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Best bike rides in Brisbane

Clean, green living is what Brisbane does best, and that includes bike riding. The city has an extensive network of cycleways available that can quickly and efficiently get you to where you need to be. Wind along the banks of the Brisbane River or check out some of the city sights, you are never far from a bike path that will get you safely to your destination.

Not only is cycling a great activity for your heart and muscles, it gets you out and about in the fresh air and interacting with the world around. Whether you just want a bit of outdoor fun, or you’re keen to get super fit, there’s plenty of biking destinations to discover near Iglu. Here’s our pick of the best bike rides in Brisbane.

What you will need

  • A bike. If you don’t own a bike, and you can’t borrow or beg from your roommates, CityCycle is your friend. This bike hire scheme is a great way to get around the city easily.
  • A helmet. This is non-negotiable, enforceable by law and subject to a hefty fine if you are stopped. Don’t take the risk!
  • A working bell or warning device.
  • A bike lock for when you want to safely leave your bike while you explore.
  • The rules. Here’s everything you need to know about cycling in Brisbane

Rides from Iglu Brisbane City

Orleigh Park (5km) – A calming parklands offering peace and shade, Orleigh Park is a true city oasis. With BBQs, picnic shelters and coffee to go, this is the perfect weekend hangout for all.

University of Queensland (8km) – Get to uni in under 30 minutes with dreamy river views on the side, thanks to the Bicentennial bikeway. A flat 5km of tarmacked cycleway that connects Toowong to the city and beyond, this access route makes cycling one of the easiest and efficient ways to get around.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens (7km) – Head over to 56 hectares of subtropical delights in the heart of the city. Lock up your bike outside and enjoy free access to one of Brisbane’s premier attractions. Enjoy a guided walk or simply park yourself in the shade and soak up the natural surroundings.

Brisbane Corso (6km) – Take in either Brisbane City Botanic Gardens or check out what’s new on the Southbank strip as you head along a leisurely route to Brisbane Corso. This unspoilt riverfront parkland is a haven for picnicking, skating and blading. It’s rarely busy and is always a good bet on a hot day.

West End (2km) – Switch up the scene and try out the quirky charm of this neighbouring suburb. With bars, eateries and weekend markets, it is rich in history and culture.

Rides from Iglu Kelvin Grove

Brisbane CBD (3km) – Just 10 minutes away is the beating heart of the city. Cycle in and enjoy the bustling streets, check out the weekend markets and deep dive into Southbank’s latest exhibitions.

Paddington (3km) – Take 15 minutes out of your schedule and try out nearby Paddington for a complete change of scene. Lock up your bike and spend the day immersed in quirky op shops and boutiques. With food to die for and an impressive nightlife, this could end up being one very long bike ride.

Red Hill (2km) – For a taste of something completely different, pedal over to the historic charm of Red Hill. From parks and patisseries to art galleries and more, sweet tooths will not be disappointed. While you are there, try out the 6km return walk/cycle path to Banks St Reserve. 

Roma Street Parklands (1.5km) – Just 5 minutes away is a haven of designer gardens and impressive parklands. A popular destination, this is 16 hectares of nature’s finest and a great place to unwind after a busy day. Enjoy the free BBQ areas and guided walks on offer.

Looking for more?

For biking enthusiasts who are keen for a bit more of a challenge, Brisbane will not disappoint. Try the Brisbane River bike loop for 30km of 2-wheeled fun along one of Brisbane’s most scenic bike routes. Suitable for beginners, you can loop round in either direction and begin your ride at any point. Don’t forget to cool off at Streets Beach along the way!

Try the Boondall Wetlands trail for a perfect slice of nature as you pedal along. You’ll need to get yourself up to Nudgee Beach Reserve to begin, but your efforts will be rewarded with 12km of mangroves, wetlands and more bird varieties than you ever thought possible in one place.

Serious cycling contenders cannot miss out on the famous Mt Coot-tha loop. The unofficial cyclists’ HQ, this challenging 9.5km road ride is the perfect training spot to improve your endurance – and an admirable addition to your Strava feed.

Image by Paul Giggle via Tourism and Events Queensland

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