change project

Our State (Heart Foundation), State (Awards Australia), 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. 

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Group fitness

Highfields

Transformation Tuesday

A whole body workout aiming to increase cardio fitness and strength. Exercises will comprise of cardio, body weight, hiit, circuit or bootcamp style exercises, with every week being something different. Suitable for all levels of fitness and ages as modifications will be given. 
Bring your own mat and prepare to get fit and healthy with Petrina. 

Where: Highfields Sport & Recreation Park, Furthest Clubhouse (back left) access off Cronin Road, Highfields
When: Tuesday 6pm 
Cost: $5 per person
Contact: Bookings essential. Phone 0419 773 964 or email petrinaoakleyfitness@gmail.com

Lilyvale (Meringandan West)

Weimer Workouts 4 Wonder Women

Where: Lilyvale Sports Oval, 581 Yalangur-Lilyvale Road, Lilyvale 
When: Tuesday 4pm
Cost: $5
Contact: Natalie via phone 0400 023 299 or email weimerworkouts4ww@gmail.com BYO exercise mat and hat. 

 

Pittsworth

Boxing

A 30 minute session based on boxing techniques and designed to improve fitness and co-ordination.  Suitable for all ages, including children.  

Where: Hound Dog Fit, 111 Yandilla Street Pittsworth 
When: Wednesday 4.30pm 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Lindy via phone 4693 1199 or email lindy@hounddogfit.com.au

Pittsworth bootcamp

Where: Bridgman Oval, Pittsworth
When: Every second Thursday (1st and 3rd of every month) 9am
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Nola via phone 0428 118 836 or email nolaallen827@gmail.com

This bootcamp caters to all levels of fitness and focuses on a bodyweight exercise routine for duration of 30 minutes. Ideal for mature & motivated individuals and parents/guardians after their morning school drop off. Participants need to bring their own mat, towel, water bottle & exercise mat.  

 

Toowoomba 

HIIT the grass

To supercharge your body for the weekend be sure to head down to Chelsea’s, 30-minute, bodyweight, HIIT class at Queens Park. This class is beginner and family-friendly and can be modified to suit individual needs but most of all is jam-packed with a lot of fun! 
 
Where: Queens Park Field 9 (near the looped carpark off Lindsay Street)
When: Friday 2.30 - 3pm
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Chelsea via email fitnesswithchelsea247@gmail.com or phone 0411 227 819 (bookings essential)

Resistance/Weights Circuit

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

Where: Health by Numb3rs, 3/16-18 Dexter Street, Toowoomba 
When: Tuesday 9.30 - 10.15am 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Annemarie via phone 0412 792 017 

Resistance/Weights Circuit 

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

Where: Health by Numb3rs, 3/16-18 Dexter Street, Toowoomba 
When: Friday 9.30 - 10.15am 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Annemarie via phone 0412 792 017 

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

 

Westbrook 

Flex & Flow Bootcamps

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

Crows Nest

Energise 

Where: Crows Nest Community & RSL Centre, William Street, Crows Nest
When: Monday 10.30 - 11.30am 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Jan via phone 0400 270 334 or email janifer.harland@qmail.com

 

Highfields

Energise 

Where: Highfields Sport & Recreation Park (Clubhouse), access off Cronin Road, Highfields
When: Tuesday and Thursday 8 - 9am and Friday 9 - 10am 
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 9.30 - 10.15am 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Jan via phone 0400 270 334 or email janifer.harland@gmail.com

 

Millmerran 

Live Active (low impact)

Live Active (previously Life Steps) 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.    

Where: Millmerran Indoor Sports Centre, 40-48 Commens Street, Millmerran
When: Tuesday & Thursday 7.30 - 8.15am
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Millmerran Indoor Sports Centre via phone 07 4695 1036 or email millmerran@belgravialeisure.com.au

Gymstick (low impact) 

A class designed to simply and effectively combine cardiovascular training, muscular endurance, balance, core stability, strength and flexibility training. The combination of the stick and resistance bands provides a low impact overall body workout.

Where: Millmerran Indoor Sports Centre, 40-48 Commens Street, Millmerran
When: Friday 6.30 - 7.15am
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Millmerran Indoor Sports Centre via phone 07 4695 1036 or email millmerran@belgravialeisure.com.au

Pittsworth

Energise

A low intensity, low impact class programmed for those looking for exercises to improve their strength, mobility, reflexes, fall prevention, co-ordination and general well-being. 

Where: Hound Dog Fit, 111 Yandilla Street Pittsworth 
When: Tuesday 11am 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Lindy via phone 4693 1199 or email lindy@hounddogfit.com.au

 

Goombungee

Senior Chair Strength 

Low impact and fun seniors class programmed for those looking for exercises to improve their strength, mobility, posture, fall prevention, co-ordination and general well-being.  Beginner fitness level.  Bring a water bottle & wear enclosed comfy shoes.

All exercises will be performed seated in a chair or holding onto the chair for balance.

Where: St Matthews Lutheran Church Hall, Goombungee
When: Thursday 10am
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Melissa. 0427 915 768 or email: makfitnessandpt@gmail.com

 

Toowoomba

Chair Dance 

Chair Dance 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: Health by Numb3rs, 3/16-18 Dexter Street, Toowoomba
When: Tuesday 10.45 - 11.15am 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Annemarie via phone 0412 792 017 

Chair One Fitness

Chair One Fitness is a chair-based dance fitness program designed for individuals with complications standing during a fitness regimen. This includes senior citizens, people with balance deficits, injuries, disabilities, or suffering from obesity. 

It is designed to keep individuals mobile to remain progressive in daily function and/or recovery. This program was designed to deliver a fun, interactive workout that uplifts people while providing a total body workout. 

For more information on Chair One Fitness, Visit Home - Chair One Fitness 

Where: St Paul's Lutheran Church Hall, Cnr Phillip & James St
When: Wednesday 9.30am - 10.15am (starting 14th Feb 2024) 
Cost: $5 per person, per session 
Contact: Casey P:0448 171 577 or Peach Bomb Fitness | Facebook

Pietra Fitness Chair Exercise

Pietra fitness chair exercises are an excellent way to move your body, lengthen and strengthen your muscles, lower blood pressure, improve balance and circulation. All of this is done while sitting in a chair or using the chair for support. Pietra Fitness combines stretching and strengthening exercises with Christian prayer and meditation.

Where: Newtown Park, 147 Taylor Street, Newtown (meet at the centre gazebo in the rose garden)
When: Monday 7.30am-8.30am
Cost: $5 per person, per session 
Contact: Fiona P:0487 396 718 or fiona.renewedwellness@gmail.com For more information about Pietra Fitness visit www.pietrafitness.com

Mums and Bubs Fitness 

Class is intended to support pelvic floor, strengthen your core, restore balance to your body or an opportunity to just meet like minded mums or mums to be and build a sense of belonging and community. 

Where: Lake Annand Park (end of Bright St at the undercover tables near the playground) South Toowoomba
When: Last Wednesday of each month from 9.15am to 10am 
Cost: $5 per person, per session 
Contact: Sarah. 0407 200 305 or email hello@groundedcollective.com.au (antenatal and postnatal specialty)

Active & Strong Seniors 

Active and Strong seniors is a low impact fitness, strength and motility class focusing on precision of movement for strong technique and safety. Classes incorporate stretches, a circuit component with body weight and resistance training options and experienced shadow boxing instruction. Modifications and alternatives are chosen for injuries, disabilities and experience so that everyone can move in the strongest and safest way they can. Class is designed for over 60’s but all ages welcome. 

Where: Kickstart Martial Arts and Yoga Studio, 17 Healy Street, South Toowoomba (near mini golf)
When: Wednesday 8.00am to 8.45am
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact and bookings: Contact Miranda Mitchell 0488 609 966 Book online: https://kickstartmartialartsandyoga.ptminder.com/ (Bookings Essential) 

Happy Movers

A low to moderate intensity level program consisting of resistance and cardiovascular exercises that are aimed at promoting improved strength, mobility and general freedom of movement. Classes are also specifically designed to be safe for people with chronic conditions, including movement restrictions, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and hypertension and are run by an accredited exercise physiologist. 

Where: Willows Health and Lifestyle Centre 
When: Fridays 10.15am (45 min class) 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact and bookings: Peak Performance Sports Physiotherapy 4639 4249 or email: admin@peaksportsphysio.com.au

Spaces are limited and bookings are essential. A small medical history will be required to be completed prior to participation.

Chair stretch (low impact) 

Improve your flexibility & mobility from the comfort of your own chair. Using a combination of a yoga and pilates style class.

Where: Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre, 20 Baker Street, Darling Heights
When: Monday 9am 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: SGFit (formally known as USQ Works Health & Recreation Centre) via phone 07 4688 0700 or email SGFit@studentguild.com.au For more information visit www.studentguild.com.au 

Group strength (low impact)

Time to muscle up and strengthen up in this high energy full body strengthening sessions. This session is suitable for beginners, seniors, and those with injuries. This class will have you working harder for longer by utilising a wide range of training techniques aimed at maximizing your overall strength and fitness.

Where: Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre, 20 Baker Street, Darling Heights
When: Tuesday 9am 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: SGFit (formally known as USQ Works Health & Recreation Centre) via phone 07 4688 0700 or email SGFit@studentguild.com.au For more information visit www.studentguild.com.au 

Cardio fit (low impact)

For beginners, seniors, and those with injuries. This high intensity class helps with body conditioning, strength, and muscular endurance. 

Where: Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre, 20 Baker Street, Darling Heights
When: Wednesday 9am 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: SGFit (formally known as USQ Works Health & Recreation Centre) via phone 07 4688 0700 or email SGFit@studentguild.com.au For more information visit www.studentguild.com.au 

Bootcamp (low impact)

A fun and friendly team-based group workout conducted either indoors or outdoors using a variety of calisthenics, strength training, cardio and agility exercises in the form of circuits or challenges. This session is suitable for beginners, seniors and those with injuries.

Where: Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre, 20 Baker Street, Darling Heights
When: Friday 9am
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: SGFit (formally known as USQ Works Health & Recreation Centre) via phone 07 4688 0700 or email SGFit@studentguild.com.au For more information visit www.studentguild.com.au 

Energise 

Where: Newtown Park, Holberton Street, Newtown 
When: Friday 8 - 9am
Cost: $5 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 and Wednesday 8 - 9am
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Jody via phone 0402 144 527 or email resolutionsfitness01@gmail.com

Yarraman

Active seniors 

Where: Yarraman Memorial Hall, Browne Street, Yarraman
When: Wednesday 9 - 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.

 

Toowoomba

BJMA Muay thai

Where: St Paul's Lutheran Church Hall, Corner Phillip & James Streets, Toowoomba
When: Monday and Thursday 5 - 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

Kids' BJMA Muay thai

Where: St Paul's Lutheran Church Hall, Corner Phillip & James Streets, Toowoomba
When: Monday 5 - 6pm
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

Highfields

Jungle body (burn/konga) 

Easy to follow steps played to fun modern music, slightly higher intensity. 

Where: Highfields Sports and Recreation Park (soccer clubhouse), access off Cronin Road, Highfields
When: Monday 6.30pm 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Di via phone 0435 120 548 or email fitfix@gmx.com

Jungle body (burn/konga) low impact

Easy to follow steps played to music from the 60's to the 90's, lower intensity. 

Where: Highfields Sports and Recreation Park (soccer clubhouse), access off Cronin Road, Highfields
When:  Thursday 9.20am
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Di via phone 0435 120 548 or email fitfix@gmx.com

Jungle body get low (low impact)

Where: Highfields Sports and Recreation Park (clubhouse), access off Cronin Road, Highfields
When: Wednesday 6.15 - 7.00pm
Cost: $4 per person, per session
Contact: Di via phone 0435 120 548 or email fitfix@gmx.com

Zumba gold zumbaclass

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: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Di via phone 0435 120 548 or email fitfix@gmx.com

BollyX LIT

BollyX Low Impact is a Bollywood-inspired, cardio dance fitness program that is high in energy, but not in impact! Your heart will be pumping and you’ll be sweating all while dancing to the top hits from India. You can modify to suit you current fitness levels.

Where: Highfields Sports and Recreation Park (Clubhouse), access off Cronin Road, Highfields
When: Wednesday 9.30am
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Di via phone 0435 120 548 or email fitfix@gmx.com

 

Toowoomba

Zumba gold TM 

Zumba Gold is a lower-intensity version of the typical Zumba class, with all the fun Latin beats, just at a slower pace, no jumping, twisting or high impact moves. Perfect if you are nursing an injury or disability, a beginner looking for a low impact workout or an active older adult wanting to move more & socialise.

Zumba Gold focuses on cardio, toning and balance with a little cheekiness. 

Where: St Thomas More's Hall, 71a Ramsay Street, Toowoomba
When: Tuesday 9.30am (45 min class)
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Casey via email PeachBombFitness@outlook.com

No booking required.

Jungle body get low 

(low impact)

Where: St Paul's Lutheran Church Hall, 28 Phillip Street, Toowoomba 
When: Friday 7.30am - 8.15am
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Di via phone 0435 120 548 or email fitfix@gmx.com

Jungle body get low 

(low impact)

Where: St Lukes Anglican Church Hall (located next to the Church), 152 Herries Street, Toowoomba 
When: Tuesday 6.25pm - 7.10pm 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Di via phone 0435 120 548 or email fitfix@gmx.com



Wellbeing activities

Cooyar

Beginner Yoga

A balanced practice, for those who like a gentler type of yoga. This class provides an introduction to basic yoga postures and is ideal for beginners. 

Where: Cooyar and District Community Hall
When: Tuesday 9am (recommencing 5 September) 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Jane via phone 0408 988 100 or email everybodyyogawithjane@gmail.com 

 

Gowrie Junction

Beginner Yoga

Yoga is for every body! This beginner class with teach you the foundations of yoga so that you can begin to experience its transformational effects. You will practice body alignment and breathwork while developing strength, flexibility, and balance in a supportive environment. This class is designed for the brand new student, however experienced students are more than welcome to attend to reinforce the basics. 

Where: Gowrie Junction Hall
When: Wednesday 9.30am
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Annemarie via phone 0412 792 017 

 

Highfields 

Mat and Core Strength 

A series of targeted full body exercises aimed at improving coordination, strength, balance and posture with a focus on building a strong core. Suitable for all levels of fitness and ages. Bring your own mat.

Where: Highfields Sport & Recreation Park (Redbacks Clubhouse), access off Cronin Road, Highfields
When: Wednesday 9am to 9.45am 
Cost: $5 per person
Contact: Bookings essential  P:0419 773 964 or E: petrinaoakleyfitness@gmail.com

 

Kingsthorpe

Beginner Yoga 

Where: Kingsthorpe War Memorial Hall
When: Tuesdays 6pm (commencing again 20 Feb)
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Jason via phone 0427 016 864

 

Oakey

Chair Yoga

Due to popular demand Chair Yoga is back! Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga where participants perform yoga poses while seated or standing on the ground while using the chair for support. Chair-based yoga offers the same benefits as traditional yoga, like boosting strength, flexibility and mental well-being. Bookings are essential. 

Where: Oakey Uniting Church, 16 John Street
When: Wednesday from 11.30am to 12.15pm
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Annmarie from Health by Numbers via phone 0412 792 017

Toowoomba

Weekender Flow

This class is perfect to come and slow down at the end of your busy week and enjoy all the benefits of Vinyasa Yoga allowing a seamless transition of poses paired with your breath. This class will allow you to tune inwards and improve flexibility, strength and mindfulness. Everyone is welcome to come along, slow down and honour the art of yoga in this restorative practice.

Where: Bloom Holistic Collective, 24 Water Street Toowoomba
When:  Saturday 2pm (starting Feb 17) 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: P:4599 9058 or E: hello@bloomholistic.com.au 
Bookings are essential and can be made online by clicking here. Payment via cash upon entry. 

CIRCL Mobility TM 

RELEASE. RESTORE. RENEW. Based on the science of functional movement, CIRCL Mobility TM focuses on flexibility, breathwork and mobility exercises. Whether you are a fitness enthusiast, a busy mum or a 9-5er this class will help to release stress, restore your range of motion and renew your ability to move better, longer. 

Where: St Thomas More’s Hall, 71a Ramsay Street
When:  Tuesday 10.30am (30 min class) 
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Casey via email PeachBombFitness@outlook.com

No booking required. BYO fitness mat for floor work.

Beginners Yoga 

This class is perfect for beginners to learn the fundamentals of yoga and bring an inner peace and heightened awareness of the breath and body to improve flexibility, reduce stress and overall wellbeing. Class is suitable for everybody and all ages and stages of fitness. 

Where: Health by Numb3rs, 3/16-18 Dexter Street, Toowoomba
When: Thursday 10am 
Cost: $5
Contact: Annemarie P:0412 792 017

Pilates 

Using a wide range of specific muscle activation techniques and controlled contractions. A complete mind and body experience.

Where: Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre, 20 Baker Street, Darling Heights
When: Monday 12pm & 5.30pm, Tuesday & Thursday 12pm
Cost: $5
Contact: SGFit (formally known as USQ Works Health & Recreation Centre) via phone 07 4688 0700 or email SGFit@studentguild.com.au For more information visit www.studentguild.com.au 

Yoga 

Balances strength and flexibility to achieve perfect harmony between mind and body. Yoga can help with breathing, posture and calming the mind.

Where: Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre, 20 Baker Street, Darling Heights
When: Tuesday 5pm
Cost: $5
Contact: SGFit (formally known as USQ Works Health & Recreation Centre) via phone 07 4688 0700 or email SGFit@studentguild.com.au For more information visit www.studentguild.com.au 

Restorative Yoga 

A practice of deep gentle stretches supported by props such as blankets and bolsters to allow you to rest completely, relax and surrender.

Where: Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre, 20 Baker Street, Darling Heights
When: Wednesday 5pm
Cost: $5
Contact: SGFit (formally known as USQ Works Health & Recreation Centre) via phone 07 4688 0700 or email SGFit@studentguild.com.au For more information visit www.studentguild.com.au 

Hatha Yoga 

Suitable for beginners to learn the foundations. Balances strength and flexibility to achieve perfect harmony between mind and body. Yoga can help with breathing, posture and calming the mind.

Where: Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre, 20 Baker Street, Darling Heights
When: Thursday 5pm
Cost: $5
Contact: SGFit (formally known as USQ Works Health & Recreation Centre) via phone 07 4688 0700 or email SGFit@studentguild.com.au For more information visit www.studentguild.com.au 

Tai chi

Tai Chi encompasses slow, deliberate, gentle movements and breathing exercises to help calm the mind and body and support recovery and wellness.  Tai Chi classes can be done seated or standing and are 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: 9.30 - 10.15am 
Term 1, 2024: Tuesday 16 January to 12 March & Thursday 18 January to 14 March
Term 2, 2024: Tuesday 9 April to 4 June & Thursday 11 April to 6 June (please note there will be no class on Anzac Day 25th April) 
Term 3, 2024: Tuesday 2 July to 27 August & Thursday 4 July to 29 August 
Term 4, 2024: Tuesday 24 September to 19 November & Thursday 26 September to 21 November
Cost: $5 per person, per session
Contact: Petra via phone 0428 534 451 or via email pdoerfling@gmail.com 
Spots are filling up fast! Bookings are essential with limited spots available.

Meditation

Where: Redeemer Lutheran Hall, 77 Neil Street, Toowoomba
When: Wednesday 7.15pm 
Cost: Free
Contact: Shannon via phone 0428 540 739, Joanne via 0408 755 269, or email Lesleigh lesyoga@icr.com.au

Sahaja Yoga Meditation

Come along and join Saras to learn through doing with videos, talks from the founder of Sahaja Yoga Mediation & simple follow along exercises. Saras supports participants to develop a growth mindset through self-realisation and creating an internal calm regardless of what may be going on in ones lifeAwaken your inner energy and enjoy inner silence. 

Where: Toowoomba City Library, Level 3, 155 Herries Street, Toowoomba
When: Meditation held every Saturday10am-11.00am (from 20th Jan until 24th Feb 2024)
Cost: Free
Contact: Peter 0438 781 413 or view www.freemeditation.com.au 

Please note Saras is the local instructor but all enquiries go through Peter due to phone reception challenges.

Heartfulness meditation  

Heartfulness is a heart-centered approach to life, where you will ideally be able to live each moment by the heart. It is to live naturally, in tune with the noble qualities of the  heart, these qualities include compassion, sincerity, contentment, truthfulness and forgiveness; attitudes such as generosity and acceptance. The Heartfulness approach encompasses 4 practices. During the sessions there will be a trainer who will take you through a guided relaxation that leads into a silent meditation.

There is no requirement to bring anything, although some will bring a cushion to make it more comfortable.

The trainers will be there to answer any questions and guide you through other techniques that you practice at home and they will explain the philosophy of Heartfulness. Some sessions will have a video, discussion or reading. Please come at least 5 minutes earlier and be prepared for a 1-hour session.

Where: Toowoomba City Library, Level 3, Seminar Room 1, 155 Herries Street, Toowoomba
When: Every Sunday 10-11am (from Sunday 21 Jan) and Wednesday 5.45-6.45pm (from 24 Jan) Classes are also available online. 
Cost: Free
Contact: Dr Uma via email toowoomba@heartfulness.org, or view www.heartfulness.org

 

Yarraman

Yoga with Jane 

A balanced practice, for those who like a gentler type of yoga. This class provides an introduction to basic yoga postures and is ideal for beginners.

Where: Yarraman Memorial Hall
When: Wednesdays 6.30pm-7.30pm and Thursdays 9am 
Cost: $5 per person, per session 
Contact: Jane via phone 0408 988 100 or email everybodyyogawithjane@gmail.com

 

Online

Heartfulness meditation

Where: Online via Zoom (beginners welcome - contact the email below for link)
When: Sunday 10-11am and Wednesday 5.45-6.45pm (please note there will be no meditation from the 17 Jan to 28 Jan, starting again on 29/1/23)
Cost: Free
Contact: Dr Uma via email toowoomba@heartfulness.org

 

Kids

Kids' BJMA Muay thai

Fun, safe and instructed kids kick boxing with benefits including increased focus, assertiveness, self-confidence, cooperation, motor skills, self defence and much more. 

Where: St Paul's Lutheran Church Hall, Corner Phillip & James Streets, Toowoomba
When: Monday 5 - 6pm
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

Playful Kids 

This monthly Playful Kids session will vary each time, but you can expect outdoor learning, sensory activities, nature play, rope and water play, nature crafts, stories and rhymes, mindfulness and nature appreciation. Both the young, and young at heart can come along and make friends, improve mental and physical health, get some Vitamin ‘N’ and sunshine. Helping kids build a strong foundation during the most impressionable years of their life, creating connected, capable and confident children alongside the most nurturing mother of all, mother nature.

Where: Peacehaven Botanic Park, 56 Kuhls Road, Highfields 
When: Friday 26 May 9.30am to 10.30am (last Friday of the month)
Cost: $5 per child
Contact: Chrissie from Playful by Nature email chrissie@playfulbynature.com.au or click here to book online

Bush Kids

Come gather amongst nature along the east escarpment of Toowoomba for families to sit together in a yarn circle sharing a story read by Tiff and a connection to Country. The session will be finished with a short bushwalk (bushwalks are pram and wheelchair accessible). Kids aged 0-12 years welcome but tailored to the younger ages. Please bring a water bottle, healthy snack, enclosed shoes, hat and long pants highly recommended. This is a non-drop off session.

Where: JE Duggan Park, Leslie Street Rangeville Toowoomba
When: Monday 9.30am to 10.30am, first Monday of the month 
Cost: $5 per person ($10 for parent and child)
Contact: Tiffany from Sow & Nurtured email hello@sowandnurtured.com.au or click here to book online



YouthConnect activities

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

Social sport

Toowoomba

Social croquet

Where: West Toowoomba Croquet Club, Newtown Park, 147a Taylor Street, Toowoomba
When: Tuesday 9am, Wednesday 5pm and Sunday 4pm. 
Cost: $5
Contact: David (West Toowoomba Croquet Club) via phone 0405 886 627 or email westtoowoomba@croquetqld.org 

Toowoomba

Make the Change 

This is a sports program designed for disability participants and their carers to develop sporting skills, become more active and engage with the community through sports and fun activities. Offering soccer and T-Ball, these sessions will be fun for all. 

Where: Middle Ridge Park, Stenner Street Toowoomba 
When: Tuesdays 3.30pm - 4.30pm 
Cost: $5 per person, per session

Please arrive 15mins prior to the session to meet the team.
Bookings are essential, please contact Macca via phone 0413 966 976 or email macca@makethechangehw.com.au 

Toowoomba

Join Coach Kamo Alali and Nestor after school every Monday or Wednesday to enjoy structured training to upskill or learn to play soccer, ending with a fun match. Suitable for any level of experience, no boots or uniforms required, shirts and equipment will be provided so just turn up and have fun.  This program is targeted for the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Community. 

Where: Newtown Park 
When: 12 - 18 years, Thursday 3.30 - 5.30pm or 6 - 12 years, Friday 3.30 - 5.30pm (during school terms)
Cost: Free
Contact: Nestor on 07 4617 7600 or email nestor.kangudia@mercycs.org.au.

Toowoomba

Social Tennis

Come along to social tennis that will allow you to learn new skills, practice those skills, focus on injury prevention, build confidence, overall movement and wellbeing and meet new people who also share in a love and enjoyment of tennis.  Sessions can be tailored to all skill & fitness levels and are held in a supportive environment by Coach Adolfo who brings a wealth of knowledge, passion for not only tennis but social connectedness and his unique energy to the court.

Where: Toowoomba Tennis Association, 186 James Street, Toowoomba
When: Tuesday 8.30am to 10.00am
Cost: First session $5, second session and beyond $10 per person
Contact: Adolfo 0412 105 303 or coach@southqldtennisacademy.com.au

RALLY4EVER

A FREE opportunity that connects Tennis and positive mental health outcomes for the community going though challenging times or just overwhelmed with life's responsibilities. Its a time to leave your worries at the court gate, there is no expectation, no judgment and an opportunity to come together with like minded people. The mission at RALLY4EVER is to help a diverse range of people with their mental health by providing access to tennis and an incredible community. No tennis experience is necessary

Where: Toowoomba Tennis Association, 186 James Street, Toowoomba
When: Thursday 9.00am to 10.00am 
Cost: FREE
Contact: Adolfo 0412 105 303 or coach@southqldtennisacademy.com.au

 

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. 

If you are a passionate community member living in a regional township and would like to see a walking group start up, we would LOVE to hear from you. Please contact change@tr.qld.gov.au or call Council 131 872. 


Pittsworth

Pittsworth Heart Foundation Walking Group

Where: Pittsworth Lions Park, cnr Briggs & Hume Streets
When: Contact the organiser as times vary
Cost: Free
Contact: Amanda 0484 919 510
Join the Pittsworth Heart Foundation Walking Group online

 

Toowoomba

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

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 

Pharmacy 777 Store Walkers

Where: 8 Mylne Street, Toowoomba City
When: Wednesday 8am
Cost: Free
Contact: Megan via megan.stevens@pharmacy777.com.au
Join the Discount Drug Store walkers group online

Toowoomba Central Walkers

Where: Laurel Bank Park, Hill Street, Toowoomba  
When: Tuesday 6.30am (30 minute walk)
Cost: Free
Contact: Meghan via phone 07 4688 6113 or email change@tr.qld.gov.au 
Join the Toowoomba Central walkers group online

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 

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

 

Oakey

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

 

Pittsworth

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

 

South Toowoomba

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

 

Toowoomba

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

 

Picnic Point Parklands (Toowoomba)

Where: Picnic Point (Tourist Road, to the left of the first speedbump entering the ring road, bottom of waterfall), Toowoomba
When: Saturday 7 - 8am
Cost: Free
Contact: picnicpointparklands@parkrun.com
Register: Picnic Point Parklands 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.  

Toowoomba

Running technique clinic

Dr Renea Reich is a biomechanist, sports podiatrist and running technique specialist. Her teachings are memorable and fun. All are welcome from 9 years and above. Beginner (no idea, never run) to National standard. The sessions are heavily modified to suit your running needs. You will not be "running laps". You can expect to be closely monitored with user-friendly instruction to get the best out of your running technique. All runners are exposed to The Reich Method®.

This is a program created by Renea for all runners wanting to run faster, longer and injury free. 

When: Tuesday and Thursday 6.30am - 7.30am 
Where: Glynnis Nunn-Cearns Oval, O'Quinn Street, Toowoomba,
Cost: $5 per person, per session 
Contact: Renea via 

FREE SIGN UP LINK (compulsory): Find on Podiatry Coach Facebook page or for more information www.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.

Toowoomba

Beginners group ride (25kms)

Where: Bikeline, 13 Railway Street, Toowoomba
When: Wednesday 5.30 - 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) and 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

Practise 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.



Food and healthy eating

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, 9 - 11am
Cost: $30 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: The Secretary via email TCOGA.secretary@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 caroljb55@hotmail.com 

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 9 - 11am during the 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: Hannah via phone 0439 447 814, email flourishpyo@outlook.com or visit the Flourish PYO website

 

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

 


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 9 - 11.30am
Cost: $10 (4 weeks) booking per person or family 
Contact: Friends of the Escarpment Parks, Greg Lukes P:0428 288 077 or E: 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 provided a terrific program offering local residents the opportunity to give bushwalking a go in their free beginner friendly program run under the Change Project. Although the program has finished now, if this is something you would love to see run again please get in touch with the Toowoomba Bushwalking Club direct on the details listed on their website.

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. 

For more information visit https://questagame.com/ 

 

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 loss, 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.