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5 Epic Hikes To Try This Weekend

By Phoebe Lee - 22 Jul 2016

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It’s time to peel yourself off the couch, put down the Netflix and get outside, you guys! It may be winter and you may feel cold, but the best way to warm up and stay healthy is to get outdoors. The best way to do that? Strap on your fancy runners or hiking boots and check out one of these 5 epic hikes around Brisbane.

#1 Girraween National Park

It’s an all-day commitment, but it’s well worth it to take a trip out to Girraween National Park. The drive takes around 3 hours one-way, but who doesn’t love a good roadie? Once you’re there, you’ll be treated to a wonderland of bright blue sky, beautiful trees and massive granite boulders to play on. Warm up with the 1.4km circuit to Granite Arch, then try the 3.4km return trip to The Pyramid or the 5.2km return trip to Castle Rock, both offer stunning views.

#2 Venman Bushland National Park

You’ll find the Venman Bushland National Park on Brisbane’s Southside, about 25 minutes south of our fine city. This place is an oasis, offering up gorgeous, dense bush land as it’s one of the largest remaining areas of eucalyptus forest in the coastal lowlands near Brisbane, which means you spot a Koala. Try the 2.5km Tingalpa Crek Circuit or the 7.5km Venman Circuit, winding along the banks of the Tingalpa Creek, through melaleuca swamp and the eucalyptus forests.

#3 Purga Nature Reserve

It takes 50 minutes or so to drive from the heart of Brisbane to the beautiful Purga Nature Reserve. This hidden gem, South-West of Brisbane, is home to the largest protected area of endangered Swamp Tea Tree in the world as well as wallabies and koalas. The raised tea tree boardwalk is the perfect starting point, winding along the paperbark trees. Then, head out along the Melaleuca Circuit. Both are short but sweet, perfect for newbies and kids!

#4 Bunyaville Conservation Park

The Bunyaville Conservation Park is tucked between Albany Creek and Everton Hills. It offers some beautiful open spaces, perfect for kicking a footy around or setting up a well-deserved picnic post-hike. Warm up with the short Tree Discovery Circuit then tackle the 1.6km Bunyaville Track, leading you through eucalyptus forests and beautiful bush land.

#5 Daisy Hill Regional Park

Another Southside gem, the Daisy Hill Regional Park sits 25 minutes out of the city. Take the trip out to The Old Quarry, tucked deep inside the park and offering a really beautiful hidden escape from the world. Take the Stringybark trail from the car park and head into the forest to the Buhot Creek Circuit. Continue along until you cross over to the Neville Lawrie Reserve, continue on a few more hundred metres to the quarry. The 3km walk will see you rewarded with the beautiful quarry, adorned with lily-pads and bouncing beautiful reflections off it. Also, it’s dog-friendly! (On-leash only).

Looking for more awesome things to do in Brisbane? Here’s 9 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do In Brisbane!

Image credit: Jame Nagel

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