With the Brisbane Cycling Festival rolling in this March, there’s never been a better time to discover Brisbane by bike. Whether you're a seasoned rider who regularly pulls on the lycra, or you want to find out why so many people are taking to two wheels to explore our beautiful city, we've compiled a list of the best Brisbane bike rides to try. You don't need a yellow jersey to enjoy our rides. There's something for everyone - easy riders, sightseers, families, scenery-seekers, mountain climbers and commuters.
There's so much to see and do, so get ready to roll and explore!
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.
For a longer ride, keep on pedalling past the cafes, restaurants, and leafy parklands at South Bank, or stop in for a coffee and a snack.
Next, head to West End through the upgraded West End Riverside Parklands, where you'll be treated to plenty more river views and shady greenspaces. This ride is nice and flat - all you need to do is choose your distance and pace. You don't even need your own bike, with plenty of CityCycle bikes for hire along the way.
Tip: Need to upskill on bike maintenance before you start riding? Try one of our 'learn to maintain your bike' workshops to learn things like changing a tyre.
Best bike ride for commuters - Bicentennial Bikeway
More than one million trips were taken on the Bicentennial Bikeway in 2019 and it's easy to see why. The popular bikeway runs alongside the Brisbane River and is a great way to get to the CBD from the inner western suburbs, and connects to the Western Freeway for longer commutes.
There are multiple entry and exit points from the start of the bikeway at Toowong to the end at the Goodwill Bridge. From here you can connect to the City Botanic Gardens, or cross the bridge to South Bank Parklands and the southern suburbs.
If you're not commuting from the west, don't worry! The North Brisbane Bikeway connects the city centre with Herston, Albion, Lutwyche and Wooloowin, and from the south and east, you can use the Veloway 1 to reach the city from Eight Mile Plains, Sunnybank, Macgregor, Mt Gravatt, Tarragindi, Holland Park, Greenslopes, Buranda and Woolloongabba.
Best bike ride for students - Woolloongabba Bikeway
Connecting to the university via the bike-friendly Eleanor Schonell Bridge, the Woolloongabba Bikeway also provides convenient access to The Gabba, Mater Hospital, Queensland Children's Hospital, South Bank and 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, make sure to check out the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, or take it off-road on one of the mountain bike trails to really enjoy the exhilaration of being outdoors.
Best riverside ride - Brisbane River Loop
If you're having trouble deciding between which river ride to do, why not combine them and do the Brisbane River Loop?
This is a ride for real bike enthusiasts, 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!
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 busy riverfront precinct filled with bars and restaurants, before you arrive at the corner of Alice Street and Edward Street where the new 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 are playgrounds to stop off 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.