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Five of the Best Bike Rides in Brisbane

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by Emma Elliott (subscribe )
I am freelance writer from Brisbane in Australia. I have a passion for life, love to experience new things and constantly seek new challenges.
Published September 12th 2012
The Best Cycle Paths in Brisbane
Brisbane's bicycle paths create a well developed network that connect many suburban areas. Exploring these paths is a fabulous and cheap way to spend your weekend. It is also a great way to explore our great city, and to keep active.

The best thing about these bike paths is that you can tailor your ride to your fitness level. A lot of the paths connect with each other, so you could easily put together an 80 kilometre bike ride if you wanted. For those that are looking for an easy Sunday ride, you can easily figure out a more leisurely route to suit your style.

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I have listed 5 of my favourite bike paths to follow. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do.

1. Kedron Brook

Length: From Brookside Shopping Centre to Toombul Shopping Centre - 13 kilometres one way.
Why I Love This Path: This pathway has recently been renovated by the Brisbane City Council. This cycleway will take you alongside the Kedron Brook (a river inlet from the bay). Although this path will take you across some main roads, you will enjoy interrupted paths and back streets the majority of the way. There is a beautiful park just over the bridge from Shaw Park (Kalinga Park) which is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic.
Connects with: Jim Soorly Bikeway (Boondall Wetlands)



2. Redcliffe/Deception Bay (Morten Bay Cycleway)

Length: Approximately 26 kilometres from Ted Smout Bridge to Deception Bay one way.
Why I Love This Path: With views over to Morten Island and across the bay, this bike path is nothing short of picturesque. Have a dip in the lagoon at Redcliffe, enjoy the markets, the beach, the cafes, throw a fishing line off the jetty (if you can cycle with your rod), picnic in one of the gorgeous beachside shelters or cook a barbecue. You will be spoilt for choice out here.
Connects with: Jim Soorly Bikeway (Boondall Wetlands). Exciting new developments are happening here. By 2014, this route will connect with northern and southern parts of Brisbane to make what will be the biggest cycle route in Eastern Australia.



3. Wynnum/ Manly

Length: Around 10km return journey.
Why I Love This Path: Another bayside tranquil ride with lots of things to do along the way. Picnic, barbecue, swim, cafes, pub lunches and markets.



4. Boondal Wetlands (Jim Soorly Bikeway)

Length: About a 30 kilometre roundtrip from Boondall to Toombul.
Why I Love This Path: This area of Brisbane is different and stunning. Cycle over the boardwalks that sit just above the wetlands and swamps and enjoy the many different terrains that unfold before you on this trip. Don't forget to take a quick side trip down to Nudgee Beach!
Connects with: Morten Bay Cycleway and the Kedron Brook Cycle Path



5. The City

Length: 26 kilometres, 12 kilometres, 5 kilometres - there are a lot of different routes you can take.
Why I Love This Path: These bike paths circulate some of the most beautiful parts of Brisbane's inner city. With a multitude of things to do and see along the way- it will be the perfect day.



Take into consideration that there are plenty of parks, beaches and stunning views to enjoy along each of these journeys. One of my favourite things to do is to take along a picnic and find the perfect place to enjoy it along the way.

For more information on cycling pathways around Brisbane, please visit the Brisbane City Council website. This website has a comprehensive list of bike routes and maps for you to plan that perfect weekend ride.
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