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Best Brisbane Outdoor Exercise Locations

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published September 29th 2015
The 5 best locations in Brisbane to exercise you should try
Best Brisbane Outdoor Exercise Locations

While a gym provides an all weather exercise location, nothing beats getting outdoors to exercise. Brisbane is blessed with a vast number of great places to exercise. But here are 5 of the most amazing locations in Brisbane to exercise.

Brisbane has many popular places for exercise
Brisbane has many popular places for exercise


Kangaroo Point

Kangaroo point is the focus for many people in Brisbane to exercise. Go at any time of the day or night and you will see people cycling, running, stretching or doing yoga.

Be aware that this location is fully of tourists and people like myself wandering around. So unless you head there early in the morning it is not the best place to ride or cycle. However it is still an incredibly popular place.

Cyclist seen from the Kangaroo Point Cliffs
Cyclist seen from the Kangaroo Point Cliffs


Joggers can easily do a circuit that goes over the Good Will or Story Bridges to the other side of the river and back. Cyclists too can use this area as a starting point to cross the river and head to either New Farm or Indooroopilly.

One of the attractions of Kangaroo Point is are the stairs heading up the cliffs. It is rare to walk up these stairs and not see one or two people running up and down them. Most people go up and down 5 times. Or more accurately, they go up once, pause for a few minutes, go down and then run up again,gasp for breath and repeat.

Jogger on the Kangaroo Point Cliff Stairs
Jogger on the Kangaroo Point Cliff Stairs


I think one of the best attractions of this area, is that after exercising you can go to South Bank, swim at Streets Beach and shower in the public showers there. Oh and have a coffee and a cake to recover.

Though don't forget Riverlife also provides opportunities for a range of other exercise adventures. A particularly popular one is climbing the Kangaroo Point Cliffs.

Abseiling at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs
Abseiling at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs


Kedron Brook Bikeway

When it comes to cycling, the lycra clad brigade head to one key location in Brisbane: Kedron Brook and its wonderful bikeway. But the location is not only for cyclists, runners are also well looked after.

Most cyclists head to Toombul Shopping Centre to start their ride. From Toombul you can either cycle out to Nudgee Beach or to the Boondall Wetlands. For a longer cycle start at Stafford Shopping Centre and cycle first to Toombul and beyond.

Cyclists at Boondall Wetlands
Cyclists at Boondall Wetlands


For runners and dog walkers, the section between Toombul and Stafford are the best. The track is divided between pedestrians and cyclists. Dog walkers usually head to the grassy section on the opposite side of the creek and let their dogs run free where the dogs don't hurt anyone.

Kedron Brook Bikeway near Lutwyche
Kedron Brook Bikeway near Lutwyche


Though the best part of the track for runners is past Stafford. This part of the track, especially near Mitchelton is quiet and there are various exercise equipment along the track.

Exercise equipment on the Kedron Brook Bikeway
Exercise equipment on the Kedron Brook Bikeway


Mt Coot-tha

For a lot of people, Mt Coot-tha is a touristy location with some boring walking tracks. But locals know the area as a maze of tracks that run up and across the mountain. This makes Mt Coot-tha one of the most varied locations for people building up their hiking fitness. It also attracts cyclists and mountain bikers.

Walkers on the Honeyeater Track
Walkers on the Honeyeater Track


Forget the summit track, the best track up for exercise is the Honeyeater track that runs from Fleming Road in Chapel Hill up to the Summit. This well maintained track is not steep but as you are following a constant incline, it is a great track to exercise on. I recommend starting at the summit, walking down then up and enjoying a cup of coffee at the Kuta Cafe.

Kuta Cafe at the Mt Coot-tha Summit
Kuta Cafe at the Mt Coot-tha Summit

A steeper track is the Lookout trail that runs from Russell Terrace up to the summit. This is the steepest track in Mt Coot-tha.

Another great location to start a hike is from the Gap Creek Reserve. Follow the Bellbird Trail to the start of the Kokoda Track. This is also a very steep and challenging track as it approach the top of the mountain. Then walk across the road and walk the Eugenia Circuit and head back down the Jacksonia and Cockatoo Trails to the start.

Clever hikers are able to link various tracks together to easily do two or three hours of hiking. It is also possible to take a bus to the start of some of the trails and then do a cross mountain walk to another bus stop.

The area is also popular with cyclists. The trail up Mt Coot-tha has been greatly improved in recent years. A popular cycle is to head up Mt Coot-tha road then do one or two circuits of the Sir Samuel Griffith Drive before heading back down.

The cycle path up Mt Coot-tha has been greatly improved in recent years
The cycle path up Mt Coot-tha has been greatly improved in recent years


Mountain Bikers are also well accommodated for on Mt Coot-tha with numerous shared and dedicated mountain biking tracks. The best place to start is at Gap Creek Reserve.

Mountain Bikers at Mt Coot-tha
Mountain Bikers at Mt Coot-tha


Roma Street Parklands

The Brisbane suburbs are filled with great sport fields. But closer to the city the parks tend to be more focused on other recreation. The Roma Street Parklands includes one of the best maintained sport fields in the city.

You will find the sport field off Parkland Boulevard near the artificial waterfall. This is a great place to get together with some friends and have a causal game of whatever flavour football you are into.

Exercising at night at the Roma Street Parklands
Exercising at night at the Roma Street Parklands


The area is also popular for exercise, especially as the area stays lit at night. While the ever changing colours of the waterfall provide a surreal feeling, the real advantage is that it makes the park a fairly safe place to exercise.

In addition the Roma Street Parklands lies at the city end of the North Brisbane Cycleway. This makes it is the perfect place to start or end a cycle or a run.

North Brisbane Cylceway ends at Roma Street Parklands
North Brisbane Cylceway ends at Roma Street Parklands


Brisbane River beyond St Lucia

You will often see kayakers on the Brisbane river near Kangaroo Point, but the best location is past St Lucia. The University of Queensland Campus is the upper limit of the Brisbane Ferries. From here few power boats venture so it is a perfect place to paddle or row.

Kayaks near University of Queensland
Kayaks near University of Queensland


Brisbane rowers can be seen out every morning sculling their way up and down the river. But many local kayakers and canoeist also love this section of the river.

Photo courtesy of the University of Queensland Rowing Club
Photo courtesy of the University of Queensland Rowing Club


This part of the river has numerous public boat ramps and pontoons which means there are plenty of places to launch your canoe or kayak. Some places to try are Orliegh Park in West End or at the end of Meiers Road in Indooroopilly. Check out the Brisbane City Council Website for more options.

This can be a pleasant paddle with a number nice parks to stop on the way to get out stretch. If you have a canoe, kayak or surf ski this is a great place to exercise, especially if weather on the coast is churning up waves.
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