Brrr! We’ve had such a rapid drop in temperature this week!! Hope you are all keeping warm out there!! 🙂
Brisbane may be a small river city, but we’re also surrounded by some beautiful green mountains and bushlands. What better way to keep active during the cold seasons than to take a day or two to go for a nice leisurely walk and experience our great Australia wildlife right here in our sunshine state! Take a look at the list below to see some of the hidden treasures that you might not have heard about!
*Most of the tracks listed below are all easy level tracks, but please take note of the following: Bushwalking/Mountain Climbing/Hiking can be very dangerous. Make sure you take all necessary items with you, including proper clothing, enclosed shoes, food, drinks, insect spray and spare batteries for your phone/devices. Please also make sure you research everything about the track you are going to BEFORE you leave, and always take someone with you! 🙂
Our most popular mountain Mt Coo-Tha makes it to the top of the list. In reality, Mt Coot-Tha is more like a big hill rather than a “mountain”. 😀 Not only does it have an amazing view of the city, but it’s also home to various hiking and bike tracks. The climb from the bottom to the summit takes only an hour, and is perfect for beginners! Download your Mt Coot-Tha Forest Track Map here.
Just 10 minutes down the Riverside Expressway, you’ll come to a suburb called Mt Gravatt. Despite its name, not many people know that there is actually a mountain right in the center which is open to the public. Again, it’s not really a mountain, but it’s local and easy to get to! Situated on the opposite side of Griffith University is the Toohey Forest, which offers many walking tracks around and up to the summit. PDF Map can be found here.
Mt Nebo is situated amongst the D’Aguilar National Park, and it hosts an array of walking paths, picnic areas and mountain trails. A favourite with the locals starts from Jolly’s Lookout. From there, you can choose between the 8km long (return trip) Thylogale Track, the Egernia Circuit (which diverts off the Thylogale Track to add an extra 1.5km) to eventually make your way to the Boombana Picnic area. Be sure to keep an eye out for the enormous strangler fig tree! More information can be found below.
Overview of the walking tracks
D’Aguilar National Park Information Page
Map of Mt Nebo walking tracks
Just a short drive from Mt Nebo is Walkabout Creek, as part of the Brisbane Forest Park. It is home to two bush tracks, each with its own hidden treasures. The short Corymbia Circuit is only 1.5km long and treks through the eucalypt forest, while the Araucaria Track (also the more popular choice) is a 5km return trip which makes its way around the Enoggera Reservoir, which is a nice spot to watch the wild birds hunt for fish or see little turtles poking their heads out between the reeds. There is also a wildlife center which is open 7 days a week, and is a great way to learn all about our cute and furry local friends. More info below:
Walkabout Creek Map (first on the list)
Walkabout Creek Visitor Information
Glass House Mountains
The Glass House Mountains are a part of the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands, and can be seen from all over Brisbane! There are tons of different walking tracks available, all with varying levels of difficulty. The peaks of Mount Beerburrum and Mount Ngungun are accessible by walking track. Please refer to the map for each trail, and click the links below for information about each track.
Hiking Track Maps
Did you know that the second steepest of the mountains Mt Tibrogargan resembles a big gorilla? 🙂