There are plenty of opportunities to get out into nature in and around Brisbane without having to push yourself to extremes. These hikes are perfect for a relaxed time in nature.
Mt Coot-tha Summit Track
I have a soft spot for this little track. Its location at Mt Coot-tha makes it an ideal nature walk for the kiddies or visitors to Brisbane. As a public transport accessible hike you can start at the Botanic Gardens and walk the track to the summit then either take the bus back to the Botanic Gardens or to the city. If you are driving, either drive to the summit or stop at the JC Slaughter Falls Picnic Area and walk to the summit.
The start of the Aborigine Art Trail off the Summit Trail
Lamington National park is an amazing place with a huge variety of walks. The Caves Circuit is by and far the easiest and most interesting short hike on the list. While the views are not spectacular, the rainforest and caves make it worthwhile. Afterwards you can enjoy spectacular views will eating a lamington at the Binna Burra Mountain Lodge Cafe.
The little caves in the Caves Circuit at Binna Burra
Mt Tamborine provides a number of easy tracks, making this an ideal location for a family or romantic weekend away. The most spectacular hike is the Rainforest Skywalk. This gives you an opportunity to see the rainforest from both the ground and at tree top level without having to be a keen hiker. However there is an admission fee of around $20 for adults and $10 for children over the age of 5.
There are also a number of free walks in Mt Tamborine. The track to the Cedar Creek Falls and rock pools is less than 1 km return but it is definitely one of my favourites because of the swimming hole. The Sandy Creek circuit is 2.6 km and should take about an hour. Its main feature is the Cameron Falls Lookout.
If you are feeling a little fitter there is the 4.7 km Kondalilla Falls Circuit which will give you views of the falls itself. While it is not a long hike it is steep with over 100 steps Even though I hike nearly every weekend I found coming back up a little hard. However if you take your time it is no problem.
Both Mt Nebo and Mt Glorious provide an easy escape from the city with numerous short hiking tracks. Jollys lookout is the closest place to Brisbane and a nice place to stop and enjoy the views or cook a barbecue lunch. There are also a couple of hikes from there including the 1.5 km Egernia Circuit.
I love the Daisy Hill Conservation Park. The long circuit is about 9 km and there are a number of easy options where you will be likely to spot wildlife. If you are really observant you may even be lucky enough to spot koalas in the wild, and if you don't, the zoo at the park has koalas.