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Great Easy Hikes in South East Queensland

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published October 23rd 2019
These hikes are suitable for all ages and fitness levels
Hiking doesn't have to be hard
Hiking is an activity suitable for all people with a wide range of different walks and hikes that match nearly anyone's fitness levels. Some of the best walks in South East Queensland are not long or difficult and are well worth doing. Below are 5 more lovely easy walks suitable for all levels of ages and levels of fitness.

There are many great walks suitable for all ages and levels in South East Queensland
There are many great walks suitable for all ages and levels in South East Queensland


These hikes range from the very easy through to ones that are up to 6 kms in length, but still easy to do. There are walks listed here in Brisbane, the Gold Coast Hinterland, the Scenic Rim and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. This is in no way a complete list of easy walks, but check the section at the bottom for links to more walks.

Getting out into nature can be easy
Getting out into nature can be easy


Morans Falls

The 6.2 km Morans Falls track is an easy walk, even though the National Parks classifies it as an Australian Standard (AS4) level hike, but that may only because there are a few rough patches along the hike as well as an optional rock hop. While it is a short hike it does give you great views that the hikes on the eastern side of the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park tend to lack.

Moran Falls
Moran Falls


The hike takes you up to a point where you have a good view of the falls. Obviously, it is going to be better if you are hiking just after some rain, but there is usually some water going over the falls most of the year.

You also have the option to rock hop along the creek above the falls to get views from the top. Not everyone will want to do that, but it is actually quite easy even for younger kids, though of course, you want them to take care when you get to the edge.

Rock hopping along the creek
Rock hopping along the creek


There is also lookout that gives you great views of Morans Creek Gorge and the various hills and mountains to the west of Lamington National Park. This lookout is also a great spot for a picnic or even a late afternoon walk, timed to enjoy the sunset.

Enjoying the view on the Moran Falls hike
Enjoying the view on the Moran Falls hike


Don't forget you can combine this walk with another easy walk starting from the same location, which goes to Python Rock. This 3 km walk has a better lookout, but I think that Morans Falls Walk is through more beautiful rainforest.

2 easy hikes start from the same spot
2 easy hikes start from the same spot


Bellbird Lookout

This 2 km return walk goes down to the Bellbird Lookout with spectacular views down Numinbah Valley and Ships Stern, Turtle Rock, Egg Rock (Kurraragin). There is also another spot, Bellbird Clearing, further down the track is you want to walk a little further.

The view from Bellbird Lookout
The view from Bellbird Lookout


The walk starts at what is referred to officially as the Binna Burra Trailhead (this is what will be shown in Google Maps) and there is a car park here.The trail is marked as an Australian Standard (AS) 4, but this is really only because the trail is a little rough, but it is no way a difficult walk.

The start of the walk
The start of the walk


The Bellbird Lookout is the first turning you will see to the left as you walk down the track and is well signposted. The large and well-shaded lookout is a great place to sit, enjoy a snack and admire the view.

Bellbird Lookout is a great place to sit and enjoy the view
Bellbird Lookout is a great place to sit and enjoy the view


Morelia Track to Mt Nebo Lookout

An often overlooked walk, the Morelia Track is a 6 km return walk to Mt Nebo Lookout with views down the Samford Valley to the coast. The walk is mostly flat and is a nice stroll through the various vegetation from rainforest to eucalypts.

The Morelia Track is an relaxed walk through dense rainforest
The Morelia Track is an relaxed walk through dense rainforest


The lookout itself is a large rocky slab where you can sit and enjoy the view down the valley and, on a clear day, out over Moreton Bay. You might even consider walking this track early in the morning for the sunrise.

The view of the Samford Valley from Mt Nebo Lookout
The view of the Samford Valley from Mt Nebo Lookout


There is also a side track called the Atrax Track which is billed as a self-guided nature walk, but there are few information signs. But it is interesting enough with little bridges and even one part that goes through a hollow tree trunk. Overall it doesn't add much distance, if at all, to the walk, and is well worth doing.

The Atrax Track is an interesting side walk
The Atrax Track is an interesting side walk


Queen Mary Falls

One of my favourite short walks, Queen Mary Falls has a 2 km circuit that goes from the top of the 40 metre falls down to the base and back up again to the starting point. The spectacular falls are the highlight of the walk and visible from many vantage points on the walk.

The spectacular Queen Mary Falls
The spectacular Queen Mary Falls


The walk starts at the Queen Mary Falls Picnic Area and there are actually 3 different entrance points for this walk. I recommend taking the one in the middle which is labelled Cliffs Circuit which takes you to the first lookout and this is the perfect lookout for people who don't want to do the full circuit, while those who do just use this as the starting point.

There are a few stairs on the walk, but its not long and easy enough if you don't rush
There are a few stairs on the walk, but its not long and easy enough if you don't rush


The walk does have some stairs and actually makes a nice exercise walk, but if you are not hurrying and instead of enjoying the view, people of most fitness levels will enjoy this walk. When the creek is full, you will see local kids swimming at the base of the falls.

After the walk, you can have a picnic at the Queen Mary Falls Picnic Area, or walk across the road The Falls Cafe. Of course you don't have to stop, but also visit Browns Falls, Daggs Falls, Teviot Falls and other sites on The Head scenic drive from Boonah to Killarney.

The Falls Cafe is directly across the road from the falls
The Falls Cafe is directly across the road from the falls


Mary Cairncross Reserve

The Mary Cairncross Reserve is only a tiny pocket of rainforest in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, but it is unique because it is the only area of original old-growth rainforest that was never logged in that area. The result is a special and beautiful spot worth visiting on the outskirts of Maleny where its 55-hectare of wilderness is surrounded by farms and houses.

Mary Cairncross Reserve is a beautiful pocket of old growth rainforest
Mary Cairncross Reserve is a beautiful pocket of old growth rainforest


The 2 kms of walking tracks make a nice circuit, with much of it wheelchair accessible, and is a great place to stroll and relax. The secret here is to linger and there are plenty of benches to sit and relax within the forest.

Enjoy a walk through the forest or sit on one of the many benches
Enjoy a walk through the forest or sit on one of the many benches


There are also other facilities, including the Rainforest Discover Centre, Cafe, viewing platform overlooking the Glass House Mountains, as well as a barbecue and picnic area. It is definitely worth the side trip if you are visiting Maleny or going for a scenic drive in the area.

Enjoying the view of the Glass House Mountains from Mary Cairncross Reserve
Enjoying the view of the Glass House Mountains from Mary Cairncross Reserve


More Easy Walks

There are many more great nature walks in Brisbane and South East Queensland. In Brisbane itself there are walks that include wetlands, bushlands and even hikes to islands.

Wetlands boardwalk
Wetlands boardwalk


If you want to explore more widely and seek easy walks across South East Queensland, then check out this list. Included are some iconic walks. Animal spotters will like some of the walks included here when seeking out koalas and migratory birds.

With a bit of luck you will have the chance to spot some cuddly friends on a walk
With a bit of luck you will have the chance to spot some cuddly friends on a walk


Even if you have done all those walks, why not also try these. The more you look, the more little walks you will find, meaning there is little excuse not to get out into nature.
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