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Section Six – Blackbutt to Killarney


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A pleasant mix of forests and farmland, the Trail here follows the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and passes just to the east of Toowoomba. The National Trail links to the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail at Blackbutt. South of Ravensbourne the Trail is mostly along quiet roads which makes it safe for adventurous youngsters. The Guidebook 6 trail notes cover the Trail between Blackbutt and Killarney.  The higher parts offer magnificent views and a great variety of fauna and flora, particularly in Ravensbourne National Park.




Temperate – warm summer, cool winter. Southern Queensland enjoys a near-perfect climate that makes this section of the Trail ideal for travel throughout the year. In winter some of the higher parts can be cool with occasional frosts but generally pleasant daytime temperatures can be expected in winter.


None of the Trail through this section is particularly difficult. It passes through a mixture of rough bushland and settled grazing/agricultural areas, and mostly follows along the foothills of the Great Dividing Range but climbs the range just south of Toowoomba and again near the border.


The PDF version of the Trail Notes is usually sufficient.


Stock water is usually ample. Walkers and particularly cyclists should in warmer weather be sure to carry adequate water because of the generally hilly nature of this section.

Planning Considerations

Biosecurity Notice 1 – Leaving the Cattle Tick Declared Zone

If travelling south with pack animals it is a legal requirement that all horses and pack animals be inspected and treated prior to leaving Queensland to prevent the spread of cattle tick. This requirement applies to animals heading south from Queensland into New South Wales  (See Guidebook 7 Map 1as well as animals travelling west of the Trail (eg Toowoomba). Refer to the Guidebook for details or check with Section Coordinators. Information on owner responsibilities can be obtained from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website.

Biosecurity Notice 2 – Hendra Virus

Trekkers with horses entering Queensland from New South Wales should vaccinate horses against Hendra Virus, if this has not already been done. Additional information on Hendra Virus can be found here.

Biosecurity Notice 3 – Fire Ant Warning

The National Fire Ant Program Website describes the dangers of Fire Ants in South East Queensland, the area traversed by NT Section 6. Camping on Fire Ant infested ground  is a very painful experience and upsetting for animals. The Trail, North to South, from Mt Sylvia to Lake Moogerah Road south of the Cunningham Highway (Maps 11-15) passes through infested area Biosecurity Zone 1. Separately, the risk of spreading Fire Ants transported in hay is of particular concern and is the subject of strict regulation. See  –


All traversable by mountain bike and recommended.
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