Over the last few years, we have tried to explore at least one or two new places every month on day trips from the city. We are still finding great new locations right on our doorstep. The Simpson Falls picnic area and hiking tracks are only 30 minutes from home and 15 minutes from the CBD.
Follow the signs as you arrive at Mt Coot-tha through to JC Slaughter falls then continue on up the road a little more until you see the entrance to Simpson Falls Walk posted. Drive in the gate and follow the road up to the top two carparks, you can walk from the bottom carpark but it’s quite a way up and if there are spaces available walking the beautiful tracks is far more enjoyable than on the asphalt.
Even if you didn’t make it further than the picnic area just down from the carpark this is a relaxing and attractive nature spot for a day out. The picnic area has tables, wood barbeques, picnic shelters and toilet facilities, and there’s also plenty of shade from large trees to lounge or play under. The area is alive with birds and other wildlife like this large goanna we were watching while we had our coffee.
The walks are well-formed and signposted but I’d always recommend sturdy walking shoes and bug spray for any track in Queensland, you don’t want to ruin a fun day out. As for the falls themselves, even though we’re a good way through the traditional ‘wet season’ they are more dry river beds and rock formations than falls at this stage, the area is still beautiful though and well worth a visit and if we get some decent rains I’d make another trip out here to see them actually flowing.
If you’re interested in bird life there is a reasonable variety here, on a short walk we saw white-browed scrub wrens, tree creepers, kookaburra, pale head lorikeets and plenty of bush turkeys, and there were plenty more heard in the trees if you had the skill to spot and identify them.