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Family Friendly Bush & Scenic Walks in Brisbane

by Sally Foster (follow)
Here are 9 family friendly bushwalking spots in and around Brisbane

One of my favourite activities to do with my toddler is to get him out and about in nature for a walk. But being a typical toddler, he is a bit slow and steady and is easily distracted. So I need walks that are child friendly, as well as beautiful.

Brisbane has many bush walking tracks right on its doorsteps, where you don't have to drive too far. Where you also have access to playgrounds and other facilities to make a proper family day.

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1. Whites Hill Reserve - Camp Hill

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Whites Hill Reserve has an awesome playground, picnic and bbq facilities, a dog off leash area and some lovely tracks. The two most popular tracks suitable for children are:

- Sankey's Mountain Summit Track - 865m and takes around 50 minutes
- Whites Hill Circuit - 565m and takes around 30 minutes. Enjoy the city views!

Download the track map with all the trails here. The Reserve is accessible by car with the entrance off Boundary Road in Camp Hill.

2. Mt Coot-tha Forest - Mt Coot-tha

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Mount Coot-tha Forest is a Brisbane instituation and arguably one of the most popular spots to enjoy a day out with your family. The lookout is stunning, with views of the city, Moreton Bay and Stradbroke Island and there are nine picnic areas with great facilities. You can even go mountain biking on many of the trails.

The most popular walking tracks suitable for children are:

- Ghost Hole Track - 600m and takes about 15 minutes. Includes signage about the original miners.

There are lots more tracks at Mt Coot-tha that range from easy to moderate and difficult. Take on what you think your little ones can manage.

Download the track map with all the trails here. Mt Coot-tha is accessible by car from Sir Samuel Griffith Drive or Gap Creek Road, Mt Coot-tha.

3. Bayside Parklands - Wynnum, Manly and Tingalpa

The Bayside Parklands is a string of conservation reserves and local parks in Brisbane's East. Made up of a 16km stretch of parks located at Wynnum North, the foreshores at Wynnum, Manly and Lota, and bushlands along Tingalpa and Lota Creeks.

The most popular walking tracks suitable for children are all circuit walkways:

-Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk - 1.5km and takes 40 minutes. Includes walkways and a boardwalk through the mangroves.
- Lota Creek Boardwalk - 2km and takes 1 hour. Passes paperback and eucalyptus forests.
- Tingalpa Creek Reserve Horse Circuit - 1.7km and takes 50 minutes. Passes paperback and eucalyptus forests.

Download the track map with all the trails here. This also contains further details on locations.

4. Karawatha Forest Park - Karawatha

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Karawatha Forset is one of the largest areas of remnant bushland. Home to a huge amount of flora and fauna, there is a discovery centre, nature playground, picnic area, lagoons and wetlands.

The most popular walking tracks suitable for children are:

- Ironbark Circuit - 1.2km and takes 30 minutes. Look out for kingfishers.
- Melaleuca Circuit - 1km and takes 20 minutes. explore a variety of habitats including freshwater lagoons and eucalyptus forests.
- Wallum Track - 2km and takes 1 hour. Passes through the heart of Karawatha Forest with over 25 frog species.
- Banksia Track - 2km and takes 1 hour. Visit in Autumn when the banksias are in bloom.

Download the track map with all the trails here. Karawatha Forest is accessible via car from Acacia Road at Karawatha.

5. Boondall Wetlands - Boondall

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Boondall Wetlands compromises of tidal flats, mangroves, saltmarshes, melaleuca wetlands, grasslands and open forest. There is an Environment Centre and park and playground facilities located at Nudgee Beach. You can also enjoy kayaking and canoeing, as well as bike riding and walking.

The most popular walking tracks suitable for children are:

- Tabbil-ban Dhagun Boardwalk - 1.5km and takes 1 hour. Passes through mangroves full of birdlife.
- Billai Dhagun Circuit - 2km and takes 1 hour. Winds through both wetlands and forest.

Download the track map with all the trails here. The Boondall Wetlands are accessible by car from Nudgee Road in Nudgee or Paperbark Drive at the end of Bicentennial Road in Boondall.

6. Toohey Forest Park - Mt Gravatt

Toohey Forest Park includes the Mt Gravatt Outlook Reserve and on a clear day you can see spectacular views across Moreton Bay Islands, the D'Aguilar Ranges and the Glasshouse Mountains.There are four bbq and picnic facilities, as well as bike riding trails. Keep a look out for echidnas!

The most popular walking tracks suitable for children are:

- Nathan Ridge Track - 3.5km and takes about 1 hour. A great all weather track.
- Toohey Ridge Track - 3km and takes about 1 hour. Features stringybark trees.

Download the track map with all the trails here. Toohey Forest Park is accessible by car from Toohey Road, Tarragindi and Outlook Drive in Mt Gravatt.

7. Brisbane Koala Bushlands - Belmont to Burbank

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One of the most important koala habitat areas in Australia, The Brisbane Koala Bushlands are made up of a network of natural areas and includes eucalyptus and rainforest areas. The main picnic area is located at the Alperton Road entrance at Burbank. This area has koala spotting and picnic facilities. There are also smaller picnic areas at JC Trotter Memorial Park.

The most popular walking tracks suitable for children are:

- Stockyard Creek Walking Track - 1.4km and takes 50 minutes. This circuit has a boardwalk and viewing deck where you can keep an eye out for koalas.
- JC Trotter Multi Use Trail - 3km and takes about 1 hour. This circuit passes through eucalyptus forest and is shared with horse riders.

Download the track map with all the trails here. The main picnic area to Koala Bushlands is accessible by car from Alperton Road in Burbank.

8. Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve - Pine Rivers

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Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve is a network of wetlands on the bank of the Pine River between Pine River and Bald Hills Creek The most popular area for families is Deep Water Bend which has picnic facilities, a playground, fishing platforms and a boat/canoe ramps. There are a number of canoe trails available.

The most popular walking tracks suitable for children are:

- Island Circuit Track - 3km and takes 1 hour. A boardwalk over the mangroves and salt marshes along the riverbank.
- Birdhide Track - 1km and takes 20 minutes. A track through open grasslands.

Download the track map with all the trails here. Deep Water Bend is accessible via car from Wyampa Road in Bald Hills.

9. Chermside Hills Reserves - Chermside West

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This is my personal favourite, it is the closest to me so I go all the time. Chermside Hills Reserves are made up of a network of three natural areas called Raven Street Reserve, Milne Hill Reserve and Chermside Hills Reserve. The Raven Street Reserve has great facilities for families, including picnic area, playground and discovery centre for the children to enjoy.

The most popular walking tracks suitable for children are:

- Senses Trail - 400m and takes about 15 minutes. A circuit track next to the playground that has an audio guide.
- Creek Track - 770m and takes about 30 minutes. Leads you to a creek platform overlooking Downfall Creek.
- Xanthorrhoea Track - 1.5km and takes about 45 minutes. Passes through open forest with wildflowers in Spring.

Download the track map with all the trails here. Raven Street Reserve is accessible via car from Rode Road in Chermside West.

So there you have it. Some awesome scenic walks in Brisbane that you may never have even heard of.

Where is your favourite place to go for a bushwalk with your family? Please let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear from you!




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