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Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Walk

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by Elaine (subscribe)
Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published September 23rd 2016
A Walk Without a Waterfall
Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Walk, historical value, four kilometre walk return, well-marked trail, reminiscent walk through time, dog-friendly
Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Walk - Image: Elaine de Wet


Can you imagine taking a walk without a waterfall, or without hearing the gurgling, bubbling water of a stream? I certainly couldn't, but then came upon the Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Walk. Instead of water, think reminiscent, historical, awe, amazement and all amidst lush green surrounds!

Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Walk, historical value, four kilometre walk return, well-marked trail, reminiscent walk through time, dog-friendly
Views from a Section of the Trail - Image: Elaine de Wet


Well, that's what we found - another little piece of history we can boast about in Buderim - the Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Walk, which actually used to be a railway (not a tramway) and was built to service the needs of the farmers and residents of Buderim and surrounds. This allowed for farm produce, fruit and timber to access Brisbane via the main-line at Palmwoods.

Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Walk, historical value, four kilometre walk return, well-marked trail, reminiscent walk through time, dog-friendly
Lush Green Surrounds - Image: Elaine de Wet


Buderim in the early 1900's was a thriving community with farms producing high quality fruit and timber. With roads that were less than perfect, transportation to Woombye, which was the main centre at that time, was either by horse, wagons and bullocks. Shipping through the rivers and creeks to the Maroochy Ports with its sandbars caused problems, which in turn threatened the perishable produce. There was a sense of urgency for effective and reliable transportation to the main Queensland Rail Train line in order to gain access to the Brisbane Markets.

And along came the Buderim/Palmwoods Tramway Route which began operating in 1914, with the last tram running in 1935.

Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Walk, historical value, four kilometre walk return, well-marked trail, reminiscent walk through time, dog-friendly
Palmwoods to Buderim Tramway 1914 - 1935 - Image: Elaine de Wet


We are in the very fortuitous position of having this Heritage Trail as an extremely enjoyable walk, or run (whichever tickles your fancy, though I must warn you if you run the Trail, you will definitely miss the historical highlights) - 2kms one way or 4kms return, through the regrowth forest, with various points of historical value along the way. The track starts from the corner of Mons and Telco Roads in Buderim - in Telco Road near the intersection, you'll find a grassed parking area, a safe spot to leave your vehicle.

The name Telko (Telco) is actually an Aboriginal word meaning 'laughter' or 'happiness' and Sybil Vise, the schoolteacher, who used to own Pioneer Cottage and then donated it to the Buderim Community, said that it was her mother's choice of name for the Telco Station.

Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Walk, historical value, four kilometre walk return, well-marked trail, reminiscent walk through time, dog-friendly
Wheelchair-Friendly Access Ramp - Image: Elaine de Wet


A wheelchair-friendly access ramp with a gentle gradient from top to bottom takes you down to the start of the moderate walking track. Give yourself at least an hour to complete the round-trip of the Trail; look out for plaques and information boards along the way as there is plenty to see and absorb. These are just some of the markers that we came across:-

At 70 metres - A wooden bridge over a stream which was used to drain a small dam formed by the tram embankment;

Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Walk, historical value, four kilometre walk return, well-marked trail, reminiscent walk through time, dog-friendly
Wooden Bridge - Image: Elaine de Wet


At 800 metres - A deep and impressive cutting which reflected the engineering abilities of the track construction workers and their supervising engineer, Geo Phillips, in building the tramway formation using hand tools and horse-drawn equipment (this was really an incredible feat);

Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Walk, historical value, four kilometre walk return, well-marked trail, reminiscent walk through time, dog-friendly
A Deep and Impressive Cutting which Reflected the Engineering Abilities of the Day - Image: Elaine de Wet


At 880 metres - The cutting here has the greatest number of original sleepers still in place - a total of twenty sleepers have been recorded on the entire track length;

Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Walk, historical value, four kilometre walk return, well-marked trail, reminiscent walk through time, dog-friendly
Original Sleepers Still Evident - Image: Elaine de Wet


At 1090 metres - Mons Station Site - which only consisted of one small shed and today they have a bench here should you wish to sit and enjoy the peace and tranquillity this area has to offer;

Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Walk, historical value, four kilometre walk return, well-marked trail, reminiscent walk through time, dog-friendly
Mons Station Site - Image: Elaine de Wet


At 1580 metres - The remains of an old cattle grid can still be seen.

Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Walk, historical value, four kilometre walk return, well-marked trail, reminiscent walk through time, dog-friendly
The Remains of an Old Cattle Grid - Image: Elaine de Wet


The Trail is well-marked every 100 metres or so, so one is able to follow and find all these historical locations quite easily. We even managed to pinpoint the remains of some of the drill-holes that are still in evidence.

Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Walk, historical value, four kilometre walk return, well-marked trail, reminiscent walk through time, dog-friendly
Remains of Drill Holes from Rock Blasting - Image: Elaine de Wet


All these historical fun facts in a tranquil, green setting, makes for a reminiscent walk, trying to imagine how tough life must have been for these early settlers. The 'downside', if one can call it that, is there is no fresh water, so bring a bottle along and no loos, which could theoretically be a 'downside'.

Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Walk, historical value, four kilometre walk return, well-marked trail, reminiscent walk through time, dog-friendly
Three Metre High Stump with Pockets to hold the Jigger Boards - Image: Elaine de Wet


On arriving back at Telco Road, on the right hand side of the road stands a three metre high stump, which is one of the last remnants of Buderim's timber getters. The pockets made to hold the jigger boards, on which the axe men stood to cut the tree, can still be seen.

This Trail is perfect for walkers and runners but not suitable for bicycles or horses.

Grab a water bottle, your furry friend, on a leash, and head off down to the Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Walk.
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Why? To Take A Reminiscent Walk
When: Any time, any day of the week
Where: Corner of Mons Road and Telco Road, Buderim, QLD
Cost: FREE
Your Comment
Nothing enhances a good walk like a bit of history.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|5681) 447 days ago
Nice one Elaine! Have heard of this track but never got there so good to read all about it.
by Kate Blake (score: 2|752) 448 days ago
Can this track be done with a pram? Or are there steps?
by Kelly (score: 0|5) 447 days ago
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