While Brisbane isn’t quite Amsterdam, it is definitely cyclist friendly, to say the least.
Cycling is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, get the blood pumping before work and enjoy some fresh air while strengthening those calves! Whether you cycle for sport, fun, or out of necessity, we’ve got you covered when it comes to finding a bikeway near you.
“I’m a casual cyclist looking for a scenic weekend ride”
If you like to get outside on the weekend and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine that Brisbane has to offer, there are a few routes around the city perfect for casual cycling.
From GOMA (South Brisbane) to Kangaroo Point, there is a bike trail that hugs the river – ideal for a little sightseeing and the best views of Brisbane City.
From Riverstage and the City Botanic Gardens, a bike trail close to the river on the northside runs all the way to Teneriffe, through the charming New Farm Park. Stop for a picnic and a breather at End of the Road Coffee, near the ferry terminal.
If you’re up for a longer ride, why not join the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and West End Markets cycling tour on March 3rd? Enjoy the tranquillity of the Gardens, followed by the hustle and bustle of the markets. Perfect for a weekend social outing!
“I’m a moderate cyclist looking for a good workout”
For confident cyclists who are used to cycling in traffic and sharing the road, there are a few bike trails around Brisbane that incorporate bikeways, roads with bike lanes, and bike-friendly city roads.
If you’re not afraid of an incline and like to feel the burn, try heading out Springbrook way to cycle from Jones Road in Redbank Plains, up to Spring Mountain. This route has a few bike trails and roads with dedicated bike lanes.
Another great route just outside of the city runs from North Lakes to Redcliffe. Finish your workout by cooling off with a dip in the ocean!
If you want to exercise for a good cause, why not register for The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation Cycle of Giving this March? You can choose between a 25 km, 55 km or 100 km route. All proceeds go towards organ transplant research.
“I’m an experienced cyclist looking for a challenge”
Consider yourself a professional cyclist? If you’ve been around the block a few times and are looking for a new challenge, there are some great routes just outside Brisbane that will be sure to get your blood pumping!
Bunyaville Conservation Park is a 25-minute drive from Brisbane CBD and offers a great selection of trails for intermediate mountain bikers. ‘Jurassic,’ ‘Creek Track,’ ‘Carnage,’ and ‘Steps’ are the top rated!
Gap track is rated as one of the best mountain biking tracks in South East Queensland and challenges even the most experienced mountain bikers. It’s a 20km track through Gap Creek in D’Aguilar National Park that is sure to get your heart racing! It features long, steep downhill runs and uphill climbs that will have your muscles aching (in a good way!).
If you’re a bit of a novice at mountain biking but want to build on your skills in a team environment, try joining the Guys and Girls Intermediate Mountain Bike Skill program offered by BCC.
For a detailed map of all of Brisbane’s bikeways, bike lanes and cyclist-friendly roads, click here. To plan a specific trip between two points, map out your journey using Brisbane City Council’s Cycling Route Planner. Don’t forget that if you don’t have a bike, you can always hire one through BCC’s City Cycle Bike Hire stations for as little as $2 an hour!