Cr Tim McMahon with Walks and Trails guide

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) has launched the 2020 ‘Walks and Trails of Toowoomba Region’ guide. The updated booklet showcases 78 local nature excursions graded for novice trekkers through to experienced outdoor enthusiasts.

The new booklet includes new park adventures and 20 kilometres’ more of trails than the original brochure that launched in March 2019.

TRC’s Environment and Community portfolio leader Cr Tim McMahon said the Toowoomba Region is renowned for its diverse landscapes and stunning scenery.

“Council is keen to promote a healthy lifestyle, and this new booklet showcases our spectacular natural environment that is ripe for exploring, Cr McMahon said.

“This handy reference guide will assist our community through the walks and trails that traverse our Region’s diverse landscapes and the spectacular natural environment.

“We have a range of iconic walks throughout our Region that allow the intrepid trekker to pursue their love of everything outdoors passing through some amazing landscapes.

“Outdoor adventurers will be spoilt for choice with the booklet outlining settings from urban circuits to bushland parks, mountain biking tracks and horse-riding trails.

“The walks and trails included in the guide booklet are graded for all fitness levels with options for the novice trekker through to the experienced outdoor enthusiasts, Cr McMahon said.

“Bushwalkers can explore the 160 kilometres long Brisbane Valley Rail Trail which is one of the longest trails in Australia stretching from the hills of Yarraman through to Wulkuraka near Ipswich.

“Alternately, if it is more the leisurely stroll you are looking for the 270-metre long wheelchair friendly Sensory Walk at J E Duggan Park with braille signage might be more your style.

“The more active adventurers may wish to explore the new offerings at Mt Peel with 7,250 metres of single-track mount bike trails on offer.

Cr McMahon said there are so many opportunities for all the family to discover as you explore our beautiful Toowoomba Region.

“A recent Council survey on ‘sport, active recreation and healthy living’ found an emerging community trend towards the popularity of nature-based recreational activities,” Cr McMahon said.

“Bushwalking rated in the top three activities for males and females across all age groups and respondents said they’d like to do more of in future.

“Local walking groups highlighted the need for a trail guide and Council responded with this booklet.

“The ‘Walks and Trails of Toowoomba Region’ booklet provides useful information about nature-based activities.

“The booklet complements Council’s Toowoomba Region Trails Network Strategy which aims to provide unique experiences and provide trail-based recreation activities for our residents and visitors.

“The guide will help the community to explore the splendour of our Region’s glorious open spaces on foot, a bike or on horseback.”

The Walks and Trails of Toowoomba Region Guide can be found online at www.tr.qld.gov.au/walkingtrails.  Limited hard copies are also available at Customer Service Centre’s and the Toowoomba and Hampton Visitor Information Centres.  For more information, contact 131 872 and quote ‘Walks and Trails for Toowoomba Region.