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: Queensland

  • Distance from state capital: 60km

  • State: QLD


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
  • Gold Coast, 60km from Brisbane
  • Surface – Coarse gravel, Sealed
  • Terrain –

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