Make the most of the warmer weather and get outside for a walk with the children. There are so many to choose from in our neck of the woods, whether you want a hike, a pram-friendly stroll or something in between.
Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens
Designed with families in mind, here you can explore the city’s native ecosystem along the Mangroves to Mountain trail, visit the native butterfly garden and even smell the roses in their purpose-built garden. There’s a playground, a toilet block and lots of little nooks and crannies to check out. From playing in tall bamboo to spotting eels in the lake, it’ll feel like a day in the country. Keep an eye out for kookaburras and friendly ducks.
Burleigh Head National Park: Rainforest Circuit (2.3km)
This beautiful circuit through the rainforest takes you around, up and over Burleigh’s famous headland. You’ll enjoy sprawling views up to Surfers Paradise to the north and down to Coolangatta to the south. Tumgun Lookout is a great place to look for humpback whales in winter and spring, but make sure you keep your eyes peeled for other wildlife on your walk, too.
The Kangaroo Point Walk might just offer one of the best panoramic views of Brisbane’s skyline. Tackle the infamous stairs or stroll along the river for some fun fitness. If you’re looking to make a day of it, you can walk to South Bank and have a splash at Streets Beach or venture the other way – towards the Story Bridge – for a picnic in one of the many riverside parks.
Witches Falls Circuit, Tamborine National Park
This track zigzags down the mountain through an open forest of banksia trees and into rainforest with giant strangler figs. The circuit passes seasonal lagoons that are all full and home to insect and frog species. The waterfall is flowing after recent rain and is best viewed from a lookout platform accessed via a 200m detour from the main circuit.
Tallebudgera Creek Conservation Park
This 1.6km return nature walk weaves you through mangroves alongside the majestic Tallebudgera Creek. It’s a pram-friendly bushwalk if you start at the Loman Lane end, but once you get to Ocean Parade there are stairs, so you’ll have to loop back the way you came. Expect stunning views of the Hinterland and Springbrook Plateau on your return trip.