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  • Brisbane's Best Walks: Explore The City on these Scenic Trails

Brisbane's Best Walks: Explore The City on these Scenic Trails

Explore the best parts of Brisbane on foot with this handy guide to Brisbane's best walks.

Kangaroo Point Cliffs View
Kangaroo Point Cliffs View

Need to stretch your legs? It’s time to take a stroll around the city and explore some of the best sights and sounds Brisbane has to offer. Or if you need some time away from the hustle and bustle, explore some of the green spaces close to the city.

Please check with individual operators for opening times and current COVID-19 regulations to ensure your personal safety.

Brisbane Riverwalk
Brisbane Riverwalk
Brisbane Riverwalk

This list wouldn’t be complete without the riverwalk! After washing away in the 2011 floods, the riverwalk has been rebuilt and is stronger than ever. Begin in New Farm Park and stroll past the Kangaroo Point Cliffs to finish up at Howard Smith Wharves.

Begin: Riverview Court, New Farm

Boondall Wetlands (Photo credit: Brisbane City Council)
Boondall Wetlands (Photo credit: Brisbane City Council)
Boondall Wetlands - Aboriginal Cultural Trail

Take in a little education with your exercise with the Nurri Millen totem trail within the Boondall Wetlands, where the Aboriginal peoples have extensive history. Nationally renowned Indigenous artist Ron Hurley created 18 cast aluminum totems that refer to food, plants and animals, tools, camp life and the Dreaming and are placed in relevant sites within the Wetlands. 

Boondall Wetlands, Boondall

Mt Coot-Tha
Mt Coot-Tha
Mt Coot-Tha

We’re very lucky to have so many botanical spaces near the city, so don’t let it go to waste! You could enjoy a stroll around the Mt Coot-Tha gardens, or park at the base and hike up the 30 minute trail to the lookout. We recommend packing a snack to sit and enjoy once you’re there!

Begin: Mt Coot-Tha Base


Daisy Hill Koala Centre (Photo credit: Visit Brisbane)
Daisy Hill Koala Centre (Photo credit: Visit Brisbane)
Daisy Hill

Need some cute koala sightings to motivate you to get your move on? Daisy Hill is the place to be! There are several bush trails to choose from as well the Koala Centre (free to visit!), making it the perfect nature escape.

Daisy Hill Road, Daisy Hill

O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk
O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk
O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk

For a true escape from the bustle of Brisbane City or the ‘burbs, head to Lamington National Park to take on the Tree Top Walk. With suspension bridges and ladders to gain a little extra height, this is the perfect way to drink in as much of this gorgeous rainforest as you can. Camping is also an option if one hike is just not enough!

3579 Lamington National Park Road, O'Reilly

Teneriffe Riverwalk
Teneriffe Riverwalk
Teneriffe Riverwalk

Loved by locals and frequented by dog parents, cyclists and run clubs, the Teneriffe Riverwalk is a wonderful afternoon or weekend stroll option. Grab a pal and go for a post-work debrief, or head to Mary Mae’s for dinner and drinks. On the flip side, make the most of your Saturday morning by visiting the Jan Powers markets for breakfast, then strolling down the riverwalk heading into Teneriffe. Soak up the water views and eyeball the palatial homes on the far side of the river.

Begin: Near the Teneriffe Ferry Terminal or The Powerhouse

West End To QAGOMA
West End To QAGOMA
West End To QAGOMA

Why not begin your morning at the Davies Park markets (Saturdays 6am-2pm), wandering around with a coffee in hand in search of the tastiest breakfast morsels? That should have you nice and warmed up for a stroll down Riverside Drive, enjoying the view of the Brisbane River. Stick to the river and you’ll land on the South Bank boardwalk which can take you all the way to the QLD Museum or QAGOMA. You can cool off by walking slowly through free exhibits until it’s time to head back. 

Begin at the Davies Park Markets: Montague Road & Jane Street, West End Or Riverside Drive, West End

Wynnum To Manly Boat Harbour

For a long Sunday stroll, begin at the Wynnum tidal pool and follow the promenade to the biggest boat harbour in the Southern hemisphere. Enjoy scenic waterfront views of pelicans paddling, the water park, Wynnum’s white sandy beaches and the impressive yachts that fill the harbour. 

Begin: Wynnum Wading Pool, Wynnum


Loved our edit of Brisbane's Best Walks? If you’re looking for more inspo on what to do in Brisbane, then be sure to check out our guide on things to do in Brisbane.