I'm Anna - a full time worker and keen adventurer who loves to explore and make the most of what life has to offer. My partner and I enjoy spending our weekends in the great outdoors and getting off the beaten track.
Published September 16th 2017
Bushwalking Haven in Brisbane
Onwards and upwards in my mission to find bushwalking tracks in Brisbane, I was ecstatic when I discovered Venman Bushland National Park.
Venman Bushland National Park is located 40km south of Brisbane city on West Mount Cotton Road (less than 30 minutes from Brisbane City) and is ideally located for those looking to escape the city for a nice bush walk. The open eucalypt forest surrounds the headwaters of Tingalpa Creek and is home to a number of animals including frogs, possums, wallabies, owls and eastern water dragons. Venman Bushland National Park forms part of the larger Koala Bushland Coordinated Conservation Area. For animal & nature lovers, this is a fantastic place for wildlife spotting.
There are two walking tracks in Venman Park. The first is the Tingalpa Creek Circuit, a 2.5km circuit which winds around Tingalpa Creek through the bushland. There are several creek crossings which depending on which time of year you visit, may have water over the track. This walk is short, easy and perfect for families with young children or those looking for a relaxing afternoon stroll. For the keen adventurers who want something a little more challenging, you can opt for the 7.5km Venman Circuit. This walk branches off from the Tingalpa Creek circuit and heads up into open eucalypt forests. From here you can join other shared walking paths within the Koala Bushland Conservation Area. For more information on walking tracks, refer to the NPSR website.
Venman Bushland National Park has a real "bushy" feel to it and makes you feel like you're out in the wilderness without actually being too far from Brisbane City. Although this place is supposedly a popular recreation area, we found it to be very quiet & peaceful. Don't forget to pack yourself a picnic. There is a fantastic picnic ground located in amongst the trees with picnic tables, authentic wood barbeques and firewood provided. There are water taps however the water is not suitable for drinking unless boiled, so be sure to bring plenty of drinking water with you.