River to Rail Trail
Stage 1 of the River to Rail Trail can be accessed from the Sands (Kidgell Street – northbound traffic only), River Terrace (Gympie Weir), Albert Park and Rose Street (adjacent to the netball courts).
It is located within 1km from the Gympie Town Centre, and caters for all fitness levels.
The 1.8km gravel link, which skirts along the banks of the Mary River between Kidd Bridge and the Sands recreational area, is ideal for walking, running and admiring the native habitat and wildlife exclusive to the area.
The Sands recreational area, which can be accessed via Kidgell Street, off the Bruce Highway when travelling north (to the left just before the Aldi supermarket) provides the community with a safe area to swim in shallow waters, have a picnic and relax.
The track runs parallel to the natural landscape of the Mary River and is an idyllic passive recreation experience, however, does include varying inclines and staircases in some areas. Sandstone seating blocks are placed throughout the track to rest, picnic or just take in the scenery.
The Trail is well-positioned for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers to spot native species such as the Mary River Turtle, Giant Barred Frog, Mary River Cod, Australian Lungfish and a wide variety of native birdlife.
Recreational paddlers can easily access the water at either end of the track via a flat, gravel access to the river’s edge at the Sands or a purpose-built canoe and kayak launch point at the Gympie Weir, near Kidd Bridge.
Designated off-street parking areas are available at either end.
Stage 2 of the River to Rail Trail extends from The Sands recreational area at Kidgell Street, Gympie through the Victoria Bridge Conservation Area and One Mile Sports Complex, past the ARC and up to the historic Rattler Rail Station on Tozer Street.
The section of the trail will allow recreational users and tourists better access and linkages from the Mary River area through to the Gympie Town Centre, as well as to key tourism destinations.
Stage 2 of the project is budgeted for $1 million under the Queensland Government Works for Queensland Program and will be completed and open for use by mid-2019.
The funding will cover trail formation and surface works, and parkland enhancements, including an extension to the carpark, revegetation and turf and picnic seating.