THINGS TO DO: Best bike rides for families

07 April 2019

Whether your kids are seasoned bike riders or are still trying to master the art of two-wheeling, these bike rides will encourage their love of cycling. They are easy, mostly flat and scenic, taking in some of the best spots Southeast Queensland has to offer. Get on your bike!


Bribie Island Foreshore

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Starting point: Renton Lane, Bongaree

This bike ride follows the foreshore along part of stunning Bribie Island. Start at Renton Lane and follow Welsby Parade pretty much all the way along to Sylvan Beach. Park up the bikes and grab something refreshing from the kiosk and have a gentle amble along the mangrove boardwalk. If the kids have the energy (when do they not?) they can play on the playground before retracing the route. The route is just over 8km return.

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Mitchelton Alderley

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Starting point: Teralba Park, Osbourne Road, Mitchelton

This mostly flat 8km return section of the Kedron Brook Bikeway takes you on a peaceful, rural tour of the adjoining old farmlands. Spot the cows and the occasional sculpture or piece of farm machinery – a throwback to the farm’s working days. Grinstead Park makes a great turn around spot, after the kids have had a play on the awesome fort, of course.

Wynnum to Manly

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Starting point: North Esplanade, Wynnum

This is a great cycle route for water lovers. Not only does the route hug the coastline, but there are plenty of opportunities to stop for a paddle or swim along the way. Enjoy Wynnum’s wading pool and water park, stop for a play at George Clayton Park and end up at the beautiful marina in Manly, where some refreshments will definitely be in order. Choose from fish and chips, or a more formal affair in one of Manly’s many restaurants before getting back on the saddle. The return route is just under 9km.

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Brisbane’s West End

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Starting point: Orleigh Park, Hill End Terrace

This 7km return route takes you alongside the Brisbane River all the way to GOMA – a great place to leave your bikes and stretch your legs before heading back. If you plan your trip on a Saturday, you can stop off at the Davies Park Markets on route too. The route is easy, mostly flat and there is so much to see and do on the way. It can get busy, especially on a weekend.

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Sunshine Coast

Cotton Tree to Mooloolaba Esplanade

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Starting point: Cotton Tree Parade, Cotton Tree

Start out at Cotton Tree Parade and follow Alexandra Parade just behind Maroochydore Beach. The road bears right at the caravan club and from there you can pick up the path right beside the beach and follow it all the way into Mooloolaba. The route is just under 8km return and there is a slight hill just before you reach Mooloolaba – all the more reason to grab an ice cream or refreshing beer at the top! Stop at the HMAS Brisbane Lookout just after the hill for awesome views over to Buddina.

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Ewen Maddock Dam

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Mooloolah Connection Road, Mooloolah Valley

This dam has over 9km of shared use tracks, suitable for bike riders, walkers and horse riders. The dam is a beautiful spot with picnic tables, BBQs and swimming areas, so you can really make a day of it and cycle for as long or as little as you like. Some areas such as the boardwalk are reserved for foot traffic only (check SEQ Water for a detailed map).

Gold Coast

Hinze Dam Wall

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Hinze Dam, Advancetown

A great bike ride for the younger members of the family. This purpose-built bike track follows the dam wall, 85 metres above the water level, making you feel like you are on top of the world. The track itself is just under 4km return. There is also a visitor’s centre, playground and picnic area, or you can grab something tasty from the café. For details, visit SEQ Water.

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Surfers Paradise to Broadwater Parklands

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Starting point: Marine Parade, Surfers Paradise

This route is just under 10km return and takes you along the glorious Surfers Paradise foreshore, past the Australia Fair Shopping Centre and onwards to the Broadwater Parklands. The parklands are home to some great play areas and equipment, including a jumping pillow and water park – a great way to cool off before the ride back. For a detailed map, click here

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Written by

Kerry White

Kerry is the Senior Writer for Kids on the Coast and Kids in the City. Kerry moved to Australia from England in 2013 with her husband and two daughters. She worked as a sub-editor in London for seven years before she had her girls. She now calls the Sunshine Coast her home and is making the most of its glorious weather and beaches. She enjoys baking, especially when she has a glass of wine in hand, and is a part-time Psychology, Criminology and Justice student. She also shares her home with two cats and her daughters' imaginary dogs.

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