THE Christmas holidays are well underway and that means many families will be looking for things to do before the big day arrives.
Redlands' network of bush tracks and trails will be a popular holiday spot for locals who want to get outdoors and enjoy the summer sun.
Here is a list of the best places to explore with the family.
Where: 487-503 German Church Road
About the trail: Bayview Conservation Area covers about 1000 hectares of land between Mount Cotton and Redland Bay. It boasts 60 kilometres of bushwalking and mountain bike trails and is home to some of Redlands' iconic flora and fauna, making it a hot spot for nature lovers. There is a covered barbecue area, picnic tables, bike wash-down area, toilets and access to power and water. It is the largest conservation area on the mainland.
Where: Clarke Street car park, Cleveland
About the trail: Redlands Track Park has a 25 kilometre bushwalking and mountain bike trail, horse riding tracks and 2.8 kilometres worth of paths and cycleways. There are three shelters located at separate entrances where people can access water, troughs for horses and dogs, bike racks, horse hitching rails and a map of the park. Local attractions like the Alexandra Hills Hotel, Cleveland Aquatic Centre, Redland Museum and Raby Bay are within riding distance.
Where: West Mount Cotton Road
About the trail: Venman Bushland National Park has several walking tracks for people of different skill levels and experience. Mountain bike riding and horse riding is not permitted in the park but there are picnic tables and wood fired barbecues for families to enjoy. Wildlife is one of the park's major attractions, with red-necked wallabies often seen near the picnic area. It is also a popular spot for birdwatchers.
Where: 361-381 Avalon Road, Sheldon
About the trail: Don and Christine Burnett Conservation Area is located at Sheldon and is home to some of the best bushwalking and mountain bike trails in the Redlands. It is a great sport for nature lovers, with swamp and red neck wallabies regularly seen in the area. It is named after long-time advocates for Redlands' natural environment - Don and Christine Burnett.
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