Rail track visitors spike at Yarraman
AS THE Yarraman Railway Centenary celebrations approach, the traffic on the town's trails has skyrocketed.
In the past 24 days, the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail had 595 registrations - a massive jump on previous months.
Director of recre-tourism and economic development planning company HorsetraxOz, Melanie Doheny said the numbers showed there was great demand for the trail.
"There are a lot of people coming into the region specifically to use our trails on the weekend," she said.
"That is a big spike and we hope the momentum of the centenary weekend will keep those numbers up."
For the celebrations, the trail will open to bike riders on Saturday, May 18, and horse riders on Sunday, May 19. The all-ages family event will see hundreds of residents of Yarraman and surrounding towns descend onto the trail for adventures in the great outdoors.
Siblings Tayla Murray and Brayden Ingram are regulars on the track, riding their horses along the stretch between Yarraman and Harland Park.
"I really like riding my bike, so I am going to do the bike ride on Saturday," Brayden said.
The Saturday bike ride will feature a 15km social mountain bike ride along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail towards Blackbutt.
Riders are encouraged to dress the part for the all ages best dressed mountain bike competition at 12.30pm.
The South Burnett Trail horse riders trail ride will unhitch at 8.30am on Sunday from Heritage House to embark on a 22km ride.
Whether you are riding horses or bikes or if you just want to learn about the town's rich history, everyone is invited to make their way to Yarraman next weekend for the railway centenary.
To commemorate the milestone, a plaque will be unveiled on the Saturday.
For more information, locals and visitors are encouraged to visit Yarraman's Heritage House located at 26 Millar St.
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