Supplement price. If you are coming on your own and have booked in as twin share, this usually means that you will share a room with one other single twin share cyclist or crew member, however in some cases we may have larger rooms (eg. two bedroom apartment or a B&B/house with multiple bathrooms) where we may have 3 or more single twin share travellers together.
Not a problem! You’ll find other like-minded cycling companions taking part in our rides. If you’re a solo traveller we can pair you with other solo travellers of the same gender in twin share accom (early bookers only) or you can opt for Single Supplement (additional cost) to receive a room of your own.
If you are a chronic snorer or have other habits that may affect your fellow room-mates we suggest booking your own room (single supplement cost). This is not just a courtesy to your fellow travelling companions, but will also give you the space & privacy you need to enjoy your sleep after a long day on the bike.
We suggest you carry a spare tube, a full water bottle and your own personal goods such as camera, wallet and rain gear, on your bike with you. We transport your luggage, drawstring day bags, food & extra water. A more detailed list of things to bring and not bring is on our ‘Tour Preparation Guide’ which is sent out to you before the ride.
Always a big part of any cycling holiday! Check tour details for meal inclusions on your ride. Our emphasis is on fresh food and balanced diet with plenty of carbohydrates, proteins, fruit and vegies catering for a cycling holiday. We successfully cater to most dietary requirements, however feel free to contact us with any questions. Most meals are included as part of our tours, however you may be required to purchase some meals. See the ‘Day to Day’ tab for more details, or click the ‘Download Itinerary’ button.
We realise that often our riders want to spend their holidays with loved ones who may not be a keen cyclist as they are – we are happy to accommodate non-riding partners and part-timers who only want to ride part of each day, or only certain days. We will generally try to allocate pickup points along the route every day. The entry price will be the same for part-time riders and usually non-riders as well depending on their tour plan.
We have a great safety record, but accidents can happen. We have trained First Aiders as crew, comprehensive First-Aid Kits, a list of hospitals in the areas that we travel through, as well as mobile phones and a satellite phone for emergency calls when we are out of cellular range. Safety discussions are held throughout the tour as part of the daily briefings.
We will be happy to give you the names and telephone numbers of people who have participated in the ride or a similar ride to the one which you are considering. Where possible we will provide you with the details of someone within your city or state.
Another good place to look is our ‘Testimonials’ page.
Bring your friends and save some money! Many of our tours have group discounts for 3 or more entrants. Check out the ‘pricing’ tab on each ride page to see if group discounts apply to that tour. This generally excludes any optional extras such pre and post tour accom, cycling jersey, t-shirt etc. Contact our office for more details and information.
Should you wish to change your booking with AllTrails to a different tour, there will be a very reasonable service charge. We try to keep this figure as low as possible to allow flexibility where we can as we want to make sure that you get on the right tour for you. For cancellation and refund policies for your tour click the ‘T&Cs’ tab on the relevant tour page of our website.
If you need to cancel your tour, a travel insurance policy will cover cancellation fees due to most unforeseen events. This is why we provide links to travel insurance options and highly recommend that you investigate and purchase travel insurance for all our rides (including Australian domestic tours) at the time of deposit and ensure that it includes coverage for cancellation fees if for some reason you are not able to travel (see Travel Insurance FAQ). For our international tours we require all participants to have Travel Insurance to assist you in the event of a medical emergency, lost baggage, personal liability, cancelled tour or other trip related issues.
People from all parts of Australia and also some overseas guests. Ages generally range from 35 – 75 with the average age about 50-60 years old. Adventurous cyclists usually about 40% women & 60% men with a mix of singles, friends and couples.
We recommend you bring a soft bag or backpack. We advise against bringing a suitcase as they are bulky, difficult to stow on board vehicles or trailers and heavy. You may be required to lift or carry your own luggage from time to time, e.g. into accommodation. We expect your bag to be no heavier than 15kg, making it easy to manage for you and the staff. Any excess luggage may need to be stored or forwarded on to your final destination at your own expense. Information about what to pack is included as part of your Pre-Departure information. Generally we advise that you pack as light as possible.
We only run approximately 10 tours per year. This makes every tour as special to us as it is to you because we are not repeating the same rides over and over again week-in week-out. Every tour is meticulously planned and we are just as excited to be there as you – there is no bulk production-line here! On most occasions the owner-operators of the business will be on tour with you looking after everyone on the ride. The safety and confidence that comes with that is one of many great reasons to book your cycling holiday with us.
AllTrails is a proud Australian owned company with a great reputation in the bicycle tour industry. We have earned that reputation through hard work and dedication and we sincerely care about every person on every tour. Our large community of loyal AllTrails riders that keep coming back year after year are testament to the high standard of tours that we provide. We consider ourselves the best in the business and we always make sure that our tours represent great value at a fair price.
We pick the most welcoming and cycle-friendly properties for our tours. The accommodation on this tour is a good range of quality small-town motels from 3-4 star.
Day 1 riding surface: The most challenging of the 5 days cycling – a good one to start on. Surface alternates between dirt and gravel interspersed with patches of original blue-chip rail stone to keep the riding interesting. There is even a ‘water hazard’ to negotiate at one point, where AllTrails crew will be stationed to assist where needed. There’s nothing to be scared of, just be aware that it’s not all smooth sailing today.
Day 2: Beautiful sealed bitumen pretty much all the way.
Day 3-5: The standard of the trail surface varies between sections although generally the trail surface is a combination of compacted gravel/dirt. The section from Linville to Benarkin has a rough gravel surface with some rocky sections.
Although parts of the trail could be ridden on any bike, the best choice is a mountain bike.
AllTrails will be driving from the Brisbane Transit Centre to the ride start at Kilkivan on Thu 2 May (depart aprrox 8am), then back again from Wulkuraka/Ipswich to Brisbane Transit Centre at the end of the ride (arrive approx 1pm). These transfers involve an extra cost and includes transport for you, your bike and luggage. If you want to take your own car, contact our office to discuss possible solutions on 03 9802 4465.
We don’t have a fleet of hire bikes ourselves however we have a contact in Brisbane who can provide hire bikes appropriate for this rail trail tour. AllTrails can pick-up and drop-off bikes at the hire shop where required. Get in touch with us for more details or make a note on your booking form that you would like to hire and we will get the ball rolling.
Conditions of contract : Please read carefullyAgreement:
I have read and understand the terms and conditions of this event (see instructions below) and wish to enter this ALLTRAILS BICYCLE TOURS Pty Ltd event at my own risk. I understand that participation in this ride involves riding on public roads used by other traffic, and in doing this, I am aware of the potential dangers, both on and off public roads. In my judgement, I am capable and competent to participate safely in this ride. I hereby release, exempt and indemnify AllTrails and any of its contractors, local guides, officers, directors, employees, agents, staff, sponsors, volunteers and all other persons involved in the organisation of this event, from all actions, costs, demands, proceedings, and claims whatsoever made or taken by any person, arising out of my participation in the ride.
I accept that I am to wear a helmet, abide by road laws, and understand the organisers have no responsibility for my property damaged or stolen. I agree to take responsibility, and make appropriate payment if necessary, for any damage to others property that I cause including motel rooms, motel property, AllTrails property or other cyclist’s property.
I agree to carefully consider my insurance options and take note of AllTrails’ policy strongly recommending Cyclist Insurance and Travel Insurance to all cyclists on Australian tours, and the compulsory Travel Insurance policy for international tours.
AllTrails reserves the right to change the advertised ride and itinerary due to road works, bad weather, unsafe conditions, or any unforeseen circumstances. I declare I am 18 years of age or older or am the legal guardian of persons under 18 years old in my care. I consent to publication, for promotional purposes, of any photos or video footage taken of myself or others in my group, while taking part in this event without recourse or compensation to me.
I consent to AllTrails processing personal information about me and other members of my party. AllTrails may hold my name, address and other details supplied on their database. This information will be used to make my tour arrangements and to send me information about AllTrails and its tours. In order to make my tour arrangements AllTrails may need to pass on my details to companies and individuals inside and/or outside Australia, where less stringent data protection controls may be in place. I understand this and agree to the passing of necessary information to required third parties such as hotels and local tour companies.
Full terms and conditions for each ride are available via our booking system (instructions to find them are below). These terms and conditions will also be sent to you with your confirmation email after booking.
Entry to this AllTrails QLD Rail Trails Ride also includes entry to the Bicycle QLD Y2W event and thus the conditions of entry to that event are also applicable to all entries into the AllTrails ride. See this link for Y2W19 – Conditions of Entry.
To find the terms & conditions of the AllTrails QLD Rail Trails ride:
- Click any ‘Book This Ride’ button on this webpage such as the one below (right click ‘open in new tab’)
- Enter at least 1 participant on any package, then scroll down and click ‘BOOK NOW’
- Click the ‘SKIP’ button
- Scroll to the bottom of the questions page and click ‘terms and conditions’ hyperlink