4 Waterside Sunshine Coast, Somerset & Brisbane Bushwalks

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Posted 13 July


Here’s 4 waterside bushwalking Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Somerset hotspots well-worth visiting our neighbouring localities for.

If you’re planning to visit these aquatic havens outside of Moreton Bay Region make sure you're up-to-date on the new recreation rules and changes at SEQ’s lakes and reservoirs before heading off on your road trip.

1. Lake Manchester Reserve Loop in West Brisbane (Class 4) – 17km

Park in the signed carpark at 646 Lake Manchester Rd. Walk this track clockwise (past the dam wall on your right) and follow the very hilly forest trails and fire roads all the way around.

With many steep ascents and descents, this is a lengthy and tough one-way Brisbane bushwalks adventure only for hardened hikers which should take you around 5 to 7 hours to complete. The final leg is along Lake Manchester Rd.

For most of the walk the lake itself is not visible. We do not recommend attempting this walk with young children.

You can camp at the Blue Gum Flat camp site (no facilities). To enquire, email recreation@seqwater.com.au.

  • Horses Allowed
  • Mountain Bikers Allowed
  • No Dogs
  • You can ride the trails to Enoggera Reservoir and Gold Creek Reservoir

2. Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre Bushwalking Brisbane Trails (Class 3) 5km & 1.5km

Drive to the foothills of Mount Nebo to park at the Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre for Brisbane bushwalks at Enoggera Reservoir. Stroll around the reservoir along the flat 5km Araucaria Track (Class 3), or take the shorter 1.5km Corymbia Circuit (Class 3) for a eucalypt gully loop.

You can also swim, kayak and SUP here, and excellent opportunities for birdwatching abound, especially early in the morning.

  • No Dogs
  • Mountain Bikers Allowed
  • You can ride the trails to Lake Manchester

3. Lake Wivenhoe Trails in Somerset (Moderate Grade) – 12.7km Total Distance

4 multi-use Lake Wivenhoe trails for hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers, ranging in length from 4km to 5km are found at Wivenhoe Park. Combine 3 of the 4 trails for a 14.5km walk and keep an eye out for birds, kangaroos and koalas.

Access to the Figtree Rd Carpark is from Hay Road off the Brisbane Valley Highway. In the opposite direction to the carpark, up Logan Inlet Rd, you’ll find waterside campsites.

Stop at Cormorant Bay Recreational Reserve on your way back for a post-trek bite to eat at the café overlooking the water, or continue onwards to dine at Moreton Bay Region cafés in our hinterland., or for more bushwalking Brisbane fun in D’Aguilar National Park.

  • Horses Allowed
  • Mountain Bikers Allowed
  • No Dogs
 

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4. Ewen Maddock Dam Walks on the Sunshine Coast (Moderate Grade) – Total Distance Over 9km

The Sunshine Coast dam features over 9km of multi-use trails shared between walkers, bike riders and horse riders.

Consult the Ewen Maddock Dam Recreation Guide for more information.  

The main one-way 9.3km trail, the No. 1 Trail, starts at Maddock Park and finishes at Gympie Street. You can return via one of the smaller tracks if you wish.

  • On-Leash Dogs Allowed
  • Horses Allowed
  • Mountain Bikers Allowed
  • Boating (no permit required, no jet-skis, wakeboards or tubes allowed)
  • Designated Swimming Area
  • Shore Fishing Allowed

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More Brisbane Bushwalks Fun!

Looking to discover more hikes further out from our region? Try these 3 mountainous bushwalking Brisbane treks outside Moreton Bay Region.

Rather trek closer to home? Here’s the top 10 hikes in Moreton Bay Region.

Wondering what other gems are tucked around our hinterland? Peruse our hinterland natural attractions section.

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