South East Queensland

Summary

Boarding NSW and the pacific Ocean, it is not uncommon for hikes to have views of both worlds (ocean and hinterland). Hikes here are typically on the great dividing range.

Popular Walks

History

Any interesting history for the region?

Features

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Access

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Maps

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Accommodation

Where can I stay there? or near there?

Camping

Council Areas:

  1. Scenic Rim Regional
  2. Gold Coast City
  3. Logan City
  4. Redland City
  5. Ipswich City
  6. Lockyer Valley Regional
  7. Brisbane City
  8. Somerset Regional
  9. Moreton Bay Regional
  10. Sunshine Coast Regional
  11. Noosa Shire

Contact details

See Qld National parks website

Very Easy
1 km return
15 mins

Arthur Earle Park Broadwalk

Short smooth walk along the Nerang river

Easy
5 km return
2 mins

Bayview Conservation Area

Many trails through the bush area for walkers, bikes and horses. There are a few areas with healthy mozzie populations so be prepared!

Easy
2 km return
30 mins

Bunya Crossing Reserve

There are several easy short dog-friendly walks in the area (about 2kms in total). There is a lovely shaded picnic area and a swimming hole with rope swing. It is not so much a picturesque walk but a good place to take the family for a relaxing picnic and to take your dog for a stroll and swim.

Easy
4.4 km return
90 mins

Clagiraba Creek Trail

The Clagiraba Creek trail (4.4 kilometres return from the Bellis Road entrance) takes you deep into the green tranquillity of subtropical rainforests. It's possible to access the Clagiraba Creek trail from Barcoo Court, but be prepared for a more challenging route with steeper hills, popular with mountain bike riders and horse riders.

Very Easy
40 m return
10 mins

Daggs Falls Lookout

A lookout over Daggs Falls.

Easy
3 km return
45 mins

Elanora Wetlands

Elanora Wetlands Habitat is a Gold Coast City Council (GCCC) reserve in the upstream estuarine reaches of Tallebudgera Creek. Adjacent to tidal wetlands, a scenic walking track follows the perimeter of the Water Quality Control Centre (WQCC). There are excellent views of mangroves and saltmarsh vegetation along the track where they form a thin fringe along the creek.

Medium
900 m return
20 mins

Ernest Junction Tunnel

This track follows the remnants of the South Coast Railway. With a short trail walk to the tunnel.

Very Easy
6 km
2 hrs

Federation Walk

This is an easy 3km walk (6km if you go to the end and back) along a well made path through the sand dunes of The Spit. It's perhaps the closest walk to Surfers Paradise and provides a unique insight into the coastal dune network.
The walk starts at the beach carpark on the opposite side of the road from the entrance to Sea World (you'll need to go around the roundabout to get to the carpark). It's basically a 3km stretch of sand dunes, beach and sheoak trees and the path is made of compacted gravel, so it's easy to walk on. There are a couple of small inclines, but nothing too dramatic. The path ends at the Gold Coast Seaway where, on a clear day, you can get an excellent view south down the beach along the entire stretch of the Gold Coast right down to Coolangatta. You can then turn around and walk 3km back, or have someone pick you up at the end.
Take plenty of water on a hot day because there are only amenities at the start and finish of the walk and parts of the track have no shade.

Easy
1.5 km return
45 mins

Freeman's Lookout Track

Access to Lower Beechmont Conservation Area from Freemans Rd, Lower Beechmont. Panoramic view out over the Gold Coast, north to Mt Tamborine and west to Canungra.

Very Easy
2.8 km return
45 mins

Greater Wetland Walk

Berrinba Wetlands is a must for nature lovers. Explore these serene and picturesque wetlands along more than eight kilometers of shared walking and bicycle tracks. This track loops around the wetland.