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Published February 12th 2015
Get a killer outdoor workout in Springwood Conservation Park
Running on the treadmill is like going round the hamster wheel. Sure, you get your daily exercise but you always finish up in the same place. And let's face it, it's about as interesting as a Big Brother contestant.
The Stairs of Death are located in Springwood Conservation Park in the northern Logan City suburb of Springwood and can be most easily accessed via Jardine Street or Plateau Drive. The Jardine Street entrance offers a small carpark, information gazebo and is smack bang at the bottom of the stairs. The Plateau Drive entrance sits atop the stairs and includes a small playground and grassed area.
At first glance, the Stairs of Death look pretty steep but it's not until you stumble to the top that you appreciate the gradient involved. A metal rail is provided for safety and, although varying in size and shape, each step offers a firm and quite level tread.
Springwood Conservation Park also offers a few other walking trails to add to your workout. The subtropical plants combined with Aussie bush land and rock formations make it a surprisingly scenic exercise destination.
So give the hamster routine a miss and enjoy a bit of exercise in the great outdoors on the Springwood Stairs of Death. Your thighs and glutes won't thank you the next day, but it will be pain well earned.
Sorry. This park is not a gym. It is for preservation of natural environment for flora and fauna. Last island of partially undisturbed environment in Springwood. Where else do we want to push the Koalas who live there? To the streets and roads to be killed by cars and dogs? What about liabilities if one is injured on the stairs? Are the ratepayers to pay for damages? I think the park is there for peace and quiet not for a gym.