BRISBANE CYCLING OPTIONS

Recreational cycling is a great way to explore the city of Brisbane. There is plenty to see along the Bicentennial Bikeway which follows the Brisbane River from Toowong to New Farm. There is also convenient access to South Bank via the Kurilpa and Goodwill Bridges, and plenty of bike parking at the top of the Queen Street Mall – the main shopping destination in the Brisbane CBD.

In 2010, the Brisbane City Council commenced the ‘CityCycle’ initiative which will provide 2000 bikes for hire at key locations around the city. Hirers are able to hop on and off the cycles at these stations, and only pay for their use if they use them for more than 30 minutes before returning them to any of the stations. From home base, it is a quick (about 30 minutes), simple bus or train ride to travel to the city to access the cycles. There are also other cycle hirers in the city who offer cycles for short, half-day, or full-day hire.

For those who wish to join social cycling groups for a communal ride, there are a number of opportunities available and these can be arranged quite easily.

There are also a number of cycling options available on the northside of the Brisbane River via the Gateway Bridge, e.g. the Boondall Wetlands, Kedron Brook Cycleway, the Moreton Bay Cycleway (MBC), Nudgee Beach, and the Sandgate/Redcliffe Cycleway. Most of these would require some transport assistance, either by train or car, although it is possible to explore parts of the MBC from home base.



ISLAND CYCLING OPTIONS

The Wynnum/Redlands area is blessed with many scenic islands which are easily accessed from the mainland, and which provide a variety of cycling and/or tourism experiences.

These range from small ‘boutique’ islands such as Coochiemudlo Island, through medium sized islands such as Macleay Island, to the large tourist mecca of North Stradbroke Island (‘Straddie’ to the locals) – a veritable feast of choices depending on what your personal preferences are.

These special cycle trips require a full day out and some transport assistance which would be arranged for you at an all-inclusive price. It is also possible for you to have a guide for the day if you would prefer this option.

 

REGIONAL CYCLING OPTIONS


Brisbane is the centre of the most visited region of Queensland – the South-east corner that stretches from the Sunshine Coast (with major tourist destinations such as Noosa and Mooloolaba) in the north, to the Gold Coast (with major tourist destinations such as Surfers Paradise, Sea World, Dreamworld, etc.).

Each of these major tourist destinations possess many scenic cycle rides, and full-day trips can be arranged to visit these areas and experience some of their world-famous activities in tandem with some leisurely, visually stunning rides.

These options require transport from home base and the presence of a guide, and would normally require an early start (usually by 8am).

QUEENSLAND/AUSTRALIAN CYCLING EVENTS

Some people who are very serious about their cycling might like to complement their homestay experience with us by embarking on a different type of cycle experience – more like the European style of cycling from one location to another and staying at a different accommodation venue each night.

For interstate and overseas visitors, Queensland has a magnificent range of environmental and ecological systems that are famed world-wide – e.g. the sun, surf and sand of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts; the great Outback; and the reefs and rainforests of Cairns and North Queensland. There are cycle tour operators who offer packages that allow visitors to sample the visual and culinary delights of these locations, ranging in length from 2 days to 30 days.

Overseas visitors who want to see more of Australia by bike can visit icons in each state, such as Uluru (Northern Territory), the Great Ocean Road (Victoria), the Barossa Valley Wine area (South Australia), the Kimberleys or Margaret River (Western Australia).

For those who want something a bit more serious, the annual ‘Tour Down Under’ is held in Adelaide (South Australia) at the end of January each year, and besides attracting the world’s best professional road cyclists, it also attracts around 40,000 interstate and overseas visitors, and provides an opportunity for many visitors to ride the same course as the pros over a week-long period.

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