Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations
list an event      1 million Australian readers every month      facebook

5 Fantastic Little Known Brisbane Walks

Home > Brisbane > Walks | Parks | Outdoor | Nature | Free | Lists
by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
Lover of all things interesting and new
Published September 2nd 2015
Amazing walks you may have not heard about around Brisbane
5 Fantastic Little Known Brisbane Walks

Brisbane is really a walkers paradise. In and around Brisbane are a large number of great walks, many that I have listed many already here, here and here. Luckily for me, and for you too dear reader, people keep suggesting more walks I should try.

Walking path
Walking path


All these walks are absolutely fantastic and generally they are little known. It doesn't matter if you are walking your dog, trying to exercise or just building up a thirst before heading to the pub, these walks are all great and with something for everyone.

Walking path
Walking path


North Lakes

I had passed through North Lakes many times and thought, what a silly name, they just have the one lake. Then I was told about the great walks in the area and the many lakes to see.

One of many lakes walking tracks in North Lakes
One of many lakes walking tracks in North Lakes


You have a couple of options for walking. One is to start at the North Lakes Environmental Park and walk around there. You can follow well kept paths or go into the bushland area by following the many shaded fire trails. The best option I think is to make your own little circuit by doing both. Whichever way you go there will be many lakes to see.

Bush trails lead to the upper end of Hays Inlet
Bush trails lead to the upper end of Hays Inlet


There is also a path that starts at Lake Eden near the Westfield and follows alongside the North Lakes Golf Club along parkland tracks dotted with exercise equipment.

Eden lake near North Lakes Westfield
Eden lake near North Lakes Westfield


It would be easy to follow several interlinking paths to do a 10 km circuit that goes from Lake Eden up to the Environment Park and back. All these trails, parklands and bushland areas make Norrth Lakes one of the most fantastic places in Brisbane to walk.

North Lakes walking path
North Lakes walking path


Bribie Island

As many a Brisbane local will joke, yes they have been overseas, they have been to Bribie Island. This easy to access island is a great location for a day trip or even a weekend away. It is also a pleasant location for walking.

Walking the beach at Bribie Island
Walking the beach at Bribie Island


I think the nicest walk on Bribie is to do a circuit that does about 8 km along the beach to take you from Bongaree Beach on Pumicestone Passage to Woorim Beach on the other side of the island. You can then walk 5 km back along a pleasant tree lined path.

Tree lined path on Bribie Island
Tree lined path on Bribie Island


The best part of this walk is beers at the Bribie Island Surf Life Saving Club at Woorim and icecream at Scoopy's at Bongaree. Oh and if you feel lazy, there is a bus from one end of the island of the other.

Gorges walk: North Stradbroke Island

When it comes to Island walks, Bribie is nice but North Stradbroke is spectacular. The Gorges walk at Point Lookout is one of the great walks in the Brisbane area and well worth the ferry trip out to see.

One of the gorges on North Stradbroke
One of the gorges on North Stradbroke


The island bus takes you all the way to the start of the walk near Main Beach. This pleasant stroll follows the cliff tops all the way to Cylinder Beach, which combines calm waters suitable for kids to swim in along with a surf break if you brought your board with you.

Beachside path on North Stradbroke
Beachside path on North Stradbroke


This walk combines walking on cliff tops and alongside the road. you can also scramble around some of the heads and walk along the beaches if you prefer. Along with the views, there is the chance to spot whales, dolphins and sea turtles. There are also plenty of seaside shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs along the way if you find yourself feeling tired or hungry.

The walk ends at great Cylinder Beach
The walk ends at great Cylinder Beach


Promenade Walk, Discovery Lake, Springfield Lakes

Springfield Lakes is Australia's largest master planned community. As a result there is quite a lot of community and green space in this suburb, including lovely lakeside walking. Now when people think of lakes in Springfield Lakes, they immediately think of the little Spring Lake, which is worth a visit but not much of a walkers paradise.

Promenade Walk, courtesy of Lend Lease
Promenade Walk, courtesy of Lend Lease


Instead there is a much larger man made lake. Well actually it is two lakes, Discovery and Regatta Lakes. The walk starts at Lakes Entrance Park off Lakes Entrance Drive. Note: Okay, so they weren't very creative when it came to naming.

The path follows along the lake. You will need to walk beside the busy Springfield Lakes Boulevard for a little bit then walk through more park space. You can keep following the lake all the way up to a park with a lovely tree lined circuit at Lakes Oval.

It is possible to do a complete circuit of the lake, but half of the walk would be through bush tracks, which of course makes the walk much more adventurous.

Courtesy of Lend Lease
Courtesy of Lend Lease


Unfortunately, while there is an India restaurant alongside the lake, there is a distinct lake of any other places to enjoy a coffee or a cup of tea. So it is best to head to Spring Lake afterwards for your caffeine fix and a snack.

John Oxley River walk and University of Queensland

By far, Brisbane's most scenic university campus is University Queensland's St Lucia campus. A walk around here includes the river, lakes and the various architecture of the University of Queensland.

Walkway at the lakes at the University of Queensland
Walkway at the lakes at the University of Queensland


The walk starts near the Toowong Rowing club and follows the river around the edge of the river. Follow this path as far as it goes past St John's College and then loop back through the university heading in the direction of the lakes.

The lakes are great to visit at any time of the year, but during Jacaranda season they are surrounded by purple. From the lakes head in the direction of the Great Court for UQ which is surrounded by Sandstone buildings.

Jacaranda at the University of Queensland
Jacaranda at the University of Queensland


There are lots of places to stop at the University, including the great Art Gallery, the swimming pool and many of the cafes that keep UQ students supplied with coffee to keep through the long hours of study.

Saint Lucy Caffe at the University of Quensalnd
Saint Lucy Caffe at the University of Quensalnd


Many people are keen to also cross the Eleanor Schonell Bridge to the park named Dutton Park in the suburb of Dutton Park. From there you can follow the river south with some suburban walking and some riverside parks.

Crossing Eleanor Schonell Bridge to Dutton Park
Crossing Eleanor Schonell Bridge to Dutton Park


Overall this is lovely relaxed stroll in an area of Brisbane most people don't even think of visiting.
Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  51
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Your Comment
Walked the Bribie walk last Sunday at low tide. From Bongaree to Woorim took me 2 hours, and a further hour along the bike track back to Bongaree. A very pleasant walk for this overweight 67 year old woman. Ruth
by vruth (score: 0|9) 1292 days ago
Nice collection of walks. Some maps would make it much easier to follow.
by Daniel (score: 1|35) 1287 days ago
Articles from other cities
Featured
Foodi Photoh Classie
Top Events
Popular Articles
Categories
Lists
Questions