A guide to Brisbane's best bike rides

Mother and son riding on Norman Creek Bikeway

Whether you've dusted off your bike for essential local travel, or you're pedalling more for fitness, it's great to see so many Brisbanites making the most of our bike paths and local rides and doing it in a safe way. We've seen an increase in foot and bike traffic along our popular riverwalks and an estimated 800-plus CityCycle rides being taken each day.

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To help you take your riding adventures to the next gear, we've compiled a list of the best Brisbane bike rides and cycle paths to try. There's something for everyone - easy riders, sightseers, families, scenery-seekers, mountain-climbers and more.

Best bike ride for beginners - Kangaroo Point Bikeway

Want a leisurely and safe ride that isn't too difficult, but gives you plenty of sights along the way? Then Kangaroo Point Bikeway might be just the ride for you.

Beginning at Captain Burke Park, beneath the Story Bridge, this stress-free stretch connects to the Woolloongabba Bikeway and the Brisbane Central Business District (CBD ) with more than three kilometres of scenic riverside riding.

If you're really loving the experience, keep on pedalling past the leafy South Bank Parklands towards West End (via the new Riverside Drive Bikeway), where you'll be treated to plenty more river views and shady greenspaces.

On this ride, there's no cars to contend with, lots of scenic stops, and it's nice and flat for anyone who's worries about their current fitness. All you need to do is choose your distance and pace. You don't even need your own bike! We've got CityCycle bikes for hire all along this route.

Best riverside rides - Brisbane River Loop and Bicentennial Bikeway

If you're having trouble deciding between which river ride to do, why not combine them and have a crack at the Brisbane River Loop? This is a real enthusiast's ride, combining about 40 kilometres of bikeways and on-road riding through some of Brisbane's busiest and most popular precincts, including South Brisbane, Brisbane City, Milton, Toowong, St Lucia and West End. This ride is hands-down Brisbane's most popular loop for bike riders with a bit more experience. Expect plenty of choice for coffee stops along the way!

More than one million trips were taken on the Bicentennial Bikeway in 2019 and it's easy to see why. The popular bikeway has multiple entrances from the Goodwill Bridge to Toowong and is a great way to acces the inner west and Brisbane Central Business District (CBD) for work, or just exploring on a day out. The bike 'superhighway' begins at the foot of the Goodwill Bridge, offering an easy roll to the City Botanic Gardens, before it reaches the hustle and bustle of Queen Street and Victoria Bridge.

You can hop onto the these bikeways from north and south via the North Brisbane Bikeway and Veloway 1, which link to the city centre.

Best bike ride for natural thrills - Mt Coot-tha Loop

There is plenty to see and do in the Mt Coot-tha precinct and exploring it by bike is just one of many ways people can enjoy the brilliant views of Brisbane. Get there using either the Western Freeway Bikeway or head west from the Bicentennial Bikeway and access the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha using the bike and walking overpass.

This is a challenging ride for those who aren't afraid of a hill climb and who like to ride amongst nature along the way. The loop is around 12 kilometres, starting at the base of the Mt Coot-tha on Sir Samuel Griffith Drive. Once you reach the top of this heart-pumping ride, you'll be rewarded with amazing views from the Mt Coot-tha Lookout.

If you're looking for a moderate challenge, ride the loop in a clockwise direction and enjoy the thrill of the steeper downhill zoom, or if you really want a challenge, ride in an anti-clockwise direction for a leg-burning mountain ascent.

While you're in the area, you might like to take it off-road on one of the mountain bike trails to really enjoy the exhilaration of being outdoors.

Most scenic bike ride - City Botanic Gardens Riverwalk

For a peaceful ride through the City Botanic Gardens, take a ride from the City Reach Boardwalk near Brisbane' Story Bridge.

Cruise along the riverfront precinct, before you arrive at the corner of Alice Street and Edward Street where the City Botanic Gardens Riverwalk takes you across the water and into the City Botanic Gardens.

This bike ride is a must for anyone wanting to see the views of the city and the beauty of our subtropical gardens.

Best bike rides for families - Kedron Brook Bikeway and Lores Bonney Riverwalk

Time to get the kids out for a ride and test their endless pedal power? We've got two great family-friendly rides for you to try!

Don't miss the flat, wide, traffic-free Kedron Brook Bikeway, which links Everton Park, Stafford, Grange, Gordon Park, Lutwyche, Kedron, Kalinga and Toombul. It's fun for a short pedal about the suburbs, or ride the full 19 kilometre length of the bikeway. There is plenty to take in along the way.

Another great option is the new Lores Bonney Riverwalk, reaching along the river from Bretts Wharf to Cameron Rocks Reserve. Named after Brisbane's aviation pioneer Maude 'Lores' Bonney, this 1.2 kilometre bike path has dedicated lanes for two-way bike traffic, meaning the kids will have fewer obstacles as they learn to wrangle the handlebars along the way.

Want more help and ideas?

Can't quite figure out where to ride? Map out your ride with Cycling Brisbane's online bikeway map.

Don't forget that social distancing rules still apply when bike riding.

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This blog was originally posted in February 2020 and was updated in April 2020. 

Date posted:
Last updated:5 May 2020
Topics: things to do