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The Springwood Stairs of Death

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by Flynn Steele (subscribe)
A freelance writer living, working and mostly playing in Brisbane and wherever the action is.
Published February 12th 2015
Get a killer outdoor workout in Springwood Conservation Park
Running on the treadmill is like going round the hamster wheel. Sure, you get your daily exercise but you always finish up in the same place. And let's face it, it's about as interesting as a Big Brother contestant.



Which is why outdoor workouts offer a great change of pace and scenery. One of the best on the southside is the thigh burning stairway located in Springwood Conservation Park.

Springwood Stairs of Death, Springwood Conservation Park, outdoor workout, stairs exercise
Stairway to exercise heaven


Known as 'The Springwood Stairs of Death', this thigh burning ascent is a great way to enjoy a bit of outdoor time and burn off some serious calories.

Springwood Stairs of Death, Springwood Conservation Park, outdoor workout, stairs exercise
Or maybe exercise hell


The Stairs of Death are located in Springwood Conservation Park in the northern Logan City suburb of Springwood and can be most easily accessed via Jardine Street or Plateau Drive. The Jardine Street entrance offers a small carpark, information gazebo and is smack bang at the bottom of the stairs. The Plateau Drive entrance sits atop the stairs and includes a small playground and grassed area.



At first glance, the Stairs of Death look pretty steep but it's not until you stumble to the top that you appreciate the gradient involved. A metal rail is provided for safety and, although varying in size and shape, each step offers a firm and quite level tread.

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Fight the pain and skip the seat


The hike up and down only takes about 5 minutes at a moderate pace. For a truly muscle burning workout, try repeating the trip 5 times. By the fifth, muscles you didn't know you had will be on fire.

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Watch your step on the steep decline


For the exercise junkies, the Stairs of Death are a great HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout. Go up the stairs as fast as you can, rest as you walk down them, then repeat multiple times.

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Explore the shaded trails


Springwood Conservation Park also offers a few other walking trails to add to your workout. The subtropical plants combined with Aussie bush land and rock formations make it a surprisingly scenic exercise destination.

So give the hamster routine a miss and enjoy a bit of exercise in the great outdoors on the Springwood Stairs of Death. Your thighs and glutes won't thank you the next day, but it will be pain well earned.
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Why? To keep fit and workout outdoors
When: Anytime
Where: Springwood Conservation Park
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Definitely looks like a smart alternative to the gym
by Jasmine Crittenden (score: 2|144) 1404 days ago
Is there any easy senic bike ways around Brisbane & the southsideas I've found walks,dogs parks but can't seem to bike ways
by gkkj (score: 0|6) 1402 days ago
This is very popular between 4:30pm and 6:00pm Mon-Fri for people of all ages. Parents and kids, training buddies, tradies, people training for mountain climbing, bushwalkers, dog walkers and more.

Last Sunday there was even a group collecting Pokemons.

In winter you need to get there by 4:45pm to get in a decent number of repetitions before it gets dark.
by retro (score: 0|8) 582 days ago
A great find
by Steve Hudson (score: 3|1245) 1403 days ago
Hello Flynn, not too sure about the 'stairway to exercise heaven'. At my age I think I'll just sit and listen to the original, 'Stairway to Heaven' on the stereo. Regards, Tony
by Tony Dyer (score: 2|467) 1403 days ago
To think that I went past this place many times on the way to Daisy Hill Conservation park
by Roy Chambers (score: 2|727) 1402 days ago
Sorry. This park is not a gym. It is for preservation of natural environment for flora and fauna. Last island of partially undisturbed environment in Springwood. Where else do we want to push the Koalas who live there? To the streets and roads to be killed by cars and dogs? What about liabilities if one is injured on the stairs? Are the ratepayers to pay for damages? I think the park is there for peace and quiet not for a gym.
by antyp (score: 0|2) 1337 days ago
The sign says commercial and group. If I want to go run the steps I'm well within my right....
by Clayt (score: 0|2) 1255 days ago
I absolutely loved it after a few times of doing it you get so fit and there kid so need to go to gym when u have a lovely outdoor event like this would recommend it to anyone xo
by CPP_l (score: 0|2) 823 days ago
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