Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published May 26th 2020
Beautiful family bush walks near Brisbane
The Redlands Track Park is a true asset to the community in South East Queensland, providing bushwalkers, mountain bikers, and horse riders with an extensive network of trails through pristine bushland at the Scribbly Gums Conservation Reserve. This article will focus on bushwalking, but most of the article will be relevant to mountain bikers and horse riders as well.
The aptly named Magic track in the Redlands Track Park
As can be seen on the map below, there are a number of entrances to the Redlands Track Park. Which entrance visitors choose to take will depend in part on which is most convenient to their homes, and in part on which tracks they wish to follow on the particular day. We usually enter from Clarke St, where ample parking space has been provided by the Redland City Council.
Map of the Redlands Track Park, courtesy of Redland City Council
The bushland here is also home to a huge variety of birdlife. From tiny striated pardalotes and sacred kingfishers to the rare little eagle, Redlands Track Park never disappoints for bird enthusiasts.
Striated pardelotes nest along the waterways in the Redlands Track Park
The tracks themselves vary from wide, graded fire trails to "single track" mountain bike trails that allow people to walk in single file and present occasional obstacles such as tree trunks placed strategically across the tracks.
Bushwalking along a section of singletrack
With these tracks shared by bush walkers, mountain bikers, and horse riders, the rule of thumb is officially that mountain bikers give way to walkers, and everyone gives way to horses. In reality, it can be quite difficult for mountain bikers to get off the stretches of single track in particular, and so we usually move off the path for them when walking.
Right of way in the Redlands Track Park
While some of the entrances have shelters and drinking water, there are no facilities in the interior of the track park and no public toilets. For these reasons, visitors are advised to bring their own drinking water and possibly snacks if they plan on exploring a number of the tracks in a single visit.
Additionally, visitors should consider bringing:
Sunscreen, insect repellant, and a hat
Sturdy walking shoes
A camera for the beautiful landscapes and wildlife across the reserve
A smartphone if you'd like to scan the QR codes with maps of the Redlands Track Park
Trailhead signs include QR codes to download a map of the tracks
Dogs are welcome here but should be kept on the leash at all times to protect the wildlife that calls the conservation reserve home
The trails traverse some truly beautiful scenery that makes the Redlands Track Park a photographers delight