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Published July 8th 2014
Keen for some adventure exploring some of the finest walking trails in South East Queensland? Then look no further than this list.
Giraween National Park | The Granite Belt. 'Girraween has 10 different walks ranging from an easy 800m circuit to a difficult six-hour hike to Mt Norman'. Take a tent and camp in this beautiful place. There are many wineries dotted around this area as well to visit.
Burleigh Head National Park | Gold Coast. A few different, easy walks are available. The oceanview walk is a 1.2 kilometres one way that leads around the headland from Tallebudgera Creek to the southern edge of the Burleigh Heads township. The rainbow walk is 2.3 kilometers return and will take approximately 45 minutes. Keep your eyes peeled at the lookout for any humpback whales passing by.
Noosa National Park | Noosa, The Sunshine Coast. There is 9 tracks to choose from ranging from 1 kilometre to 5.4 kilometres. Noosa is a fantastic place to hike, swim and shop. This is a great day trip option!
D'Aguilar National Park | on the doorstep of Brisbane. Many walks to enjoy here ranging from 1 kilometre to 2 kilometres. For harder walks please see the 'moderate' and 'intense' sections in this article. Enjoy rainforest, lookouts, waterfalls, streams, and hoop pines.
Moderate walking trails:
D'Aguilar National Park | on the doorstep of Brisbane. Choose from hikes between 4.3 kilometers and 8 kilometers. Enjoy rainforest, lookouts, waterfalls, streams, and hoop pines.
Mt Coolum National Park | The Sunshine Coast, Coolum. This track may seem easy on paper being only 1.8 kilometres return, but the steady climb, 208 metres above sea level isn't for the fainthearted. The views from the top are phenomenal.
The Sunshine Coast Great Walk | Sunshine Coast Hinterland. This is another section of walks that can be broken down into smaller hikes. For those that are seeking a challenge, tackle the 58 kilometre hike. This will take you between 4 and 6 days. Spectacular views are a certainty.
Photo taken by Emma Elliott
Cooloola Great Walk | Noosa North Shore and ends in Rainbow Beach (or reverse). 102 kilometre hike available for those that dare. 'The walk itself winds through rainforest, beaches and eucalypts, with some major landmarks including the Noosa River and the Great Sandy National Park'.
D'Aguilar National Park | on the doorstep of Brisbane. Hikes range between 16 kilometres and 24 kilometers. Enjoy rainforest, lookouts, waterfalls, streams, and hoop pines.
If you are thinking of doing a 'Great Walk' head to Patty Pallin in the Fortitude Valley. They have maps for these areas which detail camping grounds, kilometres, water sources and routes. These maps are a necessity whilst you are hiking the longer courses.