Boolboonda Tunnel, Mount Perry

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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  • If you are exploring the area such as heading to Mt Perry, it's well worthwhile making a little detour up the dirt road and going through the tunnel. There is very little evidence of the railway ever....  more »
  • Interesting to see this tunnel, its dark in the tunnel, you can use beam lights and move car slowly to get this experience , there are many bats around.  more »
  • The longest unlined and unsupported tunnel structure in the southern hemisphere. Located along the Mt. Perry road this structure is a heritage listed site constructed between 1883 and 1884. Within...  more »
  • 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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