Get out and go for a walk, it’s free and good for you

The Observer - - HOL­I­DAY GUIDE LIFE -

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.

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