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Walking in Queensland

Benefits of walking

Walking is part of every journey we make. It is important that people are encouraged to walk more often. As a regular activity, walking:

  • improves health and fitness for individuals in the community
  • benefits the environment by reducing air pollution and traffic congestion
  • provides children with an informal learning environment for their physical, practical, emotional and social development
  • improves local neighbourhoods when goods and services are purchased locally
  • provides people with the social benefit of interacting with others in their community
  • increases a sense of safety with more people out and about
  • is the least costly and most sustainable form of transport.

Walking programs

For information on walking programs and groups in your local area, contact your local council, which may also be able to provide you with suitable maps.

Some of the walking programs that are available in Queensland include:

What Queenslanders told us

We connected with Queenslanders, stakeholders and experts to understand how we can make walking an easy choice for everyone, every day to develop the Queensland Walking Strategy 2019—2029.

Consultation took place with people and organisations from across the state, including regional locations.

The engagement was held during a 2-month period to hear first-hand what Queenslanders want for their walking future. Engagement options included:

  • sharing comments and photos on the interactive Ideas Wall 
  • surveys
  • written submissions 
  • workshops with state agencies and local governments.

Queenslanders, local governments and industry also contributed their walking stories and case studies

A summary of the results of the community engagement process is available in Walking: What Queenslanders told us.  

Last updated 24 October 2023