The West End is not only centrally located to the CBD, really cool bars and restaurants and the South Bank precinct, it’s also a great place to base yourself to make the most of Brisbane’s great outdoors. You can walk, stroll, or if feeling inspired, run along some of the many trails and scenic walks around the city. Best of all you’ll get to enjoy fresh air, beautiful scenery and they’re FREE.
Here are a few suggestions we think you might enjoy:
1 – Kangaroo Point & City Botanic Gardens
It’s a 35 minute walk along the South Bank to the Kangaroo Point Cliffs and lookout. Alternatively you can drive 8 minutes and then park your car at the top of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs and walk down the stairs to the base and follow the winding boardwalk to your right along the riverfront towards Thornton Street Ferry Terminal. From here, cross the road to walk over the Story Bridge. Whilst crossing the bridge stop to enjoy the great views up and down the river, then wander along the riverfront path until you reach the City Botanic Gardens. Stop here and enjoy the glorious gardens before crossing back to the southside via the Goodwill Bridge. Follow the path along Kangaroo Point back to your car.
2 – West End to QAGOMA
For the culture vultures, follow Riverside Drive along the curve of the river that will eventually bring you to the South Bank Boardwalk. The final stop is the beautiful Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art – QAGOMA . Entry is FREE and it’s a must see Brisbane attraction with an ever-changing program of Australian and international art exhibitions.
3 – The City Loop
Feeling a little adventurous? Begin your walk in the Cultural Forecourt of South Bank and go past the BRISBANE sign and stroll along the Clem Jones Promenade at South Bank. Just past River Quay cross over the Goodwill Bridge towards the City Botanic Gardens and the Queensland University of Technology. There’s a pedestrian path that follows along the riverfront at water level, past mangroves towards North Quay ferry stop. From here you can catch the CityCat back to South Bank.
4 – Mount Coot-tha lookout
You will have to start this adventure with a short 20-minute drive to Mt Coot-Tha. Then it’s a 30 minute hike up from the base of Mt Coot-tha to the top. When you reach the lookout at the top you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views over the city of Brisbane. Alternatively you can drive your the car to the Mt Coot-tha carpark and wander through the eucalypt bush to the lookout. Why not pack a picnic to enjoy on the hill before heading back down?
5 – Daisy Hill Conservation Park
Take a walk on one of Daisy Hill’s bush trails with most being less than 2km in length. Koala sightings are guaranteed at Daisy Hill Conservation Park because there is a Koala Centre with a few educational koalas on show. Admission is FREE. Daisy Hill Conservation Park is located at 253 Daisy Hill Rd, Daisy Hill.
6 – Walkabout Creek
It’s worth taking the 25 minute drive to Walkabout Creek. Once there enjoy the wet eucalypt forest gully on the 1.5km Corymbia Circuit. This walk will take you about 45 minutes. Or take the two-hour (5km) Araucaria track past giant hoop pines, along the shores of Enoggera Reservoir and back. Best of all, post walk you can cool off with a dip in Enoggera Reservoir, hire kayaks from Walkabout Creek Adventures and grab a snack at the onsite cafe. Walkabout Creek is located at 60 Mount Nebo Rd, The Gap.
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