The Wamuran Rail Trail 10 km off-road bike trail leaving from Caboolture and following the route of the old Kilcoy rail line.
The rail trail opened in 2020 and follows the route of the old rail line, a stones throw from Caboolture Station, through a number of historic sites and all the way up to Wamuran. As it follows the rail route, it's a fairly gentle grade and being 20km round trip is suitable for beginner cyclists.
There is free parking at both ends, or you can take your bike on the train to start the trip from Caboolture Station.
There are also bike maintenance stations at either end if you need to pump up your tyres, or tighten any bolts. Both end also have water taps, seating and historical panels showing the history of the railway.
What to do in Wamuran
Located 50 km north-west of Brisbane, Wamuran is a small rural town and locality in the fruit-growing district nestled below Mount Mee in the D'Aguilar Range. The town is named after a local Aboriginal leader Menvil Wanmaurn, also known as Jackie Delaney. Delaney's Creek is a nearby district to this day.
The town itself doesn't have any notable tourist attractions. There is a nice park at the end of the trail which the kids will appreciate, and the trail itself has been enhanced with historical information, signage, and artwork. There is an IGA at the end of the trail, and a number of shops and restaurants in the area to have breakfast or lunch.
Old Kilcoy rail line
The old Kilcoy rail line opened from Caboolture to Woodford on 6 December 1909 and extended to Kilcoy in 1913.
The Wamuran to Kilcoy section closed on 30 June 1964, but the Wamuran section continued running freight trains transporting produce until 1996.
The line sat abandoned for a number of years until Moreton Bay Regional Council refurbished it into the rail trail you see today.
The Australian Narrow Gauge Railway Museum Society has preserved a number of heritage trains from the region and runs a railway museum at the Woodford railway station, another 14 km down the road. The museum runs passenger services on the remaining section of railway on the first and third Sundays of each month.