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. We run 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.

 

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.

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 city route maps

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City ride route ideas

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Popular city routes are:

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.
  • 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. The ride rating is easy.
  • Criterium track 1.7 km - A purpose-built cycling track that offers a safe recreation, training and racing venue.

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.

Preston

  • Preston loop 24 km - A scenic and challenging loop that featured in a past Tour of Toowoomba. It contains a number of short climbs that exceed 15 degrees. Try the loop in both directions and don't underestimate the 300 m of climbing.

Toowoomba

  • Criterium track 1.7 km - A purpose-built cycling track that offers a safe recreation, training and racing venue. 
  • Uni loop 4 km - As a mostly-flat circuit the Uni Loop can feature large groups riding at pace many mornings of the week.

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (Yarraman) starts from Yarraman Station Park and comprises 160 km of multi-use track that follows the disused Brisbane Valley rail line to Wulkuraka (near Ipswich).

Federation Park (Vale View) offers about 1 km multi-use trail shared between walkers, horse riders and mountain bike riders.

Glen Lomond Park (Middle Ridge) has more than 5 km of multi-use trails shared between walkers, horse riders and mountain bike riders.

Jubilee Park (Mount Lofty) offers more than 26 km of single track mountain bike trails ranging from green circle (easy) to black diamond (difficult). It also has 12.5 km of multi-use track shared between walkers, bike riders and horse riders.

Mount Peel Bushland Park (Drayton) has two green circle (easy) single track mountain bike trails totaling more than 7 km.

Picnic Point Parklands (Rangeville) host the Picnic Point Bridle Trail with 1.5 km of multi-use trail shared between walkers, bike riders and horse riders.

Redwood Park (Prince Henry Heights) is made up of the Bridle Trail, Grasstree Trail and Eagles Nest Trail. The 5.5 km trails distance is shared between walkers, bike riders and horse riders.

Stenner Skills Park (Middle Ridge) has 5 dirt jump tracks ranging in ability levels to suit beginners and experts. The tracks include tabletops, gap doubles, rollers and berms.

Weir Trail Circuit (Yarraman) is a 2.3 km multi-use trail that loops Yarraman Station Park through to Weir Park and back.

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

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.

 

Reporting cycling issues

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

Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 August 2019 10:39
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