Walking is our kind of incidental exercise. It gets you moving, gets your heart rate up, and we've got some seriously stunning routes at our disposal.
We've put together the best Brisbane walks that tick off the holy trinity of walking route essentials: they’re pretty, they'll give you decent workout, and they’re near good cafes (coffee is always front of mind).
Brisbane Koala Bushlands
The Brisbane Koala Bushlands is home to a significant koala habitat, which happens to also be a part of the Koala Coast Network—a swath of land that is one of the most important koala habitat areas in Australia. The Stockyard Creek walking track meanders through these lush bushlands and gives visitors ample opportunity to learn about one of Australia’s most beloved animals.
Kangaroo Point is pretty much the epicentre of fitness in Brisbane. Chuck on some active wear (you'll belnd in perfectly), grab a walking buddy, and head to the Kangaroo Point cliffs the next time you’re feeling active. The walk starts at the base of the cliffs near South Bank’s maritime museum and traipses along the river until you hit the Story Bridge. If you’re looking for a view this is your spot, but don’t forget to hit the infamous Kangaroo Point Cliff stairs and check out the vista from the top.
Daisy Hill Conservation Park
Daisy Hill Conservation Park is a slice of natural paradise right on Brisbane’s doorstop. The Buhot Creek Circuit covers 9km of towering eucalyptus trees, tranquil waterholes and a plethora of Australian wildlife—including kookaburras and the odd wallaby.
Haig Street Quarry Bushland Reserve
This oasis is hidden only six kilometres from Ipswich’s CBD. The reserve centres around the quarry and is therefore home to a plentiful amount of water birds. Hence the Willy Wagtail Circuit…geddit?! Plus, the Tom Craik Lookout makes for the perfect spot to watch planes take off and land at the Amberley RAAF Base.
The University Of Queensland Lakes
We know, we know—your old Uni is not exactly the ideal spot for a relaxing afternoon stroll. Talk about exam flashbacks…But any UQ alumni can attest to the fact the grounds are ridiculously stunning. Be sure to plan your visit to coincide with Jacaranda season if you’re after a seriously stunning walk. There are walking tracks along the river and through the campus.
Brisbanites think of South Bank the way Parisians think of the Eiffel Tower: as a slightly tacky tourist trap. But like the Eiffel Tower, South Bank is far more beautiful than we give it credit for. It’s wide paths traverse one of the most stunning views of Brisbane’s CBD and there’s always a hive of activity with lots to see. Start at southern end of South Bank near Stokehouse and walk all the way up to the Go Between Bridge in Kurilpa Park for maximum riverside views.
Brisbane is the river city, after all, so it only makes sense that one of our best walks would be the Riverwalk, right? The Riverwalk is the perfect walk to bring out of towners on, or even just perfect for one of those days where you’re seriously feeling Brisbane’s vibes. Start your walk at Eagle Street Pier and follow the path all the way into the glorious New Farm Park.
Mt Coot-tha is home to some stunning walking tracks, including water falls, Aboriginal art, forest tracks and even a Botanical Garden. Its Summit Circuit combines the Summit Track and Mahogany Trail to complete a full walking circuit all the way from the JC Slaughter Falls to the 360 degree Mount Coot-tha Lookout.
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 many different trails to cover and most of them are dog friendly.
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.
Sure, we have the Southbank Street Beach to keep us cool when the warm weather really sets in, but if you’re after a cool dip that won’t leave you smelling like chlorine (and, er, other things) make your way to the bushwater playground that is Enoggera Dam. Take a trek on the Aracuraria Track for a cruisy stroll along water’s edge. Then obviously cool off with a dip in the lily pad covered water hole. Ahh, bliss.
Rocks Riverside Park
Rocks Riverside Park may just be one of Brisbane’s best-kept secrets. Tucked away in Seventeen Mile Rocks, the park is nestled on a quaint pocket of land running alongside the Brisbane river. For being in the middle of suburbia, this spot has some serious country vibes. There are bushwalking tracks, paved cement tracks, and even a water play area.
Image credit: Hayley Williamson for The Urban List