The Sunshine State is home to some of the country’s best hiking and running trails, and whether you love hitting the beach or getting lost in native bushland, you’re guaranteed to find a track to suit your style.
We’ve done the research for you to help locate the top trail running spots in Queensland, focusing on the two biggest metropolises in the state, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. New to trail running? Check out some trail running shoes that will keep you on track (mind the pun).
The River Loop – 6.5km - 10km
One of the most popular Brisbane trail running spots, the River Loop wraps around part of the Brisbane River, offering a nice mix of city views and parkland escapes.
The shorter 6.5km loop starts from the Brisbane City Botanical Gardens and heads north past Eagle Street Pier, then crosses back over the Story Bridge.
Run through Kangaroo Point, keeping the river on your right and back to the Goodwill Bridge. Head over that and finish back up at the Botanical Gardens.
If you still have energy once you get to the Goodwill Bridge, you can continue on towards the Kurilpa Bridge and cut back to the other side of the river, eventually meeting up at the Gardens to make an enjoyable 10km loop.
This is a great run at any time of day, and with it being mostly flat, it’s suitable for people of all fitness levels. If you want a real challenge though, hit the stairs at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs.