The Best Secret Walks Worth Driving South For

By Ash Hopping
17th Sep 2016

You guys, it’s September already!

The Sunshine Coast is well and truly defrosting (Ha!) from leftover winter days and at last spring has sprung. This can only mean one thing: it’s time to get the crew together and schedule your next day trip.

To make things a little easier for you we’ve put together the best secret walks worth jumping in the car for. Get ready to strut your stuff!

Springbrook National Park | Gold Coast Hinterland

Walking through the forest at Springbrook National Park has made all of our childhood Enid Blyton Faraway Tree fuelled dreams come true. The dreamy forest features trees over 2,000 years old and opens up to stunning views across the entire Gold Coast Hinterland. It’s just 45 minutes from the GC’s most beautiful beaches, making this adventure the perfect day trip.

Toohey Forest | Salisbury

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. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for koalas!

Mount Coot-tha | Toowong

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!

Enoggera Reservoir | Enoggera

In Brisbane for the weekend? And your 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 cruisy stroll along water’s edge. Then obviously cool off with a dip in the lily pad covered waterhole. Ahh, bliss.

Killarney | 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 one 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 to know about the best walks on the Sunshine Coast? Here are five next-level hikes for you to try!

Image Credit: Matthew Taylor Thomas

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