Glider Forest Shared Trails project
Brisbane Sustainability Agency, a wholly owned subsidiary of Brisbane City Council, is pleased to advise that works for the Glider Forest Shared Trails, 1056 Paradise Road, Larapinta, commenced in May 2023.
|Address||1056 Paradise Road, Larapinta.|
To note: Parking across the road at Warril Parkland, 1059 Paradise Road, Larapinta.
|Project outcomes||Works will see the completion of a pedestrian crossing and construction of a concrete footpath and 140m-long gravel trail that will provide access from Warril Parkland into Glider Forest Reserve and its existing fire management trail network.|
Approximately 6km of the existing fire management trails within Glider Forest Reserve will be enhanced with wayfinding signage and seating areas to support walking and trail running.
|Latest update||Construction commenced in May 2023. Works were completed in July 2023.|
About the project
Approximately 6km of existing fire management trails within Glider Forest Reserve, Larapinta, will be enhanced to support outdoor recreational activities, including walking, bird watching and trail running.
The network of existing fire management trails within Glider Forest will be made publicly accessible through the following activities:
- completion of a pedestrian crossing across Paradise Road from the frontage of Warril Parkland
- construction of a new 25m-long concrete footpath along Paradise Road, connecting the pedestrian crossing to the boundary of Glider Forest
- installation of a pedestrian swing gate at the entrance to the new gravel trail.
To note: The proposed gate has been designed to prevent motorbikes from accessing the site, while still allowing access for wheelchairs and prams.
- construction of a new 140m-long gravel trail (approximately 1.8m wide) within Glider Forest, connecting the Paradise Road footpath with the existing fire trail network
- installation of wayfinding signage and seating areas that will transform sections of existing fire trail network into five recreational use trails, providing users with the opportunity to experience a range of different landscapes, including open eucalypt woodlands and paperbark groves that surround small stream-fed billabongs.
Parking to access the Glider Forest Trails will be via Warril Parkland which is located just across Paradise Road. The toilets and picnic facilities at Warril Parkland will also provide visitors to Glider Forest with convenient start and end of trek facilities.
Download the project plan showing the extent of the Glider Forest Shared Trails project works.
Latest project news
Construction works for the new connecting trail commenced in May 2023.
Construction works will involved:
- construction of concrete and gravel path
- temporary road closure
- landscaping works.
Works will generally be undertaken between 6.30am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday. Brisbane Sustainability Agency is committed to keeping the community informed and will provide advance notification of any out-of-hours activities.
Construction is expected to be completed in July 2023, weather and construction conditions permitting.
Frequently asked questions
How are the environmental aspects of the reserve being protected while also providing recreational access?
The design for the Glider Forest Shared Trails project primarily utilises the existing network of fire management trails. Only one new trail is to be constructed which is the 140m-long trail that connects the existing Glider Forest fire maintenance trail network to a pedestrian crossing at Paradise Road. A full Planning and Environment study has been undertaken on the construction of this new trail. It has been sited to avoid large existing trees and does not impact on any endangered or of concern vegetation.
The arrangement of the current trail network retains sizeable areas of existing unfragmented bushland free from tracks, facilities or disturbances.
What public consultation occurred in support of this project?
Oxley Creek to Karawatha Outdoor Recreation Concept Plan 2018
In late 2017, the community was invited to provide feedback on the draft Oxley Creek to Karawatha Outdoor Recreation Concept Plan through an online survey, information kiosks and stakeholder workshops / meetings.
The final Oxley Creek to Karawatha Outdoor Recreation Concept Plan was publicly released in June 2018. The Glider Forest section of the Concept Plan identifies recreational use of the existing fire management trail system.
How will Glider Forest be protected from unlawful access by motorbikes and vehicles?
Glider Forest is already protected from unlawful access by motorbikes and vehicles by a steel rail perimeter fence.
There is no vehicle access proposed as part of the Glider Forest Trails project; all vehicle parking is located across Paradise Road within Warril Parkland.
The pedestrian access gate into Glider Forest is designed to exclude motorbikes and features a walk through kissing gate for pedestrians.
How can I access the Glider Forest Trails when they are complete?
The Glider Forest Trails will be accessed from Warril Parkland, 1059 Paradise Road, Larapinta, via a new pedestrian crossing and footpath, with the car park, toilets and picnic shelters at Warril Parkland providing start and end of journey facilities.
What kinds of landscape can be experienced at Glider Forest?
There will be five signed recreational trails within Glider Forest allowing users to access and experience a range of different landscapes, including open eucalypt woodlands and paperbark groves surrounded by small stream-fed billabongs.
Why is the Reserve called Glider Forest?
The Reserve is named after several of its inhabitants, the Greater, Sugar and Squirrel Gliders. Gliders are so named because they can glide up to 90 metres between trees.
If you would like to find out more information about the Glider Forest Shared Trails project, you can:
- Contact the project team on (07) 3007 7000 (during business hours)
- Call the Council Contact Centre on (07) 3403 8888 (24 hours)
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write to:
- Oxley Creek Transformation project team
- Brisbane Sustainability Agency
- GPO Box 400
- Brisbane Qld 4001
For more information on the Oxley Creek Transformation Project, click here.