Instead of getting comfortable on the couch for a monster Netflix marathon this weekend, you could get back to nature and spend a few hours hiking.
It’s a great way to see parts of Queensland you may not have seen before while getting some sneaky exercise, too, and you’ll be rewarded with great views and fresh air in your lungs.
To help you get motivated, here are a few great hikes in and around Brisbane.
This area is a great spot to do a bit of animal spotting, with goannas, platypus and wallabies all calling the area home. The track to try is the Kondalilla Falls Circuit, a 4.7km hike which will take you through winding pathways, huge trees towering over head. The track also takes you past the water rock pools of Skene Creek, the perfect spot to jump in for a swim and cool down after your big hike.
Girraween National Park
Make a day-trip adventure out of your hike by heading out to Giraween National Park, just outside of Stanthorpe. Load the car up with all your hiking supplies and a fantastic picnic, to reward yourself with afterward or eat atop one of the famous granite boulders within the park. The park is abundant with gorgeous flora and fauna, including wallabies, echidnas and fairy wrens. Take the easy 1.6km track to Granite Arch or the 3.6km hike to The Pyramid for amazing views.
If you don’t have time to stray out of Brisbane, try a trip to Mt Coot-tha instead. You’ll find the 2.1km Honeyeater Track takes you from the lookout to Fleming Road then back up to the start, while winding through bushland. The best thing about this hike is you can end it with coffee and food at the Kuta Cafe. Mt Coot-tha also offers a few other hikes, including the Eugenia Circuit, Simpson Falls Track and Summit Track.
Springbrook National Park
The famed Natural Bridge can be found along a 1.5km track in Springbrook National Park. While you definitely aren’t allowed to swim in this spot, it’s still a great place to sit and let it all soak in for a while before continuing on your journey. The spot is also home to a glow worm colony and some sweet little bats.
Scenic Rim Trail
The absolutely stunning Scenic Rim Trail takes you through mountains, ridges, escarpments, forest and ancient volcanic plateus, all set in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. You’ll be treated to mind-blowing views from up high, all the way back out to Brisbane. Standing on top of the world at Mt Mitchell Plateu it’s hard to believe you’re a few hours from Brisbane city.
Lamington National Park
Lamington National Park is home to a huge range of hikes, from the easy to the advanced. This makes it a great place for just about everyone to spend the day, or a few hours, hiking. It’s home to some really gorgeous rainforests and absolutely spectacular views. Consider doing the 4.4km Morans Falls track which takes you out the falls and back. It’s a great place to wake up early to catch the sunrise too, if you’re an early-bird.
Where are your favourite places to hike in and around Brisbane? Spill your secrets in the comments below!