Beautiful National Parks Near Brisbane for Scenic Day Trips
We’re officially encouraging you to go chasing waterfalls with our list of national parks that can be found a stone’s throw from Brisbane.
Reset your soul and reinvigorate your mind with a walk through one of the beautiful national parks that are a stone’s throw (okay, maybe a short drive) from Brisbane city. Whether you’re chasing waterfalls, hiking mountains or just enjoying the fresh air, there’s a park near Brisbane just waiting for you to explore it.
A mere 10 kilometres from the heart of Brisbane, D’Aguilar National Park spans 36,000 hectares of beautiful bushland. With plenty of walking trails, picnic areas and lookouts, there’s plenty to see and do here to keep you coming back over and over again! Don’t forget to pack your swimmers too, with plenty of waterholes waiting to refresh you.
Walkabout Creek Visitors Centre, 60 Mount Nebo Road, The Gap
Forming part of the world-heritage Godswana Park is Lamington National Park, a short day trip from Brisbane. The geology contained within dates back 225 million years, which is pretty darn nifty if you ask us! Explore the history and secrets this dense and ancient forest holds on one of the many walks that can be accessed from O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. Not to be missed are the Treetop Walk or (if you’re up for a challenge) check out the 54km Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk for an incredible explorative experience.
Lamington National Park Road, Lamington Park
Ever popular for the highly Instagrammable summit snaps, the Glass House Mountains are a short drive north of Brisbane. Mt Ngungun is the most beginner friendly option, with the Tibrogargan and Beerwah climbs taking a little more endurance and a touch of rock scrambling at the end. But it’s oh so worth it for the view, and to experience this beautiful piece of Country that is steeped in Dreamtime stories.
Find the Visitors centre at Settler's Rotary Park on Bruce Parade, Glass House Mountains.
Within the national park, there are separate entrance points (Beerburrum, Beerwah, Ngungun, Tibrogargan).
Another popular (and highly Instagrammable) spot to chase waterfalls is Springbrook. This incredible natural space is the perfect place to spend a day exploring, enjoying a picnic and swimming in the cool, clear waterways. The highlights are the Natural Bridge, Purling Brook Falls and the lookout, so that you can drink in the Gold Coast view!
Gold Coast Springbrook Road, Springbrook, Gold Coast Area
You’ll feel like you’re worlds away when you visit Mount Tamborine! Follow the winding road up the mountainside and gaze at the lush, tropical greenery that envelops you. The Witches Falls portion of this park is Queensland’s first national park, having been declared in 1908. Tamborine Mountain also delivers truckloads of wonder with the beautiful trek to Curtis Falls, where you might spot fish, eels and perhaps even a shy platypus. If you take the walk at dusk, you might even spy some glow worms.
Tamborine Mountain Road, Tamborine
This little spot just outside of Montville is one of the lesser-known parks but is well worth the exploration! With picture-perfect picnic spots and a beautiful rock pool for refreshing dips, why not make your next trip to Maleny or Montville into a weekend stay and spend some time at Kondalilla National Park?
Kondalilla Falls Rd, Flaxton
If you’re seeking a bit more of a getaway, hop on the ferry and head to the pristine beaches and preserved bushland of Stradbroke Island. Conservation is key to the island, as endangered heathlands, wetlands and freshwater lakes are preserved and maintained here. There are six different walking trails, and camping spots are available outside of the park.
Naree Budjong Djara National Park, Moreton Bay
For the experienced hikers amongst us, Mount Barney has some steep and challenging hikes to test your limits! The most approachable of these trails (there are four main tracks to choose from) is the Yellow Pinch Trail, which will reward you with an absolutely stunning natural lookout. If you’re chasing some water, hike 3.7 kilometres to discover the Lower Portals, where you can take a dip in a deep pool found within a rocky gorge. Now there’s something you don’t do every day!
Mount Barney National Park, Burnett Creek
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