If whizzing around the city to cram Brisbane’s shops, shows and gastronomy into your itinerary leaves you breathless, rest easy knowing a lungful of fresh air is never far away.

The Brisbane region has many quiet walking trails that will make you feel a million miles from the urban buzz, so lace up those boots and capitalise on Queensland’s warm winter sun.

1. Mt Coot-tha: for knockout city views

Friends, lovers, families, dogs – everyone in Brissie knows this iconic peak for its cracking views of the city.

As a former gold mining area and military base just 15 minutes’ drive from the CBD, Mt Coot-tha Forest is Brisbane’s largest natural area and offers a series of walking trails.

This includes the two-kilometre Summit Track leading to the top spot, where you can sip a latte at the onsite restaurant before your descent.

Culture buffs should also check out the Aboriginal Art Trail, where tree carvings and rock paintings can be spotted along the one-kilometre track.

Starting from Gertrude Petty Place, the two-kilometre summit track leads through the Mt Gravatt Outlook Reserve with glimpses of the city, Glass House Mountains, D’Aguilar Range and Mt Coot-tha along the way.

Keep your eyes peeled for the flap of more than forty bird species found in the area; if you’re lucky, you might also spot an echidna or snoozing koala.

3. Binna Burra: to get lost (and found) in the rainforest

If you want more of a wild-side trek through tangles of lush rainforest, drive 100 kilometres south of Brisbane to Binna Burra.

Here, at the end of a narrow, winding road you’ll find 15 trails of varied length and intensity, ranging from a 1.2-kilometre rainforest circuit to the one-way 21-kilometre Border Track, which connects to the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park.

4. North Stradbroke Island: for a whale of a time

A 25-minute ferry ride from Toondah Harbour is the island paradise locally known as ‘Straddie’, where you can stroll 1.5 kilometres along the North Gorge Walk at Point Lookout.

The walk provides spectacular ocean views and, if you make tracks between June and November, it’s the perfect vantage point to spot migrating humpback whales.

5. Tamborine Mountain: if you have a sweet tooth

There’s nothing like a silky piece of fudge to get the legs motivated, and Tamborine Mountain, 80 kilometres south of Brisbane, will reward your hiking efforts with sugary treats purchased along the boutique-lined ‘Gallery Walk’.

A series of trails begins near the shopping strip, including a two-kilometre circuit to Curtis Falls. The track takes you down steep steps to a tranquil pool at the base of the falls before leading back to the retail area where cheese, olives and handicrafts await.

6. Mt Barney: if you’re an adventurer

If you prefer your hikes a little more rugged, up the ante at Mt Barney – South East Queensland’s second highest peak.

There are class-four and five tracks suitable for experienced bushwalkers equipped with navigational equipment. Not for the faint-hearted.