They say change is as good as a holiday, and with Queensland boasting an incredibly diverse landscape, now is the time to get out and explore our own backyards. From beaches and rainforests, bush tracks to river walking paths, there is something to suit everyone at any skill level.
Walking provides a wide range of health benefits, and according to the Australian Department of Health, just 30 minutes of walking per day can reduce your risk of high blood pressure, cholesterol and heart disease. Exploring the great outdoors on foot has also been linked to improvements in happiness, mood and sleep quality.
Time to step out, take in some fresh air and explore what Queensland has to offer. Here are our top 5 scenic Queensland walks to get you out and moving.
Suitable for all levels, this scenic walk offers incredible panoramic views of the iconic Glasshouse mountain peaks, Caloundra, Maroochydore, Brisbane and Moreton Island. This short walking track starts at the lookout and leads you through open gum forest, down through a eucalypt forest gully and returns back to the lookout. Great for an early morning walk to see the sunrise.
Once described as a water highway for pedestrians and cyclists, this iconic scenic Brisbane walk starts at tree lined New Farm, and travels through the historic and newly re-developed Howard Smith Wharves. Stroll along the winding Brisbane River and finish your walk in the busy Brisbane CBD for a well-deserved post walk coffee or retail therapy treat.
The very instagrammable Flagstaff Hill Walking trail provides breathtaking views of the Coral Sea and Low Isles, along with the Daintree Rainforest. Take in the serenity at the Flagstaff Hill lookout and you may even spot some friendly local marine life.
One for the animal lovers – it wouldn’t be a complete list without a mention to this incredibly unique gorge walk. Well worth the ferry ride to Minjerrinbah (North Stradbroke Island), the area is a haven for local kangaroos and koalas, and you’ll often see them up close along the trail. Featuring a spectacular outlook from the rocky formations, you’ll see stretches of sandy beaches and crystal blue waters. We won’t blame you for staying a bit longer to do a bit of giant sea turtle and dolphin spotting.
What used to be Mackay’s well-kept secret, it was just too good not to share. Ending your walk with a refreshing dip in the rock pools under the beautiful Araluen waterfall, you can see why this trail is popular for both kids and adults alike. Pack a picnic to enjoy at the Finch Hatton picnic area, and keep a lookout for the rare cheeky gastric brooding frog, native to the area.
For more great walking ideas, visit https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/things-to-do/activities/walking