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5 great South East Queensland walking destinations accessible by public transport

Tracy Kolbe-Alexander

Prof Tracy Kolbe-Alexander is Associate Head of School (Research), and the program Discipline Lead for Public Health in the School of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Southern Queensland, as well as Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town (South Africa). The focus of Tracy’s research is on the role of physical activity on health and well-being in communities, including those with low socio-economic status, from regional and remote areas, and the Global South.


Queensland in winter is the perfect place to go exploring. I love walking because it gives me the time and opportunity to see so much more, and to experience the joys of nature and being outdoors. When I decide on my next walk, public transport is an important factor, because it’s easy, sustainable and part of the experience. Here are some of my favourite adventures that combine walking with active transport. What are yours? 

West End Markets

West End Markets

This is a ‘must do’ in Brisbane, and takes place every Saturday. Instead of driving to the market and spending huge amounts of time trying to find parking, consider this option: Take a train to Toowong station (or find a park close by), then walk along the Brisbane River to West End. After exploring the markets you can walk back to Toowong, or take a ferry if too tired.

Image: Tourism and Events Queensland


Another wonderful river walk is in Newstead. Start the adventure by taking a ferry to New Farm. Then start your walk along Newstead River walkway from the Gasworks Plaza. There’s plenty of parks and spaces for kids to play along the walk. Consider exploring further and walking into Tenerife and Newstead.

Image: Tourism and Events Queensland


Queens Park, Ipswich

Green space is good for our mental health, therefore walking in parks has many benefits, including enjoyment and getting outdoors. Take a train to Ipswich station, then a short walk to Queens Park (1.3km). Then walk towards Limestone Park and back to Queens Park. This loop is about 5km and walkers can enjoy the play areas, Nerima Gardens (Japanese gardens of Ipswich), and the café on this journey.


When I travel a bit further afield, I like Toowoomba because it has impressive street art. Take a walk around Toowoomba and challenge yourself to find as many of the amazing street artworks along the main roads, such as Ruthven Street and the smaller lane ways like Club Lane. This might be a great family challenge, especially for those who love both art and walking!

Image: Tourism and Events Queensland

Toowoomba Street Art
Redcliffe Scarborough Marina at sunset

Redcliffe Foreshore

Need some sea air? Consider the Redcliffe Foreshore walks, there are about 3 different walks that can be combined into one filled with different places of interest. This includes the Redcliffe Esplanade Walk and the Redcliffe Foreshore Art Trail.

Image: visitredcliffeqld.com.au


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