Monday, May 18, 2015

The Trek North - Linville.

No hurry leaving Cotton Tree.  Spent a lovely morning enjoying good coffee and good company in the park before departure.

Made Linville before dark and found a comfortable spot for the night. The weather deteriorated and the next day found myself driving in fog and drizzle all the way over the Bunya mountain range. It was near Dalby before the weather cleared to a sunny day with scattered clouds.

Linville first came to prominence when the railhead was established in 1910. With the rail, cattle and local Blackbutt timber were able to be shipped to Brisbane. In 1911 the Moorabool Hotel, built in 1904 near Toogoolawah, was moved to Linville on bullock wagons. This historic building and some of the old rail memorabilia are still to be enjoyed today. In 1993 the line was officially closed and is now a very scenic rail-trail to Moore (7km) or Blackbutt (23km). Good free camping is also available across the road from the pub.

Linville Hotel - still trading today.