We love a family bushwalk – unfortunately, our family doesn’t love them quite as much. With the weather cooling, now is the perfect time of year to rally the troops and hit the trails. Here are the ones on our list.
The only question that remains is where to go? Luckily, the National Parks Association of Queensland (NPAQ) has just the thing. Their ‘Kids in National Parks’ booklet features tips for bushwalking with your family, as well as 84 great walks in South-East Queensland.
Here are just five family bushwalking tracks we love from the booklet…
Springbrook National Park: Natural Bridge Circuit (1km). Visit Natural Bridge by day to see a unique waterfall or after dark to discover the park’s amazing glow-worms. Take a lunch and picnic on the shaded banks of the Nerang River at Forest Park picnic area.
Burleigh Head National Park: Rainforest Circuit (2.3km). A beautiful circuit through the rainforest along the headland. Tumgun Lookout is a great place to look for humpback whales in winter and spring.
Lamington National Park (Binna Burra Section): Caves Circuit (5km). This is a great walk for older children. There are caves to explore and koalas are often seen on this interesting walk.
Lamington National Park (Green Mountains Section): Python Rock Track (4km). Hike through high-altitude rainforest to open forest and a wonderful lookout to the western parts of Lamington.
Tamborine National Park: Curtis Falls Track (1.1km). Walk from wet eucalypt forest into rainforest for views of Curtis Falls.
A little further afield…
Not content with hiking South East Queensland? No problem. Check out these three bush walks recommended to us by Lee Middleton of National Parks New South Wales.
Border Ranges National Park: Pinnacle Circuit (800m). A short, beautiful walk in the World Heritage listed Border Ranges National Park. The area is very unvisited, offering amazing views of the rainforest.
Broken Head Nature Reserve: Three Sisters Walking Track (1.6km). Learn about the Indigenous heritage of the area and enjoy whale watching and picnicking by the beach.
Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve: North Head Walking Track (700m). This short route is perfect for even the most novice walkers and provides a fantastic view of the Brunswick River. During the warmer months the area is filled with native birds, providing an excellent sight for those looking out for our feathered friends.