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Published March 8th 2016
A weekend workout that doubles as a day of adventure
One of my favourite weekend activities is to ride along the Bicentennial Bikeway. The route to the city is my way to work 3-4 days a week, but come Saturday morning, it's also my favourite route to a variety of weekend destinations. See below for a guide to a day on the Bicentennial Bikeway.
Start your ride at Toowong, at the beginning of Coronation Drive. Try out Sol Breads on High St for a delicious and quick bakery snack, grab a coffee from the Newsroom Cafe, or head down the bike path a little further to the Regatta Hotel and grab yourself a hearty meal overlooking the river before you head off.
Head onward toward the city for another 15 or so minutes, and take in the views of the city ahead and the river beside you. You can pull up into the city on exits for Ann St and Queen St. The Queen St ramp is a pretty tough upward climb - good for a workout if that's what you're seeking. Spend a bit of time shopping or grab some lunch in the mall - or even just stop for a hot chocolate at the Noosa Chocolate Factory, to balance out all that exercise.
There's a couple of options from this point. You can ride onwards towards QUT and the Botanic Gardens, with continued views of the city and a lovely ride through the trees of the Botanic Gardens. Pull up the bikes and stop for a stroll through the gardens, or keep going on to Eagle Street Pier, which eventually leads to the Story Bridge. This is as far as I've got in one day's journey, but the path continues on through to New Farm and Teneriffe via the Brisbane Riverwalk. I've done the Riverwalk coming the other way from Teneriffe, and it's a fine view right the way along.
The other option as you depart the city is to head across the river to South Bank. My usual route across here is the Kurilpa Bridge - coming from the city, it's downhill most of the way, and very fun. If you're coming directly from Queen St Mall, the quickest and most direct route is across the Victoria Bridge. A third option is to continue along the bikeway and take the Goodwill Bridge once you hit QUT. It's a bit more of an uphill climb coming from this side of the river, but it's a good way to come full circle and ride back along the other side of the river.
I like to pull up at South Bank, grab an ice cream or a rainbow smash and dip my toes in the beach water. There's also the Sunday Sessions on the Green at River Quay for some live music on a Sunday afternoon. If you're keen to make a day of it, check out the GOMA or the Brisbane Museum while you're here.
When you've had enough riding for one day, there's always the option to grab the City Cat at a stop along the river and cruise your way home again. Otherwise, power right through South Bank - though dodging pedestrians can start to get a little trickier in the busier sections of the parklands - and cross back over on the Go Between Bridge. From here, head on home from whatever way you came.