Trying to escape the heat in Brisbane and looking for some outdoor fun? Look no further: Northbrook Gorges is the perfect hike for these hot days.
Only one hour from Brisbane CBD, you’ll already lose a few degrees as you start hiking in the shade of the forest. And when you start warming up from walking, it is time to go for a swim.
Getting wet the only way to access the beautiful Northbrook Gorges!
The 6-kilometre hike (return) wasn’t particularly hard, but you don’t want to rush it. There are a few tricky parts with slippery rocks where you should step carefully – especially once your shoes are wet. It took us a bit more than three hours to complete the hike with many photo breaks.
To hike Northbrook Gorges, you need enclosed shoes that you don’t mind getting soaked as you will scramble in the rocks and cross the river multiple times – and eventually swim.
We stayed almost dry (water up to our knees) for the first gorge, but finding a traverse route in the second gorge to avoid the water seemed impossible. Despite the 30° in Brisbane, we weren’t particularly keen on getting entirely wet as we weren’t hot, but had no choice to continue the hike. Facing the beauty of the gorge, we jumped in without hesitation. It was worth being a bit cold: the second gorges are stunning.
Don’t forget to take a dry bag for your car keys if they’re electronic…!
I’m always amazed by the gems we still find so close to the city, even after five years living here. And I’m even more surprised by the few number of people we meet on these amazing tracks. We hiked Northbrook Gorges at the end of the afternoon and only met two other small groups of hikers who were on their way back.
I wouldn’t say this hike is worth travelling overstate for it, but almost. Although the gorges aren’t huge compared to bigger national parks in Queensland like Carnarvon Gorge or Oxley Wild River, for example, the carved rocks and the lush nature are beautiful. And it’s fun to make your way through the river! It’s not often that we could do that during a short hike, in a safe environment and with water that isn’t too cold!
Have you hiked Northbrook Gorges? Did you like it? Share your experience in the comments below!
Where are Northbrook Gorges?
Northbrook Gorges are only one-hour away from Brisbane City, in D’Aguilar National Park. Head in the direction of Wivenhoe Lookout and drive 3.5km down the road. You’ll find a small car park on the right just after the Northbrook Creek bridge. That’s where you can walk down to the river. Once you reach the river, turn right, pass under the bridge and walk until you reach the gorges!
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Eloise lives in Brisbane (Australia), but you won’t find her often in the city. When she is not disconnected underwater or in a national park, she loves sharing her travel tips and inspiring her readers to take care of our beautiful planet. She considers every weekend as a two-day holiday break. Her approach: you don’t always need to go far to travel. Still, she also enjoys exploring the world and discovering new cultures. Eloise is originally from France and, before moving to Brisbane, she lived in Sydney, Istanbul and England.