Suburban malaise? Slake your wilderness cravings at this 50,000-hectare park, just 10km northwest of the city centre but worlds away. At the entrance the Walkabout Creek Visitor Information Centre has maps. Also here is the South East Queensland Wildlife Centre, where you can see a resident platypus, plus turtles, lizards, pythons and gliders. There’s also a small walk-through aviary, and a cafe.
To get here catch bus 385 ($6.70, 30 minutes) from Roma St Station; the last bus back to the city is at 4.48pm (3.53pm on weekends).
Walking trails in the park range from a few hundred metres to 13km, including the 6km Morelia Track at Manorina day-use area and the 4.3km Greene’s Falls Track at Mt Glorious. Mountain biking and horse riding are also options. You can camp in the park too, in remote, walk-in bush camp sites. There are a couple of walks (1.5km and 5km) kicking off from the visitor centre, but other walks are a fair distance away (so you’ll need your own wheels).