Enjoying a ride around beautiful Brisbane is easy these days, with hundreds of kilometres of well-maintained bikeways along the river, threading through green belts, traversing the wetlands, and hugging the waterfront of the bay and its islands. The council even provides maps you can download. Here are just a few of the rides:
A family-friendly jaunt of around 25km return. On flat, wide concrete paths, it follows Kedron Brook on its journey to the bay, skirting the Nudgee Golf Club (on the site of an old award-winning vineyard), Brisbane Airport and passing under the Gateway Arterial. The track passes through a varied and vast landscape of salt marshes, broad grasslands, mangrove thickets and pools that are home to a wide variety of wading birds. The distant rumble of the highways and of soaring jets only adds to the sense of having stumbled across an exclusive landscape that has escaped the nearby urbanisation.
This park is a delightful lush oasis of fig and gumtree bushland with a wide, easy-grade paved path. Home to koalas, water dragons, bandicoots, wallabies and over 50 species of birds, this secluded and traffic-free reserve makes a great and surprising retreat from the nearby suburbs. The well-shaded path of approximately 1.4km one way winds along pretty creek beds, crisscrossed by quaint wooden bridges and along the way are information plaques and the odd bench for contemplation.
The leafy riverside trail of around 6km return includes the option for a meander through the ex-convict farm and racecourse that for more than a century has been the splendid New Farm Park, and the old Powerhouse. Today the Powerhouse is an arts hub and Saturday market venue twice a month. From here it passes along Cutters Landing in front of the old sugar refinery apartments before entering the old woolstore precinct of Teneriffe.
A 9km return track, it follows Bulimba Creek all the way from the depths of suburban cul-de-sacs via the back of Carindale Shopping Centre and on to the lush Minnippi Parklands. With the odd gentle slope, the wide concrete path winds through wooded glades, meadows, over little wooden bridges and has an excellent playground as either a starting point for the less experienced/younger riders or a halfway point for others. Bulimba Creek is home to turtles that congregate near the picnic shelters in expectation of food scraps.
Coochie Mudlo Island is one of Moreton Bay’s most secluded and compact sand-fringed islands, relatively untouched by time or tourists. Its enduring exclusivity is helped by there being only one kiosk and a beach resort cafe.
The path around the island is approximately 5km and takes about an hour by bike. More than half of it is paved, the rest on dirt or sand and except for one short jaunt up a steep hill, it is relatively flat.
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