On your marks. Get set. GO! New Mount Louisa walking trail to open

Date published: 2 October 2020

More than 3.5km and 1,700 steps are waiting for Townsville residents eager to take on Mount Louisa with the trail officially opening tomorrow.

Mayor Jenny Hill said the trail – which extends from the end of Bayswater Road to the landmark’s new lookout – has been highly anticipated by the community.

“Residents should be ready to put on their walking shoes, hat and grab a drink bottle to trek along the newly opened Mount Louisa trail from tomorrow,” Cr Hill said.

“The community has been eagerly awaiting the official opening of the first stage of this trail since it was first announced, and I’m delighted that the time has come.

“Unlocking Mount Louisa’s potential has been a priority for Council and will help keep our city active and reduce pedestrian traffic on Castle Hill during peak hours.”

The $2.2 million track was built by JMAC Constructions with local track expert Peter McLean developing the concept design and Stuart-based Edenstone Masonry NQ creating the 1,700 steps used on the trail.

Council Sport and Recreation Committee chairperson Maurie Soars said the track would be popular with joggers and hikers.

“There’s nothing like a new challenge to motivate fitness buffs and I am sure the new Mount Louisa walking trail will attract a lot of people,” Cr Soars said.

“Castle Hill has always been the stand-out option for runners and walkers and this bush walking trail is their next test – the 3.5km track will get hearts racing and help us create a healthier city.”

Division seven councillor Kurt Rehbein said feedback from the community had been essential in developing the track.

“Council undertook significant community consultation on this project with almost 300 people submitting feedback on the initial concept,” Cr Rehbein said.

“I’m sure local residents will love having this on their doorsteps. It will be great to see people enjoying themselves on Mount Louisa and sharing their experience on social media.”

Michael Pugh from the Townsville Hike and Explore group has welcomed the development.

“The new trail is massive for walkers and everyone who enjoys the outdoors, this is really exciting,” Mr Pugh said.

“We have explored some of the area in the past but this will make Mount Louisa more accessible for people of all ages and fitness abilities.”