Capital of Australia’s sunshine state of Queensland, Brisbane is Australia’s third most populous city and some say the most laid back. Located on the meandering Brisbane River, it is a tourist mecca thanks to great year-round weather, active nightlife, vibrant culture, and close proximity to world-class beaches to the east. The opportunities for running in Brisbane are fantastic, with numerous options along the Brisbane River, several great conservation parks and wetland areas, and coastal paths located in the suburbs east of the city.
The best places to run in central Brisbane take advantage of the Brisbane River, including the New Farm Riverwalk, River loop, Kangaroo Point, and the Bicentennial Bikeway. We’ve also mapped several routes taking advantage of the Brisbane’s numerous parks. Just outside the city are numerous natural areas with some excellent trail running for every ability: Mt Coot-tha, Boondall Wetlands and Bunyaville Conservation Park, and the Teneriffe route. In the eastern coastal suburbs, there are waterfront paths from Shorncliffe to Brighton and from Manly to Wynnum.
If staying in the CBD, If you’re staying for a few days, it is worth picking up a TransLink go card for use on Brisbane’s extensive public transport system which includes trains, buses and the CityCat ferries. There is also a free bus service for the inner city which operates from 7am to 6pm weekdays and a free CityHopper ferry which travels along the river.