There’s no doubt about it – children love bikes! From tiny trikes to snazzy scooters, cycles represent fun, fresh air and exercise and a free activity you can do in Brisbane with kids. As kids get older, bikes become their preferred form of transport so it’s a great idea to encourage safe riding skills from an early age. Luckily Brisbane has a host of kid friendly cycle paths which you can enjoy as a family for fitness and pleasure. Kid friendly cycle paths should be free from safety hazards, not overly strenuous to ride along and nearby basic amenities. Here’s our list of 5 must-do cycle paths in Brisbane!
Ithaca Creek – Red Hill to Newmarket
This Brisbane cycle path starts at Woolcock Park, Red Hill, which features an unusual sensory playground, barbecues and a modern amenities block. From here, the 6-7km return trip follows the Creek, so ducks and water dragons are likely guest stars on your ride. The cycle path is shaded by trees for much of the way and avoids traffic, except from one short section on a quiet side road. It is an easy ride for all abilities, but energetic kids may enjoy ripping up a small trail bike area which appears around the half way mark.
Hornibrook Esplanade – Clontarf to Woody Point
The Redcliffe Peninsula, just north of Brisbane, features cycle paths that span approximately 40 km and run almost uninterrupted along its foreshore along some of the best parks and playgrounds in Brisbane’s north. Some sections of this cycle path network, however, are more kid friendly than others. Known as the ‘southern rim ride’, the Clontarf to Woody Point section is a flat, 11km return trip running between the Ted Smout Bridge and the Woody Point jetty. Along with pristine bay views, this seaside ride passes an informative visitors’ centre, several amenities blocks, barbecue areas, fish and chip shops and playgrounds. The area hosts sports clubs including jet ski groups and kite flyers, and kids will be entertained by the periodic arrival of sky divers!
The Esplanade – Wynnum Manly
Brisbane is not famous for its beaches, but it does offer many lovely seaside cycle paths. Commencing at Waterloo Esplanade, Wynnum, this 10km return trip runs along the shoreline all the way through to the Manly marinas. Whether you start or finish at the Wynnum end, the big attraction here is the Wynnum Water Park, which includes a wading pool and an ‘aquativity’ space, where sculptured whales squirt water high into the air like a giant backyard sprinkler. At Manly, kids can be rewarded for their ride with some yacht spotting and a bite to eat at one of the area’s many cafes and chip shops. There are picnic shelters, playgrounds and amenities blocks dotted along the ride.
Northey Street Farm – Windsor
This is a short (4km) but action-packed ride taking in creek life and the bustling Northey Street city farm. Just north of Brisbane city, this cycle path starts at the end of Bishop Street where the road becomes an open reserve. From there, follow the shady trail along Enoggera Creek (watch for lizards and ducks!) until it joins up with the Bowen Bridge Heritage Trail. The Heritage Trail includes a rainforest grove, sculptures and pieces of art that you and your Brisbane kids can enjoy spotting amidst the trees. Finish your ride at the Farm, an active urban growing space where kids can inspect the veggie patches and visit the chickens. On Sundays, this becomes a bustling market with organic bread, coffee and produce for sale.
Brisbane river – West End to South Brisbane
Starting at Orleigh Park ferry terminal, this cycle path follows the gentle curves of the Brisbane river taking in views across to Toowong and St Lucia and finishing under the William Jolly Bridge at South Brisbane. The parklands along the river front include playgrounds, amenities blocks and barbecue areas and are home to several Brisbane sporting clubs, so your Brisbane kids might spot some rowing or sailing action as they ride. The cycle path runs through Davies Park, which hosts a lively Saturday flea market, and there are coffee shops a plenty nearby. Turn this ride into a day trip by incorporating a ferry ride or spending some time at Southbank. Check the Brisbane City Council website for instructions on how to take bikes on public transport. These are just a few of the many Brisbane cycle paths which are perfect for a day out with your family and friends. Use them for fun and fitness while you take in some of the beautiful scenery and attractions of this diverse city.
Ofcourse there are numerous other bike paths in Brisbane for Kids- feel free to note them in the comments below.