A mum who uses adventures and outings around town as an excuse to avoid the housework.
Published January 16th 2016
Reconnect with nature just a stone’s throw from the city
Brisbanites are incredibly lucky to have pockets of bushland located across the city and surrounding suburbs. Not only do they provide a glimpse into Brisbane's ecological past but more importantly they are a habitat for thousands of species that would otherwise have been displaced from the city long ago.
Located just 10km south of the CBD is where you'll find one of these impressive bushland areas open to the public, Toohey Forest Park. We decided to escape the city for the afternoon and reconnect with nature by exploring one of the shorter walking tracks located within Toohey Forest Park - Sandstone Circuit.
Western Outlook - with views down to Salisbury and across to Archerfield
Make your way up to the top of the circuit through open eucalypt forest
This 1km circuit is considered to be a moderate grade track. It's great for beginners with reasonable fitness, although would be unsuitable for prams and wheelchairs are there are some steps along the way. The track consists of sealed and unsealed walking paths, there are bench seats along the way, and views over the local area from two lookout points along the circuit. Dogs on leashes are welcome to also use this track. To explore Sandstone Circuit well allow 30 minutes.
Sandstone Circuit's lookout points are well worth the visit
There were plenty of opportunities for the kids to make interesting observations of the environment throughout the walk. We found massive sandstone rocks with hidey-holes carved, all the way down to paths of sand, generating plenty of questions as to how this got here. Up in the highest parts of the circuit we were rewarded with the sounds of a chorus of birds, a lovely cool breeze and views down the mountain to suburbia below. We found it hard to believe that houses, industries and infrastructure were so close to this bushland oasis.
You could extend your stay by utilising the free barbecues and shelters found in the Toohey Picnic area just near the car park and not far from the circuit's start/end point.
Pack a picnic to enjoy
There are many walking and cycling tracks throughout Toohey Forest, some of which traverse several suburbs, but if you're looking for a fairly easy track that feels like a genuine bushwalking experience then Sandstone Circuit is a great one to try. It is accessible from the Toohey Road entrance (eastern side). Car park gates are open from 6am to 7pm daily. Follow the well-signed path or download a copy of the Toohey Forest Park and Mt Gravatt Outlook Reserve track map from the Brisbane City Council website before embarking on your adventure.