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If you are the parent of a new baby the idea of pram-friendly walks are probably in your future goals.
Not only can the exercise get your blood pumping and help clear your mind but getting amongst nature as you do so can be both stimulating for bub and grounding for mum or dad. Many parents often discover a walk with bub in the pram results in a sleeping child, giving you a chance for some time to be with your own thoughts or even grab a coffee while out on your walk.
Below is a list of what we think are some of the best pram walks in Brisbane. Not only are these wheel-friendly, but they also offer a beautiful landscape and environment in which to immerse yourself and your baby in along the way.
Roma Street Parkland
Roma Street Parkland’s pathways are pram friendly; meandering through the colourful gardens, alongside the rock waterfall, across bridges and through forests. There is plenty of wildlife to captivate your child’s attention and wide open green spaces if you want to let them lay and play on the grass. Better yet, there is a cafe that sells warm coffee and snacks and a couple of wonderful playgrounds if you have a toddler in tow. Use our guide and map of Roma Street Parkland to determine your start and endpoint.
Roma Street Parkland walking tracks: A loop of 1.4kms
Location: 1 Parkland Blvd, Brisbane City
New Farm Park to Teneriffe
Park your car at New Farm Park, grab a warm drink from the cafe at the Powerhouse and head off on a leisurely stroll down the 2.2km of the pram-friendly walking track alongside the river. Take in the river life, admire the many mansions that border it and stop off to enjoy one of the many sculptures and attractions along the way. On your return, enjoy a picnic in the park or a play in the playground with your little one before heading home.
New Farm to Teneriffe: 2.2kms
Location: 1042 Brunswick St, New Farm
Stockyard Creek Walking Track – Koala Bushlands
One of the most tranquil stroller walks in Brisbane, the Stockyard Creek Walking Track in South Brisbane, weaves its way through an area that has been preserved for Koala conservation. It will take around an hour to complete at a leisurely pace allowing you enough time to immerse yourself completely in the surrounding nature. Be sure to keep an eye out for wild koalas as you wander around but they can be hard to spot, look higher than you think, in the crook of tree branches. There are toilets on site.
Distance: 1.4km circuit
Location: 137 Alperton Rd, Burbank
Eddie Santagiuliana Way, Cleveland
The Brisbane foreshore is a wonderful area of natural beauty, a variety of landscapes and habitats, stunning views and amazing wildlife. Eddie Santagiuliana Way is a walkway and bikeway that is a mix of boardwalk and concrete paths. The majority of the walk is level, with a few slight gradients but none the less an easy walk.
There are some sections of elevated boardwalk that offer spectacular views out across the bay and over to Stradbroke Island. Little ones will enjoy the two duck ponds en route, one of which you cross over on a cute bridge. You also pass through several parks, such as Henry Ziegenfusz Park, and there is also a children’s playground for the kids to enjoy. In its entirety you could walk for up to 8kms along the boardwalk section or choose a return point for something easier.
Distance: Up to 8kms
Location: Channel Street South Cleveland
Wynnum to Manly Esplanade
If you are looking for a slightly longer walk with the stroller, then the 10km round trip from Wynnum to Manly Esplanade is a great place to go. The wide, smooth pathways that travel along the seafront also pass by a number of shops and eateries that may break up the longer stroll and also offer some light refreshments.
Wynnum and Manly each offer numerous play areas for kids along the track and in the warmer months you may even want to get bub out for a little splash in the Wynnum Whale Park, which, if not during a busy weekend period, has shallow water areas ideal for little people to splash in.
The Hide n Seek Trail at Mt Coot-Tha Botanic Gardens
The Hide n Seek Trail at the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens is the perfect one to explore if you have a toddler in tow or a slightly older child in the pram. Head to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at the base of Mt Coot-tha where there is free parking and free entry to the gardens, then follow the signs to the start of the trail. Kids will be kept happy and entertained as they explore and discover all of the hidden gems along the pathway and you will pass by attractions such as the Tropical Dome, Fern House, Japanese Garden and Bonsai House along the way too.
There is a cafe towards the front of the gardens if you wish to grab a coffee and toilets in the grounds. Most of the trails take no more 30 minutes.
Distance: Depends on the trail but no more than 30 minutes or around 700 metres
Location: Mount Coot-Tha Botanic Gardens, 152 Mount Coot-Tha Rd Mount Coot-Tha
Shorncliffe to Sandgate Foreshore
Another picturesque and gentle Brisbane pram walk is the wide, flat path that runs for approximately 2km along the foreshore from Shorncliffe to Sandgate. Aside from the wildlife and fresh air, you can also enjoy a bite to eat or morning coffee at any one of the cafes and fish and chip shops along the way. Arthur Davis Park at Sandgate offers a wonderful way to cool off at the end of the walk with a children’s wading pool and water slides as well as some of the best climbing trees in Brisbane. The adventure playground at Moora Park at Shorncliffe is another great resting (and playing) point too.
Distance: 2kms (but you can continue along much further in either direction if you want)
Location: 65A Park Parade, Shorncliffe QLD 4017 (Lower Moora Park end)
Toohey Ridge Track, Toohey Forest Reserve, Nathan
Another wide, flat and therefore pram-friendly track is the Toohey Ridge Track in the Toohey Forest Reserve at Nathan. A good one for those after a little more exercise and a longer track, the 5km return walk starts at the entrance off the Nathan Ridge Track off Griffith Uni’s Ring Road and weaves beneath the surrounding eucalyptus forest.
Distance: 5km return track.
Location: Toohey Ridge Track (off Toohey Rd), Nathan.
Berrinba Wetlands, Browns Plains
The Berrinba Wetlands is made up of 80ha of wide, flat pram-friendly pathways. The wetlands snake along boardwalks, over bridges, through forests and past viewing points offering a lovely scenic walk. You will also discover an interactive information centre, a children’s playground, picnic area, toilets and fitness equipment. For the easiest access, park your car at the Wetlands Outlook Precinct entrance point and then choose between either the leisurely 600m Billabong Outlook Circuit or the gentle 2.8km Greater Wetland Walk which circumnavigates the whole wetland. (Image credit: Image credit: Logan City Council.
Distance: 600 metres or 2.8kms
Location: Wayne Goss Dr, Browns Plains QLD 4118
Enoggera Reservoir Loop
Tucked away in the leafy suburb of The Gap, and perfect for a walk with a pram, is the beautiful Enoggera Reservoir. A short walk from the carpark leads you to a grassy foreshore sloping gently down to a designated swimming beach, the lawn is dotted with tall trees and is a perfect spot for picnicking or lazing by the water. From this point, there are a few family-friendly walks. The Araucaria track is a 5km loop. At 2 hours walking time, this family-friendly trail follows along the reservoir bank before circling back through a giant hoop pine forest. There is abundant birdlife and a chance to spot freshwater turtles amongst the lily pads.
Distance: 5km loop
Location: 60 Mount Nebo Rd, Enoggera Reservoir
Brisbane City Botanic Gardens
In the heart of the city is the original City Botanic Gardens with flat pathways as far as the eye can see. Easy parking is nearby or you can access the gardens via ferries further up the river or using the Goodwill Bridge from Southbank. From the weeping fig avenue to the bamboo grove or a river walk, it is a space to simply wander and enjoy the feeling of being far away from the city centre. There is also a playground and duck pond for the kids to enjoy along with toilets and a kiosk. You can just walk around the gardens or make it part of a larger walk (we have just included the distance for the self-guided walk within the gardens).
Location: 147 Alice St, Brisbane City
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads is on the Gold Coast and a little further to travel for families but makes for a fantastic day trip idea. Nestled between Miami and Tallebudgera Beach, Burleigh Heads is a popular picnic spot for visitors. It offers both ocean surfing opportunities and swimming in protected calm waters. Burleigh Head National Park is the centrepiece of Burleigh Heads, a natural tree-filled area offering ocean views. The Burleigh Head Oceanview Track is pram and wheelchair friendly.
Distance: 1.2kms one way
Location: Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast
When you don’t feel like walking go anyway
Getting dressed and heading out of the house may sometimes seem more challenging than it is worth, but you will be surprised how much a simple walk outside with your baby can clear your thinking and give you some motivation for the day ahead. If you know of a local Brisbane pram friendly walk we don’t have on our website please let us know so we can share it with other parents.