3 Nature walks in the Western Suburbs

3 Nature walks in the Western Suburbs

By Tessa Bezuidenhout on Jan 16 2017

We who live in the Western Suburbs are incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful bush land and rain forest to walk through. There’s so much nature to explore and there’s no better way to spend your weekend.

Take the family on an adventure through the beautiful forest this weekend, and enjoy the last months of Summer in nature.

Here’s 3 Nature walks right here in our area that you can do this weekend.

1. Gold Creek Reservoir

View of Gold Creek Reservoir Picture credit: Roy Chambers; Weekend Notes

Hidden in Upper Brookfield, this challenging hike goes around the entire reservoir and features a beautiful lake where you can walk along the spill way, perfect if you and your family are up for a little bit of adventure.

For those who enjoy their mountain biking and horse riding, this track is perfect for all sorts of activities. An abundance of wild life can be found here, and if you’re an avid bird watcher or animal lover, you might encounter some interesting creatures.

It’s important to note that the track can be quite dense with bush at times and isn’t signed very well, so be careful when hiking through there.

2. JC Slaughter Falls

Image result for jc slaughter falls Picture credit: David Burrows

This spot is perfect for lazy Sunday picnics; a relaxing walk featuring Aboriginal art and rock arrangements, as well as the beautiful watering hole with water falls; and exploring the open air bush chapel built by World War II soldiers.

The perfect family outing for whatever activity you feel like, this spot is full of picnic areas complete with barbecues and a resident flock of gorgeous cockatoos.

If you’re feeling extra energetic, the steep and challenging summit track starts here, ending in an amazing panoramic view of Brisbane at the look out of Mt Coot-tha.

3. Green Hill Reservoir

District views from Green Hill Reservoir Off Leash Dog Park Picture credit: Mustdobrisbane.com

Just off Russell Terrace in Chapel Hill is fantastic spot for you and your furry friends.

Featuring unbelievable views of Brisbane city and an off leash area for your dogs, this is a great starting point for a hike to the summit of Mt Coot-tha, just opposite the reservoir.

The Look Out trail is the shortest walk to the summit, only 3km return, and is quite steep and sometimes rocky for those who a like a bit of a challenge.