Brisbane's parks and bikeways offer countless options for every cycling skill level, making them ideal for a fun family day out. Here are Brisbane's best routes for children, from trainer wheel types to BMX bandits.
Lota Camping Reserve is one of many parks suitable for practice riding with younger kids. It's right near the Waterloo Esplanade in Wynnum, which means you can ride along 5km of shoreline to Manly once their confidence is up. Reward the kids with some yacht spotting at the Manly marina while enjoying fish and chips.
Go to: Lota Camping Reserve, 710 Esplanade, Lota.
If your kids thrive on thrills, freewheeling, flairs and flat spins, there are more than 20 BMX tracks across Brisbane for all abilities. Most are dirt tracks, with some offering built-up mounds and jumps for the more experienced riders. Most impressive are the BMX tracks at Fitzgibbon and Darra – they're asphalt, and two of Australia's biggest BMX facilities of their kind, with Fitzgibbon boasting 640m of track.
Go to: Bracken Ridge BMX Track, Corner of Telegraph Road and Lemke Road, Fitzgibbon.
The Ithaca Creek cycle path starts at Woolcock Park in Red Hill, which has a sensory playground and toilet and picnic facilities, including barbecues. Travel 1.3km and you'll pass by more playgrounds at Bancroft Park and Spencer Park. The cycle path is shaded by trees, is mostly flat and follows the creek, which is home to turtles, eels, ducks and water dragons for added entertainment.
Go to: Ithaca Creek Cycle Path, 92 Waterworks Rd, Red Hill.
Starting at West End ferry terminal in Orleigh Park, this cycle path follows the Brisbane River taking in views across to Toowong and St Lucia and finishing around 3km later under the William Jolly Bridge at South Brisbane. This ride includes playgrounds, picnic and barbecue areas.
Go to: West End ferry terminal, Cnr Orleigh and Hoogley Street, West End.
For kids still building their bicycle stamina, this is a shorter ride that begins at the end of Bishop Street, Windsor. It follows the shady path along Enoggera Creek passing picnic areas and playgrounds, until it joins up with the Bowen Bridge Heritage Trail and finishes at the Northey Street Farm, a community garden where kids can check out the veggie patches and visit the chickens. On Sundays, this becomes a bustling fresh produce market.
This is a perfect beginner's ride that runs through Minnippi Parklands. Younger or less experienced riders can make the most of around 9km of wide concrete path that takes you around a lagoon, through a forest, across meadows and over small wooden bridges. The smooth, flat pathway makes this a great location to learn to ride. There's a playground halfway for a play break – or use it as the starting point to halve the ride. This path is part of the Bulimba Creek Bikeway that stretches from Murrarie to Wishart.
Go to: Minnippi Parklands, 276 Meadowlands Road, Carina.
Begin at Arthur Davis Park, which has a fantastic playground right on the foreshore and is next to the Sandgate Aquatic Centre. Follow the concrete path from the playground to the foreshore where you can ride for kilometres. Beginners can head north through Brighton, where the retaining wall will help keep them on track (and off the sand flats!).
Go to: Arthur Davis Park, 231 Flinders Parade, Sandgate.
The Kedron Brook Bikeway stretches for almost 20km from Mitchelton to Nundah using a mixture of mostly flat off-road shared pathways and separated bikeways. It runs through Everton Park, Stafford, Grange, Gordon Park, Lutwyche and Kedron so is a great way to beat the peak hour traffic and get to local schools or bus stops. On the weekend the whole family can use the bikeway to visit many creekside parks and picnic spots with barbecues.
Go to: Kedron Brook Bikeway to find multiple start points.
Want to find out more about cycling spots in Brisbane? Check out www.cyclingbrisbane.com.au