As a new day awakens to clear skies that rise with our autumn mornings, scattered along Brisbane river ways, parks, pathways and bridges, people are getting active. Whether for fitness, to clear the mind or for general health and well-being locals are making the most of inner city settings to pave the way for their running routes.
For those of you who battle with the ‘snooze’ button, I suggest that you change up your scene and hit your ‘get up ‘n’ go’ moment with enthusiasm by trying out one of the following hand-picked routes. With a mix of different gradients, terrain and views these routes can be triumphed by the casual runner through to the athletic elite - the scene has been set - it’s up to you to set your pace.
Kangaroo Point cliffs - Goodwill Bridge - City Botanic Gardens – Riverside – Story Bridge 6.6km
This route will see you hugging the city’s riverside commencing atop the Kangaroo Point cliffs. With most of the run being moderately flat, the first and last legs will be sure to get the blood pumping; descending down the Kangaroo Point stairs don’t be distracted by the view as the stairs can get tricky to manoeuvre down and are steep. Continue along the river in the direction of Southbank and you will arrive at the Goodwill Bridge, at this point you will experience a vantage point to take panoramic views of both the city skyline and Southbank. Crossing over the Goodwill Bridge will lead you to the City Botanic Gardens where you will need to remind yourself to lift those legs to prevent a stumble, as one can become quite relaxed with the peace and zen-like feeling the gardens bring. Coming out of the gardens will see you arrive at Eagle Street Pier, here you will need to follow through to the river walk and proceed until its end at the base of the Story Bridge. Warning : running along this strip of the river you may find yourself discovering recent editions to our bar and dining precinct that are not visible from the street and ooze an irresistible chic yet relaxed social vibe. Pick up the pace for the final stretch and make up for the cocktail that you now may come back for later that evening! Charge on the ascent up to the Story Bridge footpath and cross back over towards Kangaroo Point, admire the elevated, unremitting views of the city along the way.
Newstead – Teneriffe – New Farm 8.4km
A relaxing route with no incline, start your run from Waterfront Park, Newstead, which has plenty of access to non-crowded street parking. Following the path marked by the ‘Riverwalk’ sign, continue in the direction of Teneriffe, along Skyring Tce, with a quick diverted left at the Teneriffe Ferry to lead your pathway alongside the Brisbane River. You will pass by recent additions to the Newstead entertaining precinct; Gasworks as a feature demands attention with its buzz of activity with restaurants, shops and live entertainment. As you follow the river boardwalk lined with drool-worthy real estate you can also take in the sights of the adjacent Bulimba and Hawthorne suburbs. Once you pass the Brisbane Powerhouse Park on your right and follow through past the ‘Flood’ sign you will be met by the jacaranda trees of New Farm Park. Venture into the inner road of the park and complete two laps of the ring road, passing the historic rose bushes and the unsuspecting croquet club (hidden to your left, which is also available for public hire). Trace your path back along the riverfront to your starting point, which will see you completing your course.
If you enjoy this route it is similar to that of Park Run, New Farm. Park Run is a 5km time running event, free to participate for active members of the community and ideal for all levels of fitness. The run starts from within New Farm Park itself (a hard miss with a few hundred people gathering) and is staged every Saturday morning at 7.00am. For more information on the weekly event and the additional six locations where you can take part across Brisbane visit www.parkrun.com.au
Kedron Brook 7km
Winding its way throughout inner north suburbs, the Kedron Brook Bikeway provides a 16km stretch of pavement tracks meandering along the banks of the Kedron Brook. Relatively a flat run, it is perfect to measure your fitness and to see how much of the track you can endure. The stretch between Gordon Park through to Kalinga Park, Toombul, provides a pleasant route for runners. For further guidance you could follow the route of ‘The Brook Run’, a 7km set course commencing on the northern end of Hickey Park oval, along the river through to Gympie Road, completing a loop to then guide you back to your starting point. If you enjoy this course make it your regular and look to partake in the fun run held 27th July. www.thebrookrun.com.au
Take your running to new heights and propel up one of the Mt. Coot-tha trails. Fairly short in distance averaging 2km, the challenge is set with varying terrain and steep gradients in areas of the tracks. Hit the mountain early and watch the sun rise from the summit lookout or choose to go later in the day as the shade from the forest trees help to keep you cool. Mt. Coot-tha has many trails however top picks are White Arrow Trail and the Summit Lookout routes which both lead to Kuta Café, here you can grab a coffee or cool drink to break up the work-out and take in the spectacular views of the city and onwards to Moreton Bay and Stradbroke Islands.