Brisbane Valley Rail Trail + Scenic Rim Hike
Be one of the first to cycle the newly opened Brisbane Valley rail trail, now Australia’s longest official rail trail. Whilst in the region, we take the opportunity to hike the Scenic Rim trek graded as one of the Great Walks of Australia. Fully guided throughout, 5 nights luxury accommodation, gourmet meals, bikes, all transport and incredible memories.
The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail has recently been completed and is now the longest rail trail in Australia. Tour de Vines is the first tour operator to put together this unique cycling itinerary. It would be remiss to not explore the stunning Scenic Rim trail nearby, graded one of the Great Walks of Australia, and so we have combined these two incredible experiences on a multi active tour. All inclusive in true Tour de Vines style.
South East Queensland
Whilst not as famous or flashy as it’s Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast cousins, inner south-east Queensland is an adventure paradise. World class walking, the new Brisbane Valley Rail Trail and yes wine making, are all here. And all within short reach of Brisbane.
Brisbane Valley Rail Trail – cycling
This recently completed cycling and walking path is a fantastic feat of development by the local councils and volunteers. At 161kms in length it is the longest rail trail in Australia. It is a mixed surface cycling trail, and so we use well-equipped mountain bikes. Although small sections are paved, the majority of the trail is either hard packed gravel or dirt track. There are some stunning bridges, some we cross and some we go under, and 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 BVRT is a little bit of an adventure. It’s still on the easy side in terms of difficulty, the distances aren’t great and we start at the northern end so it’s largely downhill. But it’s not a paved path (and not a mountain bike single track either, but somewhere in between). So some basic biking skills are required.
Scenic Rim Trail – hiking grade
The Scenic Rim refers to the chain of mountains incorporating the Great Dividing Range, the Border Range and Tamborine Mountains. The best way to explore this region is on foot. Being the only Great Walk of Australia in Queensland, this is a region that is still relatively undiscovered & unexplored with world-class hiking trails, accommodation, guides and interpretation.
Each evening we experience an accommodation experience like no other. Located 600 meters above sea level on a private nature refuge, we ‘glamp’ in 10 permanent ‘safari- style’ tents with polished timber floorboards, plush beds & a large armchair on your private deck perfect for looking out onto the magnificent mountain views surrounding you. Chef prepared meals, wines and unparalleled star views around a campfire is how camping should be done!
The Scenic Rim Trail hike is graded moderate to hard and is designed for people with a good level of fitness who have had previous hiking experience. Day 1 is graded moderate (grade 3) and day 2 is graded hard (level 4). The only equipment you will carry is your hiking pack (32L) and the essentials you need for the walk that day. Items might include; a camera/GoPro, jumper, any personal medications you require, a hat, 2x 750ml water bottle and your pre-prepared lunch. Your guides will also carry tea and coffee.
Ride, hike, taste and savour the sights and trails of south east Queensland. This is a fully guided tour, and we look after you from start to finish. Quality accommodation, new bikes, experienced guides, gourmet meals, wine tastings and transport are all included. Sit back, cycle and hike, and enjoy all the best of this beautiful and stunning region of Australia on this exclusive and unique experience.
Here’s a sneak peek of the fun to be had on this incredible tour:
Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Tour Dates 2020
Start Brisbane evening Tuesday 2nd June – End back in Brisbane afternoon Sunday 8th June – NOT TAKING BOOKINGS
Start Brisbane evening Tuesday 7th July – End back in Brisbane afternoon Sunday 12th July
Start Brisbane evening Tuesday 4th August – End back in Brisbane afternoon Sunday 10th August
- The fun of rolling downhill on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail from Yarraman to Esk
- Enjoying the comforts of 'glamping' style accommodation in the heart of the Scenic Rim
- Learning the secrets of the forrest from our Scenic Rim National Park accredited hiking guide
- Savouring food and wine at the award winning Sirromet Winery to complete our adventure
Itinerary at a glance
Day 2: Brisbane to Yarraman (cycling approx. 50kms downhill)
We transfer to Yarraman, jump on our bikes and enjoy a fun roll down to Esk, with a stop for a gourmet hamper style lunch on the way.
Day 3: Esk to Ipswitch (40kms flat)
We ride from our hotel to finish the Brisbane Valley rail trail to Ipswitch, and then transfer to the luxury eco lodge Spicers Hidden Vale. A stunning restaurant experience and sunset awaits.
Day 4: Hidden Vale to Scenic Rim hike (13kms/6 hrs)
Enjoy a hearty breakfast, and an early transfer before we start our hike of the Scenic Rim. We walk into our luxury glamping accommodation deep in the national park.
Day 5: Hiking the Scenic Rim trail (15kms/8 hrs)
A beautiful early morning hike, gourmet picnic lunch and some gorgeous views bring us back to our lodge. A spa bath with wine and chef prepared dinner awaits.
Day 6: Sirromet Winery & transfer to Brisbane
We transfer from the Scenic Rim on our way back to Brisbane, with a stop for lunch, with tour and tasting, at the award winning Sirromet Winery. Our sad farewells in Brisbane around 4pm.