The leafy, green parks and reserves around Lawnton are ideal spots for burning off some calories on a high energy walk. There are several large reserves with scenic river tracks that are easily accessed from Lawnton, so grab some friends, family or your dog and plan your weekend of exercise!
1. Sweeney Reserve
Situated between Petrie and Lawnton, Sweeney Reserve is a partially wooded, grassy park with a number of walking trails that head down to the river or through bushland. It is one of the region’s best dog walking parks and also houses a koala habitat area.
Access to the park from Lawnton is via Gympie Road, which connects to River Street and Old Dayboro Road. From here there is a loop walk with a trail that connects to Wyllie Park or to Mungarra Reserve further up the river. The reserve offers great amenities, with toilet blocks, water fountains, shady areas and fixed gym equipment.
2. Mungarra Reserve
Mungarra Reserve connects with the western end of Sweeney Reserve by a walking track and offers many kilometres of river walking tracks and bike paths. Alternatively, you can access the reserve by road, and there is plenty of parking! For those with furry friends, there is a dog off-leash area. Unfortunately, there are no toilet facilities on the reserve.
3. North Lakes
Although slightly further away, North Lakes is a great place to go for a stroll with several options for well-maintained walking paths, as well as bushland dirt tracks, if you’re wanting to veer off the straight and narrow. You can do a short stroll around Lake Eden or a longer 8 – 10 km walk that starts at North Lakes Golf Course and ends at Lake Eden near the North Lakes Westfield. There’s a range of healthy cafes and restaurants right beside the lake too!
4. Tinchi Tamba Wetlands
Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve, just east of Lawnton, offers a couple of established walking trails on the banks of the North Pine River. The walks are over wetlands or through open grasslands and home to many species of shorebirds. The Island Circuit Track is a boardwalk 3 km long and takes around 1 hour to complete, but it’s across intertidal mangroves and saltmarshes so you may want to check a tide chart before visiting. The Birdhide Track is shorter, 1 km, and takes just 20 minutes through grassland and overlooking mudflats.
5. Bullocky Rest, Lake Samsonvale
Lake Samsonvale is located adjacent to Lawnton and offers a beautiful eucalypt tree reserve called Forgan Park. This has a 4.2 km walking trail that links to Forgan Cove through a bushland setting. Access is permitted between 6am – 6pm. For more information about Lake Samsonvale, see the Recreation Guide.