The final stage of the Caboolture to Wamuran Rail Trail has opened, allowing the community to enjoy the full 10km experience.
Morayfield MP Mark Ryan officially opened the trail, which showcases the history of the Caboolture to Kilcoy railway corridor, which closed in 1964.
“It’s a fantastic new attraction in our area that’s already a popular recreation space with joggers, cyclists and people who use mobility scooters to get outdoors and active,” Mr Ryan says.
Mayor Peter Flannery says while landscaping work will continue until February, people can now explore the full 10km.
“Council recently awarded a $365,000 landscaping contract to plant native botanicals along the route to finish off the aesthetic of this multi-million dollar trail with an Australian bush vibe,” he says.
“There’s also some road widening occurring in the middle of the trail in Moodlu, where we’re installing pedestrian refuge islands at the intersection with King St, but that will be complete in time for Christmas.
“Other finishing touches will include things like seating and drinking fountains, signage, drainage, fencing, landscaping, and offset tree planting.”
Cr Adam Hain (Div 3) hopes it will become a popular piece of accessible tourism infrastructure for active recreation.
“As for the current project, there’s just a small amount of work to complete in the centre of the trail to complete the missing link, but by Christmas visitors will have an easy, accessible and active route to enjoy the rural belt of Moreton Bay.”
Cr Tony Latter (Div 12) says the trail shows the history of the area.
“The signage and finishing touches will help preserve and promote our region’s old Caboolture to Kilcoy rail corridor to locals and visitors, making our stunning rural landscape the perfect place to get to know the history of the area,” he says.
“Now that we’ve got it out to Wamuran, we need to look at the trail going all the way through to Woodford.
“A project this size doesn’t happen overnight, being a culmination of 10 years of planning and design once the railway corridor was decommissioned, which makes it all the more exciting to see it almost complete.”