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Brisbane's Best Bush, Bay & City Walks

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This guide combines an increasingly popular form of daily exercise with an exploration of Brisbane’s diverse landscapes, history and environment. Some of the walks are suitable for families with young children in prams. The text is complemented by more than 150 full-colour photographs and comprehensive, easy-to- read maps. Brisbane’s Best Bush, Bay & City Walks is suitable for local residents who want to explore their city, or visitors wanting to experience the best of Brisbane’s walks during their stay.

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Walk Locations

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St Lucia

Indooroopilly

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Graceville

Tennyson

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Corinda

Oxley

Middle

Park

Inala

Buranda

Moorooka

Rocklea

Murarrie

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Lota

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Thorneside

Birkdale

Carindale

Capalaba

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Tingalpa

Salisbury

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Coopers Plains

Burbank

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Banoon

Acacia Ridge

Altandi

Sunnybank

Runcorn

Fruitgrove

Rochedale South

Kuraby

Forest

Lake

Springwood

Calamvale

Camira

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Trinder Park

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Slacks Creek

Kingston

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Wynnum Central

Manly

Mount

Gravatt

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Pallara

Ellen

Grove

Wynnum

Camp Hill

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Fairfield

Richlands

Gailes

Lindum

Hemmant

Doboy

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Yeronga

Yeerongpilly

Archerfield

Darra

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Meeandah

Norman Park

Coorparoo

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Sunshine

Virginia

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Introduction

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Introduction

Introduction

Brisbane’s subtropical climate and relaxed outdoor lifestyle make it a great city to explore on foot. There are lush parklands filled with fragrant flowers and quiet waterside tracks where you’ll hear birdsong and the splash of fish in the river. You can breathe in the fresh, salty air along the beaches of Moreton Bay Marine Park and go koala-spotting in the eucalypt forests on Brisbane’s doorstep.

Brisbane’s vibrant city centre boasts graceful old buildings contrasting with modern and quirky public artworks. If you’re after a caffeine buzz, stroll through the urban villages with their chic cafés and boutiques but for something more laid-back, explore the foreshore paths that link the bay’s coastal villages and enjoy some fresh seafood and views across to the islands.

The walks in this book can be complemented with visits to museums and art galleries, markets, swimming pools, cafes and restaurants, environmental and wildlife centres, or river ferry rides. Many of the walks, particularly along the river and bayside, can be combined to create longer day walks. Where possible, all walking routes have been chosen to avoid busy roads.

 

Inner City

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1 South Bank to

Dockside

If you have time for only one walk in Brisbane, this is the one. Enjoy fine city views across the river and in Brisbane’s hot summer months, stroll through South Bank

Parklands in the evening and watch the city and the spectacular

Kangaroo Point cliffs light up.

This walk will take you past many reminders of Brisbane’s riverside history.

Walk directions

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Start at South Bank CityCat terminals

1/2 and with the river on your left, follow the wide Clem Jones Promenade.

If you are walking with small children, beware of cyclists (who can’t resist speeding on this section). On your right is

Australia’s only inner city beach and the free lagoon style swimming pools which are very popular during summer.

At a glance

Grade: Easy

Time: 2 hours

Distance: 4.5km one way

Conditions: Some shade

Getting there

Ferry: CityCat and Inner City Ferry to South Bank

Bus: Numerous buses pass through the Cultural Centre

Busway Station

Car: Parking under South Bank and along the river at Kangaroo

Point Cliffs

Train: South Brisbane Railway

 

North

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� noggera Creek

This walk follows a section of

Enoggera Creek and ends with a visit to a city farm. If you walk on a weekend, you’re likely to see Brisbanites out playing team sports such as football, softball and cricket in the many playing fields en route.

Walk directions

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Begin on the path at the end of

Parker Street in Newmarket. The mangroves lining Enoggera Creek are on your right. This walk passes many sporting fields and venues and the first one on your left is the Brisbane City

Soccer Club.

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When you reach a footbridge crossing the creek, don’t cross,

At a glance

Grade: Easy

Time: 1 hour

Distance: 2.5km one way

Conditions: Partly shaded

Getting there

Bus: Numerous buses stop near the corner of Parker Street and

Enoggera Road. Call Translink on

13 12 30 or www.translink.com.au

Car: Street parking in Parker

Street, Newmarket

but continue straight on. However, you may like to take a look at the creek and mangroves from the middle of the bridge.

You might see ducks and other small birds sheltering in the dense mangrove trees and fish in the water. Continue on past more sporting fields.

 

South

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15 �Toohey Forest

This walk through Toohey Forest samples four different tracks to form a circuit. You’ll pass by ancient sandstone rocks that are favourite sun bathing spots for lizards, and grass trees that are centuries old. Toohey Forest is home to over 75 species of birds plus possums and echidnas. It is named after James Toohey who was one of Brisbane’s largest landowners.

Walk Directions

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Start at the picnic area on the south side of Toohey Road in Nathan. The first track, called the Sandstone Circuit begins at the higher end of the picnic area. Take the unsealed right fork which contours around the hill. A short, steep

At a glance

Grade: Easy

Time: 1.5 hours

Distance: 4km return

Conditions: Partly Shaded

Getting there

Bus: Route 112 stops at Stop 52 in Monash Road near Barnehurst

Street.

Car: Car Park at the picnic area on the south side of Toohey Road,

Nathan

climb up stairs and between boulders takes you to the first intersection. Look for hollows in the trunks of larger eucalypt trees. While they might just look like holes to us, hollows provide homes to many animals including brushtail possums which are found in Toohey Forest.

 

East

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19 Brisbane Koala

Bushlands

Spotting a koala in the wild can be difficult, but this walk gives you a good chance because it goes through a known koala habitat.

Even if you don’t find a koala, you’ll see their scratch marks on trees and perhaps other wildlife such as wallabies and Eastern Water

Dragons. The first section, on a sealed track is suitable for prams.

At a glance

Grade: Easy

Time: 1 hour

Distance: 2.5km return

Conditions: Mostly Shaded

Getting there

Car: Parking at the Visitor Node off Alperton Road, Burbank, between 8 am and 6 pm

Walk directions

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Begin at the Brisbane Koala Bushlands Visitor Node. (This large, sheltered area has picnic tables, barbeques and toilets. Inside is information about koalas, tips on how to spot them and, under the roof, an interesting sculpture of koalas and leaves made of roofing materials.) Find the green sign between the two buildings marking the beginning of the sealed Stockyard Creek Circuit. When the track splits, take the right fork. Look out for signage that identifies different types of trees. You’ll have no problems identifying koala food trees such as Scribbly Gum and Ironbark.

 

West

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26 �Toowong to City

This is a popular track with fine river and city views, and is a good walk for later in the day as the sun will be behind you and the city is often bathed in warm afternoon light. The path is shared between walkers and cyclists so be aware of riders speeding past and keep children on your left.

Walk directions

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Begin at the Regatta Ferry Terminal on the river beside Coronation Drive in Toowong. Turn right off the ferry and walk up to street level. The three storey building with ornate iron lace verandas across the road is The Regatta Hotel, built in 1886 replacing an earlier single storey wooden hotel. In 1965, two women famously chained themselves to the bar’s

At a glance

Grade: Easy

Time: 1 hour

Distance: 3.5km one way

Conditions: Exposed, little shade

Getting there

Ferry: CityCat to Regatta Ferry

Terminal

Bus: Numerous buses travel along

Coronation Drive. Call TransLink on

13 12 30 or www.translink.com.au

Car: Limited street parking near

Regatta Hotel, 543 Coronation

Drive, Toowong

 

Bayside

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� anly to Wynnum

The sister suburbs of Wynnum and

Manly have been popular places to enjoy cooling sea breezes and views across Moreton Bay since the late 1800s. On this walk you’ll see some of the islands of Moreton

Bay plus beaches and mudflats where many species of shorebirds feed. This lively area has cafes, restaurants plus good playgrounds.

On hot days, begin and end this walk with a swim.

At a glance

Grade: Easy

Time: 1.5 hours

Distance: 4.5km one way

Conditions: Exposed

Getting there

Car: Street parking near Manly

Boat Harbour.

Train: Manly train station – walk

800 metres to Falcon Street at the harbour

Walk directions

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Begin at the Manly Boat Harbour on Royal Esplanade opposite Falcon Street.

Established in 1958, this is the eastern seaboard’s largest recreational boat harbour. With the water on your right, follow the wide foreshore path for 450 metres to Cambridge Parade and Manly Harbour Village where you’ll find plenty of cafes and restaurants. Opposite is the Manly public swimming pool.

 

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