8 Ways To Stay Active In Brisbane Without A Gym


With gyms now closed, you’re probably wondering how you’re going to stay healthy and maintain that fit physique. Make Brisbane’s natural assets and urban playground your new gym. From kayaking to climbing the Story Bridge, there are a plethora of ways to keep active now that gyms and indoor sporting facilities are closed. Here are our top 8 ways you can stay active in Brisbane’s natural playground:

Kayak the Brisbane River

Kayaking Brisbane’s iconic waterway is a great way to stay active and spend time outdoors. Why not hire a kayak from Riverlife and take your own self-guided cardio session out on the water. Make it low-impact with a slow paddle gliding along, taking in city sights like the Story Bridge and Wheel Of Brisbane, or get your heart racing with a HIIT-inspired sprint session.

Book a kayak hire or walk-in.


Bike Brisbane

Brisbane is blessed with hundreds of km of bike path ready to be explored. Our favourite path? Along the river at Kangaroo Point. Grab a hire bike from Riverlife and make your way up to Story Bridge before doubling back to head to Southbank. See the Southbank Beach, Channel 7 Wheel Of Brisbane & snap a photo in front of the Brisbane Sign. This is a great low-impact cardio workout. Make sure you watch out for other cyclists on the path and respect people walking and running.

Book a bike hire or walk-in. 

Strap On Your Skates

We bet it’s been a hot minute since you last clipped yourself into a pair of rollerblades! It might not be an Abductor Machine, but this activity is great for your inner thighs. You might be shaky at first (don’t worry we’ve got all the safety equipment – cleaned and sanitised between uses), but once you’ve found your balance a great workout is sure to ensue!

Book a rollerblade hire or walk-in.

Abseil the Kangaroo Point Cliffs

Add some thrill-seeking to your workout routine with a Kangaroo Point Abseil. If the steep stair climb to the top doesn’t get your heart racing enough, the view of the river and city from the top is sure to take your breath away. When you are ready, lean back and take a step over the edge and begin your descent. In case you didn’t know, abseiling is great for your core strength – so get abseiling and start building those abs! Need more? Why not do some stair runs to finish off?

Book a small group abseiling session.

Climb the Story Bridge

Brisbane’s very own outdoor stair machine, the Story Bridge, boasts 1,138 steps – now that’s a workout! Make it to the top with Story Bridge Adventure Climb and take in expansive views of the Brisbane region including; stunning Brisbane River and city views, Mt Coot-tha, Moreton Bay Region, Glasshouse Mountains and Lamington National Park. This bridge climb is one of only 3 in the world, so take advantage of it being in your home town! With climbs available from dawn to nighttime, you’ll be sure to find a climb that suits your schedule!

Book a Story Bridge Adventure Climb.

Adventure at Walkabout Creek

Escape the city, soak up the sun and get back to nature on a day trip to Walkabout Creek. Grab an ‘All Day Adventure Pass’ from Walkabout Creek Adventure for all-day access to kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and mountain bikes. Head for an early morning mountain bike through the rugged Australian bush. Go hard or take an easy ride, looking out for wildlife. Cool down with a cruisey kayak or stand-up paddle. All equipment is cleaned and sanitised between uses.

Book a Walkabout Creek Adventure.

Island Hopping

Take a small-group guided island-hopping adventure with River To Bay. Travel just an hour-and-a-half from Brisbane city on a high-speed boat out to the islands of Moreton Bay. Visit St Helena Island, discover ruins and native Australian wildlife. Snorkel the wreck out on Peel Island before heading to North Stradbroke Island for guided island walk and lunch. Your last island top, Moreton Island, will have you swimming crystal clear waters surrounded by marine life! Keep your eyes peeled for turtles and dugongs!

Active Experiences To Gift

Are you a fitness junkie but feeling under the weather or know someone who takes their health very seriously? Why not buy an outdoor, active experience to use when suits you? This is a great way to forward plan your healthy lifestyle and to support local businesses during this difficult time. Gifting Owl sells thousands of active experiences all around the world from climbing the Story Bridge to bike-riding tours in Berlin. Come check out the amazing variety of experiences you can buy for yourself and for others.

Buy an Experience Gift.

Not feeling well? Stay inside and rest – your health and safety are our no. 1 priority. You can always purchase a gift card for one of these experiences for a later date in support of local businesses.

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