Shopping in the City, Having a cool drink in one of the Pubs, Enjoying the view over Brisbane on Mount Coot-tha, Hugging a Koala at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Looking over Brisbane on "the Wheel" at Southbank, taking a swim at the Southbank Parklands, exploring the diversity of plants in the Botanic Gardens and many more...
Brisbane River and the CBD (see video below):
Brisbane is one of the most liveable cities on earth with a great quality of lifestyle.
Brisbane's subtropical climate of warm bright summer and cool clear winter days invites you to enjoy the great outdoors.
Situated on both banks of the Brisbane River, the CIty is complementing mix of the old and new.
Nowhere is this more evident than along the river banks where the changing times has replaced industry and shipping wharves with recreation areas such as South Bank Parklands, the Knagaroo Point Cliffs, West End and the Riverside Boardwalk within the City reaches.
The Brisbane River has become a focus of the leisure activities with tens of kilometers of bike and walking tracks on both banks of the river. Some of the City's best parklands and places to explore are located along the river.
The City Administration have constructed over 500 kilometers of bicycle lanes and off road pathways through parklands and along riverbanks connecting many of our previously isolated parks and public gardens.
Of course cycling has become a very popular pastime with the facilities and sunshine encouraging many family outings. Pick up a guide to Brisbane and you will be able to cycle to most of the venues and attractions listed using the cycle lanes and paths in perfect safety.
Part of the City transport system is the River ferry network that operates from Queensland University at St. Lucia downriver to Bretts Wharf near the Brisbane Airport. The City Cat high speed ferries operate every 30 minutes in both directions. It has 14 stops along the way, many of them worth a visit into boutique streets such as Oxford Street at Bulimba, Racecourse Road at Bretts Wharf, Hamilton or a stop at the historic Regatta Hotel at Toowong.
To compliment the City Cats are the lower Inner City and Cross River ferries, all of which are accessible to you with a bicycle and are great value for money on a "Day Rover" unlimited travel ticket for about $9.
Tips on Cycling in Queensland:
We drive and cycle on the LEFT, on the road, cycle paths, pedestrian pathways or "sidewalks".
Yes, in Queensland you can cycle on the footpath (sidewalk), but with care of pedestrians in all instances as they have first right of access.
On shared cycle/pedestrian facilities always sound your bell before passing pedestrians, they will move on their left and you pass them on their right.
Some roads have painted bike lanes on them and these should be your first choice before the footpath. At all times be predictable, keep as far left as practical, obey all road rules even on bikeways and signal any turning intentions. Get off your bike and walk where you become unsure of the way or in any crowd situation. Lock your bike to something solid when parking out of your sight.
Helmets are compulsory in any public place including parks and riverside, police bike rides and dirt bikes and will issue $70 on the spot ticket fines. (Helmets are supplied with a bike hire for free).