Doesn't it feel so good to get out and breathe in all that fresh eucalyptus smelling air? We really are so lucky in Brisbane to have access to hundreds of bush walks and many of them right out our back door. So, wait no longer - why not get out and explore one near you? Here are some stand out bush walks, but please add to the list if you think another should be included.
This magical 2 km track in the cooler climate of Mt Glorious, is about 45 minutes drive from the city and is a favorite escape for many Brisbane-ites. Along the walk you pass twisting vines and giant buttress roots, with cat birds calling and turkeys scratching, it feels like a dinosaur might just pass at any moment. If you're keen, take the extended track to Greene's Falls - very highly recommended by me.
A 1 km loop track, beginning at Boombana Picnic Area, Mt Nebo features a 400 year old gum tree surrounded by a convenient and protective boardwalk. Signage clearly explains the layers of the rain forest and the process of strangler figs taking over a host tree. The bridges and creeks make this path quite enchanting. If you follow a branch off to the left, it takes you to Cafe Boombana for some well earned refreshments.
There are several fun walks to enjoy here, only 6 kms from Brisbane CBD. The Aboriginal Art Trail is ideal for introducing children or traveling relatives to sacred Aboriginal sites, including a cave with its own traditional rock painting. This trail links into Mt Coot-tha Summit Track, a 2 km walk to Mt Coot-tha Lookout, overlooking Brisbane City and surrounds. Reward yourself with a coffee or ice cream at the top. Keep your eyes peeled to spot a Powerful Owl or Fairy Wren on the way back down the trail.
Downfall Creek Senses Trail:
Listen, Smell, See, Touch - the Senses Trail is a short, wheel chair friendly track designed to encourage sensory awareness. It has 12 activity stations along the way, which make it an educational adventure. There is a good children's playground near the car park and Downfall Creek Environmental Centre has a wealth of information about the local flora and fauna, including a fun touch table to explore. There are other longer connecting tracks which you can follow into Raven Street Reserve, which is part of the Mountains to Mangroves Wildlife Corridor.
Right on the edge of the suburb of Tarragindi, lies a gorgeous chunk of bushland called Toohey Forest. The whole forest is a good place to re-charge the energy and see an abundance of native Australian wildflowers - wattle, banksia, and grass trees.
The southern suburbs surround Karawatha Forest, near Sunnybank Hills. This is part of the Peaks to Points wildlife corridor and home to many plant and animal species. The Melaleuca Paperbark swamp in the middle of Karawatha Forest provides much needed habitat for many frogs, turtles, and water dragons as well as being an important water hole for possums, wallabies and kangaroos.
Yet another forest in the midst of suburbia, this is a gentle 1.9km track within Bunyaville Conservation Park. There are clear signs showing walkers which animals to look out for - a koala here and a kookaburra there. I like the bush tucker signs, showing the uses of native plants for cooking, washing etc. They have plenty of picnic tables and wood barbecues for a lovely outdoor lunch.