Brisbane Bike Paths: Social Distancing Exercise at it’s Best

Riverlife Team

Wednesday, 08 April 2020

Things To Do Brisbane

Brisbane Bike Paths: Social Distancing Exercise at it’s Best

Looking for some appropriate social distancing exercise? Brisbane is fantastic for bike rides, so why not try out one of these routes? These routes all start at Riverlife but can be easily customised. Let us know where you’d be riding from and we’ll be happy to help!

Solo bike hire brisbane

Best of Brisbane River Loop

This is a great, family-friendly route that almost exclusively uses bike paths and shared pathways. With little-to-no road riding, it doesn’t matter if you’re inexperienced or riding with younger kids. 

Starting at Riverlife in Kangaroo Point, this track is super simple. Turning left out of Riverlife Adventure Centre:

  • Follow the bike path until you reach Little Dock St. Cars use this shared pathway so be careful when joining.
  • Ride down to the Goodwill Bridge and ride across in the bike lane. You can even stop for a coffee on the bridge!
  • Turn right when leaving the Bridge and follow the path through the City Botanic Gardens
  • Cruise down to Eagle St Pier. It can be pretty crowded here so be sure to keep your eyes up and your bell ringing when needed.
  • Ride all the way through to Howard Smith Wharves. Stop for a bite to eat if you’re hungry at Felon’s Brewing Co.
  • Take the elevator up to The Story Bridge (what a view by the way!)
  • Turn left and ride across The Story Bridge. 
  • Turn left at the exit and cross the road over to Dockside. Might be best to hop off your bike here and get back on once you rejoin the path down the bottom.
  • Ride through Dockside and Captain Burke Park. You’ll be back at Riverlife in no time!

Estimated Duration: 60 – 90 minutes (not including stops)

Goodwill Bridge bike hire

The Educational Trail

The Educational Trail showcases Brisbane’s two major university campuses.Both The University of Queensland (St Lucia Campus) and Queensland University of Technology (Gardens point Campus) are sights to behold. 

Starting at Riverlife in Kangaroo Point, turn left out of Riverlife Adventure Centre:

  • Follow the bike path until you reach Little Dock St. Cars use this shared pathway so be careful when joining.
  • Ride down to the Goodwill Bridge and ride across in the bike lane.
  • Over the Bridge is QUT! You can see Riverstage, Parliament House and even check out the City Botanic Gardens at QUT.
  • Turn left and join the bike path. You can follow this riverside path all the way to Toowong!
  • When you reach Toowong, continue to follow the bike path until you reach Sir Fred Schonell Drive
  • Follow Sir Fred all the way into UQ. Check out the playing fields, the Great Court (made of sandstone) or Saint Lucy’s Cafe at the Tennis Courts. 
  • Once you’ve finished at UQ, it’s time to ride back. Follow Sir Fred Schonell Dr to the bike path in Toowong and ride back along the bike path.
  • If you’d like to mix it up and check-out South Bank on your return journey, turn right over the Go-Between Bridge. You’ll see Queensland Theatre and West End to your right, but the quickest route back is to the left. The South Bank Bike Path runs all the way back past the Goodwill Bridge and back to Riverlife.

Estimated Duration: 2 hours + (not including stops)

King of the Hill

Looking for a real challenge? Mt Cootha is the ultimate test for riders from Brisbane CBD with an incredible view to boot. This is not for the faint hearted.

  • Follow the bike path until you reach Little Dock St. Cars use this shared pathway so be careful when joining.
  • Ride down to the Goodwill Bridge and ride across in the bike lane.
  • Turn left and join the bike path. Follow this riverside path all the way to Toowong
  • Once you see the Regatta Hotel, turn right onto Sylvan Rd
  • Follow Sylvan Road and turn left onto Milton Road. These are both pretty busy so be careful of other vehicles.
  • Take the roundabout exit to Mt Coot Tha Rd. This is where the climb begins!
  • Ride up Mt Coot Tha Rd and turn left at Scenic Dr, which will turn into Sir Samuel Griffith Dr eventually
  • Follow signs to the Brisbane Lookout and check out that well-deserved view. You are officially King of the Hill! 
  • There are plenty of tracks around Mt Coot Tha to check out. Otherwise, cycle back the same way and we’ll be waiting with a beer for you at Riverlife!

Estimated Duration: 3 hours + (not including stops). Please be aware that this is a tough route with difficult road sections and a very steep climb.