Boolboonda Tunnel, Mount Perry

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Historic Site · Landmark
Boolboonda Tunnel is an abandoned heritage-listed railway tunnel at Tunnel Road, Boolboonda, Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. The tunnel is 192 metres (630 ft) in length making it the longest unsupported man-made tunnel in Queensland. Its construction represented an important engineering feat for rail transport in Queensland.

It was built from 1881 to 1884 by O'Rourke & McSharry. It is also known as Boolboonda Railway Tunnel and SEQ-6Q 1. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 24 September 1999.
The Boolboonda Railway Tunnel opened 12 November 1883 following a construction period of two years. It was built by Queensland Government Railways as part of the Bundaberg to Mount Perry railway line, constructed to service the Mount Perry copper mines. It took two years to dig and was officially opened on 2 November 1883. The line was deviated in 1960 and tracks removed the following year. The section of the line between Tirroan and Mount Perry closed in 1960 and was removed in 1961.
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  • Is worth the trip into to see the tunnel and how it was engineered. It would have been very hard work for the time it was built.  more »
  • Probably not worth the drive from Bundaberg specifically to see the tunnel but it was interesting and on my to-do list. Easy to find and worth the effort if you are in the area.  more »
  • Just 2km off the highway between Mt Perry & Gin Gin, half of that 2km is well graded dirt; you get to the Boolboonda Tunnel. Your can drive or walk through in both directions, and it was much better....  more »
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  • It was a cool tunnel and it was super interesting to listen to the audio about it which is outside the tunnel. The bats were a surprise inside. I discovered this unusual shrub commonly known as the "lolly bush". After doing some research I learned that it was used by the indigenous for medicinal purposes
  • The tunnel is amazing. Walking through it was awesome.
  • Worth the long drive to see . Longest unsupported tunnel in Australia.
  • What a piece of workmanship. Loved the drive and even saw the little micro bats.
  • Amazing???? Good info board and recording.

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