Welcome to the Fraser Coast and the Mary2Bay Rail Trail
A Journey Through Urban Charm and Rustic Beauty
The Mary2Bay Rail Trail offers the local community and visitors to the Fraser Coast the special opportunity to walk, run, cycle through two distinct sections - the urban area of Hervey Bay as well as the rural section through beautiful forest areas between Nikenbah and Maryborough. This unique community asset is in the development stage with approximately 20 kilometres of the sealed urban section completed between Urangan pier and Nikenbah, Hervey Bay.
Nature's Haven: Urban to Rural
The trail re-commences with the rural section at Piggford Lane, Nikenbah or the Takura Trail Head, running through to near Colton, a distance of approximately 17 kilometres, adding an opportunity for horse riders. A further section is under development from Colton to Maryborough. Pending completion, the best access from Maryborough to the rural section is currently via Churchill Mine Road Trail Head, from Dundathu.
A Gateway to Tranquility
The linking of the heritage rich city of Maryborough through to the seaside attractions of Hervey Bay via the Trail will allow families and individuals to experience the natural beauty of the Fraser Coast, taking a more adventurous route. We hope that you will enjoy this special Fraser Coast experience and provide your support in the continued development of the M2BRT.
Trail Overview Map
Toogoom Bike trails
Competitive Cycling on the Fraser Coast
Hervey Bay's Heritage
The Colton (north of Maryborough) to Urangan rail line played a key role in the early development of Hervey Bay. It was opened on 18 December 1896 as far as Pialba, and extended to Urangan in 1913. The rail line was used for passenger services and the cartage of freight (pineapples, sugar cane).
Railway Picnics: A Treasured Tradition
For many decades, major events on this line were the annual Railway Picnics with trains coming from as far away as Kingaroy, Gympie, Bundaberg, Childers and Maryborough. Train movements were complex and thousands of excited passengers would descend on one of Hervey Bay’s beaches for memorable picnics.
Reviving History: The Recreational Trail
The railway line was closed in 1993 and the line lifted from Takura to Urangan in 1995. The Fraser Coast Regional Council continues to develop the old rail corridor as a recreational trail to connect Maryborough to Hervey Bay, as both a tourist asset and local recreational route, returning the corridor to its former glory.
Things to do on the Fraser Coast
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