The Best Secret Walks And Hikes Around Brisbane
This article was originally published on The Urban List.
You guys, it’s September already! Brisbane is well and truly defrosting from leftover winter days and at last spring has sprung. This can only mean one thing: it’s time to get the crew together and schedule your next day trip. To make things a little easier for you, here are the best walks around Brisbane to strut your stuff, BYO picnic.
Springbrook National Park
Gold Coast Hinterland
Walking through the forest at Springbrook National Park has made all of our childhood Enid Blyton Faraway Tree fuelled dreams come true. The dreamy forest features trees over two thousand years old and opens up to stunning views across the entire Gold Coast Hinterland. It’s just 45 minutes from the Coast’s most beautiful beaches, making this adventure the perfect day trip.
Want a walk a little closer to home? The Toohey Forest Reserve is just 10km from Brisbane’s CBD. Here you’ll find a preserved sample of the forest vegetation that once covered most of our city. Venture out during Spring to see the wildflowers in full bloom. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for koalas!
Mount Coot-tha is another local favourite for its wonderful walking tracks and super-high peak views. Its Summit Circuit combines the Summit Track and Mahogany Trail to complete a full walking circuit all the way from the JC Slaughter Falls to the 360 degree Mount Coot-tha Lookout. The best part of all? You can bring your dog!
Sure, we have the Southbank Street Beach to keep us cool when the warm weather really sets in, but if you’re after a cool dip that won’t leave you smelling like chlorine (and, er, other things) make your way to the bushwater playground that is Enoggera Dam. Take a trek on the Aracuraria Track for a cruisy stroll along water’s edge. Then obviously cool off with a dip in the lily pad covered water hole. Ahh, bliss.
New South Wales
You may have heard rumours about the existence of Killarney. It’s a teeny tiny town close to the border of Queensland and New South Wales that features five incredible waterfalls with equally gorgeous views. All you’ll need is just one day trip because you can view most of the falls from lookouts on the side of the road. Save your time for the Queen Mary Falls, cascading 40 metres down a sheer cliff face with both top and bottom walking access.