6 Easy Hikes an Hour from Brisbane CBD
Have a Brisbetter Day Out by exploring your own backyard, where you'll uncover so many hidden gems, including an incredible range of scenic and accessible hikes that are suitable for all ages.
Here are six fantastic easy hikes, some with spectacular views, that are all well within an hour's drive from Brisbane CBD:
Part of the Bulimba Creek Catchment, this 24-hectare park is rich in history - the adjoining Hemmant Cemetery has graves dating back to 1872 and the lake is a disused quarry. Located just off Wynnum Road, access to the reserve is via Fleming Road, where a small car park is located.
Starting at the carpark, there's a 700-metre walking track that loops the picturesque lake, which was once a quarry. Today, this former quarry is a wonderful waterhole, home to freshwater turtles and eels with an abundance of birdlife found in the reserve, including the rare red goshawk.
This beautiful slice of bush and heathland is part of the Mountain to Mangroves nature corridor, with easy interconnecting paths leading through groves of statuesque grass-skirted Xenorrhea, gold candelabra banksias and cloudlike lemon acacias.
Raven St Reserve also has a short-looped wheelchair accessible Senses Trail with signs written in Braille and adjacent to the main entry is the Downfall Creek Bushland Centre, a hive of information for those who wish to learn more.
Less than 10km from the CBD, Toohey Forest Reserve is a 260 ha preserved sample of the forest vegetation that once covered most of Brisbane, with three scenic walking tracks of varying lengths.
The Sandstone Circuit is an easy half hour 1km circuit through other-worldly place of eucalyptus trees and ancient sandstone boulders to a couple of lookouts, while the Nathan & Toohey Ridge Track leads off the Sandstone Circuit for a looped trail of 3km. The Toohey Ridge Track is a fantastic 5km return walk with a wide paved track suitable for scooters, biked and prams.
Mt Coot-tha, the jewel in Brisbane's crown for stunning views and a huge variety of hikes, has more than 70 tracks to choose from, including the newest path to the summit, The Spotted Gum Trail.
This scenic walking track connects the Brisbane Botanic Gardens to the Mt Coot-Tha Summit, taking hikers through 2.4km of magnificent eucalypt terrain within Mt Coot-Tha Forest, via bridges over ravines and bush staircases.
This 30ha of peaceful bush and parkland where once fields of market gardens thrived is just 5km from the city and a well-kept local secret, tucked away in the middle of suburban Newmarket and Alderley.
Remnants from the Three Mile Scrub rainforest are still evident along Enoggera Creek and its tributary, which run through the reserve and there are walking trails which traverse the bushland, making for an easy short hike.
From the late 1870's to early 1900's there was once a teahouse at the summit of Whites Hill, which was part of the family home of the Whites who owned 120 acres here. Today the house is long gone but there are 2 walking tracks (1km and 2km), both of which reward hikers with stunning views.
Whites Hill Circuit (1km return) is an easy walk, considering it leads in a short time to a fetching view of the city, framed by bush, while Sankey Mountain (2km return) leads hikers to the Sankey Mountain lookout. Both tracks pass through open eucalypt forest and are relatively easy grade and suitable for strollers.
For more inspiration on more great hikes around Brisbane, go to Brisbane City Council's website and click on Brisbetter Days Out.
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