5 Short Walks In Brisbane Just In Case You Want To Stroll Off That Christmas Food Coma

Jordan Clayden-Lewis Jordan Clayden-Lewis

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Yes, we’ve done it again. Another Christmas lunch is done and dusted…with plenty of icing sugar. Now, we bet you’re feeling a bit sluggish and want to nap the afternoon away. The Christmas arvo nap is a given to any festive household. But after you’ve emerged from your slumber, why not take a leisurely stroll today or tomorrow to walk off that Christmas food coma whilst soaking up some epic views? We’ve curated a list of some of the best short walks in Brisbane.

1. Mount Coot-tha Summit Track

The uphill walk to the summit of Mount Coot-tha is a little bit of a leg burner, but rewarding nonetheless. Once you reach the end of this 2km path, overlook the skyscrapers of the city and then enjoy a snack or beverage from the café on top of the mountain. We recommend reaching the summit for sunset to see the golden hour glows.

2. Toohey Forest Park

Located near Mt. Gravatt just 10km south of the CBD, Toohey Forest Park features several trails of bushland that are perfect for walks of all magnitudes—from flat, leisurely strolls to tracks that are more on the steep side. Mt Gravatt Outlook serves up spectacular views of Brisbane and the surrounding suburbs. On a clear day, you can spot the D’Aguilar Ranges, Glasshouse Mountains, and more. You might even be lucky enough to spot a koala.

3. Kangaroo Point to West End via South Bank

This walk starts at Kangaroo Point, where you’ll catch gorgeous views over the Brisbane River and the cityscape. Then you’ll make your way through South Brisbane, down Montague Road, and then finally to South Bank. It’s a great way to take in some of Brisbane’s most stunning sights all along one route. This includes Kangaroo Point cliffs, GOMA, and Davies Park.

4. Brisbane Riverwalk


The Brisbane River is one of the most-loved sights in our city. The Brisbane Riverwalk is super short but certainly isn’t lacking in beautiful views. The 870-metre trail is perfect for a sunset stroll after your Christmas lunch food coma finally subsides. To make your walk a little longer, you can start at New Farm Park and even add the City Botanic Gardens as a detour.

5. Eleanor Schonell Bridge


Eleanor Schonell Bridge connects Dutton Park and the UQ Campus. It’s also an awesome spot for a casual walk. From Fairfield, you can walk along the riverside all the way to the Eleanor Schonell Bridge. This lesser-walked route is especially dazzling at sunset. So if you want a flat, paved path with beautiful views, then this is the one for you.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this list featuring some of Brisbane’s best short walks.

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