*Ring ring* coming through! Brisbane’s inner-city bike lanes are plentiful and with the river so close, the sights are too. Getting out on foot is great but with free wheels nearby, the city’s yours to see at speed. Book out a free bicycle at reception or jump on a City Cycle to discover these short rides around the city and surrounding suburbs.
6 minute ride
A stone’s throw, or a bike ride, away is this stunning riverside location popular for snapping great shots of the Story Bridge and Brisbane River. To get there head along Adelaide Street onto Boundary Street, and follow that to Ivory Lane. This will lead you to a bike path under the Story Bridge which will bring you back out onto Bowen Terrace. Wilson’s Outlook is straight ahead.
Brisbane City Botanic Gardens
8 minute ride
A short cruise along the City Reach Boardwalk on Eagle Street Pier will take you to the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens – a heritage-listed botanic garden boarded by the Brisbane River, QUT’s Gardens Point Campus and Alice Street. The gardens themselves are bike friendly but you can pull up to enjoy river views or explore the local flora and fauna within the grounds.
South Bank Parklands
10 minute ride
If you head straight down Adelaide Street and across the Victoria Bridge you’ll land smack bang in the middle of Brisbane’s South Bank. Here you can park up and explore the South Bank Parklands or just ride along the waterfront for a killer sunrise or sunset.
New Farm Park
12 minute ride
Thanks to the Brisbane River Walk, New Farm Park is highly accessible for cyclists from the city. All you need to do is head down Adelaide Street and onto Boundary Street which will connect you with the river walk. Follow that all the way down to Oxlade Drive and you’ll find yourself at New Farm Park in no time at all (or 12 minutes to be precise).
Captain Burke Park
13 minute ride
You know that cute little park under the Story Bridge at the other end of Kangaroo Point? That’s this one, and you can ride there easily. Head down Adelaide Street towards the Story Bridge and follow the bike lane across the bridge. On the other side of the bridge you’ll find Deakin Street which will take you around to Main Street. Captain Burke Park is at the end.
Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park
18 minute ride
This ride encompasses the best of Brisbane City Botanic Gardens and a glimpse of South Bank too. Head along the City Reach Boardwalk, through the gardens and over the Goodwill Bridge. At the end of the bridge, turn left and follow the bike path along the river. When you get to the white cliffs – you’ve arrived. Park up and enjoy the river and city views or watch the pro climbers scale the Kangaroo Point Cliffs.
Orleigh Park West End
21 minute ride
Head over to Brisbane’s Orleigh Park to join locals picnicking, slacklining and fire twirling on the riverfront. To get there, head to North Quay and follow the bikeway to the Go Between Bridge. Go over the bridge and then follow Riverside Drive all the way down to Orleigh Park.
Check your Google Maps before you set off and remember your helmet!