Explore the scenic walking trails around Brisbane
Tired of studying all day? Have a break at one of Brisbane’s national parks. Brisbane is a wonderland for avid hikers and wildlife spotters. Bring your sneakers, pack a water bottle and ditch the books – there’s no excuse when there are so many walking trails to explore.
Only 14 kilometres from the Brisbane CBD, Mt Coot-tha is a must visit location for a panoramic view of the city. Start at Mt Coot-tha Lookout and make your way down through the 1.9 kilometres Summit Track finishing at JC Slaughter Falls. The best time to do this walk and get stunning photos is at sunrise or sunset when bands of colour mark the sky. When you reach the bottom, have a barbecue or throw a picnic blanket down on the ground near the falls – it is guaranteed to impress your mates!
Located north of Brisbane (only 1.5 hours from Brisbane City) and connected to the mainland via the magnificent Pumicestone Passage, Bribie Island is a quiet, relaxing retreat perfect for a bush walk. Choose from one of the Bicentennial trails to enjoy the island’s impressive natural beauty. The eucalypt forests and wetlands are perfect for escaping the sun and heat. Listen out for the chirping of fairy-wrens in the trees.
Get beach bod ready with this leisurely trail. Stroll from the historical North Point Light, passing the tranquil turquoise waters of Honeymoon Bay and through the headland to Cape Moreton Lighthouse. While there, take in the island scenery and rich history behind Queensland’s first lighthouse. Look out for marine life in the ocean below – you may spot dolphins, sharks, turtles, or even whales from June to November.
A shorty but a goody. Only 1.2 kilometres long this boardwalk trail hugs the lip of the gorge and reveals stunning beach and lush bushland views. You might be lucky enough to meet some wallabies along the way or peer over the edge and catch some turtles, dolphins or sharks making the rounds. If you're camping overnight, time your journey so you can snag a bench along the trail and watch the sunset over the waves. Afterwards, treat yo’ self to some frozen delights from Oceanic Gelati & Coffee Bar, you deserve it.
Minutes away from Mt Nebo township you’ll find Boombana which means “trees in bloom” in the local Kamilaroi aboriginal dialect. It’s an apt name, as the easy Pitta Circuit walking track takes you through 1.1 kilometres of cool, damp forests full of fragrant eucalypt trees and bush orchids. Want a bit more of a challenge? The 8 km return Thylogale Walking Track also starts from here. Take your camera midway and you’ll find Jolly’s Lookout, offering expansive views of Moreton Island, the Brisbane Valley and the Glass House Mountains.
This Conservation Park is in the southern suburbs of Brisbane and protects a precious koala habitat. Aside from the chance to get up close and personal with these cuties at Daisy Hill Koala Centre, this enormous park also has an extensive network of walking trails. The Buhot Creek circuit is a 9 kilometres trail that you can walk, bike or horseback ride through while enjoying views of the Neville Lawrie Reserve. Don’t forget to pack your swimmers for a splash in the old quarry. Keep an ear out for the special calls of Aussie birds like kookaburras or cockatoos!
Tired of normal walking tracks? Try a little excitement with a tree walk 30m above ground. This rainforest walking experience is only 1.5 long and is suitable for all ages – as long as you’re not scared of heights. The walk departs from the Eco Gallery and takes you along the Skywalk Bridge with views of the lush rainforest.
Lamington Park is part of the World-Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforests and less than 2 hours drive from the city. Discover stunning waterfalls, streams and a lookout with an epic view of the valley below. The walk to Moran Falls starts about 1 kilometre before you reach the O'Reilly’s car park and will have you heading through a sub-tropical rainforest of booyongs, figs and brush box along a well-marked track.
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