Get out and go for a walk, it’s free and good for you
HOLIDAY time is an ideal time to get out and get some exercise and what better way in our beautiful climate than to go for a bush or city walk.
There are plenty of great walks in central Queensland.
Near Gladstone there is the Millennium Esplanade, at the Tannum Sands beach. It is ideal for all ages in the park adjoining the beach. The esplanade is linked from end to end by wide, flat walking paths and landscaped gardens.
Also at Tannum is the picturesque Canoe Point parkland where the trail is ideal for walker and runners with a link to boardwalk that looks over the beach.
For those that want to get a bit further out there is the Happy Valley park Fitness trail just off Glenlyon Rd and this walk starts with a warm up with a fitness station complete with equipment.
Even further out is the walk up Mt Larcom.
This is quite a challenging hike of about four hours return so walkers are advised to go prepared with water, protective clothing and let someone know when you are going.
Closer to the city there is the Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens with wonderful walking tracks and peaceful areas to relax with a picnic.
Lions park is a popular area along the Dawson Highway (next to McDonald's). There is a long, flat path which is also used by bike riders.
Similarly, around Rockhampton there is any number of beautiful places to walk, starting with the miles long, Capricorn Coast beaches. The hard sand is perfect for walking, you can take the dog and even take the kids on a bicycle.
Mt Archer National Park is still one of the region’s best kept secrets and there are way too many local residents who have never taken the drive to the top where you’ll find a range of beautiful, bushland walking tracks.
Some are just a few hundred metres and others longer with spectacular views. Take your own water though.
No-one loves a walk more than the family dog and if you need a little incentive look no further than those big brown eyes just begging you to take him out.
Why not take him for a walk along the Fitzroy and stop off at Victoria Park where you can let your best friend run free in the off leash area. Today could be your turn to be his best friend and the kids will love it too. There’s also a dog park at Kershaw Gardens, Charles St entrance.