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GOING on a hike is one of the best ways to get active and outdoors and the big smoke Brisbane is dishing up the goods.

We've compiled a list of six hikes for you tackle, not only for yourself but for your Instagram feed.

1. Mt Coot-tha

Let's start with an easy one, the return climb from the bottom of Mt Coot-tha to the lookout takes just one hour. Alternatively, you can simply drive to the top to soak up the glorious views but come on at least give it a try.

Mt Coot-tha is a beauty, especially at sunrise.
Mt Coot-tha is a beauty, especially at sunrise.

2. Mt Beerburum

Close to the township of Beerburum, this 1.4km return walk takes just an hour to return from the top of the 280m-high peak. Don't be fooled, your legs will certainly feel the burn on this tough 700m uphill walk. At the summit, you'll find a fire tower (used to detect and manage fires in the surrounding forests) and 360-degree views of the Glass House Mountains.

3. Main Range National Park, Mt Cordeaux 

Now it's time to conquer something a little more difficult. Known to Aboriginal people as Niamboyoo, the 6.8km return trip up Mt Cordeaux will take about 2.5 hours. The trail branches off the Rainforest Circuit and zigzags past exposed upper slopes, ending at a lookout on the southern side.

4. Neglected Mountain

If you've come this far you should be ready to start tackling the day hikes. While the name might put you off, it's not all sad news for Mt Neglected. The views from the summit are worth your attention. From Gap Creek Rd it should take about five hours to complete the 10km return journey to the 798m-high peak.

5. Mermaid Mountain

Trek from the town of Mt Crosby up Mermaid Mountain on this 18km hike. About halfway, you'll be treated to a great view of Lake Manchester and surrounding hills. Overall it takes about five hours.

6. Aquila Loop, Northbrook Mountain

Now for the big one, beginning at the Maiala day-use area, the 24km Aquila Loop follows the Westside track, passing through England Creek bush camp, and peaks at the top of Northbrook Mountain. Allow six to seven hours for the trek and pick up a topographic map at the Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre. 

So go and get your active on, get in touch with nature, and get those social media photos that will impress your friends. For more, head HERE.

Topics:  brisbane brisbaneanyday hiking mountain nature



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