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When we visiting any city whether it is in Australia or anywhere in the World for that matter, we always seek out the best local walk/cycling trails. Often the best time to do these trails is early morning, when the air is cool and the day is young and full of promise. A bit corny but, that is exactly how it can feel after a brisk few kilometres followed by a skinny latte. We have certainly started our day that way in a few cities around the world, Stanley Park in Vancouver Canada, Perth’s Swan River and Melbourne’s Yarra River spring to mind. There is also the thrill of discovering a new city on foot.

One of our favorites is without doubt the Brisbane City River Trail. This walk, run, cycle trail made of three easy routes is a must-do for anybody who likes keeping fit and enjoy walking or cycling. The trail showcases the best of what central Brisbane offers. You always get fine views of Brisbane River as well as taking in the Botanic Gardens, the many attractions of South Bank, numerous restaurants, bridges, mangrove reserves, rock climbing at Kangaroo Point and the Maritime Museum to name just a few. If you get a little sweaty, you can take a cooling dip in the purpose built South Bank Beach complete with lagoon and a white sandy beach set in subtropical gardens. There are so many things you can do on this varied walking trail, you can easily make a day of it and enjoy lunch and or dinner as the restaurants are world class. There are also plenty of bars that can stop you dead in your tracks. The trick is, enjoy a beverage at the end of the walk, not in the middle. Many sections are split into dedicated cycling and walking/running routes, which is great for everybody. The signage is good and getting lost is highly unlikely, with the muddy Brisbane River almost always in sight. Walking is a great way to get to know any city and this trail is a beauty.

Route One - Victoria Bridge/Goodwill Bridge 3.5km

Route Two - Goodwill Bridge/Story Bridge 6.5km

Route Three - Combination of both routes 10km

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Comment by Trailtalk Admin on November 5, 2012 at 10:30am

Thanks Jane.  The South Bank area is amazing isn't it - I hope the new development of the Perth foreshore ends up being as user friendly for walkers and cyclists...

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