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If you’re keen to do some exploring on the weekends and want something different from your usual workout routine, then this list is for you!

1. Mt. Coot-tha

Fitness level: Low to moderate

What you can expect: This track is mainly categorised within the easy to moderate range of difficulty. Mt. Coot-tha has a combination of picnic areas, greenery lookouts, Aboriginal art showcases, creeks and waterfalls. There are six popular tracks you can explore;

  • Summit
  • Aboriginal Art Trail
  • Ghost Hole Track
  • Simpson Falls Track
  • Eugenia Circuit
  • Honeyeater Track

Make a day of it with your family: If you have the time, you can also drop by the Brisbane Botanic Gardens along Mt. Coot-tha road. These generally have flat, even and minor slopes. They’re great for leisurely walks with family and friends. You can even bring your kids along and find yourself a nice picnic spot.

How long does it take to get there? If you’re coming from Brisbane’s central district, it should only take about 10 to 15 minutes to get there.

2. Noosa National Park

Fitness level: Low to moderate

What you can expect: It’s always relaxing to walk along the shores. Noosa lets you have this ultimate experience with an endless sight of the Coral Sea, and the outermost tail of the Great Barrier Reef.  The park offers tracks with various intensities from easy walks to steep, challenging ones with loose gravel.

Prepare to tour its five hiking points. It’s a good idea to bring along some runners when you’re walking these tracks.

  • Palm grove circuit
  • Tanglewood track
  • Noosa Hill track
  • Coastal track
  • Alexandria Bay track

How long does it take to get there? 2 hours from Brisbane CBD.

3. Mt. Tibrogargan

Fitness level: Moderate (There are some short steep sections and many steps)

What you can expect: Would you like to go on a volcanic hike with a mythological twist? Aborigines place a spiritual importance to the mountains of Tibrogargan. They believe nature’s spirits take form of mountains, trees and animals. It also stands as the highest and second peak of the Glasshouse Mountains National Park.

Take a multi-faceted tour of this steep, Glass House mountain via dozens of their walls. You’d discover each gradient of the mountain has levels of difficulty and land characteristics to offer. This site mostly is recommended for fitness enthusiasts and regular bushwalkers with extensive experience on steep tracks.

How long does it take to get there? At most, it will take an hour and twenty minutes for you get there if you’re coming from Brisbane.

4. Mt. Warning

Fitness level: Moderate (There is a very steep climb at the end to reach the top)

What you can expect: This is a great Did you know the sun first rises on this side of Australia? Be the first to see it. If you also appreciate sweating out the toxins of your body while on a challenging hike, Mt. Warning’s subtropical environment should be a treat. Its tracks showcase rainforest shrubs, waterfalls and coastal views.

Among the first four climbs, this mountain is the most challenging to conquer. It’s best for hikers with above average to excellent levels of agility.

How long does it take to get there? Two hours from Brisbane.

If you like to hike but you find an injury is stopping you, we can help you plan some strength and conditioning exercises. Or, maybe conquering some of these climbs is a personal fitness goal you’d like to achieve? If you want to build up your fitness more to tackle a mountain hike, check out our top 5 stair climbs in Brisbane to help you get started.