The forecast was a light shower or two so, after our morning walk in bright sunshine and an almost cloudless sky, we decided to mount our bikes on the bike rack and drive to one of the many bikeways the Brisbane Council has developed.
Before we left, I printed some maps so we wouldn’t get lost. There are 13 maps which can be found on the Brisbane/Queensland Government web site Brisbane Bikeways.
Although you can start from Keperra, for this ride we decided to start at Arana Hills at the MsKell Oval because there is a nice parking area to unload the bikes and leave the car, while the bike path runs next to it.
With our weapons (helmet, backpack, water bottles and camera) safely placed, we jumped on our bikes and drove the wrong way (as you do) around a sports field but picked up the regular route on the other site of the field. This route follows the Kedron Brook which zig zagged its way through Brisbane until it reaches Moreton Bay via the Boondal wetlands. Just after we rejoined, the path crosses the Brook and a mum with kids were feeding the ducks from the bridge. Riding on these pathways, the council and government did great work to keep the riders away from heavy traffic bearing roads. Only a few smaller streets are included but mostly we were riding at the back along private properties next to the Brook.
Just before a crossing at the Sparkes Hill reservoirs park, a loud noise grabbed our attention.A big colony of bats were hanging out. To prevent us from getting withdrawal symptoms, we derailed our trip to pay the Stafford City shopping centre a visit where we indulged ourselves in coffee with cake.
It is amazing how many parks and green strokes there are. Many of them are well equipped with BBQ’s and undercover area’s. There is a lot of roadwork going on around the Gympie Rd./Stafford Rd. and Sandgate Rd. area’s but here, new paths were created to go around and not having to go on the big busy roads. After crossing under the Sandgate Rd.
You leave the city behind and follow the path to the Boondall wetlands. Riding along this stretch is a wonderful experience. No sound of traffic here although, every now and then, a plane can be heard departing or landing at the Brisbane airport in the distance. We dismounted from our bikes along the Kedron Brook Floodway to enjoy viewing wading birds through the shallow water. To prevent the wetland from any damage, the bikeway is elevated.
The path follows the Brook were it runs behind the Nudgee Golf Course. We stopped and returned the same way we came in. Coming back at our car we’ve done 50 kilometres. A little bit of a sore bum but next time, maybe Cadell Evans can give some advice as what to wear to make the saddle feel a bit more comfy. A great day working on our fitness, our tan, our vitamin D level and our general good feeling.