South Coast Rail Trail and Ernest Jtn Tunnel
  • Length: 0.75km

  • Duration: 30 mins

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Molendinar

  • End: Southport and Tweed Heads

  • Closest Town: Molendinar

  • Location: South East Queensland

  • Distance from state capital: 60km

  • State: QLD

  • Latitude: -28.13534092

  • Longitude: 153.4714592

Trail Access

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Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

Easy Access

Steep Road

Winding Road

Vehicle Ford

Speed Bumps

2WD Vehicle

4WD Vehicle

Entry Fee

Ample Parking

Accessible Parking

Wheelchair Toilet

Toilet Facilities

Camping Available

Drinking Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

BBQ Facilities

Fire Pit

Trail Features

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Concrete Path

Timber Boardwalk

Gravel Path

Sandy Trail

Rough Trail

No Defined Trail

Manual Wheelchair

Motorised Wheelchair

Prams and Strollers

Bike Friendly

Overnight Campsites

River Crossings

Rock Scrambling

Bush Bashing

Exposed Ledges

Trail Markers

Drinking Water

Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Dog Friendly

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South Coast Rail Trail and Ernest Jtn Tunnel is a 0.75km, grade 3 One Way hike located in South East Queensland Queensland. The hike should take approximately 30 mins to complete.


The former Southport railway line branched off the main line to Tweed Heads at a station called Ernest Junction just South of the tunell.

Parts of this former line are accessible on foot. These sections are mainly west of the Parklands Drive/Smith St intersection.

The tunnel itself is curved, preventing one end from being seen from the other and has been described as ‘spooky’.


Molendinar to to Southport and Tweed Heads in South East Queensland

Gold Coast, 60km from Brisbane

Coarse gravel, Sealed

For more information and a location map please visit RailTrails Australia.