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Explore beautiful lookouts and lush greenery on these Brisbane walks

For those looking to explore the city and surrounding national parks on foot, Brisbane isn't short of options. From easygoing nature trails to challenging summit tracks, there's something for walkers or hikers of all levels. Lace up your hiking boots and get ready to discover our roundup of the best walks in and around Brisbane.

Mt Coot tha Summit Track 

The famous Summit Track takes trekkers to the top of Mt Coot tha, where you'll be rewarded with the ultimate panoramic views of Brisbane. The 2km track begins at JC Slaughter Falls, featuring an easy-to-navigate uphill climb to the heritage-listed Mt Coot tha lookout. Those looking for an added challenge can combine the Summit and Mahogany trails which loops back to the falls along a dirt track with glimpses of the city along the way. 

Mt Coot-tha Trail In The WoodsImage Credit: Matthew Taylor/Tourism and Events Queensland

Brisbane Riverwalk 

For those seeking a leisurely walk with breathtaking views, Brisbane Riverwalk is a must on your walking tour of the city. This short Brisbane walk stretches between New Farm and the Howard Smith Wharves and features a floating walkway with plenty of pitstop photo opportunities along the journey. Complete a round trip, or for added adventure, hop on a city cat and cruise down Brisbane River to New Farm before hitting the 1km river walk back to the city. 

Brisbane RiverwalkImage Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

Morelia Walking Track 

The Morelia walking track in D'Aguilar National Park is the perfect way to explore Brisbane's natural beauty. The walk begins at Manorina and will take trekkers through a lush eucalyptus forest and groves of cabbage tree palms. The track leads to the Mount Nebo lookout, where you can catch your breath while taking in the panoramic views that stretch out to Samford Valley and Moreton Bay. Beginner friendly, this easy-to-follow 6km track takes between one and a half to two hours, depending on your pace. 

Raven Street Reserve 

If you're looking for a tranquil nature walk hidden within Brisbane suburbia— Raven Street Reserve is just the spot. The charming reserve, located in Chermside, offers a 1.5km walk along leafy boardwalks and dirt tracks and through a forest of banksias, acacias and grass trees to the nearby creek. Raven Street Reserve, located 20 minutes north of the CBD, is also a haven for wildlife, with swamp wallabies and over 100 bird species roaming the idyllic bushland.

Northbrook Gorges 

Northbrook Gorges is a breathtaking trail located in D'Aguilar National Park, an hour's drive from Brisbane. The 7km walk follows a clear water creek which winds through the gorge, with several watering holes and rock pools, perfect for an afternoon dip to escape the Queensland sun. This nature reserve walk is ideal for adventure lovers offering plenty of rock-hopping, swimming and manoeuvring along the often overgrown trail. A waterproof bag, swimmers, and shoes that can withstand water and slippery rocks are highly recommended.   

D'Aguilar National ParkImage Credit: Matthew Taylor/Tourism and Events Queensland

Where to stay in Brisbane?

Whether a city explorer or nature lover looking for the ultimate hike, Crystalbrook Vincent is the perfect base for your next Brisbane adventure. Sitting beneath Story Bridge in the vibrant Howard Smith Wharves precinct, Crystalbrook Vincent is a 5-star hotel featuring luxury rooms and suites, sustainable amenities and a glamorous rooftop pool and bar.