Starting from the corner/intersection of Beech Road and Cunningham Avenue, Landsborough, this walk takes you through a historic tunnel via a straightforward track, exploring the diverse woodland of Dularcha National Park along the way. The Dularcha Railway Tunnel was built in 1890-1891 by T Jesser & Company, and was used during both the world wars for transporting injured soldiers. Also known as the North Coast Line No 1 : Mooloolah Tunnel, this heritage-listed tunnel is home to large-footed bats and blue/purple moths. Outside the tunnel, you’ll be surrounded by cabbage palm trees and some rainforest plants in different sections, leading to a diversity in wildlife. The nearly-flat and straight track makes this an interesting family-friendly trip. You can ride your mountain bike here as well. This walk can be turned into a return route and be reversed as well. Additionally , you can take a train for half of the walk from each direction and walk back to your car to avoid backtracking. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting started From the corner/intersection of Beech Road and Cunningham Avenue, head towards the dirt trail as you pass by a black&white striped end of road sign to your left. Head along the said trail as you follow the wooden fenceline to your left. Stay on the designated trail as it veers left and aligns with the railway(to your right). 1.23 kilometres into the track, keep right and remain on the Tunnel Track to continue along Dularcha Railway Tunnel Track(Landsborough to Mooloolah).....
Directions & comments
At the intersection of Cunningam Avenue & Beech Road Start (a vehicle track).
After 100 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 225 m continue straight, to head along Tunnel Track.
After another 900 m (at the intersection of Tunnel Track & Roses Circuit) continue straight, to head along Tunnel Track.
After another 480 m (at the intersection of Tunnel Track & Connection Track) continue straight, to head along Tunnel Track.
The starting point of an alternate route. This alternate route skips the tunnel via the Tunnel bypass track. To take the alternate route turn right here. Details below.
After another 470 m continue straight, to head along Tunnel Track.
After another 55 m head through the tunnel (about 145 m long)
After another 760 m come to the end.
This alternate route skips the tunnel via the Tunnel bypass track.
Directions & comments
After another 200 m turn right, to head along Roses Circuit.
After another 40 m veer left.
After another 125 m come to the end.
At the end of this alternate route, rejoin the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Dularcha Railway Tunnel
45 min to 1 h 15 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)