Toohey Forest Park
I'll be honest, for the most part, I tend to focus on destinations that well and truly escape Brisbane City and I often forget that there are some beautiful places right on my doorstep just waiting to be explored. So after a quick Google session, off I went to this bushwalking pocket known as Toohey Forest and boy, was I pleasantly surprised!
Toohey Forest Park, which is approximately 260 hectares in size, lies 10km south of the city CBD and is easily accessed from Tarragindi and Upper Mount Gravatt. Having previously walked the Mount Gravatt Lookout section, I was aware it existed but didn't realise it was part of the much bigger Toohey Forest.
Toohey Forest is surprisingly large with an area of 260 hectares. The dry eucalyptus forest offers an array of walking tracks with plenty to see along the way including sandstone outcrops, grass trees and wildlife. As you walk along these tracks listening to bird songs in the background, it really does feel like you've escaped the city, even if it's only for a short while. None of the walks are too hardcore (3km being the longest) which makes it convenient for those looking to pop by for a quick walk.
Whilst I was here I tried the Sandstone Circuit (750m), a short sandy track departing from the Toohey Picnic Area that winds through the forest taking you to two lookout points along the way. Unfortunately, the lookouts couldn't really be defined as lookouts because you couldn't see past the tall trees blocking the view. However, Brisbane City Council is kind enough to provide you with some bench seats to admire the non-existent view. Despite the lack of views, it was still an enjoyable walk.
If you cross Tooheys Road from the picnic ground to the other side, you'll be greeted with more walking tracks. I opted to try the Toohey Mountain Track (1.5km) which was a pleasant walk that ended at Pegg's Lookout. A sighed breath of relief as this lookout actually provided an amazing view over the industrial area of Archerfield towards Ipswich with the Flinders Peak and Ranges in the distance. Not a bad view!
Other useful information;
There are four BBQ and picnic areas located throughout Toohey Forest.
Toohey Forest is dog-friendly.
Bring your bike and take a bike ride along the Toohey Ridge and Nathan Ridge Tracks.
There are water bubblers and dog drinking bowls provided along some of the tracks.
So there you have it. An island in suburbia that provides some great walking tracks for those looking for a quick escape.
For more information on Toohey Forest Park, refer to the Brisbane City Website
. For a link to the Toohey Track Map, click here
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