The newest nature trails to open in South East Queensland will give people access to picturesque scenery at Lake Samsonvale never before seen by the general public.
For the past few months, Seqwater has been working to develop a network of multi-use trails at Lake Samsonvale, located in the Moreton Bay region.
Previously the trails – which stretch for more than 7 kilometres – were used for maintenance purposes only.
Treasurer and Minister for Sport, Curtis Pitt, said this project was a great example of how working together with stakeholders can provide access to unique outdoor recreation settings for Queenslanders.
“These trails are a great opportunity for people to get outdoors and keep active, suited to a range of activities that will cater to people looking to achieve a healthier lifestyle.”
Seqwater has opened new nature trails at the end of Postmans Track Road at Lake Samsonvale.
Seqwater Acting Chief Executive Officer Jim Pruss said community feedback from Seqwater’s Recreation Review in 2013 had influenced the decision to open the trails to the public.
“The review was held to gather the views of the community on future recreation at the region’s dams, lakes and parks,” Mr Pruss said.
“Based on the feedback we received, it was clear people wanted more trails so they could get out and experience the great outdoors.
“These new, scenic trails allow both locals and tourists to take advantage of greater recreational opportunities such as bushwalking, mountain bike riding, birdwatching and horse riding.”
To better accommodate trail users, Seqwater also built a car park at the entrance of the trails, located at the end of Postman’s Track Road.
The car park provides space for five cars as well as five cars with horse floats, and a turn-around area. Pine Rivers MP Nikki Boyd said the new trails would encourage people to get out, be active and enjoy the outdoors in a beautiful setting.
“The opening of these trails is welcome news for many individuals, families and community groups, especially those who live in and around the Pine Rivers area,” Ms Boyd said.
“Lake Samsonvale is filled with incredible wildlife and places of scenic beauty. By opening up these trails, it creates more opportunities for people to experience the region’s stunning landscape and grow visitation to the area.”
Members of the Dayboro Pony Club (Pictured) and members of the Dayboro Trail Riders Club were among the first to try out the newly opened trails.
To officially open the new trails, Seqwater invited members of the Dayboro Trail Riders Club and the Dayboro Pony Club to be the first to experience them.
Dayboro Pony Club president Alison Price expected horse riders to take advantage of the new trails and hoped the trail network would expand in the years to come.
“Horse riding along the side of the road can be daunting, particularly for less experienced riders as the passing cars can startle the horses,” Ms Price from Cashmere said.
“These trails provide a safer option for people to enjoy horse riding and other activities as they explore Lake Samsonvale’s beautiful environment.”
Mr Pruss said the project was made possible thanks to funding from the Queensland Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing.
“We ask people using the multi-use trails to be courteous to one another so everyone can have a great experience,” he said.
Vehicles, motorbikes and domestic animals are not permitted on the trails.