At first glance this forest didn’t look too enticing, but as we did our research I came to see this area in a different light. It is a wonderful place for keen hikers as it has extensive walking tracks. We did Sandstone Circuit (1km) and found it to be a very easy walk on well maintained paths. Toohey Forest is located 11km south of Brisbane, covers approximately 260 hectares of open eucalypt forest and is home to more than 400 plants and animals.
The vegetation of this forest is typical of the forests that once covered Brisbane. Along the creeks and gullies you’ll find vine forest and closed scrub and in pockets along Mimosa Creek you’ll find rainforest species. At night look out for tawny frogmouths, sugar gliders, squirrel gliders, bats, flying foxes, ringtail possums and brushtail possums. Interestingly the forest has almost no native ground-dwelling mammals. More than 75 species of birds, a diversity of reptiles, butterflies and frogs also call this place home.
Toohey Forest is named after James Toohey, an Irishman who made his fortune during the Californian gold rush. The land belonged to his family till 1945 when Council acquired it. Be sure to visit Mt Gravatt Outlook for a panoramic view of Brisbane and surrounds. The forest has several picnic areas with tables but no barbecues or toilets. More photos.
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