Trail Towns along the Downs Burnett Cycle Trail

The Downs Burnett Cycle Trail (DBCT) is intended to provide cyclists with multi-day or day-long trips.

The route is designed to encourage cyclists to explore the northern Darling Downs and South Burnett, travelling through numerous small towns and villages while cycling through a variety of agricultural and natural landscapes.

Crows Nest

While Crows Nest is often thought of as the start of the Trail, you can start from anywhere. Crows Nest is a thriving country town. Perched on the crest of the Great Dividing Range only 40 minutes drive north of Toowoomba, Crows Nest is home to heritage antique shops, cafes, galleries, and a museum.

The Myrtle restaurant and adjoining bakery café are getting excellent reviews and are worth a visit. Crows Nest is also the base for the Mountain Bike Mecca (Mountain Bike Mecca | Biking Trails for Cyclists of all Levels) a series of loop rides around the surrounding area. Pick one or do them all. Plenty of accommodation and eating options.


Goombungee is nestled amongst the picturesque northern Darling Downs farming country and is known as the “Picnic Town”.  The streets are lined with jacarandas and silky oaks – providing a spectacular display in late spring culminating in the Jacaranda Day festival in early November.  All along the centre of the main street are interesting displays and other quirky items of interest. The Pioneer Arms Hotel, dating back to 1897, is a great lunch destination serving hearty country meals and offering a warm welcome.  Visit Sonia at the Vintage Cow Café in the main street for coffee and meals.  Groups can also camp at the rear of the Café. Camping is also available at the Showgrounds.


Kulpi is known for the famous service and hospitality at the Pioneer Hotel.  Mick will also allow camping at the rear of the Pub, making Kulpi a great place to stop on your ride. Contact Mick on 07 4692 8299 for more information.


Quinalow is the home of the first butter-and-cheese factory on the Darling Downs, established in 1889.  The Quinalow Hotel has a number of accommodation rooms.


Maclagan is located at the foothills of the Bunya Mountains and has a general store for drinks and other refreshments.  Trivia – The town was originally named Bismarck after Otto von Bismarck until 1916 when it was renamed Maclagan due to the anti-German sentiment during World War I.


Recognised as the Queensland town with the longest single-word name, it is also known as the “Bun”. The Bun Hotel offers great meals, drinks and accommodation. There is also a nice picnic area behind the hotel with toilets.


Nestled in the foothills of the Bunya Mountains and surrounded by panoramic views of rolling farmlands, Bell is a great town to overnight on the Trail.  There are a number of accommodation options with camping at the Showgrounds and Bell Tourist Park (cabins available) as well as Hotel rooms at the Bellview Hotel. Contact Bell Tourist Park (camping and cabins – contact Stuart and Emilia on 07 4663 1265 or Bell Touristpark or the recently re-opened Bellview Pub Bellview Hotel  Enjoy a Devonshire tea at the Bluebells Coffee Shop within the Bell Information Centre and Gallery or Pips n Cherries Café  Pips n Cherries Visit Poppy’s Shed full of old engines and learn about the history of the Dalby to Bell railway line at the Railway Museum. The beautiful Catholic Church and Church Gardens are well worth a visit.


The country village of Cooyar is surrounded by scenic drives, rich farmlands and the rainforest of the Palms National Park. Early risers can often spot a platypus or two in play in the nearby Cooyar Creek. For the best vantage point, visit the suspension bridge in Swinging Bridge Park, which was rebuilt in 1988 after a devastating flood swept the previous bridge away. The Palms National Park is well worth a visit. Small in size, but big in nature, this tiny patch of remnant rainforest is filled with impressive Piccabeen Palms, towering fig trees and a rich suite of birdlife. Rooms and meals are available at the Cooyar Hotel.

Riders should pay careful attention at the junction of the New England Highway and local roads at the Cooyar Hotel. The road markings are confusing for turning drivers, so assume nothing and be vigilant.



Maidenwell is a charming village at the gateway to the Bunya Mountains. Stop in at the quaint country pub for a beer or relax over lunch and a coffee at the Maidenwell Trading Post (home to locally-grown Yalbury Olive products). The magnificent Coomba Falls is just out of town.  A quintessential dairy town, Maidenwell is home to a quaint country pub famous for its monthly pig-on-a-spit dinners. Formerly known as Kings Hotel, Maidenwell Hotel was built in 1913 by John King who also established the township and named it after the first well he dug in the area. The hotel has retained many of its 100 plus year old features including tongue and groove timber walls, picture rails, verandas and also the original two-sided fireplace, which provides a gorgeous ambience in winter – not to mention the friendly spirits of some of its old occupants and regulars, just ask Lisa the publican to tell you more!


Kumbia is known as the gateway to the Bunya Mountains. There is a free camp with hot showers and toilets. The petrol station does takeaway meals. The hotel is not open at present. Please check back here for changes. Another option for accommodation could be Kumbia Hall, especially if you are riding in a medium to large group. Try giving Kumbia Kindergarten a call on 0427 804 231 or 41 644 175.


Kingaroy is the largest town in the South Burnett. Kingaroy is also the start of the South Burnett Rail Trail. The Rail Trail continues to Murgon and then links to the Moffatdale winery Route. At present, the northern section of the Rail Trail from Goomeri to Kilkivan is closed. Please refer to Rail Trails Australia for changes. There are many places to stay or eat. Have a look at the Visit South Burnett Website for details


The Link Route connects Kingaroy to Nanango and onto Yarraman. Thus, linking the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail to the South Burnett Rail Trail. Nanango is the second largest town in the South Burnett and has many options for accommodation from camping at the showgrounds to Hotel, BnB and Motel style accommodation. There are plenty of food outlets and quite a good bakery in the middle of town. The IGA in town is well-stocked for all your food needs. Nanango is also home to the NAN 1 and NAN 2 circuit rides as well as the challenging Nanango to Linville Circuit Ride.


Yarraman is positioned at the head of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail and is at the crossroads of the New England and D’Aguilar highways. Motel, Hotel, camping and cabin style accommodation is available. The Yarraman Caravan Park and Cabins Yarraman Caravan Park at the top of the hill is a great spot to stay. There are two hotels, both offering meals as well as takeaway options in town. There is also a well-stocked IGA in town so that you can replenish any supplies.