Boonah to Ipswich Trail
A trail for walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders.
The Fassifern Rail Trail forms a section of the Boonah to Ipswich Trail and follows the disused railway line on the outskirts of Boonah. The Fassifern Rail Trail is being developed in partnership with Scenic Rim Regional Council and local community groups of the Fassifern Valley.
Why is the Fassifern Rail Trail the "pilot" section of the Boonah to Ipswich Trail?
This section has been chosen as a pilot because:
- it extends the existing network of walking tours in Boonah
- it is relatively short (4 kilometres)
- it will test design, construction and management measures for the rest of the trail
- it will provide a demonstration section on which the community can comment.
How will the Fassifern Rail Trail enhance the local Fassifern Valley economy?
The Fassifern Rail Trail will ultimately become a major asset for the local community and provide the Fassifern Valley with a culturally significant and unique tourist and recreation resource. Rail trails tend to attract active and responsible people with an interest in recreation, history, culture and heritage. The local economy benefits through spending on items such as food, outdoor recreation supplies, local arts and crafts and accommodation.
When is all this happening?
The entire Boonah to Ipswich Trail is scheduled for completion by 2012.
The Fassifern Rail Trail section will open in September 2008.
Other sections of the Boonah to Ipswich Trail will be developed in stages as addressed in the Boonah to Ipswich Trail Plan to be released in 2009.
Boonah to Ipswich Trail
The proposed Boonah to Ipswich Trail (the Trail) is a 76km recreation trail with networks for walking, horse riding and mountain bike riding. It will connect central Ipswich to the centre of Boonah township and is located on existing properties owned by local governments, public roads (which may be formed or unformed) and small areas of state land.
The proposed Trail alignment passes through an extensive, rugged and regionally significant scenic landscape dominated by native vegetation. Major features include Flinders Peak, ridges forming the watershed between Purga Creek, Teviot Brook, Logan River and Bundamba and Deebing Creeks and the site of the proposed Wyaralong Dam on Teviot Brook. High points along the Trail have views south and west to the Scenic Rim, east to the greater Brisbane area and Moreton Bay and north to the D'Aguilar Range.
With the exception of areas managed by Ipswich City Council at Hardings Paddock and Flinders Peak, areas adjacent to the proposed Trail alignment have limited public access for outdoor recreation and few formal recreation trails. Near the proposed Wyaralong Dam, however, there is potential to connect the Trail to future outdoor recreation facilities planned for the dam precinct.
The Trail will provide recreation opportunities for the current and future populations of SEQ, especially Greater Ipswich and the Western Corridor, the planned Ripley Valley development, southern Logan City, Boonah, Beaudesert and the proposed urban centres of Greenbank Central, New Beith, Flagstone and Undullah. These nearby areas are expected to have a combined population of about 640,000 by 2026. Additional users are anticipated from elsewhere in SEQ and from around Australia and internationally.
A total of $2.4 million has been allocated for development of the Boonah to Ipswich Trail including design and construction of the trail and associated infrastructure such as horse yards, toilets, camping areas, water tanks, corridor fencing and gates, car parks, road crossings and safety, information, directional and regulatory signs.
For more information about the Boonah to Ipswich Trail and Fassifern Rail Trail visit the Boonah Visitor Information Centre, Bi-Centennial Park, Boonah-Fassifern Road Boonah Q 4310 or phone 07 5463 2233.
Click here for more information on the SEQ Active Trails Strategy and the Department of Infrastructure and Planning.
Community information session on Fassifern Rail Trail
In January 2007 the Queensland Government announced funding of $8.8 million over five years to construct three new regional recreation trails in partnership with the Ipswich City Council, Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council and South Burnett Regional Council. One of these three trails is the Boonah to Ipswich Trail.
A total of $2.4 million has been allocated for the development of the Boonah to Ipswich Trail. This will provide for track design and construction, development of associated horse yards, toilets, camping areas, water tanks, corridor fencing and gates, car parks, road crossings, route markers and signs for safety and information.
A "pilot" section of the Boonah to Ipswich Trail, the Fassifern Rail Trail, is currently being developed. It will follow the disused railway line on the outskirts of Boonah and will be officially opened during the Boonah SPAR Arts Festival in September 2008.
The Department of Infrastructure and Planning and the Scenic Rim Regional Council will host a free community information session at the Boonah and District Cultural Centre on Tuesday 1 July from 6pm – 8pm.
Members of the community are invited to attend this information session to learn more about the Fassifern Rail Trail and the Boonah to Ipswich Trail.
Detailed maps and information about the Fassifern Rail Trail section and other parts of the Boonah to Ipswich Trail will also be on display at the Boonah Visitor Information Centre, Bi-Centennial Park, Boonah-Fassifern Road, Boonah Q 4310.