Now that the days are shorter and a bit cooler (yeah, okay maybe not that cold) we find ourselves suddenly up for a bit of a trek. What better way to welcome the change of season in SEQ—honestly, I’m sniggering on the inside, too—than with a refreshing trail through some of mother nature’s most spectacular scenery? Spoiler: there’s isn’t one.
Okay, so here in the sub-tropics we’re never going to get that wonderful, everything-changes-colour-and-the-humidity-disappers-for-a-few-months type of autumn, but what we do have is glorious weather, impeccable national forests, and a state capital and nearby coastline just dying to be explored.
So what are you waiting for? Here are some of the most beautiful walks and hikes in and around south east Queensland.
Mount Barney National Park
Part of a cluster of rugged mountain-scape and located on the far side of Lamington National Park, Mount Barney is a little more than an easy hike. The second highest peak in SEQ, prepare to get amongst the wild! A little perseverance reaps rewards though with impeccable views across the national park
The ever-popular walk, Mahogany Trail on Mt Coot-tha is a perfect way to spend a Saturday morning. Winding through beautiful eucalyptus forests and offering up cracking city glimpses along the way, this hour-long stroll is a energising as it is beautiful. Very, if you didn’t pick up what we put down…
Brisbane River Boardwalk
Consider this walk the most stress-free, (even) relaxing exercise you could possibly have, short of just reading a health magazine to make you feel healthier—don’t lie, we’ve ALL been there. Winding its way around the CBD to New Farm, this gorgeous stretch of boardwalk is, in my opinion, one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets. Be you on bike or by foot, take in the majesty of the brown snake, Kangaroo Point cliffs and the CBD’s impressive skyscrapers.
The Boondall Wetlands are a stunning combination of bushland and wetland, covering more than 8000 hectares. With multiple bike and walking tracks that take you through pristine mangroves and ancient forests, choose from a leisurely 1km stroll along the Tabbil-ban dhagun Boardwak to the most popular (and most challenging) walk along the 13km Boondall Wetlands Bikeway (bikes and pedestrians are permitted)
Gold Coast Hinterland
Aptly named, ‘the green behind the gold’ Tamborine Mountain has a wealth of incredible walks and hike just begging to be explored by foot. From the moderate walks at Witches Falls and Sandy Creek Circuit, to the just gorgeous Palm Grove Rainforest Circuit, any time of year is a good time to visit. From sub-tropical palms to imposing giant strangler figs and lookout points seemingly on every corner, these walkways are perfectly suited for the more relaxed walker.
Morans Falls Track
Canungra, Lamington National Park
Taking roughly 1.5 hours, Morans Falls Track is a stunning 4.6 kilometre walking track that meanders through incredible subtropical terrain and spits you out right by the breathtaking Morans Falls. With life-altering views across Morans Creek gorge, this is the ideal spot to stop for a (pre-packed) picnic and look at at mother nature.
Prefer to sightsee on two wheels? Check out our picks of the most scenic bike routes in Brisbane.
Image credit: Brooke Darling