Recently I jumped aboard the Gladstone Region Tours bus with a group of friends to do a bike ride along the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail.
For those that don’t know, this is a section of rail line that is now a trail that goes from Kalpowar at the top of the Dawes Range down to the township of Builyan in the Boyne Valley.
Although it sounds like a lot of hard work it is a relatively easy ride from the top through six amazing tunnels and a stunning landscape.
Whilst making our way along the trail we were privileged to have Annie Johnson, a Fist Nations local, share her knowledge of Country and Culture which was fantastic.
The engineering, hard work and sheer determination that went into carving the railway through rock, hillsides and canyons is a marvel considering that much was done by hand after World War 1 with plenty of Aussie “Can Do” attitude.
It is the Aussie “Can Do” attitude of hard work and sheer determination that will see QER’s important project come to fruition in the future. Much the same as the rail projects were important in bygone eras.
We finished off the day with a lovely lunch provided by Darryl at Builyan and a few coldies on the trip back to Gladstone.
If you would like to take a tour with Darryl at Region Gladstone Tours, give him a call on 0417 638 945 for more information. He will even lend you a bike if you don’t have one!