Is there a better way to exercise than hiking up mountains? It’s an excellent opportunity to get fantastic views as a reward, in addition to the sensational feeling of having conquered a place. We’re lucky to have a few mountain hikes near Brisbane. They aren’t all providing great views though. Here’s a list of what I think are the best mounts to hike near Brisbane to exercise with a view.

You’ll find a map to locate these mountains at the end of the article. The hiking time and difficulty are based on our experience hiking these mountains. We’re experienced hikers with a good level of fitness and used to scrambling. Always check the national park alerts and notes before attempting any of these mountain hikes near Brisbane. Trail conditions change over time which can impact the level of difficulty of the hike.

1. Mount Barney

Distance from Brisbane: about 2 hours

Hike distance/time: 17.5km (8-10 hours)

Difficulty: very hard

If you’re up for an adventure and have a great sense of direction, then you’ll love hiking Mount Barney in the Scenic Rim region. It’s a great effort to reach the summit and come back in one long day. Some choose to spend the night up there, but that means carrying up all the equipment so it does not make it a lot easier. It’s one of the hardest mountains to hike near Brisbane, but we loved it. But make sure you’re well prepared!

Mount Barney - Morning
Mount Barney

2. Mount Maroon

Distance from Brisbane: about 2 hours

Hike distance/time: 6km (3-4 hours)

Difficulty: moderate/hard

Just near Mount Barney, Mount Maroon provides the same kind of panoramic views, but for a lot less effort. It only takes half a day to do this one. But be ready to use your hands as you’d still need to scramble in the gully on the way up though.

Sunset on Mount Maroon
Mount Maroon

3. Flinders Peak

Distance from Brisbane: 1 hour

Hike distance/time: 7.4km (2-3 hours)

Difficulty: moderate/hard

Flinders Peak is one of the closest mountain hikes near Brisbane as it’s less than 50 kilometres away from the CBD, near Ipswich. The hike is fun with its dose of small challenges. It took us about the same time as the Mount Maroon hike, only half a day. If you don’t have time to hike Flinders Peak, check out Mount Blaine just next to it.

Flinders Peak Ipswich Brisbane
Flinders Peak

4. Mount Greville

Distance from Brisbane: about 1.5 hours

Hike distance/time: 7km (3-4 hours)

Difficulty: moderate/hard

I enjoyed hiking up Mont Greville and it was another good fitness exercise in the Scenic Rim region. But going down across Palm Gorge was my real highlight of the hike. This one also took us half a day.

Mount Greville Summit 02
View from the top of Mount Greville

5. Mount Cordeaux

Distance from Brisbane: about 1.5 hours

Hike distance/time: 7km (3 hours)

Difficulty: easy

Mount Cordeaux and its neighbour Mount Mitchell are easy to conquer but the views from the summit are nonetheless stunning. I highly recommend pushing a bit further and hiking to Bare Rock (add about one hour to the total hiking time). It was easier and shorter than the other hikes previously mentioned.

Mount Cordeaux

6. Mount Tibberoowuccum

Distance from Brisbane: about 1.5 hours

Hike distance/time: 2km (1h10)

Difficulty: moderate

Mount Tibberoowuccum is my favourite mount to climb in the Glasshouse Mountains. I find it a lot more fun than the most popular walk in the Glasshouse Mountains, Mount Ngungun. There are fewer people and it feels more adventurous. If you’re up for it, the last part to reach the summit involves scrambling – almost rock-climbing (a bit hard when you’re scared of heights!). It’s a short hike that we finished in just over one hour. But you’ll find many other mounts to climb in the National Park to make it worth the drive up there.

View of the Glasshouse Mountains from the Yul-yan-man Track. Mount Tibberoowuccum is in the middle (third from the right).

7. Mount Coo-Tha

Distance from Brisbane: about 15min

Hike distance/time: 6km (2 hours)

Difficulty: easy

I admit that because you can simply drive up to the busy summit or catch the bus, I’m not a fan of climbing all the way up to Mount Coo-Tha. Up there, you’ll find a restaurant, a café, a lot of people and a lot of concrete. Nothing natural like the rest of the mountain hikes I listed previously. But as you won’t find a mount closer to Brisbane offering great views like Mount Coo-Tha, I felt I had to add it to the list of mountain hikes near Brisbane.

And you, what are your favourite mountain hikes near Brisbane? Share your experience in the comments below!

Map of the best mountain hikes near Brisbane

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Eloise is the creator and writer of She writes about her experiences exploring exotic destinations and finding hidden gems closer to home. Her goal is to share tips and stories to inspire and encourage others to go on their own adventures. She loves outdoor and nature-based activities like scuba diving, hiking, kayaking, and sailing. She grew up in France and has lived in England and Turkey before calling Australia home for the past decade. So let's get ready for another adventure!

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