Australia’s longest cycling trail open to riders in south-east Qld
Bicycle Queensland has welcomed the completion of the final stage of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail through south-east Queensland.
Hikers, cyclists and horse-riders can now make their journey along the 161-kilometre trail, with the completion of the final link of the trail between Toogoolawah and Moore.
The trail follows the disused Brisbane Valley rail corridor from Wulkuraka, west of Ipswich, to Yarraman, west of Kilcoy.
Bicycle Queensland CEO Anne Savage said it was a major milestone for regional tourism and community cycling.
“Queensland is the perfect destination for bicycle tourism and rail trails are a great way to draw local and international tourists to our regions,” she said.
“This landmark investment in the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail will provide bike riders of all ages and abilities with an off-road experience like no other.
“Bicycle tourism promises to boost the economy, promote appreciation of our natural environment, and bring more people to Queensland’s cities and towns,” Ms Savage said.
According to the latest available data, the adventure travel market is growing by about 65 per cent annually.
“The global bicycle market is projected to grow from $US45 billion in 2016 to $US62 billion by 2024, with 32.8 million electric bikes sold in the Asia-Pacific region in 2016,” Ms Savage said.
“Queensland is strongly positioned to capitalise on a booming interest in bike tours and evidence suggests bicycle tourists stay longer, spend more and support smaller businesses.”
Ms Savage said investment in eco-tourism and end-to-end adventure trails like the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail presented a wonderful opportunity to grow bicycle tourism in regional Queensland.
“We have some of the world’s best disused rail corridors – the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail now stands to become one of the most iconic bike trails in the world,” she said.