It doesn’t matter whether you prefer your exercise by foot, bike or water, there’s probably a trail for you in Logan.

And if there’s not, there probably will be soon.

Logan’s recreational and sporting people are building a strategy to push the region as a destination for recreation trails in Southeast Queensland.

The strategy has been council-endorsed.

A mountain biking component was recently tested at Daisy Hill where 120 riders, including champion sprinter Robbie McEwen, competed in the Shimano MTB Grand Prix.

“It was a great place to grow up because you’d just go and roam on your bike for kilometres and kilometres in the bush and it was really good fun,” McEwen said of the trails in the area.

City lifestyle chair Laurie Koranski said some trails across the city were being over-used, which created a risk to users as well as the natural environment.

“To address this high demand for trails, alternative sites could be explored across the city to draw users to different areas, as well as creating a sustainable plan for maintenance,” she said.

Meanwhile, there are moves afoot to also consider canoeing and kayaking trails, through the Logan and Albert Rivers.

A water-based trail features six different paddles catering to all abilities, stretching from Carbrook to Waterford on the Logan River and up to Beenleigh on the Albert River.

The trail includes 10 designated launch or stop-off points and takes in some of Logan’s best- known and most popular parks.

Steps have been added to existing pontoons at several parks to assist in getting in and out of paddle craft.

Signage at most parks lists some history of the area, environmental features and facilities within that park.

Every aspect of the trail, along with an interactive map, has been captured on a new app which can be accessed for free at logan.qld.gov.au/canoeandkayaktrail.

Safety advice is a key component of the trails.

Paddlers should wear life jackets or a flotation device and are urged to consider weather, tide and wind conditions, council officers said.

Generally, paddlers can cover about four kilometres per hour in ideal conditions and it is recommended to paddle in groups on longer trips.

Paddle trails include:

  • Alexander Clark Park to Logan River Parklands: 1.9km (approx. 27 minutes). A good short trail for families and those building their paddle fitness. 
  • Riverdale Park to Slacks Creek Loop: 2.4km (approx. 35 minutes). An out-and-back loop that requires paddling under overhanging vegetation and through faster-flowing water.
  • Larry Storey Park to Riverdale Park: 4.7km (approx. 70 minutes). Ideal for beginners as launching at Larry Storey Park is done from a sandy beach.
  • Logan River Parklands to Skinners Park: 4.7 km (approx. 70 minutes). This trail offers great walking tracks, playgrounds and picnic facilities as well as the chance to see the historic Red Bridge’.
  • Skinners Park to Riedel Park: 7.8km (approx. 1 hour 57 minutes): This downstream section is popular with anglers. Increased boat activity.
  • Albert River Park to Skinners Park:  8.3km (approx. 2 hours 5 minutes). The longest trail that takes in Eagleby Wetlands, home to more than 200 bird species. 

Planning is now underway to investigate plotting canoe and kayak trails along the mid and upper reaches of Logan and Albert rivers and upgrading other riverside parks for canoe and kayak access.

A Come-and-Try day will be held on Saturday, November 28, at Larry Storey Park, Waterford.

There are two sessions: 8am to 10am and 10am to noon. Various water craft will be available for the public to get involved. 

Booking are essential by emailing bookings@vertecadventure.com.au 

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