Brisbane’s Best Coastal Walks
There is nothing quite like walking along the waterfront with the sea breeze in your face and the sun on your back. Not only is it great exercise but there is always something new to discover on a coastal walk.
Brisbane locals are so lucky to have numerous beautiful beaches and bays on our doorstep to explore. Next time you are ready to get on your walking shoes, check out one of these wonderful coastal walks within cooee to Brisbane:
Wellington Point To King Island
Have you ever wanted to walk across water? Well, this is possibly the closest you will get to it! Only possible at low tide when the sandbar between Wellington Point and King Island is exposed, this walk is a leisurely 2km round trip. Suitable for all ages, kids will love to splash through the water, spot crabs and watch the water birds fishing. Just be careful of your timing in order to return before the tide does!
Learn more: Visit Redlands website
A number of scenic waterfront walks are possible around the Redcliffe Peninsula, starting from Clontarf, through Woody Point, along Margate and Suttons beaches, past the Redcliffe Jetty through to Scarborough. The full circuit is about 13km one way but there are plenty of opportunities to stop for a swim or a coffee along the way, or you may choose to just do one section. Significant points of interest are the pelican feeding at Clontarf, Gayundah Wreck at Woody Point, the Redcliffe Foreshore Public Art Trail and Redcliffe Convict Trail. You might even decide to walk or cycle the Ted Smout bridge which spans 2.7km over Bramble Bay to link Redcliffe to Brisbane.
Learn more: Redcliffe Visitor Information Centre
The Burleigh National Park is a historical gem, nestled on the Gold Coast. There are 2 walks accessible within the 25ha park - a 1.2km oceanview walk and a 2.3km rainforest circuit. It’s recommended you do both to experience the full wonder of the park which offers an abundance of fauna and flora, as well as stunning views. If you are visiting during whale-watching season you might even catch a glimpse of a humpback from the Tumgun Lookout.
Learn more: Department of Environment and Science – Parks and Forests website
Image credit: https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/burleigh-head/about.html
Bongaree Walkabout - Bribie Island
This leisurely stroll along the Bribie foreshore starts and ends at the Bongaree Jetty. Bribie is steeped in history so there are a number of landmarks and points of interest along the way. Most importantly, there are plenty of opportunities to stop for a swim or have a coffee and an ice cream. A great waterfront walk for the whole family or if you are feeling adventurous you might decide to tackle the Bicentennial bushland walk.
Learn more: Visit Moreton Bay Region website
Kings Beach to Bulcock Beach, Caloundra
Regardless of which end you start, this scenic walk between two of Caloundra’s popular beaches will take you around stunning headlands and provide some amazing ocean views . The majority of the walk is along a wooden boardwalk but there are plenty of opportunities to deviate from the path and explore the beaches, rock pools and cafes along the way. Serious walkers might want to take on the full 25km walk from Golden Beach around to Kings Beach.
Learn more: Visit Sunshine Coast website
North Gorge Walk, Point Lookout, North Stradbroke
While not on the mainland, it would be remiss of us to not include this amazing scenic walk in our list. The North Gorge Walk at Point Lookout offers spectacular ocean views and scenic bushland with plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife, both on the land and sea. The majority of the 1.5km walk is a wooden boardwalk, with plenty of spots to sit and take in the view along the way. Don’t walk too fast as you may miss a pod of dolphins, a giant sea turtle or a stingray swimming by. This walk is also the best land-based vantage point for whale watching. There are quite few steps along the boardwalk, including down to the top of the mouth of the gorge and also to a blow hole in the cliffs. Be sure to take your camera.
This walk will involve a day trip. You can get to North Stradbroke Island from Cleveland by vehicle ferry or water taxi. There is public transport available on the island.
Learn more: Queensland.com
Image credit: Queensland.com
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