Highfields - Williams Park

Thursday, 23 Jul 2020 12:50

Address: Cecil Crescent, Highfields QLD

This park is a hidden gem located in the middle of Highfields. It is set on one side of Klein Creek and has toilets, sheltered picnic tables, a playground and a walking track listed as a Great Short Walk.

The walking track follows the creek to the north to a metal bridge where it turns around and returns on the other side of the creek back to the park through a wooden bridge. This beautiful wildlife corridor is a lifeline for many native wildlife species in the Highfields area and is the last connecting section of native bushland to the north. Butterflies, dragonflies and birdlife are prolific throughout the area. The natural vegetation is particularly picturesque.

How to get there: The best way to access Williams Park Walk is through either Cecil Crescent or Mavis Court due to the availability of suitable car parking. From Toowoomba, take the New England Highway north until you arrive in Highfields.

Turn left onto Highfields Road, then right onto Kuhls Road and left onto Cecil Crescent where you can park your vehicle. Alternatively, from Highfields Road you can turn right onto O'Brien Road and then right onto Mavis Court, where there is another carpark.

Facilities: Parking, picnic shelters and tables, toilets, drinking water and playground.

 

   

Williams Park Walking Circuit

Best for: Bushwalking

Classification: Grade 2

Distance: 2,360m total distance

Walking time: 55 minutes

Description: The walking circuit starts from the amenities block at Williams Park. It follows north in a counterclockwise direction through a grassy area behind neighbouring backyards until it reaches Reis Road. The track then travels over a metal bridge and turns left, passing to the other side of Klein Creek. From this point the magic begins; the track turns into a path enclosed by a magnificent forest full of bracken ferns, gum trees and beautiful tree ferns that give the walk a 'rainforest' feel in the middle of Highfields.

The original 1.3km loop track follows the creek to find a wooden bridge on the left that can be crossed to ascend the steps leading back to Williams Park. Otherwise, the walk can be extended by continuing south along the creek past the Scouts Camp, located to the right.

After reaching a wooden fence, the track turns right towards Tara Court and takes a sharp left at the cul-de-sac, heading towards Cristina Court. After travelling over 50m of bitumen, the track turns right to continue along the creek on a grassy trail behind some backyards. The track follows the creek in the southern direction up to Clarke Road and makes a U-turn to go back to Williams Park.

Useful link:

Williams Park walking trail map

Features

Playground shaded
BBQ
Picnic tables
Shelter
Toilets
Walking
Bush walking
Parking
Drinking water

Map