Put down the remote… It’s time to get the crew together and schedule your next day trip.
To make things a little easier for you, we’ve pulled together the best secret walks worth jumping in the car for. Get ready to strut your stuff!
In Brisbane for the weekend? And you’re sweltering? When the warm weather really sets in, and 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 cruisey stroll along the water’s edge. Then cool off with a dip in the lily pad covered waterhole. Ahh, bliss.
New South Wales
You may have heard rumours about the existence of Killarney. It’s a teeny tiny town close to the border of Queensland and New South Wales that features five incredible waterfalls with equally gorgeous views. All you’ll need is just a day trip, because you can view most of the falls from lookouts on the side of the road. Save your time for the Queen Mary Falls, cascading 40 metres down a sheer cliff face with both top and bottom walking access.
Want a walk a little closer to home? The Toohey Forest Reserve is just 10km from Brisbane’s CBD. Here you’ll find a preserved sample of the forest vegetation that once covered most of the city. Venture out during spring to see the wildflowers in full bloom. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for koalas.
Mount Coot-tha is another favourite for its wonderful walking tracks and super-high peak views. 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. The best part of all? You can bring your dog.
Exploring the Glass House Mountains is an adrenaline junkie’s dream. There’s no shortage of outdoor adventure with numerous trails for walkers, mountain climbers, dirt bike riders, and even horseback riders. All intertwined around 11 rugged volcanic peaks, it’s hard to choose favourites among some of the best hikes on the Sunshine Coast. But if we must, then Mount Tibrogargan is where it’s at. Standing at 364m tall, Tibrogargan comes in as the third highest peak behind Mount Beerwah and Coonwrin. And considering these two beasts are closed for “safety” reasons, Tibrogargan is the highest you’ll get. (Well, if returning in one piece is a high priority on your life list.)
Want to know about the best walks on the Gold Coast? Here are six next-level hikes for you to try!
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