An artist and freelance writer, I enjoy exploring the city with my children and the never ending quest for great coffee.
Published January 8th 2012
Since moving from the country to the 'big smoke' of Brisbane, I have been on the lookout for my own little piece of bush in the city. I was excited when I found the delightful Hemmant Quarry Reserve on the corner of Wynnum Road and Fleming Road, Hemmant.
Hemmant Quarry operated on this site from the early 1920s, providing gravel for roads in the area and also timber for buildings was cut around the quarry. In 1936, the workers hit an underground spring and within a couple of days the entire pit was flooded and the quarry ceased operation.
The 24 hectare area has now been turned into a bushland rehabilitation project by the Hemmant and Tingalpa Wetlands Conservation Group with the support of the Brisbane City Council.
After parking in the car park on Fleming Road, you enter the reserve along a well formed bitumen path and wander along through the lovely open Eucalypt forest. The path follows a loop through the reserve and is about 700metres long, mostly it is bitumen with a small section of boardwalk. With only a gentle sloping hill it is suitable for prams and wheelchairs, and is also an easy walk for younger children. Dogs are allowed in the park as long as they are on a leash.
Unfortunately, during the January floods there was a small landslide in the park and part of the path was lost. This has been replaced by a new section of gravel path, so you can still complete the loop walk but this section may not be suitable for wheelchairs. Although this is a shame, seeing the effects of the landslide was of great interest to my children and added a bit of a 'wow' factor.
In the centre of the reserve is the old quarry which is now a very attractive lake complete with water lillies, small fish, abundant birdlife and we even saw a large lizard sunning itself on the banks.
There are several spots along the path where you can sit and relax while taking in the lovely view. It would also be a great spot for a picnic, although you need to keep in mind that there are no picnic tables or toilets in the reserve.
Hemmant Quarry Reserve is a beautiful little spot to escape from the hustle of the city, so why not spend some time getting back to nature with your family this weekend.