12 Great Brisbane Walks
One of the great things about living in Brisbane would have to be the number and variety of accessible walks both in the city and on its doorstep.
Few cities could claim to have the vast array of settings in which to take a stroll that Brisbane residents have at their shoe-tips – wetlands, rainforests, reservoirs, bushlands, seafront, riverside, urban, historic suburbs and the secluded green belts that connect suburbs via creeks.
And those who explore the city via these myriad walks discover surprising worlds and insights that are never seen through the windows of a car.
So with Brisbane’s best walking season upon us and with so many walks, so little time, we’ve narrowed it down to this sample of 12 of the best:
Take the Aurucaria Circuit along the beautiful shores of Brisbane’s heritage listed Enoggera Reservoir (circa 1866) and its new sandy beach. Early in the morning it’s abuzz with bird life...more
Start at the pelican park for the daily feed and meander to Redcliffe via Woody Point, the Gayundah ship wreck, tiny sea coves, parks, art deco bathing sheds, Settlement lagoon, jetty and Bee Gees Way...more
This gorgeous northside reserve is one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets, weaving through groves of grass trees, glorious acacias & banksias (best in mid to late August when the bush flowers are out)...more
A seafront path takes in splendid Victorian villas from Sandgate’s hey day, picnic spots, and playgrounds, past the landmark historic church and via the Shornciffe pier to Cabbage Tree Creek...more
A bush oasis on the cusp of the inner city, JC Slaughter Falls has an Aboriginal Art Trail with waterfall and birdlife, and for the more serious walker, a track up to the summit of Mt Coot-tha...more
Meander along the ridgetops and through the valleys of historic Paddington, taking in gorgeous Queenslanders, cafes, providores, antique and vintage boutiques and churches...more
This unique walk on the water with uninterrupted views of the New Farm cliffs, East Brisbane & Story Bridge is a must do for every Brisbane resident at least once in their lives...more
One of Brisbane’s most scenic walks starts at the Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk and follows the seafront via Pandanus beach, heritage wading pool, gracious parks and Manly harbour...more
It may be in the city’s heart but there’s nothing urban about this walk along the base of Kangaroo Pt cliffs, via boardwalks, botanic gardens, over the Story Bridge and along the CBD waterfront...more
An other worldly 2 km walk that plunges into the thick of Brisbane’s best and most varied wetland, via coloured marshlands, desolate salt flats, ghostly paperbarks, mangroves and bird hides...more
Starting at the Sydney St Ferry stop, follow the river via Merthyr Park to the Bowls Club, then via leafy streets to New Farm Park and on to historic Teneriffe via an interesting & lovely river walk...more
This rainforest walk, a short drive from Brisbane, is one of the shortest yet most stunning around, mostly on a boardwalk and featuring ancient a grove of giant fig trees...more