Recreational cycling

For the recreational cyclist, Toowoomba has over 70 km of pathways, a number of designated mountain bike trails and a network of roads that can be used by the more experienced cyclist. Council runs a number of bike ride events each year with assistance from local cycling clubs and groups. Rides are usually held as part of Bike Week, World Environment Day and Carnival of Flowers.

To report a cycling issue or safety hazard please report the issue to our customer service team via ePathway (online service request).

Suggested cycling routes

While there is an infinite number of options for city, country and even bush riding, below we have highlighted a few cycling routes for riders of various abilities.

Toowoomba City recreational cycling map - brochure (PDF for A4 print).

These routes are typically on streets with less traffic, shared pathways and through parks. In many locations you can choose between riding on the road or using paths. Routes may not be desirable for commuter and more experienced cyclists who may prefer more direct routes. If you have a favourite route in your area we'd love to hear from you - contact us by email.

Printed route maps

Ride route ideas

Popular city routes are:

  • Toowoomba - 1.7Km purpose-built criterium track - A purpose-built cycling track that offers a safe recreation, training and racing venue.
  • Toowoomba city 1/2 loop A 20 km ride around the city starting from East Toowoomba.  Travel up to Picnic Point then make you way down past the University, along Drayton Road and then back up Perth Street. Ride rating: EASY.
  • Toowoomba city loop - East Toowoomba up to Picnic Point, south along Rowbotham Street, past the University, down Drayton Road, through Harristown, out South Street, north on McDougall past the airport, in Bridge Street, up Jellicoe Street and back through East Toowoomba to the top of the range. Start and finish anywhere on the loop.

Advanced road cyclists tell us the following loops are worth breaking into a sweat for. Road conditions may vary so it is recommended you touch base with a local rider before heading out.

  • Toowoomba - 1.7Km purpose-built criterium track - A purpose-built cycling track that offers a safe recreation, training and racing venue. 
  • Toowoomba - 4Km Uni loop - As a mostly-flat circuit the Uni Loop can feature large groups riding at pace many mornings of the week.
  • Preston - 24Km Preston loop - A scenic and challenging loop that featured in a past Tour of Toowoomba. It contains a number of short climbs that exceed 15deg. Try the loop in both directions and don't underestimate the 300m of climbing.

Soon to be the longest rail trail in Australia, the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail follows the disused Brisbane Valley rail line from Wulkuraka (near Ipswich) and Yarraman.

We recently created a slideshow to provide a fun beginners guide to mountain biking in the toowoomba region - open in SlideShare.

Other resources

Here are some other links that might be of use as you enjoy our wonderful cycling region:

Cycling route websites

MapMyRide - Toowoomba,  Oakey & Westbrook

Bikemap - Toowoomba

Trailforks (MTB) - Toowoomba

 

Popular mass-participation rides

The community run Toowoomba Mountain Bike Club hosts various mountain bike events that lures both international and national visitors to the region.

The yearly Toowoomba Ride the range attracts hundreds of riders from around the country.

 

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