There is no easier way to get in touch with nature than to step out in to it. With beautiful vistas, the fresh scent of the Box-Ironbark eucalypts and the various animal and birdlife who come to visit over 230 species of wildflowers found in the parks and forests in the Central Goldfields, ensure there is plenty to take in and enjoy.
Whether you’re a novice with an interest in bushwalking, a hiker who likes a little more of a challenge, or someone who simply enjoys a stroll past points of significance, there’s a track or trail perfectly suited for you. The Maryborough Bush and Town walk: here takes a 25km trail through both town and country that can be broken down in to smaller walks depending on your time, fitness level and interest.
Take in an easy walk close to town with the Lake Victoria Walking Trail, or if you’re feeling a little fitter, head deep into Paddy’s Ranges State Park by following the track. If time is of the essence, perhaps just tackle part of the 1,954 Hectare forest on the 1.8km Paddy’s Ranges Walking Trail: here
Alternatively, you can enjoy both history and natural beauty on a trail that leads from the Battery Dam Historic Site to the Bull Gully Rock Wells, and just out of Talbot is the Mt Greenock Reserve – a great place to enjoy a picnic if you need a place to rest after all that walking! Strap on your hiking boots and head up to Mt Moliagul Lookout where you can enjoy stunning views across bush land. It’s also a great place for kangaroo spotting, with many to be found in the area.
Just down the road is the equally picturesque Mt Bealiba Lookout. If hills aren’t for you, check out the Bealiba Town Walking Trail, where you can uncover the secrets behind the attractive gold rush era buildings.