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Need some inspiration on where to walk this year? We’ve created a list of walking tracks to inspire you to get out and about for Walk For Women’s Cancers.

Don’t forget to stay SunSmart on your walk – wear sunnies, sunscreen, a broad brimmed hat and a long-sleeved shirt to keep yourself protected. 

Some suggested walks within your region:

Cairns

Arrow Tracks/Mt Whitfield

Situated at Mt Whitfield Conservation Park, the arrow tracks are set amongst the lush rainforest. The Red Arrow is a short loop of 1.3km, Green Arrow is 3km and for the adventurous, the Blue Arrow is a 5.4km loop.

Location 46 Collins Ave, Edge Hill, QLD 4870

Starting Point – Behind the Tanks Art Centre

Distance1.3km, 3km or 5.4km.

 

Palm Cove Esplanade 

Take a walk alongside one of the best beaches in Cairns. The esplanade strip is a lovely 2km. 

Location 253 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, QLD 4879

Starting Point – Pathway near the Palm Cove Jetty

Distance2km 

 

Ivan Evans Track 

This ‘hidden gem’ at the back of Bayview Heights, winds through the dense rainforest and climbs to a view point. This climb is 2.4km return.

Location Ellen Cl, Bayview Heights, QLD 4868

Starting Point – Walking path is at the end of the Ellen Close

Distance2.4 km

 

Behana Gorge 

This place is pure magic! Hike up the steep hills of the gorge to discover a pool below the waterfall. This is a challenging hike that is 3.5km return.

Location – Behana Gorge Rd, Behana, QLD 4865

Starting Point– The entrance to the walk starts from the carpark. 

Distance3.5km. 

 

Cairns Esplanade 

A lovely 5km walk along the esplanade with views over the ocean. Usually where the event would take place.

Location – Cairns Esplanade, Cairns, QLD 4870

Starting Point - At the Cairns Lagoon or the Pirate Ship Playground 

Distance 5km

 

Glacier Rock Lookout

A stunning trail through the rainforest to a beautiful view over Cairns and hinterlands.

Location Stoney Creek Road, Kamerunga, QLD 4870

Starting Point End of Stoney Creek Car Park 

Distance 7km

 

Mount Whitefield Via Red Arrow

Primarily rainforest, moderate walking or hiking trip.

Location – Mount Whitfield Conservation Park, Collins Ave, Whitfield, QLD 4870

Starting Point - Mount Whitfield Conservation Park

Distance 12km

Townsville

Castle Hill 

There are a variety of tracks leading to Castle Hill with spectacular views out to Magnetic Island. The most popular track being the Cudtheringa Track (2.2km return) which starts at the bottom of the hill and finishes at the summit. 

Location – Cutheringa Track, Castle Hill, QLD, 4810

Starting Point Opposite the first car park at the base of Castle Hill Road

Distance – 2.2km

 

The Strand

This stunning beachfront walk is breezy and flat and spans 2.5km

Location – The Strand, North Ward, QLD 4810

Starting Point – Anzac Park 

Distance – 2.5km

 

Riverway Circuit

This is a 3.7km circuit along the Ross River with views over the river. 

Location 20 Village Blvd, Thuringowa Central, QLD, 4817

Starting Point – Riverway Arts Centre

Distance - 3.7km

 

Wetlands Circuit

This walk will get you over 10,000 steps by walking along Ross River with numerous parks to stop at along the way.

Location Aplins Weir Park, Burt Street, Mundingburra, QLD 4812

Starting Point – Aplins Weirs Rotary Park

Distance – 5.9km

 

Jezzine Park and Strand Walk

Scenic views and great for all levels of walking, dogs allowed. 

Location 11-13 Isley St, North Ward, QLD 4810

Starting Point – Jezzine Park

Distance – 10km

Mackay

Bluewater Trail 

This 20km trail hosts a variety of routes to suit everyone. The sites include the Botanical Gardens, Blue Water Lagoon, Sandfly Creek Environment Walkway, Iluka Park and many more. Pick your route and get the girls together.

Location – Blue Water Lagoon, River St, Mackay, QLD 4740

Start/Finish Point – Blue Water Lagoon

Distance – Up to 20km

 

Gooseponds

There are variety of walking tracks around the lovely central wetlands lagoon. This will reach your goal of 10,000 steps with over 8km of shared pathways to pick from.

Location – 12 The Goose Walk, North Mackay, QLD 4740

Starting Point – Enter the trail from the carpark 

Distance Up to 8km

 

Honeyeater Lookout

This is one of the Whitsundays most popular bushwalks. This one is for the adventurous, with birds-eye views of Airlie Beach and surrounds. This hike will set you back 8km, but totally worth it!

Location – Kara Cresent, Airlie Beach, QLD 4800

Starting Point –At the top of Kara Crescent

Distance – 8km

Rockhampton

Botanic Gardens 

Walk around the numerous trails around the botanical gardens and why not pop in at the free zoo while you’re there.

Location – 100 Spencer St, West Rockhampton, QLD 4700

Starting Point – Botanic Gardens Entrance 

Distance – Up to 1.5km

 

Kershaw Gardens 

Take a walk in this beautiful park with views of a waterfall. This walk is 3.7km return.

Location Moores Creek Rd, Park Avenue, QLD 4701

Starting Point – Moores creek road car park entrance 

Distance – 3.7km

 

Yeppoon Foreshore 

This spectacular walk goes along the coastline with views of the ocean. This walk is 8km and you can choose how far you’d like to make the loop.

Location – 1 Scenic Hwy, Cooee Bay, QLD 4703

Starting Point – Merc Anderson Park along the esplanade as far as you would like before turning around

Distance 8km

Bundaberg

Bargara to Kellys Beach

A lovely coastal walk alongside the sandy white beach. This walk is 6km and will take you to Kellys Beach.

Location – Fred Courtice Ave, Bargara, QLD 4670

Starting Point – Nielsen Park down to Kelly’s Beach

Distance – 6km

 

Baldwin Swamp Environment Park

With a network of bush and concrete walking tracks, boardwalks and bridges, this walk has it all. 

Location – Steindl St, Bundaberg East, QLD 4670

Starting Point – There are 2 entry points from Steindl Street

Distance – Up to 5km

 

Botanic Gardens Tracks

There are some fantastic walking locations and bush tracks through the wetlands.

Location 6 Mount Perry Rd, Bundaberg North, QLD 4670

Starting Point – Numbered entry points to start from, so whatever is preferred

Distance - Up to 2km

 

Riverside Boardwalk 

This is a beautiful boardwalk along the Burnett River suitable for the entire family. This walk is 3km from start to finish.

Location –  Riverside Parklands, 1 Quay St, Bundaberg Central, QLD 4670

Starting Point – Riverside Parklands returns

Distance – 3km

Sunshine Coast

Mooloolaba to Alexandra Headlands

This scenic 6km return track winds along the coast with amazing views of the ocean.

Location – Alex Skate Park, Alexandra Headland, QLD 4572

Starting Point – Alex Skate Park

Distance – 6km

 

Mooloolah River National Park

This coastal lowland habitat features open eucalypt woodlands, melaleuca forests and a rainforest. With a variety of lush trails to choose from 2km up to 5km return trip. 

Location – State Route 6, Glenview, QLD 4553

Starting Point – Entrance behind the Information Centre carpark

Distance – 2km or 5km

 

Mt Coolum

If you enjoy a challenge this summit walk is for you. From the top of the summit, there is a 360-degreeview of the Sunshine Coast. Worth the steep 1.6km return trip.

Location  Tanah Street West, Coolum, QLD 4573

Starting Point – Access from the carpark 

Distance – 1.6km

 

Noosa Coastal Track

This walk is absolutely breathtaking! The Coastal Walk is 10.8km return, however you can go as far as little or far as you wish. 

Location – 30-62 Park Road, Noosa Heads, QLD 4567

Starting Point – Entrance via the National Park

Distance – 10.8km

Brisbane

Brisbane Riverwalk

One of Brisbane’s most popular river walks. This boardwalk hangs out over the water and is a 1.6km return trip.

Location – Riverview Ct, New Farm, QLD 4005

Starting Point  Access at the end of Riverview ct near the water

Distance – 1.6km

 

Redcliffe

This seaside walk is a 12km return trip however you can choose to start and finish wherever you’d like. This walk takes you past Bee Gees Way, Redcliffe Jetty and up to the far northern tip of the Redcliffe Peninsula.

Location – Suttons Beach Park, Marine Parade, Redcliff, QLD 4020

Starting Point –Suttons Beach Park and go as far as Jamieson Park, Scarborough.

Distance – 12km return

 

Kangaroo Point

Twisting through Kangaroo Point cliffs, this inner-city walking circuit is 6km and takes you past some top attractions.

Location – The Wheel of Brisbane, Russell St, South Brisbane, QLD 4101

Starting Point – The Wheel of Brisbane to the Dockside Marina, return

Distance – 6km

 

New Farm to Teneriffe

A leafy riverside trail of 6km return. The Powerhouse also hosts Saturday morning markets that you can wander around on your return.

Location 1042 Brunswick St, New Farm, QLD 4005

Starting Point – New Farm Park to the Teneriffe Ferry Terminal, return

Distance – 6km

 

Manly to Wynnum Shoreline

A leisurely seafront walk of 6km return. This scenic walk is usually where the Brisbane event would take place.

Location – Bayside Park, Fairlead Crescent, Manly. QLD . 4179

Starting Point – Bayside Park to Breakwater Park, return

Distance – 6km

 

Thylogale Walking Track

A lush rainforest walk winding between Jolly’s Lookout and Boombana.

Location Mount Nebo Road, Jollys Lookout, QLD 4520

Starting Point – Start at Jolly’s Lookout

Distance – 8km

Gold Coast

Broadbeach Esplanade

This beautiful esplanade walk is 3km return and right in the hustle and bustle of Broadbeach with a spectacular view of the ocean.

Location 155 Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach, QLD 4218

Starting Point – Kurrawa Park to the end of the walkway and back

Distance – 3km

 

Burleigh Headland National Park 

A little slice of heaven! The climb to the lookout is 1km, however, to make the walk longer, start in Miami and walk along the coast up to the hill and back. 

Location John Lewis Park, The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads, QLD 4220

Starting Point – Follow the path up the fill to the lookout and back

Distance – 1km

 

Kirra Beach to Point Danger

This stunning walk winds you around the coastline up to point danger with specular views over the ocean. This return trip is 4km

Location – 15 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, QLD 4225

Starting Point – Kirra Beach to Point Danger and back

Distance – 4km

 

Currumbin Creek Walking Trail 

Featuring the Beree-Badalla Boardwalk, this track winds along the beautiful riverside for a return trip of 7km. 

Location 945 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach, QLD 4221

Starting Point – Start at the Palm Beach Parklands and follow the Beree Badalla Boardwalk along the creek to the Old Railway Bridge, cross the river and head back down along the river on the Currumbin side and cross the river back to Palm Beach Parklands.

Distance – Up to 7km

 

Golden Four Beach Walk 

Set along the coastline, starting from Currumbin Beach this 12km return trip will take you past four amazing beaches south to Coolangatta. 

Location – Currumbin Beach, Pacific Parade, Currumbin QLD 4223

Starting Point – Start at Currumbin and work your way to Coolangatta and return.

Distance – 12km