Wednesday, 10 July 2013


Brisbane Botanic Gardens

Last Saturday I rode with U3A Peddling for Pleasure from Norman Park station to Park Road station via The Brisbane Botanic Gardens and the University of Queensland.

This river and city scape was taken from Mowbray Park in East Brisbane on a perfect winter's morning

As can be seen in the above photograph, we had the perfect weather for cycling and whilst some of the group availed themselves of the public conveniences in the park, I managed to take a couple of photographs of the Brisbane River with the city in the background. This is what living in Brisbane is all about, a modern laid back city with a beautiful river winding it's way through it, affording many spots along the river to either cycle,walk, picnic or laze in the sun in the many parks along it's banks and if that's too much like hard work, there are many restaurants to meet up with old friends to share lunch or a cup of coffee.

Creative use of an old dry dock

As we continued out ride along the river we passed through Dockside which is a multi-dwelling estate built on and around the site of the old dry dock . Most of the units in this estate have extensive views of the city and it's surround and makes for a great place to live if working in the city due to it's close proximity to the CBD.

The cycleway hugging the river past Dockside heading towards the Storey bridge spanning the river at Kangaroo Point.

We followed the river through Kangaroo Point and under the Storey Bridge, past the cliffs and under the Captain Cook Bridge, past the Maritime Museum, past the South Bank Parkland and under the Victoria bridge, passing the Cultural Centre, Queensland Art Gallery, Museum and Gallery of Modern Art, under the Kurilpa Pedestrian Bridge and the William Jolley Bridge, continuing on until we reached the Go Between Bridge which we crossed to continue the ride along the Bicentennial Bike way until we reached the tunnel taking us under Coronation drive and onto Sylvan Road in Toowong, turning left onto Milton Road which lead into Mt. Cootha Road and onto the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

Peddling For Pleasure arriving at our favourite spot in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens

The Brisbane Botanic Gardens is a sub-tropical botanic garden built on 52 hectares located at the foot of Mt. Cootha, Brisbane's tallest mountain. There is a restaurant/cafe on the grounds near the crop of bamboo depicted in the above photograph which serves takeaway coffee.

Cycling the approach to the Eleanor Schonell Bridge

We were reluctant to leave such a beautiful location but instead of returning to Norman Park we retreated as far as the Bicentennial Cycleway, turned right and headed for the University of Queensland at St. Lucia

A view of The University of Queensland

Leafy St. Lucia

Eleanor Schonell Bridge

It is only a short ride from the Gardens to the university and is quite easy to navigate. Once the Eleanor Schonell Bridge is located and crossed it is simply a matter of following the bike path to Park Road Station. The entire ride is only about 24.5 km and if the sun is shining brightly, it will be one of the most enjoyable rides you could imagine.

Although the focal point of this ride is the Botanical Gardens, it runs through the following suburbs and can be started from either end or for that matter in any of the following suburbs : Norman Park, East Brisbane, Kangaroo Point, South Brisbane, South Bank, Milton, Toowong, Taringa, St. Lucia, Dutton park (Park Road Station).

Cheers and safe riding,

Jimmy Bee

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