On weekdays I masquerade as a mild mannered office worker but on weekends and holidays I break out the X-ray glasses in search of fun, food and new adventures.
Published August 4th 2020
A hidden treasure in the heart of the northern suburbs
When you look at the modern thriving city of Brisbane today, it's hard to imagine what it would have looked like back in 1823 when Surveyor General John Oxley arrived from Sydney to scope out a site for a new penal colony. What he found was an area rich in natural resources such as rainforest timber and sandstone suitable for buildings, fertile soil that could be farmed to provide the new colony with food and an abundance of freshwater streams that would provide clean drinking water.
One of these streams was later named Kedron Brook by German missionaries who named it after the Kidron Brook in the Bible. The Kedron Brook bikeway runs alongside this pretty stream for about 20 kilometres from Mitchelton to Nundah. It's a wide, concrete multi-use pathway that crosses Kedron Brook several times as it winds its way through leafy parklands. Many of the parks along the way have toilet facilities, barbecues, children's playgrounds and drinking fountains making them a great spot to start and finish your ride or walk.
There are lots of parks with facilities along the way
The bikeway is mostly flat and off-road, however, there is one section that takes you along the footpath on Shand Street at Enoggera. There are signposts with maps on the approach to Shand Street (from both directions) and I highly recommend you check them to make sure you know where the road crossing is and where you rejoin the cycleway.
Do take some time to wander close to the creek, especially around the Gordon Park area as you can often see large fish about 30cm long in the clear shallow water.
For those who enjoy walking their dogs, there are also several off-leash parks along the way.
The bikeway is only a few hundred metres away from the train station at both the Mitchelton and Toombul end, so you can easily ride one way and catch the train back if you're not feeling up to riding both ways. Bikes are allowed on Citytrains on weekends and public holidays and outside of peak travel times on weekdays. For more information see www.queenslandrail.com.au/forcustomers/plan/travelling-with-your-bike
As a bonus, Brookside Shopping Centre is close to the trailhead at the Mitchelton end and Toombul Shopping Centre is at the other end, providing you with lots of options for that all-important end of ride coffee and snack.
I really enjoyed this ride and found it easy and quite relaxing. It's shaded for most of its length making it a great all-year-round track. People out walking the bikeway were friendly and I felt really safe even though it was mid-week and I was riding alone.
If you're interested in a longer ride, you can continue east along the Jim Soorley bikeway from Toombul Shopping Centre out to Nudgee Road, where you can then join the Moreton Bay Cycleway and head out to Boondall Wetlands. Once again. The train station isn't too far from the wetlands, so you can easily ride out and catch the train back.
So why not grab the dog, your bike or your running shoes and get out and about on the Kedron Brook bikeway. You'll be so glad you did.