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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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,

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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.

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