Discover the best bushwalks in and around Brisbane
Want to find out where the best and most beautiful bushwalks are around Brisbane? We have laced up our sneakers, packed a map, snacks, water bottles and hit the trails. Grab your family or mates and decide if you prefer dense rainforests, lush wetlands, rugged mountains, beautiful bushland or rolling hills. Pick-your-own adventure and start exploring these amazing walks around Brisbane.
Summit Track | Mt Coot-tha
Located so close to the CBD, under 14 KM, you will discover some excellent vantage points as you make your way down Mt Coot-tha. The views of the sprawling city below are worth the walk alone, especially at sunrise or sunset. When you reach the bottom of the track, you will find another beautiful site, Slaughter Falls. These falls usually run most of the year but go all-out after getting a day of rain.
Anstead Bushland Reserve | Waurry Walks Near Brisbane
This riverside reserve, located 25km from Brisbane’s CBD, features a well-maintained walking track that weaves in and out of native eucalypt forests, with views of the Brisbane River. Discover the history of the area from the scattered signposts along the way, particularly the now closed Sugars Quarry (1883 to 1995)
Bellbird Grove Walk | Brisbane Forest Park
Choose from two different circuits, either the Golden Boulder Circuit (1.8K return) or the Turrbal Circuit (1.7km return). The Golden Boulder Circuit is a bushwalk with a historical side leading you to the remains of 'Golden Boulder', which was once an active goldmine from 1860 to 1930. Tubal Circuit winds its way through a eucalyptus forest that was once the home of the Aboriginal Australian Turrabl people. This walk will lead you to a creek before gently hiking back up to the Brushbox Picnic Area.
Buhot Creek Circuit | Daisy Hill Conservation Park
This 9km walking circuit is located only a 20 minute drive south from the CBD. Wander past tranquil watering holes and see plenty of native Australian flora and fauna (get ready for some wallaby and koala spotting!) as you amble around this trail. Don’t forget to pack your swimmers as you can also visit the neighbouring Neville Lawrie Reserve for a relaxing splash.
Morelia Walking Track | Mt Nebo
Taking 2 hours at a steady pace, this track is the perfect starting point if you’re looking to get into hiking. The gently sloping path starts at Manorina car park and ends at Mt Nebo lookout. You will make your way through lush, wet eucalypt forests that opens to an outcrop with exceptional views of Moreton Bay and Samford Valley.
Morans Falls Track | Lamington National Park: O'Reillys
You will want to bring your camera for this 6km return bushwalk. Discover the Moran Falls track, located on the Western Edge of Green Mountain, part of Lamington NationalPark. This path snakes its way through old volcanic lava tracks, subtropical rainforest and ends with a breathtaking view over the valley and Morans Falls. If you are only going to do one walking path this year, make it this one.
The Tree Top Walk | Lamington National Park: O'Reillys
Ever wanted to know what it was like to be a bird in the rainforest canopy? You can gain first-hand experience at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat's iconic Tree Top Walk. Consisting of 9 suspension bridges (up to 16 metres above ground) this walk is not for the faint of heart. Enjoy a stunning view from the 30 metres above ground deck located in a giant fig tree over the walkway. Tip: early morning or late afternoon is the best time to see the local birdlife.
Stockyard Creek Walking Track | Brisbane Koala Bushlands
Get wild with Australian animals. Twining through lush bushlands, the Stockyard Creek Walking Track allows visitors to see Australia's teddy-bear of the wild - the koala. The path runs through a tract of land known as the Koala Coast Network and is home to a significant koala habitat. At only 1.4km long you will pass by eucalypts, cross a creek filled with long-necked turtles, catch some water dragons sunning themselves, before returning to the entrance in under 50 mins. Take advantage of the picnic shelters and BBQ's, as well as a fun interactive information activity for kids.
Boombana Walk | D'Aguilar National Park
Boombana is an off-road picnic area on the way to Mt Nebo and the entrance to two very different walking tracks. The 1.1 km return Pitta Circuit track leads you past bush orchids and gigantic ghost gums to a boardwalk that winds around a 700-year-old fig tree. This magnificent colossus of a tree makes you feel like you have walked into a prehistoric landscape. For the more advanced bushwalker take the Thylogale Walking Track. The 8km return journey (approximately 4hrs) will lead you further into the wild bushland surrounds and treat you to a spectacular view from Jollys Lookout. Tip: we recommend doing this walk in Spring when the native Wisteria carpets the forest floor with miniature purple and white flowers.
Cedar Creek Falls| Mt Tamborine
At the end of Cedar Creek Road, you will find a carpark and the entrance to Cedar Creek Falls. Make your way down from Cedar Creek Falls lookout through dry rainforests until you reach the rock pools below. There is a selection of three clearwater pools to swim in, so don't forget to take your swimmers, sunscreen, towel and hat.
Curtis Falls | Mt Tamborine
The hardest thing about this walk will be deciding whether you stop in at Curtis Corner, (a cute little teashop and ice cream parlour), before or after the trek. This popular circuit is a moderate grade and only 1.5Km return. The path takes you through lush rainforest with dense canopies of eucalypts and palms. Part way round you will find a viewing platform overlooking Curtis Falls and an adjacent rockpool. These falls run all year round but are at their best during the wet season or after heavy rainfall.
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