Boondall to Kedron Brook

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.

Access

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.

Side Trip

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.

 

Ride Log

    • 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.
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      19.32 km / 12.005 mi

      Total Distance

      64 m / 209 ft

      Total Ascent

      49 m / 161 ft

      Total Descent

      28 m / 92 ft

      Highest Point

      Ride type:
      Sightseeing
      Mountain biking
      Road riding
      Commuter
      Kid friendly
      Rail Trail
      Gravel
      Various
      Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
      Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
      Fitness Level: Low
      Terrain:
      Shared Bike Path - Paved
      Shared Bike Path - Dirt
      On-Road Bike Lane
      On-Road
      Off-Road - Fire Trail
      Off-Road - Rail Trail
      Off-Road - Single Track
      Off-Road - Downhill
      Mobile Coverage: Excellent
      Estimated Distance: 20.9
      Elevation Gain: 95
      Services:
      Water
      Food
      First Aid
      Toilets
      Bike hire
      Carparking
      Bike servicing
      Accessible by bike
      Accessible by car
      Accessible by public transport
      Accessible by shuttle / uber

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