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Chermside Hills Reserves

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published May 30th 2014
Great hiking and jogging tracks in the Northern Suburbs
In the northern Brisbane suburb of Chermside West there are three interlinked nature reserves collectively known as the Chermside Hills Reserves.

Jogger at Chermside Hills Reserve
Jogger at Chermside Hills Reserve

[ADVERT]The first reserve that is part of the Chermside hills reserves one is called Chermside Hills Reserve (non-plural). Confusing I know, but naming was done by the Brisbane City Council. This is an area of bushland surrounding a small hill that is labelled as a lookout even though the top of the hill is just a bare dirt area. However it does provide great views to the west for sunset watchers.

This is a very popular area for joggers as well as walkers. Long flat tracks are ideal for the joggers and some steep sections provide a challenge for both fit joggers and walkers.

Nearby is the Milne Hill reserve, a much smaller bushland area that is linked to the Chermside Hills Reserve by a cycling track through park land. Milne Hill provides views both to the west and the east. Generally few people pass through this reserve except for a few intrepid walkers who wish to do a long continuous loop of all the reserves.

View from Milne Hill Reserve
View from Milne Hill Reserve

A green bridge provides a link over busy Hamilton Road to the fabulous Raven Street Reserve. Bitumen tracks here mean a smooth but reasonably steep track popular among locals for walking and for some tracks, cycling.

Sleeping Possum at Raven Street Reserve
Sleeping Possum at Raven Street Reserve

Raven Street reserve is well known for the Downfall Creek Bushland Centre as well as numerous other facitilities such as children's play area and half basketball court. The reserve also links to the downfall creek cycle track that takes you through to Chermside.
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Why? Bushland tracks in the Northern Suburbs
When: Chermside Hills Reserve, McDowall Qld 4053
Where: Chermside West
Cost: Free
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