Bushland reserves

Discover the diversity of Brisbane City Council's bushland reserves, wetlands, parklands and forest. Council manages over 9500 hectares of natural areas for conservation, protection of biodiversity, nature based activities and for visitors to access and use. View the track maps, and enjoy the many bush walking tracks, mountain bike trails, horse riding multi-use trails, picnic areas and playgrounds. You can also tour natural habitat areas and discover our many different native animal and plant species.

Find out about each bushland reserve, the permitted activities, walking tracks and trails, facilities, flora and fauna and their history. You can also find out what events are happening in parks and reserves across Brisbane, and at our three environment centres.

Before exploring our bushland reserves, visit the Atlas of Living Australia website to see what wildlife you are likely to encounter. Print out a species list and make sure you record your sightings to share with other visitors.

Anstead Bushland Reserve

Anstead Bushland Reserve covers more than 80 hectares. It is the largest Council owned bushland site on the Brisbane River and is an important asset for the south east Queensland region's nature conservation. Visitors to the reserve can enjoy bushwalks, horse riding, picnics, a kick and play area, barbecues and access to toilets.

Banks Street Reserve

Formerly a market garden, Banks Street Reserve is only 5km from the Brisbane CBD and consists of 37 hectares of bushland.

Bayside Parklands

The Bayside Parklands is made up of a 16 kilometre stretch of parks located at Wynnum North, the foreshores at Wynnum, Manly and Lota, and bushlands along Tingalpa and Lota Creeks. 

Download the track maps which includes trails for bush walking, cycling and horse riding.

Belmont Hills Bushland

The Belmont Hills Bushland is located in the Bulimba Creek catchment. The bushland area covers 85 hectares and is an important asset in Brisbane's natural area network. 


Boondall Wetlands

Boondall Wetlands is located 15 kilometres north of Brisbane's CBD. The wetlands lie on the edge of Moreton Bay between Nudgee Beach, Boondall and Shorncliffe and include approximately 1150 hectares of tidal flats, mangroves, saltmarshes, melaleuca wetlands, grasslands and open forest. The Boondall Wetlands offer a variety of walking tracks and some mountain bike trails. Download the track map.

Brisbane Koala Bushlands

Brisbane Koala Bushlands are 15 kilometres south-east of Brisbane's CBD. These bushlands are made up of a network of natural areas of koala habitat and include bushwalking and horse riding tracks and a wildlife information visitor node. Find details of the trails in the track map.

Chermside Hills Reserves

In Chermside West and McDowall, a network of three natural areas create what is known as Chermside Hills Reserves. Visitors to Chermside Hills Reserve and Milne Hill Reserve can enjoy birdwatching, bushwalking and using the picnic and barbeque facilities and the activities in the Downfall Creek Bushland Centre.

Hemmant Quarry Reserve

Hemmant Quarry Reserve is located on Fleming Road in Hemmant, 11 kilometres east of Brisbane's CBD. The 24 hectare reserve is part of the Bulimba Creek Catchment and contains open eucalypt forest and wetland species around an old quarry that is now a water body and wildlife habitat.

Karawatha Forest Park

Karawatha Forest Park is 18 kilometres south of Brisbane's CBD adjoining Compton Road at Karawatha and Kuraby. Enjoy bush walks, picnics and the Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre. Find details of the Karawatha Forest Park track map and track information.

Mt Coot-tha Forest

Mt Coot-tha Forest is a 15-minute drive west of Brisbane's Central Business District. Mt Coot-tha is a Brisbane icon forming a backdrop for the city and is cherished by the community for its many and varied values.

North East Wetlands

North East Wetlands include a number of smaller wetland parks such as Deagon Wetlands Reserve, Third Lagoon, Dowse Lagoon, Einbunpin Reserve and Brighton Wetlands.

Seven Hills Bushland Reserve

Seven Hills Bushland Reserve is over 50 hectares in size and is located 15 minutes south east of Brisbane's CBD.

Tinchi Tamba Wetlands

Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve is over 380 hectares in size and is part of a network of coastal wetlands on the edge of Moreton Bay. The wetlands are located 19 kilometres north of the Brisbane CBD, between Pine River and Bald Hills Creek and includes tidal flats, mangroves, salt-marshes, melaleuca wetlands, grasslands and open forest.

Toohey Forest Park and Mt Gravatt Outlook Reserve

Toohey Forest Park, which includes Mt Gravatt Outlook Reserve is approximately 260 hectares in size and is located 10 kilometres south of the city CBD next to Griffith University. Visitors can enjoy barbecues, picnicking, nature study, views from Mt Gravatt Outlook and several kilometres of bush walking tracks and bike riding on designated trails.

Whites Hill Reserve

Whites Hill Reserve is over 170 hectares in size and is located approximately seven kilometres south east of the Brisbane CBD. Visitors to the reserve can enjoy barbecue and picnic facilities, playground equipment, bushwalking, nature study and views of the city from the lookout.

Bushland reserves map

See the location of Brisbane's 16 largest bushland reserves and find the links to each one.