Best hikes around Brisbane

Explore the outdoors and refresh your mind with a hike.

If you’re looking to get into the outdoors without travelling to the outback this summer, here are some of the best hikes you can do around Brisbane and the south east, compiled by

Light walking trails

Lamington National Park – Two choices: Greens Mountains and Binna Burra. Hikes vary here – enjoy a light/moderate 1 kilometre to 6 kilometre return journey through beautiful terrain.

Sandy Creek Circuit at Mt Tamborine – 2.6km hike.

The Honeyeater Track at Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane – 2km hike. Enjoy the 360 degree views from the top and a coffee at the cafe.

Girraween National Park, The Granite Belt – Girraween has 10 different walks ranging from an easy 800m circuit to a difficult six-hour hike to Mt Norman. Take a tent and camp in this beautiful place and take time to enjoy the many wineries dotted around this area as well.

Burleigh Heads National Park, Gold Coast – A variety of easy walks are available. The oceanview walk is 1.2 kilometres one way leading around the headland from Tallebudgera Creek to the southern edge of the Burleigh Heads township. The rainbow walk is 2.3 kilometers return and will take approximately 45 minutes. Keep your eyes peeled at the lookout for any humpback whales passing by in Winter.

Noosa National Park, The Sunshine Coast – There are 9 tracks to choose from ranging from 1 kilometre to 5.4 kilometres. Noosa is a fantastic place to hike, swim, eat and shop. This is a wonderful day trip option.

D’Aguilar National Park, located on the doorstep of Brisbane – There are many walks to enjoy ranging from 1 kilometre to 2 kilometres. There are also harder hikes from 4.3 kilometres to 8 kilometres. Enjoy rainforest, lookouts, waterfalls, streams, and hoop pines.

Moderate walking trails

Mt Coolum National Park, The Sunshine Coast – This is a steady climb of 1.8 kilometres return, rising to 208 metres above sea level. It isn’t for the fainthearted, but the views from the top are phenomenal.

Intense hikes

The Sunshine Coast Great Walk, Sunshine Coast Hinterland. This is another section of walks that can be broken down into smaller hikes. For those that are seeking a challenge, tackle the 58 kilometre hike. This will take you between 4 and 6 days. Spectacular views are a certainty.

Cooloola Great Walk, Noosa – starts at Noosa North Shore and ends in Rainbow Beach (or reverse). It’s a 102 kilometre hike winding through rainforest, beaches and eucalypts, with some major landmarks including the Noosa River and the Great Sandy National Park.

D’Aguilar National Park, located on the doorstep of Brisbane – As well as the easy walks, there are more intense hikes ranging between 16 kilometres and 24 kilometres. Enjoy rainforest, lookouts, waterfalls, streams, and hoop pines.

Lamington National Park – again offering two sections Greens Mountains and Binna Burra. Hikes vary, but you can enjoy a 10 kilometre walk return trip up to a 24 kilometre hike, one way.

If you are thinking of doing a ‘Great Walk’ head to Paddy Pallin in the Fortitude Valley. They have maps for these areas which detail camping grounds, kilometres, water sources and routes. These maps are a necessity whilst you are hiking the longer courses.

Visit the Weekend Notes website for more information.