Where can you tiptoe through the treetops and still be within an hour of Brisbane? There’s two day trip options for those that are wanting glorious views, calming bird song and plenty of fresh rainforest air. This weekend, bundle your kids into the car with a picnic lunch, and enjoy some time out in nature with your family at these treetop walks near Brisbane.
Tamborine Mountain Rainforest Skywalk
Set in 30 acres of privately owned rainforest on Tamborine Mountain, the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is perfect for families. The 1.5km walk meanders through the beautiful rainforest canopy and overlooks the rock-pools of cedar creek. It includes forest floor trails, as well as 300 metres of steel bridges which take you 30 metres above the creek for breathtaking views.
When you’ve finished exploring the rainforest, you can grab a bite to eat in the Birdwing Café. Alternatively, you can picnic in the nearby Botanic Gardens, or explore the many other family friendly attractions on offer at Tamborine Mountain. (there is a cost involved though you can get it cheaper if you are an RACQ member and pre purchase tickets)
Location: Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is situated at 333 Geissmann Drive, North Tamborine. Car parking and toilets are both available on site.
Treetops Walk, O’Reilly’s, Lamington National Park
In the Gold Coast hinterland, you will find O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, surrounded by the timeless beauty of Lamington National Park. Next to the guest house is the Treetops Walk, which consists of nine suspension bridges, up to 16 metres above the ground.
There is even a viewing deck 30 metres above the ground, which can be reached by climbing an enclosed ladder up an old fig tree for a bird’s eye view over the rainforest canopy. Kids will get a real thrill out of this! Walking early in the morning or late in the afternoon will guarantee the most wildlife spotting. The national park also offers picnic areas and bush walks, and O’Reilly’s runs regular activities for families.
There is plenty of car parking available, toilets and a café on site. Read our complete review of O’Reilly’s and Lamington National Park for more ideas on things to do in the area.
Location: O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk is located at the end of Lamington National Park Road.
Treetops walks further afield
If you’re hooked on experiencing the rainforest from greater heights, there are two more treetops walks in northern Queensland to explore.
The Daintree Discovery Centre, located two hours north of Cairns, has a 23 metre high canopy tower and a 125 metre long aerial walkway through the rainforest.
The Mamu Tropical Skywalk, 15 minutes outside of Innisfail, allows you to walk through the clouds of the Wooroonooran National Park, and a 37 metre high observation deck will give you glorious views over the North Johnstone River Gorge.
And there’s plenty more day trip ideas for Brisbane families here!