Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) has launched a guide booklet to highlight 50 local nature treks for the outdoor enthusiasts. The council  is promoting the book in order to encourage a healthy lifestyle and get people out on the walks and trails in Toowoomba.

“We have a range of iconic walks throughout our region that allow the intrepid trekker to pursue their love of everything outdoors passing through some amazing landscapes,” said TRC’s Environment and Community portfolio leader Cr Joe Ramia.

The booklet will outline urban and bushland circuits as well as mountain biking tracks and horse riding trails. These circuits are graded based on fitness level required. It includes something for the beginner through to the advanced trekker.

“Bushwalkers can explore the 160 kilometres long Brisbane Valley Rail Trail which is one of the longest trails in Australia stretching from the hills of Yarraman through to Wulkuraka near Ipswich. Alternately, if it is more the leisurely stroll you are looking for the 250-metre long Wallaby Walk at J E Duggan Park might be more your style,” Cr Ramia said. “Or you may even wish to explore the offerings at Mt Peel with the choice of bike, walking or horse-riding trails allowing the enthusiast a selection of options to explore the surrounds. There are so many opportunities for all the family to discover as you explore our beautiful Toowoomba Region, Cr Ramia said.

A recent Council survey on sport, active recreation and healthy living found an emerging trend in the community of the growing popularity of nature-based recreational activities. “In that survey, bushwalking was rated in the top three activities for males and females across all age groups and was the number one activity survey respondents said they’d like to do more of in future.”

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