This is one of Toowoomba's largest parks and is very popular with bush walkers / runners and is a 'Mecca' for mountain bikers. It is also part of the National Bridle Trail network providing horse riding opportunities on some trails. With spectacular views down the Great Dividing Range this park has high scenic amenity.
The Toowoomba Mountain Bike Club (TMBC) (opens in new window) maintains and develops mountain bike tracks throughout this park. More information about these trails can be located on the TMBC website or from the 'read more' below.
Provided courtesy of Toowoomba Mountain Bike Club (TMBC).
Riding options include:
- Two novice single tracks for beginners can be found near the Bridge Street quarry. These are called Easy Rider and Defibrillator. There is also several tracks suitable for entry level riders at the bottom of the park from the end of Amos Road. View track maps at the TMBC website.
- For single track MTB riders, there are a numerous tracks throughout the park. Popular departure points are the Bridge Street quarry, or the Eastern ends of Wooldridge St or Harvey St in Mount Lofty. Car parking is available in Bridge Street at the entrance to the old quarry. From the bottom of the range most tracks can be accessed north-west of Withcott via Jones and Amos Road.
- Example videos:
- Local mountain biker with world renown Jared Graves provides a few examples of using these tracks from a professional's saddle: The Reaper, Cheeseburger - Hyperlink (links open in new window).
- For experienced downhill MTB riders, a double black diamond category downhill track called the Mackenzie Frenzie.This can be accessed from Harvey Street, Mount Lofty.
- Most tracks are signed. However, getting the most out of the park is easiest if you are riding with someone who knows the park. The TMBC run regular group rides which may be of assistance to introduce you to the tracks and a friendly MTB'ing community.
Bush walking and running
A number groups use the shared walking tracks in this park for recreation and fitness. It provides a variety of unformed roads for those with a medium to high level of fitness. The Tristania is probably the most popular as it traverses the range with a few small inclines/declines and can be accessed from Bridge Street, Mount Lofty - from the old quarry car park.
The Toowoomba Bush Walking Club (opens in new window) may be able to assist introduce you to the great walking paths of the region.
Various shared trails provide cross country horse riding opportunities throughout this park. These include the Jubilee Bridle, Themeda and Tristania trails that traverses the park and have only short (but still steep) ascents and descents. The Creba and Acacia trails descend the range with significant descents and ascents. Be careful not to deviate on to dedicated mountain bike tracks.
Trails in this park link across Bridge Street to the Redwood Park providing further riding.