I'm a beginning writer with a Brisbane Bucket-list and a desire to see it all and report back.
Published April 16th 2015
An easy bike ride for family and friends
My fiancé and I are avid bike riders. We love nothing more than grabbing our helmets and hitting the track for an outdoorsy date. However our fitness levels and the fact that my bike's gears don't work, mean that we unusual choose nice, flat paths for our romantic days out. There are a few places around Brissy that fit this specific mold, one of which is out at gorgeous Redland Bay. However today we wanted to stay a little more local and that is why we headed to Spring Lakes Parklands out at every growing Springfield Lakes.
We were a tad captivated by this park's tranquility upon first arrival. We were certainly surprised that during the school holidays, we shared the whole area with only a handful of families and as it turns out a bucket load of wildlife. My trusty husband-to-be unloaded the bikes whilst I snuck up on a number of lizards and birds, trying to capture them at their most peaceful.
Setting up the bikes
Soon however we were off and roaring around the corners. However these gorgeous sunbaking lizards once again distracted me, and our pace slowed. The creatures obviously thought the bike path was pretty cool too, because that is where all 78 we saw hung out. Every time I turned a corner, they were to be spotted sprinting from our path and into the abundant bushes.
After I got over the curtness of these little reptiles I was suddenly infatuated with the duck-like creatures that a quick Google search suggests are actually called Dusky Moorhens. I'm sure if you stopped for a moment you would see a lot more of our gorgeous animal companions, but we continued on our way gaining speed through the gorgeous tunnel like bushes, lining all sides of the lake.
The bike path around the edge of the lake is not very long at all, but if you add in all the little paths that shoot of it, and I would recommend that you do, you have yourself a lovely little ride, that took us a good hour.
Before we headed back to the car however, we jumped over the road to the variety of little eateries and grabbed a take-away lunch. I always find bike riding to be pretty exhausting, so it was nice to lie on the grassy hills, look out at the rippling lake, and nibble at our meals, regaining our strength for what was probably a 100metre ride back to the car.
I am very jealous of the couples who have children in the area and who were able to utilize this gorgeous venue to keep their cuties occupied. Because the bike path has lots of different parts, there is no reason why mum's and dad's can't take their little munchkins on the smaller path that goes around one half of the lake and back across the bridge or for the bigger kids, perhaps try circling the whole lake before stopping at the picnic grounds. There is also a pretty rad playground, with one of those spider web-like climbing structures, perfect for little hands and feet.
One of the many picnic spots, perfect for life changing conversations.
We were both so enchanted with the idea of having this gorgeous park and bike path as an entertainment source for our future children that at one point we stopped, grabbed out our calculators and estimated how long it would take us to save a deposit and buy up a house in the area. Apparently you will see a lot of us on that lake in approximately 1.5 years. I can't wait; it will be bike rides galore.