Top 10 Hikes in South East Queensland Doable this Summer

The beauty about hiking in South East Queensland in the summer months is there are still so many options which are doable in the heat. It truly is the best of both worlds and there is nothing better than cooling off in freshwater!

I have selected a range of difficulties and lengths with the majority of them having waterfalls you can swim in so you can cool off.

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 TOP 10 HIKES DOABLE IN SUMMER

  1. Warrie Circuit – 14km, allow 5 hours
  2. Twin Falls – 4km, allow 2 hours
  3. Purling Brook Falls – 4km, allow 1.5-2hours
  4. Cougal Cascade – 2.2km, allow 1hour
  5. Natural Bridge – 1km, allow 30min
  6. Cedar Creek Falls track to rock pools – 1.1km allow, allow 30min
  7. Witches Falls Circuit – 2.6km, allow 1hour
  8. Box Forest circuit – 10.9km, allow 4hours
  9. West Canungra Creek Circuit – 13.9km, allow 5hours 30min
  10. Kondalilla Falls Circuit – 4.7km, allow 2hours

Warrie Circuit – 14km, allow 5 hours

This circuit is lush and green with so much shade, although there isn’t many spots to swim it is super cool under the rainforest. It would also be an awesome one if it is raining as it brings out the beautiful smells. Just take a change of clothes for when you get back to the car!! For more info on the trail, click through to find out more.

Twin Falls – 4km, allow 2 hours

These falls are just magical and are easily accessible. Although it is steep to get down, it is only a short walk. Getting close to these falls and soaking up all the negative ions, you will walk away feeling super refreshed! For more info on the trail, click through to find out more.

Purling Brook Falls – 4km, allow 1.5-2hours

Many people swim here, it is super popular in the summer months. Another shorter walk with one of the biggest returns. Highly recommended. For more info on the trail, click through to find out more.

Cougal Cascade – 2.2km, allow 1hour

A popular swimming spot for locals, this spot is very popular in the warmer months. Only thing I recommend is get there early as the car park is quite small. For more info on the trail, click through to find out more.

Natural Bridge – 1km, allow 30min

A short circuit but a great one to do all year round and specifically in summer. It is a lush rainforest with an easy board walk. You aren’t able to swim in this waterfall but you will certainly feel much cooler! For more info on the trail, click through to find out more.

Cedar Creek Falls track to rock pools – 1.1km allow, allow 30min

A popular one to swim in but also a super small car park so I recommend you get there early to avoid disappointment. A great spot to take a picnic and make a day of it. For more info on the trail, click through to find out more.

 Witches Falls Circuit – 2.6km, allow 1hour

A lush rainforest with the most majestic trees which stop you in your tracks. A short stroll through here is worth it. As it is super shady you will be that much cooler. For more info on the trail, click through to find out more.

Box Forest circuit – 10.9km, allow 4hours

A hike with lots of waterfalls under the rainforest, this is a great circuit to feel refreshed. For more info on the trail, click through to find out more.

West Canungra Creek Circuit – 13.9km, allow 5hours 30min

Another great one under the rainforest which means it is that much cooler. Take your time and enjoy every step of the way. For more info on the trail, click through to find out more.

Kondalilla Falls Circuit – 4.7km, allow 2hours

A great spot for a swim, and a popular one at that. Make sure you take your bathers and have a dip on your way back from the bottom pools. For more info on the trail, click through to find out more.

Hikes to do in summer in South East Queensland

If you are having difficulty knowing where to go hiking in summer, these trials are a good start. They are either in the rainforest which is five to ten degrees cooler or there is a waterfall you can cool off in – or both! 

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