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12 Best family walks

When it comes to getting the family out into the great outdoors, Brisbane and surrounds are awash with great child-friendly walking trails, from bush to bay, the CBD to beaches, gardens and wetlands, when you know where to look.

For some inspiration, here are 12 of the best family friendly walks suitable for all ages that we've found in and around Brisbane:

Boombana Mt Nebo

Thylogale Walking Track

The 1km Pitta Circuit is ideal for families, with its rainforest trail leading to a boardwalk that winds its way via a clump of giant fig trees and picnic tables and a bonus fire pit for toasting marshmallows at the walk's entrance...more

King Island - Wellington Point

King Island Wellington Point

This unique sea walk connecting Wellington Point to tiny King Island is an adventure for kids, with its 'quick sand' around the edges and the race to beat the tide before the sand bridge disappears. Along the way there's crabs to spot and the option to stop for a swim...more

Hide'n'Seek Children's Trail

Within the Brisbane Botanical Gardens at Mt Coot-tha is this fascinating paved nature trail dotted with artworks and clues. (Pick up a map at the gate), ideally combined with feeding the ducks and a visit to the Japanese Gardens...more

Clontarf-Redcliffe

Staring at Clontarf's pelican park, this walk can be as long or as short as you like, winding its way around the shore all the way to Redcliffe Jetty, via Woody Point pier, beach coves, playgrounds, boardwalks and the Gayundah shipwreck...more

Bellbird Grove

Bellbird Grove

There are 2 interesting 1 hour circuits here - the excellent Golden Boulder trail via an old gold mine with remnants and props and the Turrbal, with its clearing of mock Aboriginal gunyahs - with bonus picnic and BBQ spots adjacent...more

Raven St Reserve

Raven Street Reserve

One of Brisbane's most beautiful and varied bushwalks has wide paths suited for wheels and passes through groves of grass skirt palms and wattle, with an environmental learning centre, picnic grounds and a Senses Trail at the start...more

JC Slaughter Falls

BBQ area inside JC Slaughter Falls park in Brisbane

Of the 2 main walks here the 20 min Aboriginal Art Trail is ideal for children, a rugged bush path that passes by Slaughter Falls & rock art to keep an eye out for along the way, with bonus picnic grounds, wood BBQs and pebbly creek nearby...more

Toohey Forest Reserve

Toohey Forest

There are 2 great family tracks here - a shorter 1km Sandstone circuit with views and boardwalk past ancient sandstone boulders and the longer 5km Toohey Ridge circuit, which is mostly paved (good for trikes and strollers), with gentle hills and intersects with the Sandstone circuit...more

Burleigh Head National Park

There are 2 tracks to choose from in this 45 min walk around Burleigh headland, both with amazing views - the easier Oceanview at sea level, or the Rainforest walk to the 88m high summit. In summer bring the swimming togs and take the steps down to Echo Beach on Tallebudgera Creek...more

Kangaroo Point-City

This long and varied walk follows the Brisbane river from the Maritime Museum along the base of the Kangaroo Point cliffs, taking in mangrove boardwalks and playgrounds en route to the Story Bridge, with the option of turning back or crossing the bridge to head back via the CBD riverside...more

Kondalilla Falls

There are 3 main walks in this picturesque Sunshine Coast hinterland spot, with the best one for children being the 1.7km Picnic Creek circuit which winds its way through wet eucalyptus forest en route to the beautiful Kondalilla Falls, with a bonus rock pool to cool off...more

Bunyaville Conservation Park

Bush track through eucalypt forest inside the Bunyaville Conservation Park

A wildlife sanctuary in the heart of suburbia, this conservation park has an onsite environmental education centre, plenty of open space for picnics and play and an excellent 1.9km track through bushland, with a special Tree Discovery Circuit and koalas and birds to spot...more