Australia is rich with natural wonders, many of which reside in our home state. One of the more popular natural attractions is our native rainforests, found up and down the Australian coast. Within driving distance from Brisbane alone, rainforests can be found in the scores (despite ever-expanding suburbs). With the weather warming up, now’s the time to get out and see some of the best rainforests close to home.
Witches Falls Circuit
South of Brisbane, upon Mount Tambourine, Witches Falls Circuit is a popular, and beautiful trail to walk. Through the rainforest, you’ll come across lagoons, clamber over rocks, and enjoy the mostly undisturbed, natural splendour. Considered a relatively easy walk, and also suitable for wheelchairs and strollers, it’s a worthwhile trip for the views. Lookouts are found plentifully in the area, with breathtaking views.
Greenes Falls Circuit
Lush, vibrant and full of life, Greenes Falls Circuit in D’Aguilar National Park is natural beauty at its finest. Coming in at around 2 hours long, the circuit will take you through subtropical rainforest. You’ll pass pools and falls, and see all the manner of wildlife among the trees. The walk can be extended by doing the Cyprus Grove Circuit, just look for signs to the branch. Unfortunately, Greenes Falls Circuit is not wheelchair accessible.
Boombana Mount Nebo Walk
Boombana Mount Nebo Walk is a place for extremes. Split into two different tracks, you’ll see the dichotomy of Boombana Nebo Walk laid bare. The first track takes you down a boardwalk trail through the forest and is accomplished with relative ease, in a satisfying amount of time. Perfect for families looking to get into hiking. The second trail is a whopping 8 kilometres long and takes as long as 4 hours to complete. If you want to get away from the world and into nature or go for an adventure, then this trail is for you. Neither trail is wheelchair accessible.
Springbrook National Park
100 kilometres south of Brisbane, Springbrook National Park is a popular camping destination for those of us in South East Queensland. This world heritage listed site boasts an incredible rainforest walk, the Springbrook walk, giving you 2 hours to wander among the rainforest. Perfect for something to do while camping, and with wheelchair-accessible sites, it’s one of the best holiday destinations with an inbuilt forest walk you’ll find.
Tambourine Rainforest Skywalk
A different experience from the rest but an unforgettable one all the same. The Tambourine Rainforest Skywalk lets you wander through the canopies of 30 acres of privately owned land upon Mount Tambourine. There is an admission charge, and groups should book in advance. You’ll have all your needs met there, with amenities and cafes on site. Only the first sky bridge is wheelchair accessible.