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5 Training Hikes in South East Queensland

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published July 1st 2014
Get fit for a hike
Why do you need a training hike

Maybe you are simply trying to get fit or, preparing for one of the tougher hikes in South East Queensland or are building up for a bucket list hike like walking Kokoda, the Overland Track, Machu Pichu or El Camino Way or just for one of the tougher hikes in South East Queensland. To help you get fit, there are many convenient hikes in and around Brisbane that can be done quickly and can easily become a regular routine for your fitness program.

A tough hike is its own reward, and so are the views
A tough hike is its own reward, and so are the views


Fitness experts suggest that it can take up to 16 weeks to build your fitness for a multi-day hike if you are starting from scratch. Even if you are fairly fit you may find that you need to train up for a tougher hike.

Mt Coot-Tha

Mt Coot-Tha has a large number of different tracks suitable for all levels of fitness and all time frames. Here are some of the more popular tracks for training.

Walkers at Mt Coot-tha
Walkers at Mt Coot-tha


Honeyeater is one of my favourite tracks and you will see joggers and people with full backpacks and poles on this track that leads up to the summit.

Kokoda should not to be confused with the one in New Guinea. This track is popular for people building up for extreme levels of fitness due to the very steep section near the end.

The Powerful Owl Trail attracts a fair number of fitness fanatics. While not as steep as some other tracks, it has a fairly long constant slope at the Silky Oak end of the track..

There are also a number of very rough tracks suitable for testing out your new boots or practicing with hiking poles. They include the Malculata Track and the Pinnacle Track.

For longer hikes you can easily string together multiple hikes. Spending 2 or more hours hiking in Mt Coot-Tha along hard tracks is entirely doable.

Mt Gravatt and Toohey Forest

Local exercise groups will put together walks on Mt Gravatt that go up and down different tracks and circle for the hill for about 2 hours.

On the trail in Toohey Forest
On the trail in Toohey Forest


A less rigorous option is to start at the Toohey Picnic Area in Toohey Forest where you can follow the tracks to cross under the highway, pass through Griffith Universitie's Mt Gravatt Campus and up Acacia Way to the summit and back again. This is about 9 km return. Not a strenuous hike for the fit, however it is a great location for anyone who needs to build their fitness.

Relaxing on the Mt Gravatt Summit
Relaxing on the Mt Gravatt Summit


Chermside Hills Reserve

For people in the Northern Suburbs, Chermside Hills is a popular location for both walking and running. The Chermside Hills Reserve contains long fairly flat paths suitable for runners as well as a hill in the middle of the reserve that many people run up while others just choose to walk up.

Chermside Hills Reserve
Chermside Hills Reserve


For a longer hike you can string together connected walks in Chermside Hills Reserve, Milne Hill Reserve and the lovely Raven Street Reserve. All with lots of slopes to help build up your fitness levels.

Tabletop Mountain, Toowoomba

Tabletop mountain is just outside of Toowoomba and while not a very long track it involves some steep sections, lots of rock hopping and one section of rock that is near vertical.

The hard part of Tabletop Mountain
The hard part of Tabletop Mountain


This is a great way to test yourself to see if you are ready for a more difficult hike. Also Toowoomba locals will run past you on the vertical sections with little or no fear.

Hikers on top of Tabletop Mountain
Hikers on top of Tabletop Mountain


Mt Allan

This exposed walk on the Sunshine Coast provides you with a long steady and somewhat steep slope. A great location to build up to steep hikes.

Mt Allan really gives you a workout
Mt Allan really gives you a workout
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Thanks for this useful list.
by Karina Bryer (score: 2|249) 1839 days ago
A map showing the hike locations and start points would be useful.
by kenbo (score: 0|5) 1838 days ago
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