The are many amazing and beautiful hikes around Brisbane, from the very easy, through to one that you want to put on your bucket list, and many others that are in between. However I there are lots of hikes that don't necessarily fit on any of those lists. They are usually somewhere between 16 and 22 km, so usually require a good days walking. Something that many people love to do.
So here is a list of longer hikes. For all these hikes try and leave early or you will find yourself driving and arriving home after sunset. Also if you are uncertain about your fitness consider starting on the 10-12 km hikes and working your way up.
Note: Links are included with each hike for more details on the hikes, including links to maps.
Albert Creek Circuit at Lamington National Park
This great 21 km hike is perfect for people who love a long walk on good tracks. A third of the hike involves walking alongside Albert Creek and the midway point provides what I consider to the be best view in Lamington at Echo Point.
This 17 km hike is best done in a counterclockwise manner, giving you great views and waterfalls to pause at as you walk back up the cliff to the start of the hike. If you are really keen you can take a diversion to the Pinnacle and scamble up to beautiful views.
I have to admit that I have never the Gheerulla Valley Circuit as a complete hike, however I have done nearly the entire circuit in sections. Most of the hike is fairly easy, either hiking through the valley along the creek or along the ridge. This hike only becomes difficult when you need to ascend from the valley to the ridge. Depending on where you start your hike this is either going to be at the beginning, middle or end of your hike. I would suggest not leaving it till the end.
Overall one of the more interesting longer hikes because of the variety of terrain, a very nice waterfall and little bit of hard work heading up to the ridge. There are also 3 camping spots on the hike if you want to make it an overnight trek.
The official length of this track is 16 km but our GPS told us it was 21 kms. Whatever the length it is a fantastic hike with views down into the Coomera Gorge in some sections, others that follow the creek more closely and of course a return along the border track.
If you are looking for a longer hike without having to get far from the city them Lake Manchester, about 30 kms from the CBD, is an ideal hiking location. This 18 km hike along fire trails gives you a great workout as you go up and down ridges but also provides some great lakeside walking.
There is actually more than one path between Binna Burra and O'Reilly's, however the one that most people take is the Border Track. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the border track. It is a flat well maintained track with great views. The track itself is smooth and easily walked, so it is easy to keep a fast pace and we have even run parts of the track when faced with approaching thunder storms.
The only reason that I don't like this track is that it is fairly boring to walk. However you can easily take detours through other tracks, such as the Toolona Creek Circuit and the Coomera Circuit. Both of which follow creeks and pass by waterfalls before rejoining the border track.
Now I actually know some people who will hike Binna Burra to O'Reilly's and then return in a single day, a distance of 44 km if you just stick to the border track. Most people prefer to hike one way and arrange transport back to the starting location. A bus service can be arranged from either end. Some groups will even divide in two and swap car keys in the middle of the hike.