Case study: Australia’s longest rail trail: Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

A bike rider on a long rail trail through a rural landscape
161km Brisbane Valley Rail Trail is Australia’s longest rail trail.

This 161-kilometre trail along the disused Brisbane Valley rail corridor is Australia’s longest continuous hiking, bike riding and horse-riding trail. Somerset Regional Council estimates that the completion of the trail’s final section will bring in an additional 4000 overnight visitors and $1.5 million from increased direct tourism to the region each year. Somerset Regional Council was awarded Best Public Works Project ($2 to $5 million) for its’
 efforts in delivering the trail.*

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*2019 Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Awards for Excellence.