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Published February 15th 2014
Explore Brisbane's city sights and everything in between
My husband and I don't have bikes of our own, but this weekend we cycled around Brisbane taking in the sights. We used CityCycle, a service provided by Brisbane City Council. It cost us $2 each for a one day subscription. This gave us the bike and complementary helmet hire, with an unlimited number of journeys. The first half hour of every ride is free, so as long as you check your bike into a station within thirty minutes of hire, it won't cost you anymore. What's so great about CityCycle is that stations are located every 300 to 500 metres. This made the whole experience cheap, easy and most importantly fun. If you go over thirty minutes there are usage fees and if you want longer subscriptions you can get those too. The CityCycle website makes it easy to join and you can also do it from your smartphone if you are already out and about. It also includes a CityCycle Network Map so you can plan your route in advance. Be sure to check it out at www.citycycle.com.au.
Just Across form The Wheel of Brisbane
A Complementary Helmet is Included in Hire
We collected our bikes from the QPAC CityCycle station at South Bank. From there we cycled along the Brisbane River, past the Queensland Maritime Museum and along the Kangaroo Point Bikeway. This route has a great energy to it with so much on offer. If you are looking for adventure try rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking or rollerblading. Check out www.riverlife.com.au. If you are after something more relaxing, you can have a picnic or a BBQ, while taking in the views of the parks and the bustle of the river. All of this is set against the backdrop of Brisbane's skyscrapers. When we reached Captain Burke Park, we checked our bikes into the CityCycle station and enjoyed a stroll under the magnificent Story Bridge.
Just a Short Stroll to the Story Bridge
The next part of our morning took us in search of lunch. After rehiring our bikes we headed back to the Queensland Maritime Museum where we cycled over the Goodwill Bridge to the north side of the river. This led us straight into the city's Botanic gardens. The CityCycle station at the entrance to the gardens meant we could park our bikes whilst we discovered the restaurants at Eagle Street Pier. We decided to check out Riverbar and Kitchen, which has spectacular river and Story Bridge views. It was clear this was the place to be with its beautiful nautical themed décor, a great buzz from the people around us and of course, yummy food. Get more details, including menus and opening hours at www.riverbarandkitchen.com.au.
A Skyscraper Backdrop
With Story Bridge and River Views
After cycling back to South Bank my husband and I were thrilled to have seen so much of the city in such a short amount of time. The CityCycle experience was extremely affordable, easy to use, and left us with great memories. This is something we'll definitely be doing again.
We did this today for the first time and spent the morning riding along the Brisbane river and Southbank. Was really good once you got the hang of it. For $2, it's a great activity. Well done Brisbane! If you need a helmet, just choose one that has one, plenty available.