Walk or cycle in Parkes Shire

Active movement for health and wellbeing in the beautiful outdoors.

Parkes Shire Council is committed to improvement of health and wellbeing in Parkes Shire. Council has recently adopted a Pedestrian and Cycling Strategy which was prepared in consultation with the community and key user groups to ensure the correct mix of footpath connections, new shared paths, cycling routes, outdoor exercise equipment and end-of-trip facilities that appeals to all stages of life for our residents.

Council maintains over 48,000 square metres of footpath asset throughout the Shire. Over 2,500 square metres has undergone recent upgrades and widening for shared footpath and cycle access with more upgrades planned.

There are a number of identified walking tracks in the region that provide challenging and enjoyable routes for all ages and fitness levels. These include the Heart Smart Walking Track in Parkes, the Peak Hill Nature Walk and the Tullamore Walking Track.

The Heart Smart Walking Track

The Heart Smart Walking Track is 14kms long commencing from Kelly Reserve. Pick a part of the track that best suits you fitness level and allocated time, then just follow the markers along the way. In many places the route goes along the existing footpath and tracks.

Peak Hill Flora and Fauna Nature Walk

If you enjoy getting close to nature and are not afraid to venture into bushland, Peak Hill Flora and Fauna Nature Walk  will reward you with many spectacles. View the ever changing colours of the Hervey Ranges at sunset and at different times of the day or year. You may be lucky to see a rock wallaby or kangaroo just passing through. Total length of the walk is around 1,400 metres. There is a shorter  loop walk, or you may wish to exit via the other side of the Reserve into Huie Avenue. No motorbikes permitted. The track is not suitable for bicycles. Entry is via the turnstile gate on Golf Club Road. A short walk from town. Keep an eye out for the Nature Walk sign on the right hand side.

Goobang National Park

There are also bushwalking tracks in Goobang National Park  which can be accessed North or South of Peak Hill. Make the trek to Caloma Trig for spectacular views.

Back Yamma State Forest south of Parkes also provides the ideal environment for mountain biking. An annual mountain bike cross country event is held there annual - Back Yamma Cross Country MTB Race.

Tullamore Walking Track