10 Amazing Scenic Trails in QLD National Parks near to Brisbane

You won’t have to go far from Brisbane to find some spectacular natural scenery and amazing hiking trails that are perfect to refresh the soul. Here are ten options located in Queensland’s national parks which are all under 150 km from Brisbane.

Links to park sites are provided, please check on current conditions at the destination before travel.


Mt Coot-tha Reserve


Summit Track & Mahogany Trail Circuit

There are numerous short easy trails at Mt Coot-tha, a longer trail is the Mahogany Trail and Summit Track combo. Starting at JC Slaughter Falls picnic area through open eucalyptus forest with views to the Mt Coot-tha Lookout. It is a 4.5 km circuit walk when combined and also allows access onto the Citriodora Trail through to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.
Info: Trail InfoMaps [PDF]Alltrails Guide Mahogany Trail Alltrails Guide – Summit Trail – Distance: 4.5 km return – rated moderate

D’Aguilar National Park


Somerset Lookout

A longer trail that offers bush and forest vegetation, lots of native flora including wildflowers along with superb views.
Info: Park InfoMaps [PDF]Alltrails Guide – Distance: 12.4 km return – rated moderate

Mount Barney National Park


Lower Portals track

While the summit is best left to pros, Mount Barney National Park features four formed, graded walking tracks offering the opportunity to explore the park’s creeks and subtropical rainforest pockets without having to climb the mountain. The Lower Portals track features a deep pool set within a rocky gorge of Mount Barney Creek.
Info: Park InfoMaps [PDF]Alltrails Guide – Distance: 7.4 km return – Grade 4

Springbrook National Park


Warrie Circuit

One of the areas most scenic trails featuring multiple waterfalls including Blackfellow falls, Poondahara Falls, Poonyahra Falls, Gooroolba falls, Ngarri-dhum falls, Kadjagooma Falls, Rainbow Falls, and Goomoolahra Falls which are active after rainfall. The route includes lookouts and the chance to spot local wildlife.
Info: Trail InfoMaps [PDF]Alltrails Guide – Distance: 17 km return – Grade 4

Purling Brook Falls circuit

One of the busier tracks in the area includes eucalypt forest, suspension bridge, stunning lookouts, and the superb Purligbrook Falls. The starting point is at Gwongorella picnic area which features electric BBQ’s, picnic tables, and toilets.
Info: Trail InfoMaps [PDF]Alltrails Guide – Distance: 4 km return – Grade 3

Twin Falls Circuit

Featuring waterfalls and views to Surfers Paradise from the spectacular Canyon Lookout. The walk includes Twin Falls which offers a swimmable natural pool and at the other end of the trail, Blackfellow Falls which you can walk behind the waterfall.
Info: Trail InfoMaps [PDF]Alltrails Guide – Distance: 4 km return – Grade 3

Natural Bridge Circuit

One of the shorter trails on this list yet offering one of the areas star attractions, the Natural Bridge. Wander through lush tropical rainforest to the scenic bridge/waterfall/cave and also admire the glowworms which inhabit the cave.
Info: Trail InfoMaps [PDF]Alltrails Guide – Distance: 1 km return – Grade 2

Lamington National Park


Ships Stern circuit

The longest trail on this list takes you to Lower Ballunjui Falls, Nixon Creek, Ships Stern Range for a series of impressive lookouts, and Nagarigoon Falls.
Info: Trail InfoMaps [PDF]Alltrails Guide – Distance: 21 km return – Grade 4

Morans Falls track

Head through subtropical rainforest to the Morans Falls lookout for a spectacular view of the falls and Morans Clearing lookout for views over the Albert River.
Info: Trail InfoMaps [PDF]Alltrails Guide – Distance: 4.4km return – Grade 4

Toolona Creek circuit

This long circuit includes a lot of waterfalls including Chalahn and Toolona falls, heads through the moist rainforest area of Taloona Gorge, and takes in the amazing views from Wanungara lookout.
Info: Trail InfoMaps [PDF]Alltrails Guide – Distance: 17.4km return – Grade 4