Winter in Brisbane is a breathtaking time of year and there is no better time to go for a beautiful hike with your family. Bunyaville State Forest is located in north Brisbane, between Albany Creek and Everton Park and is an oasis in Brisbane for outdoor exercise or a picnic.
I went there on the weekend with my husband and 2.5 year old and enjoyed one of the lovely short trails through a native gum tree filled bush setting. There were tons of cockatoos, lorikeets and other native birds to spot, and an easy to follow trail for novice walkers.
There are five bushwalking tracks available close to the picnic area where there is plenty of available parking. They range from a 650m circuit to a 1.6km return. All walks are fairly easy for a reasonable level of fitness, there is a bit of slope or hill but my toddler handled it with ease. If worse comes to worse, you can distract them with trying to spot the koalas which are supposed to be around.
As well as walking tracks, you can also go horse riding, mountain biking or even bring your dog to designated trails. Just be sure to check the trail site for further information on what is allowed to be accessed.
Another fun activity, and one I saw a lot of people about enjoying was trail running. Trail running is great if you are looking for a fun fitness activity to do for both adults and kids who love to run in a bush setting outside of the regular running paths.
Bunyaville State Forest has a lovely picnic area with lush green grass and lots of available barbecues and picnic tables for family gatherings. It is very well maintained and there are enough facilities that you can set up for a full day of fun.