Top 7 Hikes Within an Hour’s Drive of Vikasati, Red Hill

Living in Brisbane means we have access to some of the most incredible outdoor adventures right at our doorstep. While Vikasati is a sanctuary of relaxation, sometimes we crave getting out of the city and embrace nature. Whether you’re catching up with friends, enjoying a family outing, or simply seeking a solo retreat, these bush walks are the perfect escape.

When was the last time you immersed yourself in the tranquillity of the great outdoors? Nature is not only restorative and healthy but also wonderfully free. We’ve curated a list of our favorite hikes, all easily accessible and ideal for the whole family, within an hour’s drive of Vikasati.

Do you have a favourite hike that’s not on the list? Share your top bush walks in the comments below.


1. Mt Glorious Rainforest Walks

Distance: Varies (2 km to 6 km)

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Highlight: Lush rainforest and wildlife

Located about 45 minutes from Red Hill, Mt Glorious offers several trails through lush rainforests. The Greene’s Falls Track is particularly popular, featuring a picturesque waterfall and an abundance of birdlife.


2. Glass House Mountains – Mt Ngungun

Distance: 2.8 km return

Difficulty: Moderate

Highlight: Panoramic views of the Glass House Mountains

A bit further out, right on the hour drive buzzer, Mt Ngungun is one of the Glass House Mountains’ gems. The hike is short but steep, leading to a summit with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.


3. Springbrook National Park – Twin Falls Circuit

Distance: 4 km loop

Difficulty: Moderate

Highlight: Waterfalls and spectacular views

While slightly over an hour’s drive, the Twin Falls Circuit in Springbrook National Park is worth the trip. The trail features stunning waterfalls and rock formations.


4. Brisbane’s Bridges Loop

Distance 6.3km

Difficulty: Easy

Highlights:  Engaging in Brisbane River Life and stopping for a coffee

What’s the point of living so close to the city if you can’t walk there.  This hike is an urban adventure.  Starting at the Go-Between Bridge you go past Victoria and Kurilpa Bridges before turning around across the Goodwill Bridge.  Along the way take in River City Life, the action of South Bank and the GOMA.  It is very flat so like many of us you may want to run it.Woods


5. Enoggera Reservoir Trail

Distance: 5 km loop

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Highlight: Lakeside walk and swimming spots

The Enoggera Reservoir Trail is a scenic loop around the reservoir, about 20 minutes from Red Hill. It’s perfect for a leisurely walk, with opportunities for swimming and kayaking.


6. D’Aguilar National Park – Boombana and Jolly’s Lookout

Distance: 4 km loop (Boombana), 1 km return (Jolly’s Lookout)

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Highlight: Scenic lookouts and diverse flora

Around 30 minutes from Red Hill, D’Aguilar National Park offers multiple trails. The Boombana Trail and Jolly’s Lookout provide spectacular views and a chance to experience the diverse flora of the region.


7. JC Slaughter Falls, Mt Coot-tha

Distance:  2.4km

Difficulty: Moderate

Highlights: Contrasts of natural beauty with panoramic city views

If you’ve ever hiked to the summit of Mt Coot-tha, chances are you’ve passed through the scenic JC Slaughter Falls. This trail offers the most direct route to the top, covering a distance of 2.6 km. 

And for a little treat after your hike, there’s a coffee spot waiting at the summit. 

This trail is perfect for those looking to combine a bit of exercise with the natural beauty that Brisbane has to offer, all within a short drive from Red Hill.