Hiking in Brisbane's Backyard

Friends walk through D'Aguilar National Park

Brisbane’s surrounding landscape of forest parks and mountain ranges offers lovers of the great outdoors a wide variety of walking and hiking options.

Heading south-west, you’ll find yourself in the Scenic Rim, Brisbane’s World Heritage-listed backyard, home to lush rainforests, spectacular mountain ranges, alluring waterfalls, and ancient landforms.

Numerous picnic sites, hiking trails, historic walks and camping areas are on offer at Lamington National Park, Mt Tamborine, Mt Barney and Moogerah Peaks. Most are within a one-hour drive from Brisbane.

While you are reconnecting with nature, enhance the experience by soaking in the country charm of pubs, art, history and the quaint towns and villages dotted throughout the area. Be pampered at one of the many country-style bed and breakfast locations, stay at a working cattle property at Spicers Hidden Vale, tuck yourself away at Witches Falls Cottages or sleep under the stars in style at Ketchup’s Bank Glamping (luxury camping).

In Brisbane itself, endless days of sunshine and a large choice of parks beckon you to go outside and be active. Explore the lush grounds of the inner-city sanctuaries of the City Botanic Gardens, South Bank Parklands, New Farm Park or Roma Street Parkland.
Also fringing Brisbane are the sprawling hills and rainforests of the 36,000ha D’Aguilar National Park, where you can discover sheltered subtropical rainforest, eucalypt stands, remote gorges and stunning views of Moreton Bay.

Another magnet for hikers is the Glass House Mountains – a range of volcanic peaks with such exotic names as Mt Tibberoowuccum, Mt Tibrogargan, Mt Beerwah, Mt Coonowrin and Mt Ngungun. The conservation park offers picnic and day-use areas, walking tracks, abseiling and rock climbing.

The Glass House Mountains can be reached within an hour by heading north on the Bruce Hwy. The visitor and interpretive centre, open daily 9am-5pm in the township, is a great place to visit for orientation to the area.

Visit the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport & Racing website for a list parks or forests around Brisbane.

Hiking tips: Wear comfortable, protective footwear and a brimmed hat. Apply sunscreen and insect repellent. Take a backpack and be prepared for the unexpected – take a raincoat, extra water, food, detailed map, mobile phone and compass). Plan to complete your walk before dark, and let family and friends know where you’re going, and if you change plans.