Brisbane’s brightly-coloured, lycra-cladded pedal pushers will have you believe that they are the only cyclists in this town. But, we would argue otherwise.
You don't need fancy duds or first class road cycling technology to ride in Brisbane. Thanks to the Brisbane City Councils many new bikeways and upgrades, there are a bevy of bike tracks or routes that will satisfy the average bike rider who wants a bit of outdoor fun, fitness and adventure without all the serious business.
So, helmet up and enjoy the best bike routes in Brisbane.
Brisbane River Loop
Without a doubt the most scenic bike route in Brisbane, the Brisbane River Loop can be started at any point, and taken in any directon. Our suggestion would be to start over in Kangaroo Point, just around the Story Brige, riding all the way through South Bank to the Go Between Bridge. Crossing over, you'll head back past the CBD, around the Brisbane Botanic Gardens and over to the Howard Smith Wharves, continuing on to New Farm Park or the Sydney Street Ferry Stop, where you can jump on a ferry (off-peak) back to where you started.
Kedron Brook Bikeway
This bikeway is an old favourite amongst Brisbaneites. To cycle the full path, jump on at Nundah and head along the brook to Mitchelton. There are plenty of water stops and shady spots as you pass happy pups, joggers and power walkers along the way. For a longer trek, the bikeway connects with other paths that will get you all the way to Sandgate.
Wynnum To Manly Shoreline
Does 6km of riding with the sea breeze in your hair sound totally appealing? Of course it does! Head to the bayside and ride along the Wynnum Manly foreshore—past the Manly marina, the Wynnum Wading Pool and the pier. Top it off with some takeaway fish and chips to take home at the end. You’ve earned it.
Mount Coot-tha Loop
There's a heap of mountain biking tracks through Mount Coot-tha that cater to riders of all levels who want to challenge their mountain biking skills with short but adrenaline-raising trails. If you're not really the thrill seeker, you can do the 10km loop up to the look out instead, either straight up via the winding main road, or around the mountain and up the back way. Word of warning, if you opt to go up via the shorter, winding route, it's a serious leg-burner all the way.
Ferny Grove Rail Trail
This historic trail is home to one of Queensland’s worst rail accidents, the Camp Mountain Rail Disaster and ends at a tunnel that UQ now uses to study bat colonies. Sounds spooky, but we bet you’re intrigued, right? You can ride the short 3.5km (return) bush track from Lanita Court in Ferny Hills, or start at the Ferny Grove station to Lanita Court where you can find the old rail tracks passing through Samford Village.
City To South Loop
Loop from north to south Brisbane and take in city, residential and uni life. Start in the CBD and head through South Brisbane to Dutton Park. Cross the Eleanor Schonell Bridge to UQ and then back along the river via Toowong on Coronation Drive. This route isn’t off-road the whole way, so have your cycling smarts when riding close to traffic. Warning: There will also be some up-hill challenges so prepare to breathe deep and bring it!
New Farm To Hamilton
You won't even need your own bike for this one. Embrace the yellow helmet and jump on a City Cycle! Cruise at a leisurely pace along the river from the city to New Farm Park and then on to Teneriffe—one of the best ways to lap up the inner city life. Thanks to the new bikeway that just opened, you can keep on riding all the way to Hamilton, with a brand new path to really test out your speed limits on.
Western Freeway Cycleway
If you don't mind riding next to a highway, the Western Freeway Bikeway is one of the longer bikeways in Brisbane, running parallel to the Western Freeway from just west of Toowong all the way south through to Richlands. If you're up for a challenge, pair it with the Mt Coot-tha loop for a serious workout, or you can go on-road through Toowong to link up with the Bicentennial Bikeway along the river to the city.
Looking for even more outdoor activities in Brisbane? Read on for Brisbane's best urban walks.
Image credit: Jonny Kennaug