From thrill-seekers to regular Joes, Brisbane has got you covered when it comes to outdoor activities. Whether it's hitting the river, chilling by the beach, or even scaling a cliff face we've got your weekend plans sorted. To take full advantage of the outdoor wonderland that is Brisbane, look no further than your own backyard!
Here are our top outdoor-sy things to do in Brisbane and surrounding areas, don't forget the sunscreen!
Scaling Cliff Faces
It’s no secret that the heritage-listed Kangaroo Point Cliffs offers the perfect playground for rock climbing and abseiling enthusiasts. If you’re lucky and experienced enough to own your own equipment (or know someone who does) then no doubt, you’ll have climbed here before. If not, there are a couple of companies who offer KP Cliff climbs with an instructor. While experience isn’t a must, rock climbing can be challenging. But, the view and feelings of accomplishment when you reach the top is well worth the harness wedgie. The great thing about KP Cliffs is that there are various levels of difficulty to suit anyone from the novice to the expert. If climbing isn’t your bag, but you still love a bit of adrenalin, abseil down…Kowbunga!
We'll Go Riding On The Horses (Yeah, Yeah)
If you want an experience that is something like Saddle Club meets wine club, then look no further than Slickers Horse Riding. Just 45 minutes outside of Brisbane in Ocean View, saddle-up and take in the gullies, grassland and rainforest as you head on horse-back from their property to the Ocean View Winery for wine tasting and cheese—yes please! They have horses to suit any ability and also offer more adventurous trail rides (amongst other experiences) for the more confident riders.
Let's Go Fly A Kite
If you think kite flying is just for kids, then you're wrong. In fact, we hear it’s the next craze to hit adults much like colouring-in books were a year ago. Age knows no bounds to this ancient relaxing outdoor pursuit and you don’t have to wait for the annual Brisbane Kite Festival to enjoy it. You can fly a kite any day of the week—weather permitting of course. The Redcliffe Kite Club also meet once a month at Pelican Park on the foreshore of Clontarf, a spot that regularly has perfect kite flying conditions.
Kayaking 'Til The Sun Goes Down
After the summer sun sets and the temperature drops (ever-so slightly), that’s when you’ll find it’s the perfect time to enjoy the Brisbane River. Don’t just sit on the banks, do it while paddling your own kayak. Riverlife offers a night kayaking trip that goes past South Bank and the Story Bridge. The best thing about this, is that no experience is necessary—let the instructors show you the ropes and cruise along at your own pace. For an extra something, gather a group and do the Friday night Paddle and Prawns.
Walkabout Creek has plenty to keep adults and kids active and entertained, including a wildlife centre and walking tracks, including the Araucaria Circuit (entrance located on Mount Nebo Road, The Gap). This walk takes you along the shores of the Enoggera Reservoir and through the wet hoop pine forest. It’s about 5km and not super difficult, but you could also add the Corymbia Circuit to clock-up those 10,000 steps. Word is that the bird life there is pretty impressive, and you could even spot a turtle or two. In summer, top of your walk with a dip in the Reservoir, which is one of Brisbane’s relatively underutilised spots to cool off.
Walk In The Canopy
Walk through the Lamington National Park unlike any old bush-walker. Do it 15 metres above the ground on 180 metres of suspension bridges on the O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walkway! This is an amazing experience (unless you’ve got an intense fear of heights) that allows you to see the flora and the fauna in a completely different environment and you can get an even better view on one of the two observation decks built into giant Stranger Figs—one 30 metres above the ground! This walk is free and just over 90 minutes from Brisbane.
No need to head to the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast to get your Stand Up Paddle board (SUP) on. There are heaps of dams and lakes just outside of Brisbane that are picture perfect and perfect to SUP. Our picks are either Lake Moogerah or Lake Maroon, both around 1.5 hours from Brisbane CBD and popular spots for water sports. Standing up and paddling, you’ll have a great view of the mountainous serenity around you. Heading to these locations, you may need your own SUP. If you don’t own you own, read about other spots to SUP in and around Brisbane—some of these hire boards.
There you have it, everything you could possibly need to cure your boredom in Brisbane. Now, back to the air conditioning.
Image credit: Image via Gold Coast Tourism