There are plenty of hikes near Brisbane, infact, hundreds of hikes near Brisbane. So how do you choose? Well, first things first, do you want beaches or do you want rainforest? That narrows things down somewhat. Head inland to jewels like Tamborine National Park for ancient forests, or head out to North Stradbroke and Fraser Islands for incredible coastal trails. Either way, you won't be disappointed.
Here are just 7, yes just 7, of the best hikes near Brisbane!
Caution: Before any hike, always check relevant park management websites for updated information on track conditions, closures or dangers. Some of the below hikes may have been affected by bush fires and may be closed for hikers. Please help those affected by these fires by donating to The Red Cross, who work to provide aid during an emergency, conflict, disaster or crisis.
1) Gheerulla Valley Circuit - Sunshine Great Walk
Features: grass trees, steep climbs, thick forest, waterfalls, incredible views
Rating: Moderate (884 total climb)
Length/Time: 22km (8-9 hours)
When to go: because of that climb, walk during the colder months
Child-friendly: older children
More information: visit the Queensland Government's Parks and forests website
An easy but long hike near Brisbane is the Gheerulla Valley Circuit, 1.5 hours north of the city on the Sunshine Coast. It should take most people about 6 hours to complete, but the best way to experience this hike is to set up camp after the initial 300m steep climb at Thilba Thalba campsite. As long as you have packed enough water and food, you can watch the sun set over the Gheerulla valley and walk back the next day.
A solid hike near Brisbane for those who are relatively new and want to take on an overnight hike and push themselves a little. The first 8 kilometres undulate and see you descend about 150-200 metres before the next few kilometres see you take on a dramatic climb, which you can actually avoid but who wants that? While it depends on you how you return, the road can be a bit boring even though it does have pleasant views. Your other option is to return the way you came. When it gets hot here, it gets humid, so aim to hike in colder months.