Biking Brisbane: A Cycling Enthusiast’s Guide

From city to coast the Sunshine State has a lot of offer, although Brisbane is truly the best city to get around on a bike and test your endurance in some of the most beautiful terrains. Whether you are a lucky local or a rider passing through, here is our guide to taking your mountain bikes through Brisbane. We have tried to include a range of easy and challenging rides so that you have a destination for every mood and experience level. Enjoy biking Brisbane!

Photo by Zachary Staines

River Walk, West End

West End needs no introduction, but you might be surprised to learn that it’s not just for pedestrians but cyclists alike. The track is a 4km ride and has many places to stop and take in the view of the Brisbane River or refresh yourself with a drink and a bite to eat. The River Walk is classified as an easy grade ride, so expect more of a recreational day out with lots of sights rather than an opportunity to really train and sweat. Also note that this walk is not a loop, and so you will either have to turn back to find your starting point or you can cross Kurilpa Bridge to get to the CBD.

Photo by Romain Terpreau

Boondall Wetlands, Boondall

The Boondall Wetlands are a better-kept secret than West End and here you will find an 8km bike track that takes you deep into the marshlands. This is also a relatively easy grade ride, but there are a few intervals that might push you. If you had planned to take this track while biking Brisbane on as a team, note that there are some narrow bridges that you will need to navigate so be prepared to ride single file from time to time. This ride is sure to give you a look at natural Brisbane that you haven’t seen before.

Photo by Deb Dowd

Minnippi Parklands, Carindale

Minnippi Parklands will be a bit more challenging for riders with the stunning 9km ride following Bulimba Creek and weaving through a number of affluent suburbs. The trail is well looked after, but you can expect some slopes and different terrain throughout the ride with green hills on either side. There are also a number of playgrounds and great picnic spots to be found if you want to sneak off for a ride during a family picnic, with turtles and other wildlife to be found in the nearby creek to amuse the whole family.

Photo by Ben Pham

Mt Coot-Ha Loop

If you like a view from the top, then you have to visit the famous Mt Coot-Ha on Brisbane’s west side. You can get there by riding the Western Freeway Bikeway and then ride the challenging loop to the top of the mountain which totals 12km. This is not a ride for the faint-hearted, so while you may be experienced at riding this distance understand that it is a steep wind as you loop around the mountain. The good news is that you will be rewarded with the best view in Brisbane and will find a cafe at the top to sit and get your heart rate back to normal. Definitely worth biking in Brisbane!

Photo by Ben Pham

City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane City

You can’t round off a cycling trip of Brisbane without riding through the City Botanic Gardens. This will give you the greatest view of the Brisbane River (affectionately known as the Brown Snake). The Botanic Gardens is located on the edge of the CBD, so you can even take it slow through Edward Street and hit the restaurants and shops that line this bustling city centre. The City Botanic Gardens will also connect you with a number of bridges so you can head to other destinations across the river in search of your new track.

Photo by Kon Karampelas

Melbourne might be known as a bike city, but Brisbane is not far behind and new infrastructure promises to support this mode of transport even more. You can also find some fantastic bike shops and repair garages in West End if you need some new wheels or a tune-up.

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