- Tuesday 10 November 2009
Anyone who loves fresh air and the great outdoors is invited to be among the first to cycle, walk or ride a horse along two new hinterland trails when they open to the public on Sunday 29 November.
Sunshine Coast division 12 councillor Lew Brennan said the two new trails are part of the Noosa Trail Network and link Pomona to both Cooroy and Lake MacDonald, extending the network to 105km of maintained trails throughout the Noosa hinterland.
"The Noosa Trail Network is a fantastic free recreation facility that enables people to enjoy the spectacular Noosa hinterland while staying healthy and active," Cr Brennan said.
"Locals, residents and visitors can now walk or ride all the way through to Cooroy, Lake Macdonald and Kin Kin and vice versa along the great Noosa Trail Network."
The 15km Mac’n’Back Trail extends from the Noosa Showgrounds located at Pomona, under the railway and across Yurol Forest Drive to the picturesque Lake Macdonald.
The Cooroy Wanderer is an 11km easy walking trail that also starts at the Noosa Showgrounds, and extends through the Yurol State Forest to Cooroy.
Cr Brennan said that both of the new trails are relatively flat and can be completed as a day walk.
"The new trails will feature heritage information along the length and are suitable for walkers, mountain bike riders and horse riders," Cr Brennan said.
"I invite everyone to enjoy the new Mac’n’Back and Cooroy Wanderer trails for the first time on Sunday 29 November."
The trail opening will be at the Noosa Showgrounds, Exhibition Street, Pomona. Free registration starts at 6.30am for horse and bike riders and 7.30am for walkers.
All routes will start and finish at the Noosa Showgrounds. Trailblazers can either join in a 5km bush walk, 15km horse ride, and 25km or 7km bike ride.
The guided walks and rides will leave in stages, horse riders and mountain bikers at 7.30am, and those walking at 7.45am.
Participants can enjoy a free good old country style morning tea at the Noosa Showgrounds after their ride or walk.
Horse riders should note the trails follow small sections of roads, and cross the railway line. Encounters with trail bike riders may also occur so riders and horses must be experienced.
Don’t forget to wear a hat, sunscreen and bring water.
Mountain bikes will be available for hire. Call Noose Bike Hire on 5474 3322 to book.
Time table for trail opening Sunday 29 November
6.30am Registration for horse riders and bike riders FREE
7.15am Welcome in Pavilion
7.30am Experienced mountain bike riders depart: 25km mountain bike ride on the new trails, with some road riding
Easy mountain bike riders depart: 7km easy mountain bike on the new trail.
Horse riders depart: 15km horse ride on the trails and through Yurol Forest
7.30am Registration for bush walkers FREE
7.45am Bush walkers depart: 5km bush walk on the trails with a free return shuttle bus to the Noosa Showgrounds