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Dularcha National Park: Tunnel Track

Landsborough
3.1km
Trail type
Skill Level
One-way Length
One-way

NOTE: This adventure is in Dularcha National Park for current Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service parks information, maps and essential park alerts click here

A heritage listed 93.5 metre-long, curved trail tunnel in the northern section of this trail makes this a unique adventure.

SUITABILITY
Suitable for walkers, recreational cyclists, mountain bikers and horse riders.

HIGHLIGHTS
This 3 km (one way) trail is a favourite outing for families and is bike and horse friendly. Built in 1891, the Dularcha tunnel is one of only two tunnels along the old narrow-gauge North Coast Line between Brisbane and Gympie – a serious labour-intensive feat. Once opened, it would take 12 hours to make the 170 km journey between the two locations.

If you are worried about tunnel darkness or want to see the bat colony huddled in the crevices of the tunnel’s ceiling then bring a torch.

There are three shared trails in the Dularcha National Park – the Tunnel Track, Tunnel Bypass Track and Roses 8.8km Circuit – which enables walkers, mountain bike riders and horse riders to explore the park's natural and historic features. All other trails in the area are mountain bike riders and walkers only.

The Tunnel Bypass Track is a 220 metre section designed for horse-riders who don't want to take their horses through the tunnel.

Reminder: cyclists and walkers give way to horses and when using trails, cyclists must alert others when approaching.

If you are short on time and primarily want to see the Tunnel then you are best accessing it from the northern side, accessed from Paget Street via Dorson Drive, or from the train station on Bray Road.

AFTERWARDS
Landsborough town at the south end, like Mooloolah town at the north end, are both pleasant stops, with bakeries, refurbished pubs, playgrounds with exercise equipment and all amenities.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: This trail starts at the corner of Beech Road and Cunningham Avenue Landsborough. Head south or north on the M1, take the Steve Irwin Way and head to Landsborough. Turn into Railway Street, then left into Maleny Street, at the roundabout turn right into Gympie Street North, then left into Myla Road which becomes Cunningham Avenue. The starting point is 1 km along this road.

Note for horse riders: There is float parking for 2 vehicles/floats on the southern side of Beech Road, adjacent to the bushland.

To the end point: The end point is the same as your starting point – though walkers could do a car shuttle to Mooloolah if preferred.

A heritage listed 93.5 metre-long, curved trail tunnel in the northern section of this trail makes this a unique adventure.

SUITABILITY
Suitable for walkers, recreational cyclists, mountain bikers and horse riders.

HIGHLIGHTS
This 3 km (one way) trail is a favourite outing for families and is bike and horse friendly. Built in 1891, the Dularcha tunnel is one of only two tunnels along the old narrow-gauge North Coast Line between Brisbane and Gympie – a serious labour-intensive feat. Once opened, it would take 12 hours to make the 170 km journey between the two locations.

If you are worried about tunnel darkness or want to see the bat colony huddled in the crevices of the tunnel’s ceiling then bring a torch.

There are three shared trails in the Dularcha National Park – the Tunnel Track, Tunnel Bypass Track and Roses 8.8km Circuit – which enables walkers, mountain bike riders and horse riders to explore the park's natural and historic features. All other trails in the area are mountain bike riders and walkers only.

The Tunnel Bypass Track is a 220 metre section designed for horse-riders who don't want to take their horses through the tunnel.

Reminder: cyclists and walkers give way to horses and when using trails, cyclists must alert others when approaching.

If you are short on time and primarily want to see the Tunnel then you are best accessing it from the northern side, accessed from Paget Street via Dorson Drive, or from the train station on Bray Road.

AFTERWARDS
Landsborough town at the south end, like Mooloolah town at the north end, are both pleasant stops, with bakeries, refurbished pubs, playgrounds with exercise equipment and all amenities.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: This trail starts at the corner of Beech Road and Cunningham Avenue Landsborough. Head south or north on the M1, take the Steve Irwin Way and head to Landsborough. Turn into Railway Street, then left into Maleny Street, at the roundabout turn right into Gympie Street North, then left into Myla Road which becomes Cunningham Avenue. The starting point is 1 km along this road.

Note for horse riders: There is float parking for 2 vehicles/floats on the southern side of Beech Road, adjacent to the bushland.

To the end point: The end point is the same as your starting point – though walkers could do a car shuttle to Mooloolah if preferred.

Activities and facilities
Glossary
  • Suitable for wheelchairs
  • Suitable for walking
  • Suitable for recreational cycling
  • Suitable for mountain biking
  • Suitable for horse riding
  • Suitable for kayaking
  • Drinking water available
  • No drinking water available
  • Barbeque on site
  • Picnic table on site
  • Toilets on site
  • Fires permitted
  • Fires prohibited
  • Camping permitted
  • Camping prohibited
  • Suitable for walking
  • Suitable for mountain biking
  • Suitable for horse riding
  • No drinking water available
  • Fires prohibited
  • Camping prohibited
Map
Reviews

Review Date: 10/06/2019

We booked this with our kids aged 9 and 11. At times the trail was a bit loose for them and the hills were on the verge of too hard for our little one but overall it was great

Reviewed By: Sara

Review Date: 28/05/2019

2 kids under 5 in gum boots after rain.... We had a ball trekking to three tunnel. Listening to our echo and climbing over it. Easy walk and didn't take long. Stopped and looked at flowers and plants. Didn't see any bats. also didn't need a torch. Could see fine in the tunnel. Great experience.

Reviewed By: Kj

Review Date: 27/05/2019

My partner and I biked this trail on weekend with our 4 year old on the back. The main trail was an easy ride and very picturesque. We did venture onto the surrounding trails and despite a few large climbs (very difficult with a child on the back) and the mud from the recent rains we had a good 8 km mountain bike ride. The surrounding trails are more appropriate for the intermediate level mountain biker, due to some steep climbs, downhills and obstacles to transverse over and around.

Reviewed By: Karen

Review Date: 23/05/2019

We did this walk with 5 kids aged 3, 5,9,12 & 14. All enjoyed and were able to complete. We started from the Landsborough end which made the tunnel the “reward” at the end instead of being early in the walk. Around the tunnel the mozzies were really bad so prepare accordingly! Took us approx 2hrs but there was lots of stops to look at flowers and walk along fallen logs in the forest!

Reviewed By: Tasha

Review Date: 29/11/2018

Great walk with a lovely canopy of trees, during the walk we did get rain but plenty of protected under the canopy of trees. Could do with some better signage coming into the parking area and a few large clumps of Telstra cable were exposed on the walk that could be capped off, otherwise a thoroughly enjoyable walk with the family. Darren

Reviewed By: Darren

Review Date: 28/11/2018

One of the best trails on the Sunshine Coast. Make sure you take a light and check out the bat colony on the roof of the tunnel (huddled into a small hole). Buck's Bakery in Landsborough is a great spot for a coffee, pie or sweet treat.

Reviewed By: Mal

Review Date: 13/11/2018

A great track for mountain biking. Nice, wide and not too challenging. We rode from Mooloolah to Landsborough, grabbed some lunch and returned. Interesting little piece of history with the tunnel being a good photo opportunity.

Reviewed By: Fiona

Review Date: 06/11/2018

A great track from Landsborough to Mooloolah. We went on mountain bikes and I found the path quite rocky and sandy in some areas and harder to ride but that could have something to do with my bike needing upgrading too. Kids might find it a little sketchy but very easy to just walk over those areas. We went from Landsborough to Mooloolah and got a coffee at a local café and then returned. Great way to spend some time outdoors.

Reviewed By: Rebecca

Review Date: 01/11/2018

Love this relatively flat track. The kids love the thrill of riding through the dark tunnel - beware of bats AAARRRGH - and its always exciting to see a train speed by along the working rail line that runs nearby.

Reviewed By: Cherie

Review Date: 01/11/2018

The tunnel Track is great for all levels and the bat colony is a fun thing to see. Roses Circuit is a bit more difficult and would really tackle this one early, with an adequate water supply. Really amazing views at the top. Not to many people on the tracks. Would recommend.

Reviewed By: Stacey Moreau

Safety

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  • Always follow any local signage, it contains key information and conditions can change at any time.
  • Use the trails with consideration for your abilities, be prepared for the adventure ahead:
    • Be aware of the weather conditions, found here: http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/.
    • Always wear appropriate clothing, focus on good footwear.
    • Always bring more water than you think you will need.
    • Be Sun Safe!
    • Always let someone know where you are going that isn’t going with you.
  • Just getting started try this site for good useful information: https://www.trailhiking.com.au/hike-safety/
  • Sunshine Coast Council does it’s best to maintain current information but things can change so always be aware that a trail may not be as listed in this guide, and report and issues via our feedback link.

Maintenance and Enquiries

Qld Parks and Wildlife Service

National Parks, Conservation Parks and some State Forests are managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Contact details are: https://www.des.qld.gov.au/contactus/

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