Appreciate the spectacular city views, a plethora of flora and fauna while on this relatively easy bush-walking track located on the border of Camp Hill and Carina Heights.
My eldest daughter and I decided to experience this beautiful bush walk first-hand last weekend which turned out be a very enjoyable experience on many levels. The main entrance to the walk is located off Boundary Road, Camp Hill which provides access to all the amenities and facilities within the 170 hectares of the Whites Hill Reserve.
Being our first time we started on the path to the left of the football club which included an initial climb up a very steep slope to the Whites Hill Lookout (definitely got the heart rate up, but realised afterwards that the main entry to the Sankey Mountain Circuit which is located beside the playground avoids the steep incline, and still provides access to the Whites Hill Lookout.) I must say that the view from the top of Whites Hill is well worth the walk, and along with views of the City, the Gateway Bridge is also visible. While catching your breath take the time to read the signboard detailing the history of Whites Hill and Richard White built his residence on top of the hill in the early 1900’s which became a popular tourist destination and venue for dances and weddings.
We then continued on to complete the Sankey Mountain Circuit which has so many options with numerous tracks including the Tallowwood Track, Acacia Track, Bloodwood Track, Spotted Gum Track, Brushbox Track and Stringbark Track with entry and exit points at Iris St, Jones road, Bendena Terrace & Pine Mountain Rd, Carina Heights. The tracks are all very well signed and the path varies between dirt and concrete with gradients from level ground to slight inclines and declines. A complete map and more information is available on the Brisbane City Council website.
During our walk, although we didn’t spot a koala which are apparently quite plentiful, we did see & hear numerous varieties of birdlife, while benefiting from the strong aromas and shade of the Australian natives before exiting the track near the playground. The route we completed took approximately 50 minutes although as mentioned earlier there are so many options to choose from where you can plan the walk to suit your own time frame.
After your delightful walk you can rest and relax on a picnic blanket spread on one of the many green areas, or utilise one of the picnic shelters and electric barbeques. There is a massive fenced playground which features a 35m flying fox where the kids can play, an off-leash dog park, as well as a touch football, soccer and cricket field.
A great family day out is guaranteed at this awesome reserve only 15 minutes from the Brisbane CBD with something for everyone.