Walks and trails

Two women walking through bush

The benefits of walking are well-documented. Walking is a wonderful way to enjoy nature and can help improve cardiovascular fitness and reduce stress. Fortunately, in our scenic region, there are lots of opportunities to enjoy a leisurely stroll or to take on a more challenging hike. Nearby National Parks, along with our many regional parks and gardens, offers a variety of walks and trails that cater for all fitness levels.

To keep yourself safe on our trails, remember to:

  • wear comfortable, protective footwear;
  • dress for the track conditions and weather;
  • wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent; and
  • carry plenty of drinking water.

All walks and trails in the Toowoomba Region can be found in the park locator application, by selecting the park features filter and clicking the 'bush walking' box.

Cooyar

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for the walk, head to the Muntapa tunnel page.

Muntapa Tunnel Walk

Area: Cooyar

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 2 - easy

Distance: 872m total distance

Walking time: Approximately 15-20 minutes

Description: The trailhead of Muntapa Tunnel Walk is located within the park. The walking track surface consists of natural soil and crushed rock. It has two tracks, one to each end of the tunnel. The northern track has metal stairs that descend to the tunnel. The southern track has a lookout to take photos of the tunnel. Part of this walk is shared with vehicles, so beware of cars.

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for the walk, head to the Palms National Park page.

The Palms National Park Circuit

Area: Cooyar

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 3 - formed track, short steep hills

Distance: 650m loop

Walking time: Approximately 15 minutes

Description: This short track encircles the palm forest - palms one side, dry vine forest on the other.



Crows Nest

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for this walk, head to the Crows Nest - Bullocky's Rest Park page.

Applegum Walk

Area: Crows Nest

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 3

Distance: 2053m one way

Walking time: Approximately 30-40 minutes

Description: Applegum Walk connects Bullocky’s Rest Park Park to Hartmann Park. The track from Bullocky’s Rest follows Crows Nest Creek downstream, passing the Pump Hole, then up Bald Hills Creek to Hartmann Park, a total distance of 1.5km. From Hartmann Park, you can return to Bullocky’s Rest via the town centre, or along Esk or Dale Streets. Please leave your pets at home.

To check the walks are open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for these walks, head to the Crows Nest National Park page.

Crows Nest Falls via Kauyoo Loop

Area: Crows Nest

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 4 - rough track, limited signage, very steep sections

Distance: 2700m loop

Walking time: Approximately 1 hour

Description: This loop includes The Cascades, Kauyoo Pool and Bottlebrush Pool. The walk to the Cascades is relatively easy, becoming more challenging to Kauyoo Pool and Bottlebrush Pool.

Bottlebrush Pool is the ideal place to enjoy a swim and relax. The river she-oaks and bottlebrush trees here provide shade and a habitat for a variety of wildlife. Keep an eye out for brush-tailed rock wallabies as they move quietly around the surrounding granite hills and boulders. Take care on the steps leading down to the creek as they can be slippery when wet. A sandy beach allows easy access to the normally shallow water at Kauyoo Pool.

Steep crevices and slippery rocks lead to the Cascades where you can hear the ‘tock tock’ calls of striped marsh frogs echoing around the boulders in summer. Watch your step, especially if the creek is flowing. This is another good spot to sit quietly and watch for rock-wallabies.

Crows Nest Falls Lookout

Area: Crows Nest

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 3 - formed track, short steep hills

Distance: 2100m return

Walking time: Approximately 45 minutes

Description: Water tumbles over 20m high granite cliffs at Crows Nest Falls. Access to the Crows Nest Falls waterhole has been closed due to the danger posed by large rocks falling onto the track and into the waterhole. For your safety, never attempt to climb around the Crows Nest Falls lookout barriers for any reason - to do so could result in serious injury or death.

Koonin Lookout

Area: Crows Nest

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 3 - formed track, short steep hills

Distance: 4500m return

Walking time: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes

Description: Wander out to Koonin Lookout for a bird’s-eye view of the Valley of Diamonds and to distant rolling hills around Ravensbourne. Along the way, look out for intricate lichen patterns on rocks and small ground orchids.

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for the walk, head to the Hartmann Park page.

Hartmann Park Circuit

Area: Crows Nest

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 4

Distance: 387m loop

Walking time: Approximately 15-20 minutes

Description: Hartmann Park Circuit is a loop of approximately 600m long in the park north of Bald Hills Creek. The trailhead starts at the Hartmann Park picnic area, crosses the creek and goes up the hill following a set of concrete steps. The walk passes over a shelf of sandstone rock, offering some magnificent landscape and geological features. The forest canopy is a collection of eucalyptus species while the undergrowth of plants provides a rich display of wildflowers in spring.

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for the walk, head to the Cressbrook Dam page.

Lake Cressbrook Walk

Area: Biarra

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 3

Distance: 7455m total distance

Walking time: Approximately 150-160 minutes

Description: The trailhead of Lake Cressbrook Walking Track is located near the boat ramp off Access Road in the Day Use Area but it can also be accessed from the camping area. It meanders adjacent to the lake’s edge, passing the camping ground before looping back through bushland.

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for the walk, head to the Perseverance Dam page.

Lake Perseverance Lookout Walk

Area: Crows Nest

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 2

Distance: 216m one way

Walking time: Approximately 5 minutes

Description of the walk: The lookout is located at about 200m from the carpark and offers views of the lake. From the lookout, you can walk another 200m to the start of Perseverance Creek and have a different perspective of the lake.



Hampton

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for the walk, head to the Munro Tramway Historical Route page.

The Great Short Walk

Area: Palmtree

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 3 - formed track, short steep hills

Distance: 1600m one way

Walking time: Approximately 60 minutes return

Description: The trail follows the path of the Munro Tramway along the side of the current Palmtree Road. Several signs along the way tell the story of the Munro Tramway and the timber industry. There is also a lookout with views of Highfields. As this used to be a rail trail, the gradient is easy except for the gully where there used to be a bridge. The track travels through the dry open country, so it’s important to take plenty of water and be sun smart.



Highfields

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for this walk, head to the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve page.

Charles and Motee Rogers Circuit

Area: Highfields

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 2 - easy

Distance: 872m loop

Walking time: Approximately 15-20 minutes

Description: The trail is relatively flat and winds around the edges of the reserve through the trees and undergrowth. It finishes on Rogers Drive, where you can follow a walkway back to the entrance.

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for the walk, head to the Falls Bushland page.

Highfields Falls Circuit

Area: Highfields

Best for: Bushwalking 

Classification: Grade 3 - formed track, short steep hills 

Distances and walking time:

From James Byrne Road Trailhead 1275m return - 25 minutes

From Barber Road Trailhead 1775m return - 35 minutes

From Kleve Road Trailhead 735m return - 15 minutes

Description: You can start the Highfields Falls Circuit from any of the three entrances. 

From James Byrne Road Trailhead, walk north for 255m, turn left and then right at the intersections.

From the Barber Road Trailhead, walk west for 560m and then turn right at the intersection.

From the Kleve Road Trailhead, walk 40m downhill and take the left track at the intersection. You will zig-zag along the track for 180m, then you will find another intersection where you can choose to go to the top or the bottom of the waterfall.

The circuit takes you on a scenic loop walk, with some zig-zags, a creek crossing, some steps and stepping stones. Keep your eyes open as this park has many interesting types of birds and you may even spot a koala. The circuit joins with the Ballantyne Circuit and the Waterfalls Walk.

Waterfalls Walk

Area: Highfields

Best for: Bushwalking 

Classification: Grade 3 - formed track, short steep hills

Distances: From the Highfields Falls Circuit add 70m to your journey if you the waterfall from the bottom or add 10m if you want to see the waterfall from the top.

Walking time: From the Highfields Falls Circuit, it would take an extra 2 minutes to see the bottom of the waterfalls or 1 minute to see the top of the waterfall. Watch your step as it may be slippery.

Description: The Waterfalls Walk starts from the east side of the Highfields Falls Circuit. To go to the bottom of the waterfall, walk north for about 30m and look for the steps on the right hand side. Follow the track and you will find the waterfall at its end. Prepare your camera to capture a nice snapshot of this natural little wonder.

The walk to the top of the waterfall is a bit shorter. From the east side of the Highfields Falls Circuit turn east at the intersection and follow the track until you see the top of the waterfall.

Ballantyne Circuit

Area: Highfields

Best for: Bushwalking 

Classification: Grade 3 - formed track, short steep hills 

Distance: 1145m return

Walking time: Approximately 25 minutes return

Description: The Ballantyne Circuit starts from James Byrne Road Trailhead. After walking north for about 255m, head west and then north again. The circuit joins with the Highfields Falls Circuit for 165m and then turns south west. You will cross a grassy paddock where the track is not very clear but just stay close to the trees and you will find the track again. To confirm you are on the right track, make sure you travel over a creek with a big concrete pipe. Follow the track and it will take you back to the carpark on James Byrne Road.

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for the walk, head to the Spring Bluff Park page.

Spring Bluff Walking Circuit

Area: Spring Bluff

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 3 - formed track, short steep hills

Distance:  545m return

Walking time: Approximately 15 minutes return

Description: The trail starts in the picnic area, behind the pergola. It takes you across a metal bridge that spans a creek and winds amongst the forest. It requires a bit of energy to go through a short uphill section but it’s definitely worth the effort.

The walk turns right and takes you over a beautiful creek decorated with fern trees and along a rock wall where you can see the enormous root of the fig trees that grow in the area. The track then goes downhill and back to the picnic area. Along the way, you will pass a big old hall and walk on a sealed walkway.

Please keep to the formed loop track at all times as this will assist with the safe management of neighbouring properties' activities.

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for the walk, head to the Williams Park page.

Williams Park Walk

Area: Highfields

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 2

Distance: 737m one way

Walking time: Approximately 15-20 minutes

Description: Starting behind the toilet block at Williams Park, the steps will take you down to a bridge over Klein Creek. This will lead you to a beautiful track that follows the creek north towards Reis Road. From there, you can turn back to Williams Park and extend your walk following a grassy area towards Clarke Road. Please leave your pets at home.



Kingsthorpe

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for the walk, head to the Mount Kingsthorpe page.

Mount Kingsthorpe Walk

Area: Kingsthorpe

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 4 - rough track, limited signage, very steep sections

Distance: 480m one way

Walking time: Approximately 30-35 minutes

Description: Mount Kingsthorpe Walk starts at the carpark and takes visitors to the summit, which provides expansive views as well as a glimpse of some of the original rainforest vegetation that once covered all of Mount Kingsthorpe.

Facilities: None



Meringandan

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for the walk, head to:

Lakeside Walk

Area: Meringandan

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 3

Distance: 4422m one way

Walking time: Approximately 90 minutes return

Description: The walk is mainly easy, with a moderate climb in the middle. The lake is the water supply for the Toowoomba Region and is a habitat for waterbirds and rich population of bush birds, particularly along the trail. If you sit quietly you may be able to also see a wide range of wildlife including koalas, possums, echidna and wallabies. Please leave your pets at home.



Millmerran

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for the walk, head to the Mount Basalt Reserve page.

Mount Basalt Circuit

Area: Millmerran

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 4 - rough track, limited signage, very steep sections

Distance: 559m loop

Walking time: Approximately 55 minutes

Description: There is a loop track along with a summit climb. The short walk to the saddle is easy going. Be prepared for a bit of rock hopping as the tracks to the summit cross basalt columns of about 25cm in diameter.



Preston

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for the walk, head to the Panoramic Walk page.

Panoramic Walk

Area: Preston

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 2

Distance: 877m one way

Walking time: Approximately 25-30 minutes return

Description: This walk begins at the Panoramic Park and lookout at the top of Panoramic Drive in Preston. It traverses through scrub land to Carroll Road. The walk is very steep but offers magnificent views of the southern part of Toowoomba.

As you make your way down the steep paved walkway, you will find a wooden gate on your left. Go through the gate onto the grassy area and continue until you arrive in Carrolls Road. From there you have to go back up to the carpark. Please leave your pets at home.



Ravensbourne

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for the walk, head to the Ravensbourne National Park page.

Cedar Block Circuit

Area: Ravensbourne

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 3 - formed track, short steep hills

Distance: 500m loop

Walking time: Approximately 15 minutes

Description: This short self-guided walk starts at the bottom of the Cedar Block day-use area. Signs interpret the rainforest and how it was used by Aboriginal travellers and timber-getters.

Rainforest Circuit

Area: Ravensbourne

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 3 - formed track, short steep hills

Distance: 1700m loop

Walking time: Approximately 40 minutes

Description: Large Sydney blue gums Eucalyptus saligna emerge through the rainforest canopy. In the understory, there are many attractive ground ferns, epiphytic ferns and vines. Along the higher section of this walking track, the remains of an Aboriginal yam-digging site can be seen.

Palm Creek Circuit

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 3 - formed track, short steep hills

Distance: 3600m loop

Walking time: Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Description: This track leaves the rainforest circuit and crosses Palm Creek - named after the piccabeen palms Archontophoenix cunninghamiana covering its steep banks. Look in the canopy for epiphytes growing on taller trees and birds feasting on palm tree fruits. A short side track leads along a eucalypt forest ridge to a small sandstone overhang.

Buaraba Creek Walk

Area: Ravensbourne

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 4 - rough track, limited signage, very steep sections

Distance: 6200m return

Walking time: Approximately 2 hours

Description: This pleasant walk starts in the rainforest, passes through eucalypt forest, and ends with a short descent into the cool and shady Buaraba Creek. Return along the same track. Please take drinking water.


Toowoomba City

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for the walk, head to the Cranley Escarpment Park page.

Area: Toowoomba

Best for: Bushwalking 

Classification: Grade 3 (formed track, short steep hills) 

Distance: This park has a network of more 3000 m of walking trails.

Walking time: Depending on the trails walked it may take between 1.5hrs to 2.5hrs to complete them.

Description: From Bedwell Street the 203m track takes you through a grassy paddock to the start of a 1930m loop. From Reserve Road the 355m track takes you downhill to the 1930m loop. Along the track you may be able to see some wildlife and many species of eucalyptus trees, including Ironbark.

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for the walk, head to the Glen Lomond Park page.

Glen Lomond Bridle Trail

Area: Toowoomba City

Best for: Bushwalking, mountain biking and horse riding

Classification: Grade 3 - bushwalking, Intermediate - mountain biking, Class 1 - horse riding

Distance: 2140m one way

Walking time: Approximately 30-35 minutes

Description: This track has three entrances in Middle Ridge, Toowoomba:

  • Dorge Street
  • Inadale Court
  • Burraway Court

The trail is a multi-use track shared between walkers, bike riders and horse riders.

Spur Walk

Area: Toowoomba City

Best for: Bushwalking, mountain biking and horse riding

Classification: Grade 3 - bushwalking, Intermediate - mountain biking, Class 1 - horse riding

Distance: 340m one way

Walking time: Approximately 10-15 minutes

Description: This track is only 680m return and starts halfway along the Glen Lomond Bridle trail with views of the Lockyer Valley.

Hell Hole Trail and Falls Walk

Area: Toowoomba City

Best for: Bushwalking and mountain biking, no horses are allowed.

Classification: Grade 4 - rough track, limited signage, very steep sections - bushwalking, Intermediate - mountain biking

Distance: 2750m one way

Walking time: Approximately 80-90 minutes

Description: This track starts at the corner of McStay and Dippel Streets and provides peaceful and tranquil surrounds. The track is shared between bike riders and walkers, however, only the upper part of the track is suitable for bikes.

After leaving the car park, the track goes through a grassy paddock that becomes narrower approaching the ridge. It undulates up and down until it reaches a smaller paddock that offers magnificent views of the range, including Table Top Mountain.

To go to the bottom of Hell Hole Falls turn left at the beginning of the second paddock, go downhill and turn left again before the track reaches a dead end. From here, there is no designated path to the water falls, so walk with caution. This part of the trail is not suitable for bicycles.

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for the walk, head to the J. E. Duggan Park page.

Squirrel Glider Circuit

Area: Toowoomba City

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Flat section (Grade 2 - formed track, gentle hills), hilly section (Grade 3 - formed track, short steep hills)

Distance: 1200m loop

Walking time: Approximately 20-30 minutes

Description: This track follows the perimeter of the park with two very distinct sections; one flat that starts from the park entrance and takes you to the lookout on the northern side of the park, and the other more challenging section that starts from the park entrance and goes to the southern side of the park following short steep hills and takes you around and up to the lookout.

The flat section of this track can be walked in conjunction with the Wallaby Walk or the Link Track to make a loop suitable for walking with children or those less mobile.

Wallaby Walk

Area: Toowoomba City

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 2 - formed track, gentle hills

Distance: 400m one way

Walking time: Approximately 10-15 minutes

Description: This easy to walk track starts at the picnic area and takes you to the lookout on the northern side of the park. The whole walk is relatively flat and can be done as a loop if you walk it in conjunction with the Squirrel Glider Circuit or the Link Walk.

Link Walk

Area: Toowoomba City

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 2 - formed track, gentle hills

Distance: 140m one way

Walking time: Approximately 5 minutes

Description: This track links the Squirrel Glider Circuit with the Wallaby Walk and can be used as a shortcut to transverse the park.

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for the walk, head to the Jubilee Park page.

Jubilee Bridle Trail

Area: Toowoomba City

Best for: Bushwalking, mountain biking and horse riding

Classification: Grade 4 - rough track, limited signage, very steep sections - bushwalking, Intermediate - mountain biking, Advanced - horse riding

Distance: 4370m one way

Walking time: Approximately 120-180 minutes

Description: This is a shared use trail so be careful when travelling along this route. The Jubilee Bridle Trail extends from the Bridge Street entrance to Amos Road at the base of the escarpment.

Sandstone Ridge Trail

Area: Toowoomba City

Best for: Bushwalking, mountain biking and horse riding

ClassificGrade 4 - rough track, limited signage, very steep sections - bushwalking, Intermediate - mountain biking, Advanced - horse riding

Distance: 1460m one way

Walking time: Approximately 45-55 minutes

Description: Sandstone Ridge Trail features sandstone shelves and a diverse range of native species. This is a shared use trail so be careful when travelling along this route.

Themeda Trail

Area: Toowoomba City

Best for: Bushwalking, mountain biking and horse riding

Classification: Grade 4 - rough track, limited signage, very steep sections - bushwalking, Intermediate - mountain biking, Intermediate - horse riding

Distance: 1300m one way

Walking time: Approximately 40-50 minutes

Description: This trail runs along the escarpment from the end of Mackenzie Street through to Harvey Street. The trail forms part of our firebreak network and provides walkers, horse riders and mountain bike riders with some spectacular views.

Tristania Trail

Area: Toowoomba City

Best for: Bushwalking, mountain biking and horse riding

Classification: Grade 4 - rough track, limited signage, very steep sections - bushwalking, Intermediate - mountain biking, Advanced - horse riding

Distance: 1820m one way

Walking time: Approximately 55-65 minutes

Description: Named after the native brush box, Tristania Trail is also a shared trail open to horses, mountain bikes and walkers. Take care when travelling this route and show courtesy when passing other users.

Crebra Trail

Area: Toowoomba City

Best for: Bushwalking and mountain biking, no horses are allowed.

Classification: Grade 4 - rough track, limited signage, very steep sections - bushwalking, Intermediate - mountain biking

Distance: 1500m one way

Walking time:  Approximately 45-55 minutes

Description: Crebra Trail explores the northern end of the park through eucalypt gullies. The trail is accessible to walkers and maintains bike riders. Horses are not allowed on this trail.

Yellow Box Trail

Area: Toowoomba City

Best for: Bushwalking, mountain biking and horse riding

Classification: Grade 4 - rough track, limited signage, very steep sections - bushwalking, Intermediate - mountain biking, Easy - horse riding

Distance: 500m loop

Walking time: Approximately 15-20 minutes

Description: This short trail allows all users to make a small detour on the Tristania Trail to experience some scenic views across the valley below.

Acacia Trail

Area: Toowoomba City

Best for: Bushwalking and mountain biking, no horses are allowed.

Classification: Grade 4 - rough track, limited signage, very steep sections - bushwalking), Intermediate - mountain biking

Distance: 1510m loop

Walking time: Approximately 40-50 minutes

Description: This trail is opened to walkers and mountain bike riders only; no horses are allowed. This trail takes users into the north eastern corner of the park.

Mountain Bike Trails

This park is an attraction for mountain bikers. The Toowoomba Mountain Bike Club (TMBC) maintains and develops mountain bike tracks throughout this park. To find out more, follow this link.

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for the walk, head to the Mount Peel Bushland Park page.

Mount Peel Trails

Area: Toowoomba City

Best for: Bushwalking, mountain biking and horse riding

Classification: Grade 3 - bushwalking, Easy - mountain biking, Easy - horse riding

Distance: 4165m total distance

Walking time: Depending on the trails walked it may take between 1.5hrs to 3.5hrs to complete.

Description: The trails take you around the base of the mountains and to the six lookouts from where you can see Toowoomba from a different angle. The trails exceed 4km in extension and the two peaks are about 720m above sea level. The southern peak is the most challenging one but offers the best views.

As a bushland reserve, you may be able to see many species of birds, kangaroos, echidnas and sometimes koalas. Domestic animals can have a great impact on native animals and native vegetation. To maintain the natural behaviours of native animals and also to eliminate dog faeces and urine from these areas that can propagate pathogenic microorganisms, please leave your pets at home.

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for the walk, head to the Picnic Point Park page.

Firetail Walk

Area: Toowoomba City

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 3 - formed track, short steep hills

Distance: 2120m one way with a 160m drop in altitude from Lions Park

Walking time: Approximately 45-55 minutes one way - downhill. Be aware that the walk back is uphill.

Description: The walk starts at Lions Park and meanders down 2km through the escarpment vegetation, taking in views to the north and east across the Lockyer Valley and Table Top Mountain. Echidnas, legless lizards and small birds of prey can be seen. This walk finishes at the Bridle Trail.

Pardalote Walk

Area: Toowoomba City

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 3 - formed track, short steep hills

Distance: 1850m one way

Walking time: Approximately 25-35 minutes one way from Picnic Point Park

Description: The Pardalote Walk starts at Lions Park passes by Bill Goulds Lookout, waterfalls and travels along the very edge of the escarpment through open eucalypt forest. It offers some spectacular views of the Lockyer Valley and Table Top Mountain. It can also be accessed from Picnic Point Park or the Tobruk Drive Park. This walk finishes at the end of South Street, 450m from the intersection with Fantail Walk.

Fantail Walk

Area: Toowoomba City

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 3 - formed tracks, short steep hills

Distance: 900m one way with an 80m drop in altitude from Tobruk Memorial Park

Walking time: Approximately 25-35 minutes one way - downhill. Be aware that the walk back is uphill.

Description: This walk has a partial bitumen surface with stairs. With an 80m drop in altitude, the walk explores the open forest on the south-eastern edge of Picnic Point and avid bird watchers will delight in the diversity of species along this walk. This walk connects the Bridle Trail and the Pardalote Walk.

Picnic Point Bridle Trail

Area: Toowoomba City

Best for: Bushwalking, mountain biking and horse riding

Classification: Grade 3 - bushwalking, Easy - mountain biking, Class 1 - horse riding

Distance: 1560m one way

Walking time: Approximately 40-50 minutes one way

Description: The Bridle Trail extends from South Street to Stevenson Street. Walkers can access the Bridle Trail from Picnic Point Park by descending along either the Firetail Walk, the Fantail Walk, directly from Stevenson Street or from South Street.

Picnic Point Circuit

Area: Toowoomba City

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 3

Distance: 6430m loop

Walking time: Approximately 130-140 minutes

Description: Not for the faint-hearted. This walk combines the Firetail Walk, Pardalote Walk, Bridle Trail and Fantail Walk to provide a walking loop for those looking for an extra challenge of steepness. Dramatic views dominate the scenery. Keep in mind that either direction you walk, you will descend and then ascend with an approximately 160m change in altitude.

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for the walk, head to the Redwood Park page.

Redwood Forest Walk

Area: Toowoomba City

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 4 - rough track, limited signage, very steep sections

Distance: 2710m one way

Walking time: Approximately 80-90 minutes

Description: Approximately 2.8km of a steep grade, the walk begins at the Bridge Street entrance and meets with the Grass Tree trail on the southern end of the park. Enjoy the variety of vegetation types and landscapes directly below the Great Dividing Range.

Rainforest Walking Circuit

Area: Toowoomba City

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 3 - formed track, short steep hills

Distance: 400m loop

Walking time: Approximately 15-20 minutes

Description: This short circuit allows families who don’t have the time or preparation to do the bigger walks to experience a small section of the park. It starts near the picnic area on the southern end of the park, near the Warrego Highway entrance.

Grass Tree Trail

Area: Toowoomba City

Best for: Bushwalking and mountain biking, no horses are allowed.

Classification: Grade 4 - rough track, limited signage, very steep sections - bushwalking, Intermediate - mountain biking

Distance: 1930m one way

Walking time: Approximately 60-70 minutes

Description: This trail runs east-west between the Warrego Highway picnic area and the Bridle Trail. The entrance to this steep trail is located at the southern end of the park, near the Warrego Highway.

Bridle Trail

Area: Toowoomba City

Best for: Bushwalking, mountain biking and horse riding

Classification: Grade 4 - rough track, limited signage, very steep sections - bushwalking, Intermediate - mountain biking, Intermediate - horse riding

Distance: 2590m one way

Walking time: Approximately 75-85 minutes

Description: The trail is of a moderate to steep grade and can be accessed from Bridge Street traversing north-south along the escarpment.

Eagles Nest Trail

Area: Toowoomba City

Best for: Bushwalking and mountain biking, no horses are allowed.

Classification: Grade 4 - rough track, limited signage, very steep sections - bushwalking, Intermediate - mountain biking

Distance: 980m one way

Walking time: Approximately 30-40 minutes

Description: Moderate to steep grade. Can be accessed from the Grass Tree Trail or the Bridle Trail.

Fern Tree Gully Circuit

Area: Toowoomba City

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for the walk, head to the Table Top Mountain Bushland Reserve page.

Table Top Mountain Walk

Area: Toowoomba City

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 4 - rough track, limited signage, very steep sections

Distance: 1960m return

Walking time: Approximately 130-140 minutes

Description: The walk starts at the base of the first hill which is comprised of a lot of large stone steps. This section is quite steep for about 150m. The down section of the first hill is less demanding but you have to climb over medium sized rocks. The face of Tabletop is mostly large loose gravel and exposed rocks towards the summit. There is a circuit at the summit of the mountain circuit that takes you all the way around the mountain top showing off an exceptional view.

Table Top Mountain rises 700m above sea level. The mountain is renowned for its flat peak on which for some unknown reason, no trees grow. Table Top Park is one of the smaller escarpment parks, but it’s definitely one of the best.

Table Top is an area of high significance to traditional owners, recognised in the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Register and protected under the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003. The route to the summit is not maintained and could result in potential safety concerns. You are respectfully requested to consider your decision to climb this mountain.



Vale View

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for the walk, head to the Federation Park page.

Prime Minister’s Circuit

Area: Vale View

Best for: Bushwalking and mountain biking, no horses are allowed.

Classification: Grade 2 - bushwalking, Easy - mountain biking

Distance: 919m loop

Walking time: Approximately 15 minutes

Description: The surface of the whole walkway is concreted which makes this walk suitable for families walking with children or for people with mobility devices.



Yarraman

To check the walk is open and to find out the exact location, available facilities, maps and photos for the walk, head to the Yarraman Heritage Park page.

Weir Trail Circuit

Area: Yarraman

Best for: Bushwalking, mountain biking and horse riding

Classification: Grade 2 - bushwalking, Mostly easy, only a very short section is steep - mountain biking, Easy - horse riding

Distance: 2530m loop

Walking time: Approximately 50 minutes

Description: The Weir Trail Circuit takes you in a loop from the Station Park car park through to Weir Park and back to the Station Park carpark. The interpretive signs tell you the story of the old train station.

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

Best for: Bushwalking, mountain biking and horse riding

Classification: Each section of the trail has different grading. 

Distance: 160km one way

Description: The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) follows the disused Brisbane Valley rail line that commenced construction at Wulkuraka near Ipswich in 1884 and was completed at Yarraman in 1913. The BVRT winds its way down the Brisbane valley, traversing farmland, forests, picturesque rural settings and country towns. Being on the old railway line, the BVRT provides an easy climb up the valley for day trippers, overnight camping or longer term adventures.

BVRT is open all year round. It’s all off-road, no traffic, just South East Queensland’s big skies and distinctive landscape to enjoy. Come and experience for yourself why thousands of people love exploring the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail at a leisurely pace on bicycle, on horseback or on foot. Get a group of friends together and come and find out what Queensland country all about.

The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail is managed by different Councils along the way. The Yarraman - Nukky Road section is maintained by us.



Helpful information

 

Information on track and trail grading classification can be found in the Track and trail grading classification PDF or can be seen below.

Walking track grading classification

Figure in wheelchair icon Grade 1 - Flat, well-formed track, no steps, 5km or less. Clearly signposted. Suitable for wheelchairs with assistance.

Figures walking on flat group icon Grade 2 - Formed track. May have gentle hills and some steps. Clearly signposted. No experience required.

Figure walking on slightly steep ground Grade 3 - Formed track, some obstacles, 20km or less. May have short steep hills and many steps. Some experience recommended.

Figure walking on steep ground with backpack Grade 4 - Rough track. May be long and very steep with few directional signs. For experienced bushwalkers.

Figures walking on very steep ground with backpack and walking stick Grade 5 - Unformed track. Likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. For very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills.

Mountain-bike trail grading classification

Bike in white circle icon Very easy - Wide trail, gentle gradient, no obstacles. For beginner cyclists with basic bike skills.

Bike in green circle icon Easy - Wide trail, gentle gradient, some obstacles. For beginner mountain bikers with basic mountain-bike skills.

Bike in blue square icon Intermediate - Moderate gradient, obstacles and some steep sections. For skilled mountain bikers.

Bike in black diamond icon Difficult - For experienced mountain bikers. Challenging trail. Large, unavoidable obstacles and features. Long steep climbs or descents and loose surfaces.

Bike in black double diamond icon Extreme - For highly experienced mountain bikers. All sections extremely challenging. Large, unavoidable obstacles and severe features.

Horse trail grading classification

Horse and rider in green circle icon Class 1 easy -  Wide trail, natural, surface, gentle slope. For novice riders and experienced horses with basic skills and fitness.

Horse and rider in blue square Class 2 intermediate - Variable trail, moderate slope, some obstacles. For experienced riders and horses with moderate skills and fitness.

Horse and rider in black diamond icon Class 3 advanced - Challenging trail, variable surface, many obstacles and steep sections. For advanced riders and horses with high skill and fitness level.



Additional walks

Toowoomba city showcases its unique historical precincts through a series of heritage walks. The walks take in the architectural styles of the cultural and legal precinct where significant buildings such as the Courthouse, Post Office, Empire Theatre, churches and hotels can be seen. Another discovery walk focuses on the city's early development around the Mort Estate, Russell Street and the suburb of Newtown. 

For more information on activities in the Toowoomba Region, visit My Community Directory. If you wish to find out more about outdoor recreation, visit our outdoor recreation page.

Related links

Crows Nest walks and trails 

Toowoomba Bushwalkers Club

Toowoomba Mountain Bike Club

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