When it comes to free fun, Brisbanites love to get on their bike. We have a big city with lots of cycling options, from family-friendly ambles to serious hill climbing action. Whatever your rider level, here are some of the best rides in town for your next outdoor adventure.
Short easy rides
Carindale to Minnippi Parklands
Bikeway/path only, 9km return
From the back of Carindale Shopping Centre follow Bulimba Creek on to the lush Minnippi Parklands on this well-maintained bike path. More details here.
Bikeway/path only, 13 km return
The paved track extends from Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre (near the Entertainment Centre) through beautiful mangroves, forests and open grasslands, ending at Nudgee Road. View the map here.
Bikeway/path only, 9km return
This iconic Brisbane bike ride is also one of the easiest, running along the river from the City Botanic Gardens to Toowong. View the map here.
Wynnum Manly Foreshore
Bikeway/path only, 12km return
A family friendly ride along a shared path, landmarks include Wynnum Pier and the Wynnum Wading Pool and playground. View the map here.
Longer rides, mostly flat
Kedron Brook Cycleway
Bikeway/path only, 20km return
This route follows Kedron Brook from Nundah to Mitchelton and back through parks, grassland and suburbia. For a longer ride, include the glorious stretch by the water that runs east of Nundah – the Jim Soorley Bikeway – which goes all the way to the Nudgee Golf Club. See the map.
Nudgee to Sandgate via Boondall Wetlands
Road and bikeway/path, approx. 50km return
This scenic ride is a good choice if you’re comfortable on Brisbane’s roads but want a bit more adventure beyond your local area. You can halve the distance by returning to Toombul or Nundah station via a train from Sandgate. There are multiple riding routes to choose from including this one.
City to Mt Ommaney via Western Freeway Bikeway
Road and bikeway/path, approx. 40km return
A ride with some modest hills but mostly on dedicated bike paths. Leave from the city and ride along the river path to Toowong, then cut through a few streets before getting on the Western Freeway Bikeway to Richlands and finally Mt Ommaney. View the Western Freeway Bikeway map here.
More challenging rides
Brisbane River Loop
Road and bikeway/path, 35-40km return
One of Brisbane’s most popular routes for casual and serious riders alike. There are lots variations to the loop and it can be done in either direction (generally anti-clockwise for those wanting a challenge), and the most popular starting point is South Brisbane. See the map here. There is also a much shorter Mini Brisbane River Loop (16km return).
Moggill Ferry Loop
Road only, approx. 70km return
A hugely varied and interesting adventure for confident road riders, this ride heads south-west from Southbank through Indooroopilly, Kenmore and Bellbowrie. After a short ferry crossing you head back – mainly on a different route – via Wacol, 17 Mile Rocks and Sherwood. See the map here.
Mt Coot-tha Loop
Road only, 10km return
Love big hills and screaming descents? The Mt Coot-tha loop is for you, starting at the base of Mt Coot-tha on Sir Samuel Griffith Drive. Ride in a clockwise direction for the gentler option, or anti-clockwise for the Mother Of All Fitness-Improving Climbs. View the Mt Coot-tha Loop map.
- 30 mapped rides to try – explore Brisbane’s diverse range of bikeways and shared pathways using this guide on Cycling Brisbane’s website.
- The Brisbane Bicycle Touring Association holds regular group rides. All are social, graded to suit all levels of fitness and are non-competitive.
- Join a club! Some cycling clubs in Brisbane such as Kangaroo Point encourage social membership and hold weekend non-competitive social road rides to destinations all over greater Brisbane. These are a great way to learn group riding and make new friends.
- Check for bikeways closures and detours before you ride.