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.
After arriving at the start point of the Boondall Wetlands, set out along the purpose built boardwalk, south towards Nundah. This boardwalk takes you right through the heart of the wetlands; a 1000 hectare area of tidal flats, mangroves, saltmarshes, melaleuca wetlands, grasslands, open forests and woodlands. The boardwalk can be slippery after rain, especially in the areas surrounded by the forests and woodlands where the sunlight doesn’t always get to dry the path immediately. Take your time passing through this area. You will probably pass many other cyclists, some enjoying the ride like yourself or others commuting to and from work.
After 4.1km, turn right on to Nudgee Road. There is a nice wide cycle path along here, keeping you away from the traffic running alongside. As you see the golf course looming ahead to your left, keep an eye out for the cycle path on the other side of the road that you need to take. Once spotted, cross the road carefully and pick up the path, leaving behind the road and keeping the golf course to your right. This is a lovely stretch of path with the wide Kedron Brook floodway to your left and natural flora and fauna all around.
At the 10km marker you will pass beneath the Gateway Motorway; the Schulz Canal is to your left. Shortly, on your right, you will come across the Nundah Criterium circuit. On a weekend you will often find cycle racing going on here between local club riders. Pull up on the side and watch to cheer on the riders as they complete lap after lap of the circuit.
A little further on you will come up to Toombul shopping centre. Cross over the road carefully and continue straight ahead through the old car park until the path resumes on the far side into Ross Park and Kalinga Park. There is a wonderful park area here for kids to play and barbecues to enjoy a picnic lunch.
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. Soon the pathway resumes as you enter Mercer Park and Kedron Brook appears to your left. 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. You are likely to come across all sorts of other people along here; just remember to give way to pedestrians. There are a number of benches for a rest or to just enjoy the peace and quiet of this cyclist’s haven in the heart of Brisbane.
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.
Either before or after you finish, check out the visitors centre at the Boondall Wetlands to learn more about their environmental benefits and the wildlife that lives in the area.
19.32 km / 12.005 mi
64 m / 209 ft
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