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Published November 11th 2012
The beachside city of Redcliffe has over 20 kilometres of bikeways and paths for you to get out and explore. Starting at the gateway of Redcliffe, the old Hornibrook Highway, the bike paths meander along the coastline of Redcliffe taking in the scenic views of the red cliffs that inspired John Oxley to give the city its name, past the historic Belvedere and Filmers Palace Hotels and to more modern additions to the Redcliffe architecture, the Settlement Cove Lagoon and Redcliffe Jetty. The cycle ways continue along the coastline around Scarborough to Scarborough Boat Harbour, which is home to the famous Morgan's Seafood and spectacular views of Deception Bay and the Glasshouse Mountains, particularly at sunset.
Away from the coastline, there are bike paths around the Wetlands Reserve in Nathan Road, Rothwell, a haven for migratory wading birds. Nathan Road is also home to the Redcliffe Aerodrome so you can take the opportunity to watch either live or mechanical birds take flight. If you're a history buff start at Captain Cook Park on Redcliffe Parade, follow Humpybong Creek, the home of first settlement Redcliffe, to the Redcliffe Museum, take a break and wander around the museum. Then jump back on your bike and follow the pathways down to the Redcliffe Botanic Gardens. Along the way there's shops and cafes to stop off and get a refreshing fruit juice or ice block.
Unless you're in training for the Tour De France, over 20 kilometres in one day might seem a bit daunting. You can split the bike paths up and ride them over a series of days. For instance, focusing on the southern end of Redcliffe (Clontarf and Woody Point) you could start your ride at Hornibrook Highway, stop to have a look at the Red Cliffs at Apex Park, wander along the Woody Point jetty and stop there for breakfast or brunch at the pub or one of the many cafes in the Woody Point shopping precinct. After refreshments, continue on the bike paths up to view the wreck of the Gayundah and views across to Moreton Island and Brisbane.
The riding time for this mostly flat ride (although there is a hill up to the wreck of the Gayundah) (including returning to Hornibrook Highway) is around an 1 hour. Car parking is available at Hornibrook Highway. At 10am each day at Pelican Park (which you will ride through) you can watch the feeding of the pelicans.
The ride from the Scotts Point Bathing Pavilion, Margate to Scarborough Beach is another relatively easy flat ride. There is car parking available at Scotts Point and the views of Moreton Island along this ride are stunning. If you're lucky you may see dolphins frolicking in the bay as well. There are plenty of places to stop for a break along this ride with the Margate Boardwalk being home to cafes and Suttons Beach. This ride will also take you into the centre of Redcliffe where it seems that every other shopfront is a café. As well if you want to stop off for a swim, Suttons Beach is patrolled and the Settlement Cove Lagoon is safe for families. This ride continues to Scarborough Beach which is home to a variety of restaurants and cafes as well as a large park where you can relax under the trees and the kids can play.
Don't own a bike? Moreton Bay Bike Hire has adults, kids and tandem bikes available for hire as well as baby seats, trailers and tag-a-long bikes for hire. Maps of the bike paths around Redcliffe can be downloaded from Moreton Bay Regional Council's website or collected from Tourist Information Centres.