Mum and bub class

Our State (Heart Foundation) and National (Parks & Leisure Australia) award-winning CHANGE Project provides residents of Toowoomba Region with a wide range of low-cost activities, encouraging everyone to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. The program provides activities to suit a wide variety of fitness levels. Click on the headings below to explore activities. 

Due to coronavirus, bookings are required for all CHANGE Project activities. Please adhere to all public health directives when attending activities.

INVIGOR8 - expressions of interest open

Would you like to help improve the health of your community by becoming a yoga or fitness instructor?  We would like to hear from you!

We are seeking expressions of interest from regional (outside of Toowoomba and Highfields) community members who are interested in receiving fully-funded training to become a yoga teacher or fitness instructor. 

The opportunity is available for a limited time only with a limited number of spots available.

Applicants will be assessed against the following key criteria:

  • prioritisation to those geographical areas where there are currently no suitable qualified instructors offering regular, low-cost yoga or fitness classes
  • prioritisation to regional townships
  • prioritisation to fitness providers that are already involved in the CHANGE Project (if they were to apply) to increase / improve their qualifications (e.g. if a group fitness instructor wanted to train to be a yoga instructor in a regional township and offer new, low-cost yoga classes for the local community)
  • prioritisation of localities where active community interest is / has been received to establish classes.

*Conditions apply including timeframes to complete study, offering a regular low cost community class once qualified, participating in promotional activities etc. A full list will be provided with the application form once finalised.

Expressions of interest

Further information and an application form will be available shortly. To have your name added to the Expression of Interest list, please email your full name and suburb/township to change@tr.qld.gov.au

We have been successful in securing funding through the Active Kit Grant Program through the Queensland Government. The Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport is working in collaboration with Health and Wellbeing Queensland on this initiative, with co-investment across agencies to support more Queenslanders lead healthy and active lifestyles. 

Are you a qualified coach or involved in a sporting organisation and would like to support a program that allows for social sport to thrive? Then we want to hear from you!

This initiative will allow for members of the community to participate in a program where no uniforms or skills are required, they can pay as they go, meet new people while learning a new sport and most importantly have bucket loads of fun.

We are looking to partner with sporting clubs around the region for an initial 12-week period to trial this new initiative. Qualified and insured coaches are required with a weekly payment and activity pack included.

Expressions of interest

To express your interest or find out more, please email change@tr.qld.gov.au.

We have been successful in securing funding through the Active Kit Grant Program through the Queensland Government. The Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport is working in collaboration with Health and Wellbeing Queensland on this initiative, with co-investment across agencies to support more Queenslanders lead healthy and active lifestyles. 


Our latest healthy & active directory 

Two editions of the Healthy & Active Directory are released each year - the spring/summer edition and the autumn/winter edition.  

The Change Project - Healthy & Active Directory - Autumn/Winter 2021 [PDF] 

 

Group fitness

Tone it up * NEW day and time*

Three ladies lifting weights

Where: Highfields Sport and Recreation Park (netball courts), Highfields

When: Friday 9am   
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Amy via phone 0427 696 100 or email amy.saal@outlook.com.au  

C.A.N (Committed. Able. No Excuses) *NEW*

Come along and join fitness instructors Jo and Majenta for CAN class. This class is calling teens to retirees and all exercises can be modified for intensity to suit individual needs. Every class will have a different focus whether it be cardio, strength, balance or flexibility.

Where: Clifton Aquatic Centre
When: Wednesday 4.30pm (commencing 23rd June) 
Cost: $4 per person, per session
Contact: Jo via phone 0490 831 636

HIIT the Grass *NEW*

To supercharge your body for the weekend be sure to head down to Chelsea’s 30 minute body weight HIIT class at Queens Park from Friday 2nd of July. This class is beginner friendly and can be modified to suit individual needs but most of all is jam packed with a lot of fun! 
 
Where: Queens Park (via Godsall Street) 
When: Friday 1.45pm
Cost: $3 per person, per session
Contact: Chelsea via email fitnesswithchelsea247@gmail.com or phone 0411 227 819

Mums who move 

Where: Captain Cook Park, McGregor Street, Wilsonton
When: Tuesday and Thursday 5.30pm
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Sara via phone 0416 323 656 or email sara0786@hotmail.com 

Whole body park workout

When: Tuesday 4pm
Where: Lilyvale Sports Oval, 581 Yalangur-Lilyvale Road, Lilyvale 
Cost: $5
Contact: Natalie via phone 0400 023 299 or email natevans14@hotmail.com. BYO exercise mat and hat. 

Restorative circuit

A circuit-style session comprising low impact, cardio, strength/resistance exercises. Suitable for all ages and stages of fitness.

Where: Health by Numb3rs, 3/16-18 Dexter Street, Toowoomba 
When: Tuesday 9.30am to 10.15am 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Annemarie via phone 0412 792 017 or email healthbynumbers@outlook.com.au

Community circuit

This class has ceased in Crows Nest but is now open for expressions of interest in Goombungee to launch in September. 

This circuit style session is a great way to move your body through low impact and strength/resistance exercises. Suitable for all ages and stages of fitness. Will be run by an experienced and qualified senior Fitness Instructor wanting to give back to the community. Minimum number of people required for class to commence. Express your interest and preferable day and time to Council. 

Where: Goombungee location TBC 
When: Wed or Friday mornings 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Council via phone 131 872 or email change@tr.qld.gov.au 

Set 'n reps

Aimed at building muscle strength and mass and preserving bone density.

Where: Health by Numb3rs, 3/16-18 Dexter Street, Toowoomba 
When: Friday 9.30am to 10.15am 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Annemarie via phone 0412 792 017 or email healthbynumbers@outlook.com.au

Pittsworth bootcamp

Where: Bridgman Oval, Pittsworth
When: Every second Thursday (1st & 3rd of every month) 9am
Cost: $3 per person, per session
Contact: Nola via phone 0428118836 or email nolaallen827@gmail.com

Fierce Fitness group training

Where: Fierce Fitness Toowoomba, 175 Hursley Road, Toowoomba
When: Monday 5.30pm
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Coach Dan via phone 0429 770 196 or email daniellegardiner5@gmail.com

Fit class in Oakey

Where: 3 Cherry Street, Oakey
When: Tuesday & Wednesday 6.30pm
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Renee via phone 0408 452 094 or email reneegraham24@gmail.com 

Flex & flow bootcamps

Where: Centenary Park, Westbrook
When: Saturday 7am to 7.30am
Cost: $3 per person, per session
Contact: Paul and Coralee via phone 0458 600 001 or email flexflowpt@gmail.com

LIFESTEPS (low impact) 

LIFESTEPS is designed as a fun seniors program to maintain and improve cardiac function, general strength, joint mobility and falls prevention.  Exercises can be modified to individually cater for each participants' capabilities.    

When: Wednesday 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Where: Millmerran Indoor Sports Centre, 40-48 Commens Street, Millmerran
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Millmerran Indoor Sports Centre via phone 07 4695 1036 or email millmerran@belgravialeisure.com.au

Chair stretch (low impact) 

When: Monday 9am
Where: Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre, 20 Baker Street, Darling Heights
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: USQ Works Health & Recreation Centre via phone 07 4688 0700 or email theworks@studentguild.com.au

Group strength (low impact)

When: Tuesday 9am
Where: Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre, 20 Baker Street, Darling Heights
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: USQ Works Health & Recreation Centre via phone 07 4688 0700 or email theworks@studentguild.com.au

Cardio fit (low impact)

When: Wednesday 9am
Where: Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre, 20 Baker Street, Darling Heights
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: USQ Works Health & Recreation Centre via phone 07 4688 0700 or email theworks@studentguild.com.au

Gentle moves (low impact)

When: Thursday 9.15am
Where: Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre, 20 Baker Street, Darling Heights
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: USQ Works Health & Recreation Centre via phone 07 4688 0700 or email theworks@studentguild.com.au

Bootcamp (low impact)

When: Friday 9am
Where: Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre, 20 Baker Street, Darling Heights
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: USQ Works Health & Recreation Centre via phone 07 4688 0700 or email theworks@studentguild.com.au

Active seniors

Where: Brodribb Retirement Village, 13 Goggs Street, Newtown
When: Tuesday 11am to 11.45am
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Jan via phone 0400 270 334 or email janifer.harland@gmail.com

Active seniors Yarraman

Where: Yarraman Memorial Hall, Browne Street, Yarraman
When: Wednesday 9am to 10am
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Helen via phone 0434 243 085 or email helenrw@outlook.com

Energise

The Energise classes are tailored for all fitness levels. Watch the video below to find out what Energise classes are all about.

 

Energise Crows Nest

Where: Crows Nest Community & RSL Centre, William Street, Crows Nest
When: Monday 11am to 12noon 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Jan via phone 0400 270 334 or email janifer.harland@qmail.com

Energise Highfields

Where: Highfields Sport & Recreation Park (Clubhouse), access off Cronin Road, Highfields
When: Tuesday & Thursday 8am to 9am and Friday 9.30am to 10.30am
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Jan via phone 0400 270 334 or email janifer.harland@gmail.com

Where: Brownesholme Village, Highfields Road, Highfields
When: Tuesday 9.30am to 10.15am 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Jan via phone 0400 270 334 or email janifer.harland@gmail.com

Energise Toowoomba

Where: Newtown Park, Holberton Street, Newtown 
When: Friday 8am to 9am
Cost: $3 per person, per session
Contact: Jody via phone 0402 144 527 or email resolutionsfitness01@gmail.com

Where: Laurel Bank Park, Hill Street, Toowoomba
When: Monday & Wednesday 8am to 9am
Cost: $3 per person, per session
Contact: Jody via phone 0402 144 527 or email resolutionsfitness01@gmail.com

Gentle exercise 

Where: Hound Dog Fit, 111 Yandilla Street, Pittsworth
When: Tuesday 2pm to 2.30pm
Cost $5 per person, per session
Contact: Lindy via phone 07 4693 1199 email lindy@hounddogfit.com.au

Aqua aerobics - classes cease end of March and resume September school holidays

Where: Oakey Aquatic Centre, 26 Campbell Street, Oakey
When: Thursday 10.30am
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Oakey Aquatic Centre via phone 07 4691 1038 or email oakey@belgravialeisure.com.au

BJMA muay thai

Toowoomba

Where: St Paul's Lutheran Church Hall, Corner Phillip & James Streets, Toowoomba
When: Monday & Thursday 5pm to 7pm
Cost: The first lesson is free, then $5 per per person for each future session, bookings required
Contact: Ron via phone 0408 004 132 or email kb_kaz@hotmail.com

Westbrook

Where: Westbrook Hall, 114 Main St, Westbrook
When: Wednesday 6pm to 7.30pm
Cost: The first lesson is free, then $5 per per person for each future session, bookings required
Contact: Ron via phone 0408 004 132 or email kb_kaz@hotmail.com

Jungle body (burn/konga) low impact

Where: Highfields Sports and Recreation Park (clubhouse), access off Cronin Road, Highfields
When: Monday 6.30pm & Thursday 9.15am
Cost: $3 per person, per session
Contact: Di via phone 0435 120 548 or email distiller1@hotmail.com

Jungle body get low (low impact)

Highfields

Where: Highfields Sports and Recreation Park (clubhouse), access off Cronin Road, Highfields
When: Wednesday 6.15pm
Cost: $3 per person, per session
Contact: Di via phone 0435 120 548 or email distiller1@hotmail.com

Toowoomba

Where: Redeemer Lutheran Hall, Annand Street, Toowoomba
When: Friday 7.30am
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Di via phone 0435 120 548 or email distiller1@hotmail.com

Pound

These sessions fuse cardio interval training with drumming for a challenging, heart-pumping workout.

Where: Hound Dog Fit, 111 Yandilla Street, Pittsworth 
When: Tuesday 5.30pm to 6pm 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Lindy via phone 07 4693 1199 or email lindy@hounddogfit.com.au

Zumba gold

The design of this class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination. It's perfect for active older adults, beginners and people with injuries or disabilities who are looking for a modified Zumba class that recreates the original moves at a low-intensity. Come ready to sweat and prepare to leave empowered and feeling strong.

Where: Highfields Sports and Recreation Park (Clubhouse), access off Cronin Road, Highfields
When: Tuesday 9.30am 
Cost: $3 per person, per session
Contact: Di via phone 0435 120 548 or email distiller1@hotmail.com

zumba class

 

Wellbeing activities

Men's yoga

Classes have now ceased due to low numbers. Contact Council via email: change@tr.qld.gov.au  to be placed on a waiting list if you are interested in attending future classes or to provide feedback. 

Family Yoga and Meditation

Do you want more quality family time and for your family to be able to build the skills to centre themselves? If so this class is the perfect opportunity to connect with your loved ones and your breath. Participants will develop connection, calm, capabilities and confidence from the experience of practicing yoga, including meditation, in a safe and welcoming space with an experienced and inclusive teacher, Miranda Mitchell. 
 
All ages are welcome

Where: Canvas Coworking 1/625 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba 

When: 3:45pm to 4:30pm on the following dates -

  • Sunday 13 June at 3.45pm to 4.30pm
  • Sunday 11 July
  • Sunday 8 August
  • Sunday 5 September
  • Sunday 3 October
  • Sunday 7 November
  • Sunday 5 December 

Cost: $5 per person, per session

Contact: Bookings Essential and can be made via www.kickstartmartialartsandyoga.ptminder.com or contact Miranda on P: 0488 609 966  or message Kickstart Martial Arts and Yoga on Facebook.

Chair yoga

Chair Yoga Toowoomba

Where: Toowoomba Library, Level 3, Seminar Room Single, 155 Herries Street, Toowoomba
When: Tuesday 10.30am to 11.00am (from 8 June to 27 July) 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Tanya via phone 0407 766 604 or email tanyazen@outlook.com
Please note: this class will turn into Chair Zumba from the 3rd August details below. 

Chair Zumba Toowoomba

Chair Zumba incorporates some movements and music from Latin dances like the merengue, salsa, and cha cha to create an exhilarating program that aims to improve overall energy, core stability, muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, and motor skills while seated. 

Where: Toowoomba Library, Level 3, Seminar Room Single, 155 Herries Street, Toowoomba
When: Tuesday 10.45am to 11.15am (from 3 August)  
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Annemarie via phone 0412 792 017 or email healthbynumbers@outlook.com.au

Chair Yoga Crows Nest

Where: Crows Nest Community & RSL Centre, William Street, Crows Nest
When: Thursday 10.30am to 11.30am (this class will be ceasing from Thursday 29th July, 2021) 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Tanya via phone 0407 766 604 or email tanyazen@outlook.com

Tai chi

Beginners can be seated or standing. Beneficial for those looking for a gentle introduction or if recovering from illness/injury.

Where: Toowoomba Library, Level 3, Seminar Room Single, 155 Herries Street, Toowoomba
When: Tuesday 9.30am to 10:15am (Term 3: 20 July to 7 September, Term 4: 12 October to 30 November) 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Louise via phone 0419 786 502

Where: 6 Tooth Street, Nobby
When: Thursday 9.00am to 10:15am (Term 3: 22nd July to 9 September, Term 4: 14 October to 2 December) 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Louise via phone 0419 786 502

Heartfulness meditation

Where: Currently online via Zoom. In person classes will return soon.
When: Beginner class Wednesday 5.45pm to 6.45pm
Cost: Free
Contact: Dr Uma via email toowoomba@heartfulness.org or view www.heartfulness.org

Meditation

Where: 1E Bernoth Centre (below Toyworld), 663 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba 
When: Wednesday 7.15pm 
Cost: Free
Contact: Lesleigh via phone 07 4633 3701 or email lesyoga@icr.com.au

Sahaja yoga meditation

Where: Toowoomba City Library, Level 3, Seminar Room 1, 155 Herries Street, Toowoomba
When: 

  • Advanced Meditation: Sundays 10am to 11.30am (New day and time starting from the 4th July, 2021) 
  • Introductory Meditation: Mondays 11am to 12pm (New day and time starting from the 5th July, 2021)

Cost: Free
Contact: Saras via phone 1300 724 252 or view www.freemeditation.com.au

Beginners yoga and meditation 

Where: IDance Studio, 65 Campbell Street, Oakey 
When: Tuesday 10am to 11am
Cost: Free
Contact: Vinda Yoga by Christy via phone 0422 553 225
Note: This class may cease at the end of 2021 based on funding available 

Chair yoga in Oakey

Where: IDance Studio, 65 Campbell Street 
When: Monday 1pm to 2pm & Wednesday 10am to 11am (seniors)
Cost: Free
Contact: Vinda Yoga by Christy via phone 0422 553 225
Note: This class may cease at the end of 2021 based on funding available

Tai chi in Oakey

Where: Oakey Community Centre (located beside the library), Campbell Street, Oakey
When: Tuesday 8.30am to 9.30am
Cost: Free
Contact: Kim Nalder via phone 0417 759 803
Note: This class may cease at the end of 2021 based on funding available

Mind body motion

Where: IDance Studio, 65 Campbell Street
When: Thursday 5.45pm-7pm
Cost: Gold coin donation encouraged 
Contact: Roy Blenkin via phone 0414 256 930
Note: This class may cease at the end of 2021 based on funding available

 

Kids

GETT fit kids (6 to 12 years)

Where: Lake Annand Park, Long Street, South Toowoomba
When: Thursday 4.15pm to 5pm 
Cost: $3 per child, per session. Bookings essential 
Contact: Tash via phone 0451 438 801 or email enquiry@gettfitness.com.au

Generation Pound® (prep to grade 6)

Generation POUND® is a youth-oriented program that fuses movement and music! By combining exercise and interactive activities, kids will learn new ways to explore movement, embrace creativity and rock out.

Where: Healthy by Numb3rs, 3/16-18 Dexter Street, Toowoomba
When: Monday 4pm to 4.30pm
Cost: $5 per child, per session. (minimum numbers required for session to run).
Contact: Annemarie via phone 0412 792 017 or email healthbynumbers@outlook.com.au

Jungle body roar kids (7 to 12 years)

Where: Highfields Sports and Recreation Park (clubhouse)  
When: Wednesday 3.30pm to 4.15pm 
Cost: $3 per child, per session 
Contact: Di via phone 0435 120 548 or email distiller1@hotmail.com

Kids mindfulness (8 to 14 years)

Where: 2 Mann Street, Toowoomba
When: Tuesday 6.15pm to 7pm
Cost $5 per child, per session 
Contact: Jodie via 0429 465 316 or email empoweringourkidslifecoaching@gmail.com

YouthConnect activities

Get together with friends and join upcoming YouthConnect activities, such as skateboarding workshops, pool parties, movie nights and much more!  For more information please visit our YouthConnect page.  

 

Social sport

Social croquet

Where: West Toowoomba Croquet Club, Newtown Park, 147a Taylor Street, Toowoomba
When: Tuesday 9am and Sunday 4pm Other times also available, please contact for more information
Cost: First 4 sessions FREE
Contact: Joy (West Toowoomba Croquet Club) via phone 4633 0911 or visit the West Toowoomba Croquet Facebook page

 

Running and walking

heart foundation walking group photo of members in the park cheering with hands up in the air

Joining a walking group is a fun, social and easy way to be active and best of all it's FREE! 

If you’re interested in joining or finding out more about the walking groups listed below, please contact the walk organiser. 

Crows Nest Flat Landers

Where: Post Office, 19 Curnow Street, Crows Nest
When: Monday to Friday, 5.45am (60 minute walk)
Cost: Free
Contact: Evelyn via phone 0409 645 640
Join the Crows Nest Flat Landers walkers group online

East Creek OPAP Walkers

Where: East Creek Community Centre, 43 Kitchener Street, Toowoomba
When: Tuesday 8.45am (60 minute walk)
Cost: Free
Contact: Sally-Ann via phone 07 4639 2755 or email info@eastcreek.com.au 
Join the East Creek OPAP walkers group online

Harlo Walkers

Where: Harlaxton Neighbourhood Centre, Harlaxton
When: Wednesday 10am. Contact organiser for times as they can vary (30 minute walk) 
Cost: Free
Contact: Matt via phone 07 4639 2868 or email harlaxtonnc@bigpond.com
Join the Harlo Walkers walking group online

Highfields Hoofers

Where: Peacehaven Park (rotunda), Kuhls Road, Highfields 
When: Monday & Thursday 4pm (60 minute walk) 
Cost: Free
Contact: Jan via phone 0447 710 441 or email janeric54@bigpond.com 
Join the Highfields Hoofers group online

Toowoomba Central Walkers

Where: Laurel Bank Park, Hill Street, Toowoomba  
When: Tuesday & Thursday 6.30am (30 minute walk)
Cost: Free
Contact: Barry via phone 0497 425 155 or email bm_herrmann@westnet.com.au
Join the Toowoomba Central walkers group online

Toowoomba Discount Drug Store Walkers

Where: 8 Mylne Street, Toowoomba City
When: Wednesday 8am
Cost: Free
Contact: Katrina via phone 07 4637 1888
Join the Discount Drug Store walkers group online

Toowoomba Hearty Ramblers

Where: Corner Crotty and Hume Streets, Centenary Heights
When: Monday to Friday, 6am (30 minute walk)
Cost: Free
Contact: Judy via phone 07 4635 9059 
Join the Toowoomba Hearty Ramblers group online

Wilsonton Walkers

Where: Heights Community Centre, 16 Wine Drive, Wilsonton Heights
When: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 6.30am (60 minute walk)
Cost: Free
Contact: Gail via phone 0451 448 902 
Join the Wilsonton Walkers group online
(Wilsonton Walkers also participate in Parkrun on Saturdays. Transport available)

Grand Central Shopping Centre

Where: Customer Service Desk, Level 1 (near Mecca Maxima)
When: Wednesday 7.30am (45 minute walk)
Cost: Free
Contact: Warwick via phone 0408 875 928 or email warwick_alderton@msn.com 
Please note: The best parking option is Hill Street, level 1 entrance
Join the Grand Central Shopping Centre Walking Group online 

For more information on the Heart Foundation walking groups, watch the following video:

If there isn't a walking group in your area, you can start your own group - for more information about starting a walking group contact us.  If you would like to walk on your own you can still join as a 'virtual walker' and track your progress online (and be rewarded for achieving walking milestones the same way as in a group).  Become a virtual walker here.

Like to walk solo?

The Heart Foundation walking app is a great way to help you track your steps, connect to health information, take part in events and campaigns, and stay motivated to take up and keep walking.

Heart Foundation walking app.

parkrun family with child in pram high fiving two parkun volunteers

Ready to go from the couch to 5km? Parkuns are a free, weekly community event where everyone is welcome to come along for a 5km walk, jog or run. Perfect for people of all fitness abilities, there is no time limit and no one finishes last! Each week, runs are coordinated by an enthusiastic and dedicated group of volunteers and everyone is welcome to stick around for a coffee and chat afterwards. To help measure your progress towards achieving your health and fitness goals, parkrun also provides the option for your runs to be timed each week and to keep track of your number of parkruns completed.

Location, times and registration information for parkruns in the Toowoomba Region are included below.

Highfields parkrun

Where: Highfields Sport and Recreation Park, 220 Barracks Road, Highfields
When: Saturday 7am to 8am 
Cost: Free
Contact: Marty via phone 0409 566 497 or Janeen via phone 0427 063 521 or email highfields@parkrun.com 
Register: Highfields parkrun website

Oakey parkrun

Where: Arthur Shooter Park, Stanley Street, Oakey
When: Saturday 7am to 8am
Cost: Free
Contact: Helen via phone 0418 794 565 or email oakeyoffice@parkrun.com 
Register: Oakey parkrun website

Pittsworth parkrun

Where: Pittsworth Showground (canteen area), Pittsworth 
When: Saturday 7am to 8am 
Cost: Free
Contact: Jaime via phone 0437 210 572 or email pittsworth@parkrun.com 
Register: Pittsworth parkrun website

South Toowoomba parkrun

Where: Middle Ridge Park, Stenner Street, Toowoomba
When: Saturday 7am to 8am
Cost: Free
Contact: Robbie via phone 0419 023 487 or email southtoowoombaoffice@parkrun.com 
Register: South Toowoomba parkrun website 

Toowoomba parkrun

Where: Queens Park (off Lindsay St), Toowoomba
When: Saturday 7am to 8am
Cost: Free
Contact: Margaret via phone 0407 645 656 or email toowoombaoffice@parkrun.com
Register: Toowoomba parkrun website

Get together with friends and family and join in the annual Peak2Park fundraiser run/walk held on the first Sunday in March each year!  Free and low-cost training sessions are available in the lead-up to this event.

Visit the Peak2Park website.  

Running technique clinic

Qualified biomechanist and sports podiatrist, Renea Reich, has opened her running clinic to the wider Toowoomba community! She is passionate about helping you improve your running technique and ability by adjusting your body to be in the most biomechanically efficient running position. 

When: Tuesday & Thursday 6.30 to 7.30am and every second Sunday (2nd and 4th of the month) 11am to 12pm
Where: Glynnis Nunn-Cearns Oval, O'Quinn Street, Toowoomba
Cost: $5 per person, per session 
Contact: Renea via 0402 576 461 or email hello@podiatrycoach.com

Fierce Trudge Club 

A walking/running group for all abilities and fitness levels. 

When: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6.30am
Where: Fierce Fitness Toowoomba, 175 Hursley Road, Toowoomba
Cost: Free
Contact: Coach Dan via phone 0429 770 196 or email daniellegardiner5@gmail.com

 

Cycling

Want to ride to places but don't know how? Get together with a volunteer bike buddy for one-on-one coaching.

To join or find out more, contact Bicycle Queensland by emailing bikebuddies@bq.org.au.

Beginners group ride (25kms)

Where: Bikeline, 13 Railway Street, Toowoomba
When: Wednesday 5.30am to 6.30am
Cost: Free
Contact: Bikeline via phone 0407 674 034 or visit the Bikeline website

TRBUG social ride (minimum 25kms)

Where: Park next to Toowoomba Art Gallery, Ruthven Street, Toowoomba 
When:

  • Sunday 6.30am (Summer), 7am (Autumn & Spring) & 7.30am (Winter)
  • Friday 9.30am

Cost: Free
Contact: Toowoomba Region Bicycle Users Group Inc. via phone 0402 676 578 or email info@trbug.org.au

Peter Watts Criterium Track

Practice your riding skills in a free off-road environment on beginner to advanced loops. The Peter Watts Criterium Trak is located on Harvey Road, Glenvale.

Ride to work in the CBD?

The Toowoomba City Library Cycle Hub offers riders secure parking and amenities. For membership details visit our Cycle Hub webpage.

Pedal QLD

Ride for Toowoomba this August by signing up for the 100km, 300km or 500km Pedal Queensland challenge. You can ride where you like, when you like and you have the whole month of August to complete. With $10,000 worth of prizes to be won and a pannier full of rewards just for riding, why not join in Queensland’s biggest ride this year?

For more information, visit the Pedal QLD webpage.


 

Food and healthy eating

Food as medicine program

Do you want to learn how to be healthy, reach your goals and get the most out of the nutrients in your food? If so, this course is for you! Join accredited Nutritionist Lyn for her four week ‘Food as Medicine’ nutrition course. This course will provide tips on how to make food work for you and have all nutrition your questions answered. 

Topics over the four weeks will include:

Week 1: How the body digests food, why it is important to eat fruit and vegetables and why you need those eight glasses of water a day (7 June).
Week 2: Cooking with pantry staples, meal planning and understanding portion sizes (21 June). 
Week 3: Label reading, what to shop for, hidden nasties (5 July).
Week 4: Immune health, using food to keep you healthy (19 July).

When: The sessions will run fortnightly from the 7th of June, 2021 (dates listed above).

Where: Community RSL Hall, 28-30 William Street, Crows Nest
Cost: $5 per person, per session 
Contact: Lyn via 0411 054 366 or email wholelifenutrition@gmail.com 

A Better Choice initiative

The CHANGE Project has pioneered a new way of delivering the ‘A Better Choice’ healthy eating initiative. This initiative is designed to make it easier for our community to make healthy choices when dining out at cafes, restaurants, vans, takeaway, vending machines and other food outlets across the Region. Based on Queensland Health’s ‘A Better Choice’ guidelines' traffic light system (green – choose mostly, amber – choose carefully and red – choose rarely), the initiative aims to empower food outlet operators to put health on their menu and contribute to community health and wellbeing.

Make a difference to community health and wellbeing while boosting your bottom-line with the ‘A Better Choice’ initiative!

  • work with a health professional to undertake an initial menu assessment at your venue
  • work with and be supported by a health professional to determine and implement small steps over time
  • provide feedback and assist with evaluating the program.

What you receive completely free:

  • menu assessment by a health professional
  • program toolkit (includes stickers, flyers, posters)
  • healthy eating advisory service (for ongoing support by a health professional)
  • promotion of your business/organisation through Council’s CHANGE Project.

Taking small steps towards creating a healthy food environment are easy to make with A Better Choice! Why you should get involved in the 'A Better Choice' initiative:

  • recognition as ‘A Better Choice’ provider through promotion via Council’s CHANGE Project (includes newsletters, directory booklets, website, newspaper, social media, print material and other promotional opportunities)
  • increased recognition from sponsors, members, customers and the community for encouraging healthy living
  • potential increased revenue streams for your club/business
  • improved health of your members and customers
  • improved knowledge to help with healthy food and drink choices
  • create a family-friendly environment that encourages healthy living and community participation
  • demonstrate leadership and drive change by meeting existing and encouraging demand for healthier choices.

If you would like to express your interest to lead the way in creating healthy food environments contact us via phone 131 872 or email change@tr.qld.gov.au.

Toowoomba Community Organic Gardens

Learn about organic gardening, permaculture, composting, worm farming, growing your own fruit and vegetables, plus much more. No previous experience with gardening is required.

Where: 22a Goggs Street, Toowoomba
When: Wednesday, 9am to 11am
Cost: $10 per annum - fee includes a complimentary newsletter subscription, social event invitations, and the opportunity to hire a plot, or to help out in the common areas
Contact: Wendy via phone 0430 175 880, email TCOGA.Info@gmail.com, visit the Toowoomba Community Organic Gardens website or check out the Facebook page.

Meet at the tool shed and ask to speak to a committee representative.

Pittsworth Landcare Community Garden

Where: St Andrews Church Grounds, Hume Street, Pittsworth
When:

  • September - Sunday 3pm
  • October to March - Sunday 4pm

Contact: Carol via phone 0427 237 767 or email pittsworthcommunitygarden@outlook.com.au 

Heights Community Centre Community Garden

Where: 16 Wine Drive, Wilsonton Heights
Contact: Phone 07 4634 7672, email hccreception@bigpond.com or visit the Heights Community Centre Community Garden website 

Flourish PYO

Where: 100 Glenvale Road, Toowoomba
When: Tuesday 9am to 11am during school term for community gardening. The garden is open for people to pick vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit for free during daylight hours, 7 days per week.
Contact: Danielle via phone 0435 418 646, email flourishpyo@outlook.com or visit the Flourish PYO website

 

 community garden rhubarb compost mulch garden bed. Silverbeet growing in garden.

Mad Food Science Program

The Mad Food Science Program is a fun and interactive program designed to address today’s food culture in children, and kick-start behavioural change around food choices. The 90-minute workshops are fun and interactive using science experiments to engage the children and relate back to key health messages throughout the program.

The program is a family event aimed at children aged five years and over.

During the activity you will discover:

  • why the ‘food rainbow’ is so important
  • what to do about fussy eaters
  • which foods help your child’s concentration, behaviour and academic performance
  • how to avoid lunchbox stress each morning
  • how to understand the tiny print on food labels.

When: During school holidays (dates to be confirmed) - register your interest now
Cost: $5
Contact: Victoria via phone 0457 184 513 or email victoria.byrnes@TheRootCause.com.au


 

Getting outdoors

Keep active while doing your part to help the environment. Friends of the Escarpment Parks offers an eight week Eco Gym program which consists of bushland conservation activities designed to introduce new volunteers to techniques that help native plants and animals to thrive in their natural environment. A variety of activities are available to suit people of various ages, fitness levels, abilities and interests.

Where: Hartmann Bushland Reserve, 4 Alderley Street, Rangeville
When: Wednesday 9am to 11.30am
Cost: $10 booking per family - fee includes a book about native plants
Contact: Greg via 0428 288 077 or glukes@bigpond.com

Outdoor gyms are a fantastic way to get active while enjoying the great outdoors.

Check out an outdoor gym at a park near you:

Instructional workout videos

Look for the QR Code on the equipment at East Creek (Kitchener Street) and Black Gully parks and scan with your smartphone to watch an instructional workout video (videos also available below):  

Black Gully gym - aerobic walker

 

Black Gully gym - bench sit-ups

 

Black Gully gym - butterfly press

 

 

Black Gully gym - leg press

 

Black Gully gym - leg raises

 

Black Gully Park gym - modified push-ups

 

Black Gully Park gym - shoulder press

 

 

Black Gully Park gym - step-ups

 

 

Black Gully Park gym - stretch station and pull up bar

 

 

Black Gully Park gym - upright dips

 

 

East Creek Park (Kitchener St) gym - sit-ups

 

East Creek Park (Kitchener St) gym - cross trainer

 

 

East Creek Park (Kitchener St) gym - free runner

 

 

East Creek Park (Kitchener St) gym - chin-ups

The benefits of walking are well-documented. Walking provides an active way to enjoy the natural environment and can help improve cardiovascular fitness and reduce stress. Fortunately, our scenic region offers spectacular opportunities for a leisurely stroll or a challenging hike, with nearby national parks as well as regional parks and gardens catering for all fitness levels.

Download the Walks and trails booklet and start exploring our Region today!

Visit the Walks and trails webpage for more information.

 

Free community bushwalking program 

The Toowoomba Bushwalkers Club is giving back to the community and offering a free community bushwalking program. The program is suitable for beginners or anyone who is new to bushwalking and wants to experience some great walking tracks within the Toowoomba Region. Learn some handy bushwalking tips and share stories with experienced club members.

Participants are requested to allow a total of two hours for each bushwalk (including sign-on and pre-walk briefing, the walk (at a beginner-friendly pace), rest breaks, possibly morning tea, and sign-off time at the end). Bushwalks will nominally start at 8:30am on the following days/locations. The exact time and meet up location will be provided upon registration for each walk.

Upcoming bushwalks:

  • Sunday 18 July - Applegum Walk, Hartmann Park, 39 Dale Street, Crows Nest
  • Saturday 7 August - Ravensbourne National Park, Cnr of National Park Road and Walsh Road, Ravensbourne

To help you enjoy the experience, safety is taken seriously. Some items that should be brought on each bushwalk include:

  • comfortable protective footwear (sneakers are suitable)
  • appropriate clothing for track conditions and weather (ie. long grass)
  • hat, sunscreen and insect repellent
  • plenty of water
  • hand sanitiser
  • small first aid kit.

For safety reasons numbers are limited and bookings are required. To find out more or to register, contact Council on131 872 or email the Bushwalking Club change@toowoomba.bwq.org.au.You will then receive all the details you need, including what to bring, the meet-up location and exact time.

Play the world's first mobile game that takes you outdoors to discover, map and ultimately help protect life on our planet (think nature-based treasure hunt!). Your sightings contribute to real research and conservation and it is completely free. This mobile gaming challenge allows competitors to submit sightings of insects, birds, reptiles and other wildlife they encounter and gain points to verse other players. There are prizes on offer for the most sightings.

This competition runs from the beginning of March until the end of April 2021. All residents of the Toowoomba Region of all ages are encouraged to participate. Winners will be notified in early May. 

Wildlife Warriors Bioquest website

Watch the Wildlife Warriors Bioquest video

Register for the Wildlife Warriors Bioquest

For further information, email us at change@tr.qld.gov.au or phone 131 872.

Disclaimer:

Health warning: You should satisfy yourself that you have a suitable fitness level, ability and skill before you undertake an activity. If you have concerns in this regard, it is recommended that you seek appropriate independent advice, including medical advice. You should not expect to receive such advice from Toowoomba Regional Council’s members, staff, contractors or agents, nor should you rely on any opinions expressed by them in relation to your fitness level, ability or skill to undertake an activity.

Healthy & Active Directory: Toowoomba Regional Council (“Council”) published the Healthy & Active Directory (“Directory”) and is not a provider of the services offered in the Directory, or a partner, contractor or agent of the listed providers. Council does not make any warranty as to the services offered in the Directory. Council has no control or responsibility as to if and when the services listed in the Directory are provided. Council accepts no responsibility or liability for any dispute, damage lost, cost, expense, liability, demand, action, proceeding, injury, death or claim due to or arising out of, directly or indirectly, the actions or omissions (whether wilful, negligent or otherwise) of Council (including any of Council’s members, employees, contractors or agents) or participant (including yourself) or any provider. The information contained in the Directory is subject to change.