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Strolling on the Wild Side in Brisbane

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published March 11th 2015
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Strolling on the Wild Side in Brisbane

The Brisbane area has walks for anyone and everyone, from strolls in the park to rugged hiking paths. These 5 walks are more of a stroll on the wild side. These are a chance to go to places other than parks, beaches and the riverside, but are in no way difficult, long or taxing.

Take a walk on the wild side
Take a walk on the wild side


Brisbane has quite a lot of bushland and other reserves. These are often best visited early in the morning or late in the afternoon to see wildlife.

Wellignton Point & King Island

Let's start with the most unusual walk in Brisbane and one everyone should add to their bucket list. Here is your chance to walk to an island without mastering the art of walking on water.

Strolling on the sandbar to King Island
Strolling on the sandbar to King Island


King Island is connected by a 1 km sandbar to the mainland at Wellington Point. At low tide it is possible to walk across the sandbar to the island. This is a fantastic walk and a great chance to see aquatic life without going out on the water. Afterwards finish with a picnic or barbecue at Wellington Point or enjoy a meal at the cafe.

Wading off King Island
Wading off King Island


The only danger in this walk is that the incoming tide might cut you off from the mainland. Though normally the worst is that you will have to wade through knee deep water.

Raven Street Reserve

This absolutely fantastic little bushland reserve and wildlife centre is part of the Chermside Hills Reserves, which are 3 reserves that include Chermside Hills, Milne Hill Reserve and Ravens Street Reserve.

Raven Street Reserve
Raven Street Reserve


The place to start is at the Bushland Centre off Rode Road (which the locals all call Roady Road). There is a short senses trail there, but a 2 to 3 km walk around the reserve on all bitumen trails is much better

Raven Street Reserve
Raven Street Reserve


If a short stroll isn't enough, you can cross Hamilton Road using the green bridge (covered in grass to encourage animals to use this to go across the road) to the Milne Hill Reserve. Overall in the area you can do around 8 kms of tracks in the various reserves.

Toohey Forrest & Mt Gravatt

On the South Side of Brisbane Toohey Forest Reserve is a great bushland area to walk through. With either bitumen trails or well cared for tracks, this is a popular location for joggers.

Toohey Forest Park
Toohey Forest Park


If you find the main paths too tame you can wander along some of the little side tracks as well. Or, for the fit, cross the Pacific Motorway using the pedestrian Tunnel and head up Mount Gravatt.

Toohey's Forest Park
Toohey's Forest Park


Nudgee Wetlands

Brisbane has some amazing wetlands areas, and while Boondall is the most famous, I much prefer the nearby Nudgee Wetlands.

Nudgee Beach Wetlands (Photos courtesy of Brisbane City Council)
Nudgee Beach Wetlands (Photos courtesy of Brisbane City Council)


Nudgee beach is a lovely place to visit. Stop for coffee or a meal at the only shop and cafe in the area, which is Pam's Cafe 88, then go for a 2 km bird watching walk in the Nudgee Beach Reserve.

Koala Bushlands

Despite its name, the Koala Bushlands is not exactly the best place to spot koalas in Brisbane. However it is still a great place for a stroll.

Stockyard Creek Walking Track
Stockyard Creek Walking Track


The main path for a walk is the Stockyard Creek Walking Track that takes you down to the creek. Here is the perfect place to spot wildlife and you will often see young families doing this walk.

Barbecue area at the Koala Bushlands
Barbecue area at the Koala Bushlands


The visitor information centre is amazing with a lot of information on how to spot wildlife, including recordings of various animal sounds. It is also a great place for a barbecue.
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Good tips for entertaining visitors to our fair city. Please edit the title - Wellington, not Wellignton.
by Alison Muirhead (score: 2|252) 1565 days ago
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