Cycle Queensland,Sightseeing Ride, Boondall to Kedron Brook
This is a great ride for young and old, no matter what your level of experience. Much of this ride can be enjoyed along wide cycle paths away from traffic, with plenty of options for breaks and interest stops.
Starting at the Boondall Wetlands, along the built boardwalk, south towards Nundah, then you will be in the heart of the wetlands. The boardwalk can be slippery after rain, so take your time passing through this area. Turining right on to Nudgee Road, keep an eye out for the cycle path on the other side of the road that you need to take. Cross the road carefully and pick up the path, leaving behind the road and keeping the golf course to your right. You will pass beneath the Gateway Motorway; the Schulz Canal is to your left. When you come across Shaw Road, the path does seem to just stop. Do not worry though, cross straight over the road and turn left, passing the Hugh Courtney Oval. The path is relatively easy to follow from here to the end, although there are a number of tempting options to explore to the side.
The terrain is all paved and easy to ride through. There is a section that get slippery easily, so be careful when it rains.
The Boondall wetlands are well serviced by road and train. Take the Gateway Motorway exit signposted ‘Boondall Wetlands’, about 10km north of the city’s airports. Alternatively, you can catch a train from Brisbane to Boondall station from where it is just a short ride to the start.
Food and drink
There are no cafés or stores along the route. Make sure you take with you sufficient water and food to complete the ride. It does pass a number of shopping centres however so incase you do run out, emergency supplies can be found.
0.0 Starting in the car park at the Boondall Wetlands, pass through the entrance and follow the boardwalk to the right, signposted ‘cycleway/walkway.’ Continue ahead as the ride passes through the wetland area.
4.1 At the end of the boardwalk, turn right to follow the cycle path along Nudgee Rd. Be careful for vehicles turning into the transfer station and hardfill site along this section of road.
5.4 Just prior to the start of the Nudgee Golf Course, another cycle path emerges on the far side of the road. Cross carefully and continue along this new path, away from the traffic of the roads.
10.0 At this point, the cycle path passes beneath the busy Gateway Motorway, re-emerging on the other side in the peace and quiet previously enjoyed. Shortly on your right will be the Nundah Criterium circuit where on certain days of the week, you can watch club racing.
12.9 Carefully cross Widoop St to resume the cycle path in the now disused parking area next to the Centro Toombul shopping centre.
13.4 Continue ahead and the path resumes at the far end of the car park, under Sandgate Rd, into Ross Park and along the Schulz Canal. There are several wayward paths to choose from but make sure you keep the children’s play area to you left.
14.7 The path emerges on to Shaw Park. Follow it around anti-clockwise until you reach Shaw Rd. Cross directly over the road and turn left along the cycle path in front of the Hugh Courtney Oval.
15.1 Turn right to resume the cycle path into the reserve. Shortly the path bends to the left and Mercer Park opens up in front of you.
16.3 Turn left on to the bridge to cross over Kedron Brook. Turn right on the far side to continue.
18.9 Turn right on to the bridge to cross over Kedron Brook.
20.2 After a short descent, follow the path over a bridge, across to the southern bank of Kedron Brook. These corners are a little tight so slow down and use caution when approaching. You have now entered Grange Forest Park.
20.7 The path crosses back over to the north bank of the brook. From here you can see the path continue to the finish at Stafford City shopping centre.
20.9 End of the ride.