Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Cycling Tour

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Cycling Tour




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The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

At 161kms in length the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail is the longest rail trail in Australia.   This self guided cycling tour will have you riding the best sections of this fantastic Queensland getaway, whilst taking care of those pesky logistics for you.

There are some stunning bridges, some we cross and some we go under. Being elevated at the northern end there are terrific views.   It’s undeniably outback Queensland but we have found a couple of gourmet secrets so we do get to enjoy quality meals.

Cycling the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail is a little bit of an adventure. It’s still on the easy side in terms of distances and there are no major uphill sections.  The distances are achievable for most riders, and we start this tour at the northern end so it’s largely downhill.  Although short sections near the towns are paved, the majority of the trail is either hard packed gravel or a wide dirt track, so this is the element that some beginner riders find slightly more challenging.  There are also a number of very short but step river bed crossings.  Some riders walk these, or go slowly on your brakes, which will mean most likely walking up the other side.  But these are very short and can be great fun for riders above beginner level.  For these reasons we recommend well-equipped mountain bikes (you can BYO bike or ask about our renting).

It wouldn't be Queensland without some great pubs and iconic outback buildings to visit.  It all makes for a wonderful getaway on this Brisbane Valley Rail Trail cycling tour.

What We Love About this Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Cycling Tour

  • Enjoy the downhill cycling from Yarraman on the safe, fun Brisbane Valley Rail Trail
  • Experience the charming outback towns of Esk, Yarraman & Fernvale
  • Wildlife spotting including koala, emu and echidna
  • Revisit the past at the old restored train stations
  • Savour the friendly Queensland regional hospitality

What’s Included In Your Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Cycling Tour

  • 2 x Nights accommodation (3/3.5 star)
  • 2 x Breakfasts with coffee/tea/drinks as required
  • 1 x Café Lunch
  • 1 x Dinner
  • Transfers to Yarraman on Day 1
  • Transfer from Fernvale back to Esk on Day 2
  • On call support throughout
  • Printed itinerary and maps for reference
  • An environmentally friendly water bottle AND lightweight cycling t-shirt

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Cycling Tour Dates & Prices

As a self guided tour you have the freedom to choose any date/s that suit you, subject only to accommodation availability.

Prices do vary depending on your dates (note there is a supplement for public holidays) and start at $699 per person on a double/twin share basis for groups.  

Bike hire is additional and is as follows:
Mountain Bike (Trek hard tail) $140
E-Mountain Bike (Trek or similar) $220

Please ensure you view the updated and live pricing and availability at the calendar section of this page. 

Self Guiding

Self guided cycling tours do require participants to be adaptable and able to solve issues whilst on tour.  On call support is included in your tour, but it is expected that you will know how to repair punctures and make minor adjustments to gears, handlebars and seats if required, and if bringing your own bike then this is expected. For anything more serious, we will be able to assist with a call to our 1300 665 330 number at any time during your trip.  You should be able to read a map and follow directions, either on a device or a printed map (supplied) and that you have a good sense of direction.   Getting a little bit lost, or having to ask locals for directions is all part of choosing to travel on a self guided basis.  The maps and directions provided to you is updated regularly and tailored to your specific trip (hotels, restaurants are noted, and marked).  If this is something that makes your nervous or uncertain, or if you know for sure that you can’t fix a puncture or aren’t confident reading a map, then we do recommend our extensive range of small group fully guided tours where all the stress of navigation, bike maintenance and logistics are all done for you.  However, if comfortable with this then the freedom of a self guided cycling trip is wonderful, and once confident can be the preferred choice across our range of cycling tours. 
COVID Practices
COVID Safe Practices apply to this tour, specifically:
  • All guests are provided with face masks to be worn when in common areas and on any bus transfers
  • All guests are provided with personal hand sanitiser for usage during the tour
  • All equipment is sanitised pre and post every use including bikes and bus surfaces
  • Venues visited (eg accommodation) adhere to COVID safe hygiene and social distancing rules (when last checked)

Trusted Operator

Tour de Vines has been running tours in since 2002 and has been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021 and is now a Hall of Fame inductee. You can be assured we are a quality operator and want nothing more than for you to have an amazing travel experience.

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Itinerary at a Glance

Arrive Esk

Today make your way to the quaint outback Queensland town of Esk, 64km north of Ipswich on the Brisbane Valley Highway. Check in to your accommodation at the local Wivenhoe Motor Inn (or equivalent depending on availability). An evening meal booking is made for you and is included in your tour.

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