Stock Routes are used for walking livestock from one place to another.
They are no longer heavily used, and have tended to disappear, but in New South Wales and Queensland well-defined networks still exist.
In Queensland, stock routes are pathways for travelling stock on roads, reserves, unallocated state land and pastoral leases. A stock route may be a route ordinarily used for moving stock on foot or a road that is declared by Regulation to be a stock route. Most stock routes are on public roads that may also carry traffic and public utilities. The are managed by Local Authorities and the Department of Environment and Resource Management.
In New South Wales there is a network of tracks and roads known as Travelling Stock Routes & Reserves. Many Stock Routes follow main roads and others follow little known tracks in remote areas. Travelling Stock Reserves (TSRs) are parcels of Crown land reserved under legislation for use by travelling stock. TSRs provide pasture reserves for travelling or grazing stock. These reserves can be beneficial in times of drought, bushfire or flood. They are also used for public recreation, apiary sites and for conservation.
Livestock Health and Pest Authorities manage the land to strike a balance between the needs of travelling or grazing stock and the conservation of native species.