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Brisbane’s Prettiest Walks

By Phoebe Grealy - 25 Sep 2016

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Springtime in Brisbane is a glorious thing. And despite the presence of swooping magpies, it’s a known fact that it’s the ultimate time to be out enjoying nature. There’s a range of brilliant walking tracks in Brisbane that are so pretty you’ll be too occupied looking at shimmering water, fragrant flowers and canopies of greenery that you won’t even know you’re exercising. Here are 6 of Brisbane’s prettiest walking tracks to get out and about on this spring.

#1 Kangaroo Point Cliffs

The Kangaroo Point Cliffs are one of the great vantage points our fair city 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. If you’re looking to up the ante on your stroll, throw the hardcore Kangaroo Point Stairs into the mix.

#2 Brisbane Botanic Gardens

The cool tropical climate created by the lush trees in Brisbane’s Botanical Gardens makes for one of the most pleasant Brisbane walks out there, especially in the summertime heat. Start out at QUT Gardens Point and stroll along the wide pedestrian thoroughfare through the gardens checking out the flower displays, fountains and majestic old trees.

#3 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 uni students running, walking and working out there’s no better spot to soak up some much-needed fitspo. And if you time your visit right, you can experience the stunning purple haze on campus when the Jacaranda trees bloom.

#4 Toohey Forest

One of Brisbane’s best kept secrets, Toohey Forest Reserve in Tarragindi covers 260 hectares of land and is just a 10 minute drive from the CBD. There are lots of trails surrounded by super green undergrowth making it a Zen place to get away from it all. The best part about Toohey Forest is that pooches are welcome on all the trails.

#5 South Bank

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.

#6 New Farm Park Boardwalk

There’s no better place to frolic and saunter than the rose-lined New Farm Park. The boardwalk that runs from the park, past the Brisbane Powerhouse along the river to Teneriffe, clears a decent 5 kilometres. It’s also conveniently close to some great cafes including Sourced Grocer, Pablo, Samson & Sophie, and the delicious La Marcelleria gelateria. 

Image credit: Hayley Roberts

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