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By Jasmine Crittenden
May 14, 2020
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Five Bushwalks Near Brisbane with Spectacular Views to Conquer This Season

Take a walk on the wild side.
By Jasmine Crittenden
May 14, 2020
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With sandy islands to the east and rugged mountains to the west, Brisbane is surrounded by jaw-dropping views. There are many ways to see them — from driving through the hinterland to horse riding. But, when you really need to escape your daily cares and clear your head, the best option is with your own two feet.

In the spirit of turning off and seeking out some wholesome nature, we tracked down some top-notch tracks where you can unwind, refresh and get among some incredible Aussie landscapes. It's time to dig out your hiking boots and go in search of something wilder.

From pristine beaches and bountiful wine regions to alpine hideaways and bustling country towns, Australia has a wealth of places to explore at any time of year. We've partnered with Tourism Australia to help you plan your road trips, weekend detours and summer getaways so that when you're ready to hit the road you can Holiday Here This Year.

While hiking is now permitted in Queensland within 150 kilometres of your home, some of the tracks mentioned below may still be closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please check websites before making any plans.

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Matthew Taylor via Tourism Events Queensland

MOUNT COOT-THA SUMMIT TRACK

People have been visiting Mount Coot-tha Lookout for more than 100 years. This splendid spot comes with some breathtaking vistas over Brisbane and, beyond that, Moreton Island. Plus, it's only seven kilometres west of the CBD so there's no excuse. You can drive, catch a free shuttle bus or even arrive by helicopter if that's more your speed. Once on foot, follow the Mount Coot-tha Summit Track, which begins at JC Slaughter Falls and travels along an easy two-kilometre path. Return the same way or, for a bit of added adventure, choose the three-kilometre Magohany Trail, which loops back around to JC Slaughter Falls.

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CAPE MORETON WALK, MORETON ISLAND

There are many stunning walks on Moreton Island, the 37-kilometre-long sand island that lies about 40 kilometres off the Brisbane coast and is accessible via ferry, barge or boat (check the Queensland Parks website before your trip for closures and transport details). For optimal views, the Cape Moreton Walk is hard to beat. Expect plenty of sea, sand and sunshine on this 1.5-kilometre journey through the island's remote northernmost point. And on the way, keep your eyes peeled; Moreton Island is 95-percent national park, meaning there's plenty of wildlife to spot. Look out for dolphins, turtles and, between June and November, whales. The track also passes Cape Moreton Lighthouse, built in 1857 out of local sandstone. You can't go inside, but you can wander around the grounds and visit the lonely grave of a former resident.

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Samford Valley from Jollys Lookout by Chris Waller via Flickr

THYLOGALE TRACK, FROM JOLLYS LOOKOUT TO BOOMBANA

Drive just 30 minutes west of Brisbane, and you'll find the city gives way to the foothills of the D'Aguilar Range. The first mountain you'll come across is Mount Nebo — home to a quaint village and Jollys Lookout, which offers panoramic vistas of Samford Valley set against Brisbane in the background. From here, follow the Thylogale Track through rainforest, eucalypts and native wisteria vines. After four kilometres, you'll reach Boombana, a great place for a leisurely picnic with an open fire pit and toilets. Walk back the same way rather than taking the road, which can get busy with traffic.

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SANDY CREEK CIRCUIT, TAMBORINE NATIONAL PARK

Full of striking mountain peaks, waterfalls, babbling creeks, swimming holes and lush rainforest, Tamborine National Park is found an hour's drive south of Brisbane in the Gold Coast Hinterland. To experience all the rich sights in just one walk, take the Sandy Creek Circuit. This 2.6-kilometre stroll begins at a car park on Knoll Road, where a well-defined path leads to a concrete bridge across Sandy Creek, then onto Cameron Falls. From the western lookout, see the falls cascading into a gorge below, as well as epic views of Mount Flinders and Brisbane's southern outskirts. On a misty day, you might even spot a rainbow.

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NORTH GORGE WALK, NORTH STRADBROKE ISLAND

Stradbroke Island is famous for its white sands and crystal-clear waters — and this haven is only 30 kilometres off the Brisbane coast and accessible via ferry or water taxi. One of the most beautiful walks here is the North Gorge Walk, which crosses the northern tip of North Stradbroke. On an effortless 30-minute saunter, you'll be completely surrounded by invigorating seascapes, rugged rock formations, unspoiled bushland and loads of wildlife. If you're lucky, you might even spot a giant sea turtle. Although the walk is brief, you should take your time to make the most of it. There are plenty of seats where you can rest for a few minutes and soak up all of the sublime surrounds.

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Whether you're planning to travel for a couple of nights or a couple of weeks, Holiday Here This Year and you'll be supporting Australian businesses while you explore the best of our country's diverse landscapes and attractions.

Top image: Stradbroke Island by Paul Giggle via Tourism and Events Queensland

Published on May 14, 2020 by Jasmine Crittenden

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