Thankfully, if you're in the Redcliffe area, or if you're close to a train on the south-east Queensland rail network, you're in luck. The long-awaited 12 kilometre Redcliffe Peninsula Rail Line opened in October 2016 - bringing with it a whole new shared pathway available for walking, running, skating, or perhaps best of all, cycling.
The new rail extension goes all the way from Petrie (on the train line between Brisbane and Caboolture), to Kippa-Ring.
You can cycle the whole distance, or just a part of it. Thankfully, with new train stations dotted along the new stretch of rail it'll be easy to turn around back to your starting point whenever you like (Just be sure to pack your GoCard so you can tap on/off, or enough money for a paper ticket).
If you forget to pack your water, don't stress. The train stations along the way all have water fountains, and (depending on the station and time of day) bathrooms you can use. Some stations should also have vending machines in case you feel like taking a bottle with you or you decide to take up a snack to fuel your epic adventure.
A handy map showing you the average walk and cycle between stations/Image: Department of Transport and Main Roads
There's a lot to keep your eyes open for, and I'm not just walking about other cyclists/pedestrians. The developers have done a wonderful job in engaging artists in the local community to contribute to various murals along the way.
Be sure to stop and take in the murals along the way
What could have been plain old boring concrete walls to help keep the sound down are now giant, sprawling works of art. You'll find the best near Mango Hill East station, as well as between Rothwell and Kippa-Ring.
I even saw a couple of kangaroos as I cycled past Rothwell station. Unfortunately I was too slow on the draw to snap a photo.
The path is great. My only criticism is that it leads away from the train line at parts. It's hardly a major fault - just feels that the journey is disrupted at times. Still, you find the best stretch for you and there's nothing to stop you from going back and forth.
Bring your GoCard and jump on a train back to your starting point if you get buggered
Before you jet out the door - a couple of last minute tips courtesy of the walkway developers:
• Keep left and leave room for others to overtake.
• Cross at marked crossings and obey the signals at
intersections with traffic lights.
• Wear light colours or bright clothing so you can be
easily seen when walking – especially at dawn, dusk and in other low-light conditions.
• Avoid walking in the hottest part of the day.
• Be sun smart. Wear a broad-brimmed hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and protective clothing and stay hydrated.
• Keep your dog on a leash.
• Wearing headphones may reduce your awareness of the people around you.