Good news, happy campers! The cooler temps have got us pumped for getting outdoors and exploring Brisbane’s backyard. Whether you’re a hardcore hiker or just want to lean into the gorpcore trend, you’ll need to look the part with gear that is practical, functional and stylish.

If you’re keen to get in the car and go on a hiking or camping adventure, the Valley is a convenient hub for a range of outdoor outfitters that will have you kitted up and ready to explore. Best of all, these stores are all located within easy walking distance, so you won’t wear out your new hiking boots before you hit the trails.

K2 Base Camp

For a massive collection of the world’s top adventure and lifestyle brands, head to K2 Base Camp on Wickham Street. The independent outdoor adventure specialist store even has a bouldering wall on site and specialises in climbing, mountaineering, hiking and trail running pursuits. You’ll also find a wide range of camping and travel gear. Check out the top selection of hiking boots and trail running shoes from on-trend brands such as Salomon as well as La Sportiva and Asolo.

Paddy Pallin

Queensland’s only Paddy Pallin outlet also has a massive space on Wickham Street where you’ll find more than 100 of the world’s premier outdoor and adventure brands, including Arc’teryx, Icebreaker, The North Face and Patagonia. Spanning footwear and clothing to hiking, camping and climbing equipment for all terrains and climates, your next adventure starts here. Just as popular on the street as in the wilderness, kit yourself in the coolest puffers, vests and jackets here. 

Rocksports Valley

Get hands-on with your new gear at Rocksports, Brisbane’s first indoor climbing gym on Barry Parade. As well as onsite activities, lessons and sessions, Rocksports’ qualified outdoor instructors also lead rock climbing excursions to well-known climbing destinations such as Kangaroo Point and the Glasshouse Mountains.

- June 2022