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Some More Interesting Walks Around Brisbane

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published March 14th 2015
Some more interesting walks around Brisbane

Whether you are a power walker trying to exercise or simply enjoy a casual stroll in the park, my last article on walks in Brisbane was extremely popular, proving that we are a city of walkers.

Take a stroll in Brisbane
Take a stroll in Brisbane


So here are 5 more walks to go on. All of these are on nice paths and are easily accessible by both car and public transport.


Wynnum to Manly

Wynnum and Manly are rapidly becoming gentrified locations and are certainly two of the nicest suburbs in Brisbane. The walk starts in Manly in Bayside Park.Sundays it is host to the Manly Creative Markets and every third Saturday of the month there are the Jan Powers Farmer's markets.

Walking along Wynnum Rock Pool
Walking along Wynnum Rock Pool


The path follows Wynnum Esplanade down to Elanora Park and a lovely Mangrove reserve. I put Manly as the starting point and end point as it generally speaking has the better options for coffee and dining, but Wynnum is worth popping in to having a look and of course you can always have fish chips from Island View Cafe on the beach front.



Kedron Brook Bikeway: Stafford to Michelton

Kedron Brook bikeway is well known among Brisbane cyclists, especially those who live on the North side. However most cyclists stick to area around Toombul and few head further west than Stafford. However this part of the track is one of the most pleasant, for either a casual cycle or a walk.

Farm near Stafford
Farm near Stafford


From Stafford the path goes on the road for a short while, so it is best to join the path either at Grinstead Park Alderly or Teralba Park in Everton Park. This path goes past farmland with cows, patches of bushland, parks and artworks on the side of the path and poetry in the path as well as well as quirky little rest stops.

Art on the Kedron Brook Bikeway
Art on the Kedron Brook Bikeway


My only frustration with this path is that it lacks clear destinations at either end, however there are lots of places to stop along the path. Definitely one of my favourite paths.


Woody Point to Redcliffe

I love Redcliffe for many reasons. There is the artificial lagoon for swimming, the real beaches if you don't mind the jelly fish, dining options that range from cheap fish & chips to high end dining and art galleries. It is also is a great place for a stroll.

The beach at Redcliffe
The beach at Redcliffe


For the more relaxed stroller, start at Redcliffe and either head north or south along the headland. Both provide great little walks though the best option for a short stroll is to go North towards Scarborough. If you are looking for something a little longer why not walk between Redcliffe and Woody Point. The best option I think is to start at Woody point at Pelican Park and head to Redcliffe and then return via bus to your starting point.

Highlights include Suttons Beach, clifftop views (where you might spot whales in the right season) and views of the old shipwreck. The real highlight is having a drink and a meal at Mon Komo at the end of the walk. Note: Mono Komo seems to employ different staff on weekends than week nights, meaning the quality of the food is superb Friday to Saturday, but weeknight dining receives lots of complaints. Don't worry, there are numerous other dining options available.

Riverwalk

It is hard to quantify how important Brisbane's Riverwalk is to Brisbane. When the original floating walkway was destroyed in the Brisbane floods it cut one of the most important walking and cycling corridors in Brisbane, with large numbers of commuters abandoning bicycles as a way to travel into the city until it was rebuilt.

Riverwalk
Riverwalk


The new Riverwalk attracted large crowds and has proven even more popular than the old walkway. I am not that big a fan of the walk because it is an exposed walkway in a sunny city. however it is part of one a journey that links the city with New Farm, travelling under the story bridge. Both of these are worthwhile destinations and there is only one short section where you have to walk along quiet backstreets.

New Farm Park
New Farm Park


Brisbane's Riverwalk is definitely a must do walk in Brisbane. The best part is you can walk one way and catch the ferry back.

Taking the ferry back to the start of the walk
Taking the ferry back to the start of the walk


Brassall Rail Trail : Ipswich

Rail trails are walking and cycling trails built on old closed train lines.. Most of these rail trails are out in the countryside and can extend for hundreds of kilometers. The Brassall Rail Trail has the distinction of being in the heart of Ipswich and also is very close to the Rail Workshop Museum.

Sculpture beside the trail (Courtesy of Rail Trails Australia)
Sculpture beside the trail (Courtesy of Rail Trails Australia)


Built in the days when Ipswich was looking like it would become the first capital of Queensland it actually closed in 1868, but the route remained as was turned into a walking and cycling track in 2008.

Brassall Rail Trail (Courtesy of Rail Trails Australia)
Brassall Rail Trail (Courtesy of Rail Trails Australia)


The total length of the trail is 3 km one way. The place to start the walk is at W. M. Hughes Street, North Ipswich, just near the Workshop Rail Museum. The nicer part of the walk is around here, but you keep going as far as Vogel Road, but you might consider the Brassall Shopping Center the place to turn around (after a cup of coffee).

Rest Area (Courtesy of Rail Trails Australia)
Rest Area (Courtesy of Rail Trails Australia)


You don't have to be rail fan to enjoy this walk, but it is a perfect part of a trip to the Rail Museum as there are a number of railway themed features to the trail.

I also have a little bit of a soft spot for Ipswich. The city centre is becoming home to numerous cool bars and cafes worth checking out and the Brassall Rail Trail is not far from these.
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