Weekend hikes don’t get much better than the Curtis Falls Circuit at Mt Tambourine, which takes you all the way to gorgeous Curtis Falls. This 2.1km moderate-level walk winds through dense rainforest with picture-perfect eucalypt trees towering overhead. If you want to add a bit more onto the hike, combine it with the Joalah Lower Creek Circuit, a 2.4km return loop, where you can jump in the creek to cool off after all that hard work.
Springwood Conservation Park
What used to be a quarry site is now a hidden forest paradise set in the middle of suburban Brisbane. The area boasts caves and cliffs, a gorge and rocks precariously balanced atop one another as well as wildlife including koalas and sugar gliders. Try the short Stringybark Lookout track at 570m or the Gorge Discover Circuit at 1.45km which will take you out to the gorge and back. Just be prepared to tackle a deathly set of stairs that will put your buns and legs to the test.
Kondalilla Falls National Park
This area is abundant with native animals, including wallabies, platypus, goannas and many different species of frogs and birds. A trip to this corner of the Blackall Ranges will see you exploring winding wooden pathways and towering trees, straight out of your Ferngully dreams. Try the 4.7km Kondalilla Falls Circuit which passes through the fresh water rock pools of Skene Creek, perfect for a quick dip to cool down.
D’Aguilar National Park
There are a few different trails you can take in the D’Aguilar National Park, from the moderate to the more advanced, depending on your abilities and experience. The Park offers spectacular views to Moreton Bay and the chance to explore subtropical rainforest, hoop pines, waterfalls, eucalypt forests and remote gorges. If you’re unsure where to start, try the 1.9km Rainforest Circuit.
Lamington National Park
Lamington National Park is split into two sections, Binna Burra and the Green Mountains, with hikes ranging from light through to advanced. This area is home to lush rainforests and spectacular views, making it a very cool place to visit. Try the Morans Falls track which at 4.4km, takes you out to Morans Falls and back, and offers up some pretty special views of our gorgeous home state.
For something a little closer to home, strap on your boots and hit The Honeyeater Track leading you through 2.1 km of bushland at Mt Coot-tha. The track starts 375m from the lookout, leading you down to Fleming Road and the Hut Environmental Centre before winding back up to the start. The great thing about this hike is you get to stop in at the Kuta Café, to refuel on coffee and cake and other delicious things. There are also a number of other hikes you can do, including the Summit Track, Eugenia Circuit and Simpson Falls Track.
Only 25 min from city centre (just past the gap) is Enoggera dam and walkabout creek visitor centre, taking the reservoir break loop around the dam should take about 3 hrs return with a few steep hills but mostly flat its a easy way to get out of the city for a bit, you can also swim in the dam if you like.
Springbrook National Park
It’s only a short 1.5km walk to discover Natural Bridge and the return is well worth it. This other-worldly rock formation can be found in the Springbrook National Park and is home to the coolest little waterfall of all time as well as a colony of glow worms and some bats which may or may not belong to batman.