Go off the beaten track | Things to do north Brisbane

Go off the beaten track

Do you feel like you’ve worn out the walkways near your house and are desperate to explore somewhere new?

We’ve put together the ultimate guide to hiking and riding trails in the Moreton Bay Region, so you can jump in the car, rediscover nature and stretch your legs.

Walking, riding trails in the Moreton Bay Region

The Somerset Trail

Found in D’Aguilar National Park, this is a 13km, class 4 walk through open forest, pine forest and pockets of rainforest which should take 3-4 hours to complete at a leisurely pace. Access via Sellin Rd, Mt Mee.

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North Harbour mountain bike trails

These trails run along the scenic Caboolture River and are perfect for beginners, families and intermediate level riders. With loops from 2.5km to 6km, the tracks range in difficulty and are suitable for off-road bikes. Access via Moreton Bay Blvd, Burpengary East.

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Lake Eden

Follow the scenic walkway that weaves its way around the lake and is popular with walkers and runners. Access via Lakefield Drive, North Lakes.

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Bunyaville Conservation Park

With two bushwalking tracks available off the day-use area, there’s also access to horse riding and mountain bike riding trails. Dogs can be taken on shared trails only and must be kept on a leash. The Tree Discovery Circuit is a Class 3 track according to Australian standards. This 650m return track features a boardwalk from where the eucalypt trees can be seen. You may even spot a koala. Access is via Old Northern Road, Albany Creek.

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Samford Conservation Park

Start your walk from Ironbark Gully picnic ground, off Samford Rd, Ferny Hills. The Crebra Circuit is 900m and takes about 20-30 minutes to walk. It is surrounded by a forest of dark-coloured ironbark trees. There are another four tracks in the park for hiking and range from 400m-1170m. Horses, bicycles and mountain bikes are also allowed on some tracks.

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Sheep Station Creek Conservation Park

There are several access points for the walking tracks, including off Phelps Road, McLoughlin Road, Williamson Road or Mackney Road at Morayfield. Trail signage is located off Phelps Road. There are three walking circuits, which are all within an easy walking classification. The Grey Gum Circuit is a 4.4km loop, which is suitable for walkers and horse riders. The Spotted Gum Trail is a 1.2km one-way track that takes about 20 minutes and is suitable for walkers only. The Ironbark Ridge Trail is a 1.1km one-way track that is suitable for walkers only. The best starting point for this track is McLoughlin Road.

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Lake Samsonvale – Bullocky Rest

The walking trail in this area links the picnic areas of Bullocky Rest and Forgan Cove at Joyner. It’s approximately 8.5km return and is intermediate in difficulty. It links through a bushland setting. The lake is teeming with birdlife including swans and pelicans and has a backdrop of mountains. Access is via Forgan Rd.

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Mount Mee

In the D’Aguilar National Park, you’ll find numerous hiking trails, which are for walkers only and some that can be used for horse riding. The trails vary in difficulty and access to some is via four-wheel-drive only. There’s plenty of wildlife to see and the views from lookouts, like Falls Lookout, are magnificent.

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Samford Valley

The Samford Valley Trail Network is a large network of multi-use trails which can be used by walkers, mountain bike riders and horse riders. Not all trails are sign posted, so it’s a good idea to have a map on hand. While the trails have not been classified in difficulty, there are several that have been developed for all to enjoy. The Samford Heritage Trail is a self-guided walk that takes in interesting historic buildings in the area, or you can follow the Rail Trail which explores the old Dayboro to Ferny Grove Rail along the Lanita Rail Trail and Currawong Rail Trail section.

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These are just a few of the options available. Park the car at Main Street and go for a wander along the streets of Samford Village for more

John Oxley Reserve

The Carole Green Walkway located in the reserve is an easy-walking 1.3km loop. There’s a boardwalk section halfway along, which allows you to walk through the mangroves. The trail is also educational, with signs providing information about the natural assets of the area and its pioneering past. John Oxley Reserve is located in Murrumba Downs. Access is via Ogg Rd.

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