Lou and John Carroll are owner-operators of Brisbane Bay Cycle Stay. Recently retired from careers as educators, Lou and John have enjoyed many overseas travels visiting all continents except Antarctica (yet!).

Our most enjoyable holidays have been those where at least some of the time has been spent with local hosts and experiencing local activities. While we are a new business, we have had extensive experience in hosting overseas, interstate and local guests, and some of their comments provide a flavour for the type of homestay holiday we can offer our guests.

We are both gregarious and active people who enjoy good food, good wine, and good conversation, and we would like to help provide you with good memories of Brisbane when you leave our home.

You will have the choice of bed & breakfast, or self-catered stays; self-guided or escorted cycle tours; and  visits to tourist attractions of interest – all of which we can arrange for you, or assist you to make the arrangements for yourselves.

Our minimum homestay is three nights, with a maximum stay of six nights.

Brisbane Cycle Stay provides comfortable, well-equipped, self-contained accommodation which is part of our home, but which will afford you the degree of privacy that we would desire ourselves when travelling.

Although our emphasis is on cycling as the major attraction, we will endeavour to help you plan and enjoy a stay which includes your desired combination of active or passive activities, together with a wide-ranging choice of tourism options within easy reach of our Wynnum base.

The model for our homestay cycling holiday comes from the Loire Valley  in France, where we enjoyed the comfort and pleasure of a week-long stay in a renovated rural former barn, and spent the days cycling through and to the famous wine and chateaux precincts of the Loire region.

The cycle trips that we recommend range from short, eco-trips, through longer range scenic routes, to challenging combinations of on-road and off-road trips to attractions such as Sirromet Winery, Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island, and King Island at Wellington Point.

We will arrange all the equipment you will need for any cycling trips and ask that you read the 'terms and conditions' necessary for this activity (e.g. cycling helmets are compulsory in Queensland).

Details of transport options to our property are indicated in the ‘how to get here’ section.



What Our Guests Say ...

"The sun gets so high so early in Brisbane that everyone is up and out by 7am. So it was with us and after an early breakfast we were cycling along the dedicated coastal cycle/walkway from Wynnum to Wellington Point. Now this was a ride that we can’t offer on our French cycling holidays – a cooling coastal breeze, nothing but the glistening Pacific Ocean on our left hand side and boardwalks meandering through mangrove swamps. It was so good that we did it again later the same week, except this time taking in more of the mangrove swamps, cycling across the boardwalk, just inches above the water at high tide – it was fantastic!"

Jon Lethbridge & Alison Shawcroft, (Parcay-le-Pins, France)  Proprietors, Loire Life Cycling


"The icing on the cake was when we went and stayed with Lou and John Carroll who run Brisbane Bay Cycle Stay. Their home was wonderful with a self-contained flat for visitors with breakfast and dinner enjoyed while overlooking Brisbane's Moreton Bay.

When we rode along roads there were cycle lanes wide enough for us to ride two abreast, and there were plenty of off-road tarmac cycle ways.

When we go to Brisbane to visit our son again, we will look forward to staying and cycling with Lou and John again."

Rosemary & Michael W. (Kent, UK)


"We all thoroughly enjoyed our month with you lovely folks. And the weather didn't stop us from having the most amazing and enjoyable time in Brisbane. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely home with us - you are both such fantastic hosts and looked after us above and beyond expectations. So a big THANK YOU from all of us, and we are more than happy to give you a glowing recommendation."

Soozy, Andy and Simon S., North Island, (Stratford, UK)


"Thanks again for looking after us so well, we really enjoyed our week relaxing and 'hiding from the storm', but we also did a fair amount of walking around Wynnum/Manly as well as driving around the southern bayside - next time we will try the cycles in drier weather!"

John & Kathie G., (Northants, UK)

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