Great trail walks to do with your baby in Brisbane

Monday, November 28, 2016

There’s so much adventure to be found close to home. Put  your walking shoes on, and hit the trails – you’ll be surprised at how many fantastic tracks there are in Brisbane that are doable with your little one.

Here are some of my favourites:

The Araucaria Track, Enogerra Reservoir

Enoggera Reservoir is an awesome place to explore. It just has so much on offer – beautiful terrain, lake views, swimming, a wildlife centre and even a café.

The Enoggera Dam reminds me of a European lake and especially on weekends you’ll see loads of kayakers, paddle boarders and families picnicking.

The Araucaria Track is approximately 5kms (1.5-2hrs) return and follows the water’s edge of the dam. You’ll find lots of strategically placed benches for rests and spot plenty of native birds along the way.

If you feel like tackling a shorter distance just follow the track for 15-20 minutes and turn around and return. It's still a great option, and you'll enjoy all the benefits of being in nature. 

Most of the track is suitable to take an offroad pram on – you’d just need to divert to the fire trail when you come across stairs. I've completed the track numerous times both with the baby carrier and pram. 

Top tip: pack the swimmers ladies. The last time I visited here I was so hot post-walk I considered diving in nude - but then I remembered this isn't actually a European lake and it wasn't the middle of the night. 

Sankey’s Mountain Summit Track: Whites Hill Reserve

Whites Hill Reserve is practically my backyard and my fiance and I head there nearly every week to either trail run or walk. The majority of the tracks (other than single track) are suitable for an offroad pram – I’d just ensure you have one with a hand brake. Otherwise take your baby-carrier. 

Park at The Common where there’s an incredible playground for kids. From the carpark follow the Tallowood and Acacia tracks to the Sankey’s Mountain Summit Track. The walk will take approx. 50 minutes and there are lot of other tracks you can take if you’d like to extend that.

Summit Track (return), Mt Coot-tha

Mt Coot-tha is only a 15-minute drive from Brisbane city and offers an extensive network of diverse tracks and trails. The Summit Track return is just over 5kms starting from the JC Slaughter Falls picnic area taking you to Mt Coot-tha lookout. This track has great signage, so there’s no way you’ll get lost. You'll have to take the baby carrier for this one, as it's definitely not suitable for prams. 

The best thing about this walk is you’ll be rewarded with brilliant views of Brisbane City, Stradbroke Island, Moreton Bay and the Southern Ranges.

Don't worry if you struggle with tackling the uphills and stairs at first. You should have seen me 6-weeks post baby on this one - I thought I was going to die. We took loads of breather stops (any excuse for a chat!) and just took it slowly the first time. It definitely gets easier - especially if like I was - you're still carrying some baby weight. 

Enjoy ladies, and always remember to carry water - there's nothing worse than feeling dehydrated. 

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