Just beyond Queensland’s vibrant capital city, a natural world of adventure and weekend escapes awaits. From the mainland to the coast to ‘island time’, Brisbane’s national parks are worth taking time out to explore. Take a scenic road trip, winding up through the hills, visiting spectacular lookouts before finding yourself in a forest wonderland. Avoid the treadmill and go for enjoyable walks where you will be rewarded with superb views over Moreton Bay and the lush parks of the nearby Scenic Rim; picnic areas nestled in eucalypt forests; and flowing waterfalls. Soak up the serenity of Brisbane’s iconic waterways and bays. Get active by water kayaking, canoeing, boating, diving or snorkelling. Pitch your tent at a remote site, or jump on your bike or horse and explore the many forest trails. Bring the kids face-to-face with native wildlife and learn about the natural and cultural history of these areas from passionate accredited guides and rangers. Make the most of Brisbane’s amazing ‘back yard’!
Photos: Must dos and Best walks, Tourism and Events Queensland; Experiences, Ben Blanche