Lowood to Coominya Rail Trail

Queensland
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This walk is part of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, starts and finishes at the railway station. Coominya is a small town but has all services. A large and impressive rail bridge along the track but not accessible, a lower river crossing. The walk passes through farm lands so plenty of gates to open and shut but not a walk to complete in Summer months. The trail is well marked so maps are not required. Lowood is accessible after a turnoff at Fernvale which is situated on the Brisbane Valley Highway. Public amenities and car parking at both ends of the walk. No permits or costs for the walk.

Bird Watching
Toilets
Dogs Permitted
Horses Permitted
Cycling Permitted

Getting there

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Maps

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Route/Trail notes

From the old Lowood railway station follows the direction of the tracks, crossing Main Street to start the walk. If you'd like some goodies for the walk, I can recommend the Lowood Bakery - yum. The first part of the walk is being revitalised with natives, some very interesting plants, should be beautiful in years to come. Along this first part of the walk I found the most active birdwatching (hence taking sometime to complete the walk); honeyeaters, finches, kites and wrens, a local also said to keep an eye out for the Wedge Tail Eagle, but not our lucky day. Though later along the walk we saw a group of pelicans in flight - quite a sight. The old Clarendon station should be about 3/4kms along, but sadly didn't see the railway sign like the rest of the trail. After about 7kms is Lockyer Creek bridge (this will be impassible after heavy rain), one of the old railway bridges, pretty impressive. I would recommend a stop here under the bridge, very pretty area for a break, but also because the next five kms is virtually a dead straight line, that just seems to get longer the the further you go. This section is very exposed, don't attempt during hot weather. Along the way a farmer recommend the Coominya pub for lunch, got along a bit further and a lady on a horse said the pub was 'awesome'. So after the last five kms we decided we deserved a beer and some lunch and certainly weren't disappointed - definately recommend Bellevue Hotel. The Coominya station itself is in situ and there are quite a few information boards in the area, giving the history of the railway. 

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Comments

Part of my unsupported, end-to-end walk of the entire Brisbane Valley Rail Trail in April 2016.

Bunya Nutz on 24 Apr, 2016

Started this walk at 6.45am and it took me 5.30hrs return with a 30 minute break in Coominya. The walk takes you through a lot of farmland with heaps of gates to open and close but a magnificenet rail bridge close to Coominya. It is not accessible but below it are some large boulders to cross on. The trail is not a good one to complete over the Summer months or if there has been a lot of rain as the boulders would be under water. No public amenities along the track but available at each end. Parking available at each end of the trail.

Jennifer on 30 Aug, 2015

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