8 Best Bike Rides in Queensland

March 14, 2017


Cycling Safety


Kristen Brown

We asked and you answered! Take advantage of the sunny state we live in and tick these favourite cycle spots off your Queensland, bike ride bucket list!

1. David Low Way

Bike riders along David Low Way

Where: Sunshine Coast, QLD - David Low Way connects south Maroochydore and north of Noosa Heads. 

Distance: The road from start to finish spans 36 kms. 

Experience level: A good level of confidence is necessary. Being able to shoulder check whilst steering straight, and it goes without saying - knowledge of the road rules. 

It's on our QLD best bike rides list because: The road travels through many coastal towns to the terminus at Noosa Heads. The coastal part of the ride is so picturesque with fresh air blowing off the ocean and most drivers are relaxed and generally forgiving of slower vehicles. There is a generous road shoulder and flat to undulating terrain means the average speed can be high 20's+ km/h. 

Ride tried and tested by: Liam. H


2. Spicers Hidden Vale

Where: Grandchester, QLD - smack bang between Brisbane and Toowoomba. 

Distance: 50+ kms of professionally-built mountain bike trails, the time it takes is dependent on the trail taken. There are also guided bike tours available through the resort.

Experience level: We enjoy it because it suits all riders from absolute beginners to seasoned professionals. (Mountain bike trail). 

It's on our QLD best bike rides list because: Most trails are well-shaded so it's possible to ride even on a hot day. The trails are very well maintained so you know you're not going to come around a corner and find a fallen tree or an amateur addition. The restaurant is a great spot to grab a bite to eat after a morning ride. 

Ride tried and tested by: Chris. R


3. Oak Valley

Where: Loop starts in Townsville city, ride out to Oak Valley and back. 

Distance: 80 km round trip. 

Experience level:  Intermediate to advanced. 

It's on our QLD best bike rides list because: The ride includes a couple of nice rolling hills (aren't too hard on the legs though) with nice scenery. 

Ride tried and tested by: Keegan. S.B


4. Boondall Wetlands

Where: The Boondall Wetlands bikeway stretches from the Brisbane Entertainment Centre to Nudgee Beach. 

Distance: 13 kms but can be linked to other paths to extend the ride. 

Experience level: All levels. 

It's on our QLD best bike rides list because: This is a peaceful and gentle pedal through the beautiful wetlands. It's recommended to continue your ride over the Redcliffe bridge and visit the Sunday markets (great pancakes!). 

Ride tried and tested by: Chris. L


5. City Botanic Gardens

Where: Located in Brisbane City, you can ride through the gardens over the floating walkway to New Farm and then onto Newstead. 

Distance: Length can vary from a few kms to over 20. 

Experience level: All skills levels can do this easy ride. The paths are mostly flat and wide. 

It's on our QLD best bike rides list because: It's great to be near the river and you feel motivated seeing others around you enjoying the ride. 

Ride tried and tested by: Richard. G


6. Maleny Circuit

Where: Starting in Maleny this ride circuits through Conondale, Kenilworth, Mapleton, Montville and back to Maleny. 

Distance: 90+ kilometers. 

Experience level:  Intermediate to advanced. It's quite long with steep climbs and descents. 

It's on our QLD best bike rides list because: Beautiful scenery as the circuit is surrounded by some of the Sunshine Coast's best National Parks. Although it is hilly and long the ride is fun! 

Ride tried and tested by: Brad. W


7. Conway Circuit

Where: The ride starts on brandy creek road, outside Airlie beach, QLD 

Distance: 30 kms. 

Experience level: A ride suited to experienced riders however, it can be shortened for the less active/ experienced. 

It's on our QLD best bike rides list because:  It's a great track with excellent lookouts, crosses creeks, undulates through the national park mostly sheltered by shady rainforest. 

Ride tried and tested by: Sharon. M


8. Nerang National Park

Where: Located off the Pacific Motorway on the way to the Gold Coast from Brisbane 

Distance: 1700 hectares of land with many different trails. 

Experience level: The trails cover all abilities so everyone can ride (mountain bike trail) 

It's on our QLD best bike rides list because:  Riders of all levels can have fun out at Nerang, thanks to the local trailcare groups that have worked to build and maintain a variety of trails to suit different riders. Sometimes I head out for a spin on my own and hit up the rocky, steep trails that characterise the area, or I bundle up the family (kids 3.5 and 1.5) and we head out together! 

Ride tried and tested by: Michael Geale - Mountain Bikes Direct

Have we missed your favourite? Let us know in the comments below! 

Kristen Brown

Social Media and Content Marketing Specialist at Smith's Lawyers


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