BVRT: Toogoolawah to Esk

4 h 30 min to 7 h
1 h 45 min to 3 h 30 min

18.9 km
oneway

↑ 171 m
↓ -166 m

Easy track
Starting from Dingyarra Street, Toogoolawah, this walk takes you to the town of Esk via the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, passing by Brisbane Valley Pony Club and Ottaba Llamas along the way. You’ll be hiking from town to town on a straightforward track, allowing you to focus on your surroundings a bit more. The vast rural area around can feel like a deep breath, and a nice break from the urban environment. Let your kids ride some ponies at the Brisbane Valley Pony Club, or walk with some fluffy & affectionate llamas at the Ottaba Llamas attraction. Keep in mind that the track has almost no shade at all, so wear a hot and try to avoid sunny summer days. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Dingyarra Street & Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (-27.0859345,152.3780197)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Warrego Highway, A2
  • Turn on to then drive for 460 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Gatton-Esk Road and drive for another 39.1 km
  • Turn right onto Middle Street and drive for another 790 m
  • Turn left onto Ipswich Street, A17 and drive for another 1.1 km
  • Continue onto Ipswich Street, A17, 85 and drive for another 16.3 km
  • Turn left onto Cressbrook Street and drive for another 860 m
  • Turn slight left onto Cressbrook Street and drive for another 175 m
  • Turn right onto Dingyarra Street and drive for another 55 m
Finish (-27.2383131,152.4205133)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car  
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Dingyarra Street(metres away from the intersection with Ivory Creek Road), head towards the white bollard as you move perpendicularly away from the road. Pass through the said bollard as you move past a brown “Recreation Trail” sign to your left. Follow the wide trail as you move through the town to continue along the BVRT: Toogoolawah to Esk Track. This is the described direction of travel.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Dingyarra Street & Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Start heading along Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (a vehicle track).
There is a toilet (about 30 m back from the start).
Find the water tap at the start.
Then pass the "Mcconnell park" (80 m on your right).
After another 225 m (at the intersection of Cressbrook Street & Brisbane Valley Rail Trail) continue straight, to head along Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.
After another 70 m pass the "Toogoolawah Lions Park" (70 m on your left).
After another 45 m pass the toilet (75 m on your left). This toilet is male and female.
After another 25 m head into the "Toogoolawah Skate Park".
After another 105 m (at the intersection of Factory Road & Brisbane Valley Rail Trail) veer left, to head along Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.
After another 115 m cross the bridge (about 60 m long)
After another 140 m continue straight, to head along Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.
After another 75 m pass the water tap (25 m on your left).
After another 8 m come to the "Poll Crandell (B.E.M.) Park" (25 m on your left).
After another 35 m pass the shelter (9 m on your left).
After another 260 m head through/around the gate.
After another 275 m (at the intersection of Brisbane Valley Rail Trail & Masters Lane) continue straight, to head along Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.
After another 6 m head through/around the gate.
After another 820 m head through/around the gate.
After another 1.3 km head through/around the gate.
After another 3 m (at the intersection of Morden Road & Brisbane Valley Rail Trail) continue straight, to head along Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.
After another 9 m head through/around the gate.
After another 2.3 km (at the intersection of Brisbane Valley Rail Trail & Huntley Road) continue straight, to head along Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.
After another 1 km continue straight, to head along Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.
After another 1.2 km cross the ford.
After another 580 m cross the ford.
After another 1.3 km head through/around the gate.
After another 430 m head through/around the gate.
After another 1.7 km cross the bridge (about 40 m long)
After another 15 m cross the ford (about 5.4 km long)
At the intersection of Brisbane Valley Rail Trail & Esk-Kilcoy Road continue straight, to head along Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.
After another 2.8 km cross the bridge (about 20 m long)
After another 390 m (at the intersection of Brisbane Valley Rail Trail & Peters Street) continue straight, to head along Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.
Keep right.
After another 180 m (at the intersection of Factory Lane & Brisbane Valley Rail Trail) continue straight, to head along Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.
After another 85 m pass the picnic table (30 m on your left).
After another 145 m come to "Red Deer Cafe".
After another 5 m come to the end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

BVRT: Toogoolawah to Esk


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 18.9 km
Time 4 h 30 min to 7 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There is one 1.4 km from the start.

Shelter: There is one 1.4 km from the start.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 6.3 km apart with the largest gap of 18.1 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
250 m[toilet]
Toilet
840 m[toilet]
Camp site
1.4 kmPoll Crandell (B.E.M.) Park
Shelter
1.4 km[shelter]
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