Within the Brisbane City area there are a number of nature reserves that provide opportunities for the hiker who doesn't want to drive for hours to get out of the city. One of the most interesting is the Gold Creek Reservoir located next to the suburb of Upper Brookfield.
A little history to start with. The Gold Creek Dam was the second dam built in Queensland, but also the first dam in the world with a cascading spillway designed to stop erosion at the base of the spillway. You can walk along the top of the dam and even onto the spillway and this can make for a great little history trip for kids.
For adventurous hikers, the 5.5 km track around the circumference of the reservoir provides an interesting, varied and challenging hike through thick bush.
Note: At the moment the track is poorly signed, tracks are overgrown and because the reservoir backs onto D'aguilar National Park it is easy to get seriously lost on this hike. You should either bring topographical maps or download the maps onto your phone or GPS device to make sure you stay on the path.
The hike starts at the dam. We went around the track in a counter-clockwise fashion which means we did the steeper sections first coming out through more open country at the end of the track. It took us around 2 hours in total do the hike at what would be considered a medium pace.
The state government has announced plans to open up Gold Creek Reservoir for more day use activities, such as boating, barbecuing and improved hiking, however the exact date for this is unknown. If you want a short hiking adventure within Brisbane's suburbs this is still a great option.
We did this walk today, Saturday 10th Jan 2015. It took a bit under 2 hrs with some exploring around the reservoir spillway at the end. We took 2 kids, 13 and 6. We approached the walk clockwise and I think this may have been a good choice as the arrows for the track direction are clearer. A nice walk, with no real problems despite a fair amount of rain recently. The bees are still there! They are on the ascent/descent at the North/Eastern end of the reservoir, which for us was towards the end of the walk. The track maintenance still looks to be infrequent. It's walkable by adults with a few scrambles for the 6yo over eroded sections. Lantana and long grass on the North side is growing rampantly in recent Summer rain and will be likely to obscure the track within a few weeks. Closed-in shoes and carried water are a must. With those simple precautions it's good family walk. Early morning with coffee and breakfast at Brookfield General Store to finish off :) JC.
We did this hike on Sunday 3rd Aug 2014 and also agree with these comments. The bees are still there and we also had to rush this section. Poor signage can add a km or 2 to your walk, at two points there were Y intersections with no signs to indicate which way to go. It is very dry ATM and the concerns of bushfire due to its remoteness was always with us. We had to rush this walk due to having a (whingey) 11 year old with us and it took us 1hr 45 mins. Improved signage and some maintenance would go a long way to increase safety. Please note there was no mobile coverage with Optus for the whole walk. Take first aid kits with you, lots of steep sections. Without the 11 year old it would be a great hike :) Sam Penman
Could not agree with you more about the poor signage and track condition as it very easy to become lost as I did for a short time today. I also encountered a hive of bees which had settled into a hollow fallen tree right on the track. Basically I just had to charge through and hope for the best. Only 2 stings on my upper torso so I was lucky. If a person was allergic to bees then they would have no option but to go bush or go back. Will contact the SEQWATER to advise of my walk results today. Pop Saari