12 of the Best Hikes Around South East Queensland! Every Hike You Need to Check Out Now!

Ah sunny South East Queensland! The weather is always bright, the rains never long, and the scenery has some stunning variation. Lush rainforests one way, rocky peaks the other. Here are 12 of the best hikes you need to check out! Beginner to advanced, there’s something for everyone.

 


 

FOR BEGINNERS

 

1) Twin Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park

 

One of the early national parks I explored when I first started hiking, Springbrook has some fantastic lookouts worth stopping at. I recommend the Twin Falls circuit as a great starting hike. Waterfalls for days through lush rainforest. Make sure to check out the cavern in the rocks on the way down!

 

Find out more here: https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/springbrook/about.html

 

 

 

 

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2) Daves Creek Circuit, Lamington National Park

 

Another great hike to sink your teeth into, there’s plenty of lookouts and some caves to check out. A little scramble halfway gets you to a fantastic lookout of the surrounding landscape.

 

Find out more here: https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/lamington/about.html#daves_creek_circuit

 

 

3) Mount Ngungun, Glass House Mountains National Park

 

Popular with rock climbers and hikers alike, this lesser of the surrounding peaks is a great start to test your fitness before tackling the bigger ones. Some great 360 degree views to be had here, just watch out for the rock climbers below so make sure not to knock any rocks off the edge!

 

Find out more here: https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/glass-house-mountains/about.html

 

 

 

FOR THE ADVENTUROUS

 

4) Coomera Circuit, Lamington National Park

 

My all time favourite waterfall is here, the epic Coomera Falls. Standing on the lookout almost 180 meters above the deck will give some people a case of vertigo. But it’s totally worth it to see this gem cascading 60 meters high. After heavy rain it’s particularly amazing, trust me!

 

Find out more here: https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/lamington/about.html#coomera_circuit

 

 

5) Mount Tibrogargan, Glass House Mountains

 

The first true test of the range of peaks to be found here. Start with the father of the mountain family (according to aboriginal lore) and see how you go. Tibrogargan is also known as Gorilla mountain due to the shape when seen from the highway. For full value, read THIS website which gives you all the lore. Lots of scrambling and exposure so be sure to always practice good scrambling techniques. You can find more info on that HERE.

 

Find out more here: https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/glass-house-mountains/about.html

 

 

6) Mount Beerwah, Glass House Mountains

 

If you’ve done Tibrogargan and managed that OK, you can now try Beerwah, the mother in the lore family. Steep, slippery slabs make this challenging due to few handholds. The bottom is the hardest bit and you are rewarded with another 360 degree view from the top! There's still lots of scrambling and exposure so be sure to always practice good scrambling techniques. You can find more info on that HERE.

 

Find out more here: https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/glass-house-mountains/about.html

 

 

7) Mount Maroon, Mount Barney National Park

 

Your first serious mountain awaits. It's a longer walk in so make sure to take plenty of water and the right gear. The trail is generally well worn but if you have any trouble following it, turn back! Remember, its OK to turn back!

 

Find out more here: https://www.aussiebushwalking.com/qld/mt-barney/mt-maroon

 

 

8) Stairway Falls, Lamington National Park

 

A great hike to a hidden waterfall set with deep, clear pools and no crowds. This is my favourite place to swim in the summer! With a little extra effort than all the well known swimming spots, you get the place to yourself most of the time. I have a write up about it HERE!

 

Find out more here: https://www.aussiebushwalking.com/qld/lamington/stairway-falls

 

 

9) Warrie Circuit, Springbrook National Park

 

Not exactly a difficult hike technically speaking, but it is a long day nonetheless. You can also see the twin falls with a detour, just make sure to allow enough time in the day. There’s plenty of rainforest to see and nice creeks to stop at. The highlight for me is the stunning 60 meter Rainbow falls. On a sunny day it sure does live up to its name. Make sure to get an start early if you plan to do this hike!

 

Find out more here: https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/springbrook/about.html

 

 

10) Stinson Wreck, Lamington National Park

 

I really fell in love with the outdoors after this hike! What an adventure! An awesome hike to the remains of the Stinson crash site from 1912. The track is starting to become well worn but make sure you are solid on navigation skills. It’s a long day but totally worth it. You can read the incredible story (with hiking information) in my write up HERE.

 

Find out more here: https://www.aussiebushwalking.com/qld/stinson-crash-site-from-christmas-creek-

 

 

 

FOR THE HARDCORE

 

11) Mount Barney south east ridge, Mount Barney National Park

 

A big step up in difficulty, it’s important you have some miles behind you before trying this one! Good fitness and navigation skills are required, as is a good head for exposed scrambles. Avoid in bad weather! Coming down the south ridge or peasants track via the rum jungle campsite is recommended for gentler wear and tear on the knees.

 

Find out more here: https://www.aussiebushwalking.com/qld/mt-barney/mt-barney-south-east-ridge-ascent-peasants-ridge-descent

 

 

12) Lincoln Bomber Track, Main Range National Park

 

Another plane wreck to explore, and there is a sad story to go with it, but the hike is amazing! The plaque at the site says it all. A very challenging day out with navigation a key part in making it there and back. It also happens to be a huge drive there as well. Again, worth it and a must do for every adventurer in Brisbane!

 

Find out more here: https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/lincoln-bomber-wreck-15945879

 

 

 

So that’s my list! Hiking is a great way to get into the outdoors and see places the majority never see. Always make sure to practice ‘leave no trace’ principles to ensure these fantastic places as untouched as can be.

 

Enjoy, and stay safe!

 

 

Psst! Want a FREE essentials hiking gear checklist? Head HERE to grab it!

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