Phew! Now that the sweltering Brisbane weather has finally cooled into something a little less intense, we all want to get out in the great outdoors and make up for lost time. Whether you’re looking for a walk with a view to slot in before a weekend brunch or want to really work it with a challenging hike, Brisbane and surrounds has heaps of epic walks and hikes that are perfect in this autumn weather. Here are our favourite 8 best walks and hikes in Brisbane to check out stat.
These Brisbane walks offer great views, top notch people watching and, most importantly, convenient coffee stops along the way.
#1. Kangaroo Point Cliffs
The Kangaroo Point Cliffs are one of the prettiest walks our Brisbane has to offer. Start up high on River Terrace and walk towards the Story Bridge so you can overlook the sun reflecting on the Brisbane River, the dots of moored boats at Eagle Street Pier, all fringed by the mountains of pretty purple bougainvillea flowers. Don’t forget to stop in for a post-walk flat white at the Cliffs Café, conveniently at the top of those dreaded Kangaroo Point stairs.
#2. The University of Queensland Loop
The path that encircles the stunning University of Queensland campus doubles as one of Brisbane’s best walks. Filled with uber fit uni students working out, there’s no better spot to soak up some much-needed fitspo. If no walk is complete without caffeinating, pop into the beautiful St Lucy café, next to the tennis courts, along the way.
#3. Toohey Forest Reserve
One of Brisbane’s best under-the-radar walking tracks, Toohey Forest Reserve in Tarragindi covers 260 hectares of land and is just a 10-minute drive from the CBD. There are heaps of different trails to cover and most of them are dog friendly. Conveniently, Toohey Forest happens to be super close to local institution, Davies Bakery, where great coffee and bacon and egg rolls are waiting.
#4. New Farm Boardwalk
There’s no better place to take a chilled morning or afternoon stroll than breezy New Farm Park. The boardwalk that runs from the park, past the Brisbane Powerhouse along the river to Teneriffe, clears a decent 5 kilometres which is the perfect distance for a gossip with the crew. It also comes with numerous café options including Sourced Grocer, Pablo and Samson & Sophie.
While a little further afield, Brisbane’s best hikes are worth the travelling distance for their stunning views.
#5. Springbrook National Park
Springbrook National Park in the Gold Coast offers heaps of different trails including the famed Natural Bridge with some of the most stunning waterfalls you’ll ever see. Pack some snacks and go for it.
#6. Mount Tabletop
If you are willing to take a drive up Toowoomba way (around an hour and a half) you could christen your hiking boots with a scramble up Mount TableTop. It’s roughly a one hour hike by foot, but be warned: a fair portion is pretty challenging. The amazing 360 degree views over the range at the top make it worth it though.
#7. Mt Warning
If your approach to fitness is of the go hard or go home variety, taking on Mount Warning, located between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay, might be the option for you. The hike takes around an hour up the mountain, culminating in a hardcore vertical rock climb up at the end. The best part? Mavis’s Kitchen, a few minutes from the base of Mount Warning, is a stunning spot for a well-deserved post-hike lunch and glass of wine.
#8. Mt Tibrogargan
Mount Tibrogargan in the Glass House Mountains is an adrenaline junkie’s paradise. Standing at 364m tall, Tibrogargan combines challenge, natural beauty and amazing views all in the one package. A word of warning, this one also requires scaling a vertical rock face to get to the summit, so be prepared to work!
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