Gayndah rail trail im­presses visi­tors

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

A GROUP of Gayndah Her­itage Rail­way Rail Trail mem­bers have com­pleted the 30km stretch of the pro­posed Bur­nett River Rail Trail from Reid’s Creek to Philpott.

The group was led by Dave McCleod, who com­piled a re­port dur­ing the ride.

He said the trail had tremen­dous scenic value from the bridges to the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment sur­round­ing the trail.

“It is par­tic­u­larly sig­nif­i­cant be­cause of the scenic value of the cor­ri­dor as it fol­lows the Bur­nett River from Reid’s Creek to Mun­dub­bera,” Mr McCleod said.

“Many trails tend to be point to point with the des­ti­na­tion rather than the jour­ney be­ing of the great­est in­ter­est. Here it is all about the jour­ney.”

Mr McLeod said the scenery en­sured the ride was in­ter­est­ing for the group and ul­ti­mately in­flu­enced their fi­nal re­port on the stan­dard of the trail.

“We took far longer to ride the dis­tance than usual,” Mr McCleod said.

“The ever-chang­ing panorama across the flooded river near the weir to the huge sweep­ing sand banks fur­ther up­stream, the rocky hill­side near the old bal­last sid­ing, the dif­fer­ent creeks we crossed con­stantly grabbed our at­ten­tion.”

An­other unique fea­ture to the trail is lo­cated at the end point of the 30km ride.

“At Philpott Creek there were the Blue Rocks for­ma­tions and huge wa­ter­holes for re­cre­ational and wa­ter-based ac­tiv­i­ties,” Mr McCleod said.

Mr McLeod said there was ev­i­dence of the re­gion’s ar­chi­tec­tural his­tory dot­ted along the track, which of­fered a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The bridges, three tim­ber tres­tle, eight steel and con­crete, were par­tic­u­larly sur­pris­ing,” he said.

“Both the num­ber of them and their vary­ing con­struc­tions and when these are fi­nally ready for trekkers it would be an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence rid­ing/walk­ing over them.”

Many of the group mem­bers have trav­elled on other rail trails, from Bris­bane Val­ley and south­east Queens­land to the South Is­land of New Zealand.

“Col­lec­tively we have cy­cled a num­ber of rail trails be­tween us,” Mr McCleod said. “This trail would be up there.”

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

SCENIC RIDE: Riders take a break while ex­plor­ing the pro­posed Bur­nett River Rail Trail from Reid’s Creek to Philpott.

Roth’s Bridge is one of the many at­trac­tions that would be part of the pro­posed rail trail.

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