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Brisbane, Australia

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Brisbane

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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.

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New Farm Riverwalk

Brisbane, Australia

One of the more popular running options in Brisbane, this paved multi-use path runs for 4 km along the river from the Eagle St. Pier downtown to the suburb of New Farm. Great city and river views the whole way.
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Mt Coot-tha

Brisbane, Australia

A 30-minute drive from Brisbane, Mt Coot-tha offers over 50 km of trails. There's something for every runner here. Great views from the summit! Attached guide has info on 70 trails, with ratings for each.
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Kedron Brook Bikeway

Brisbane, Australia

A hidden gem in Brisbane's northern suburbs. This this multi-use path from Teralba Park to Toombul passes through a sort of linear park along the Kedron Brook nature corridor, featuring lush gardens, and wide green lawns.
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Boondall Wetlands

Brisbane, Australia

Located 15 km northeast of Brisbane, the Boondall Wetlands is the home to a range of wildlife. There's also some pleasant running, on a combination of  four different tracks, and the Boondall Wetlands Bikeway.
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New Farm Riverwalk

Brisbane, Australia

One of the more popular running options in Brisbane, this paved multi-use path runs for 4 km along the river from the Eagle St. Pier downtown to the suburb of New Farm. Great city and river views the whole way.
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Brisbane has great weather for running year-round. Summers are hot and can be humid, with temperatures November-April regularly in the 26-29C (mid to high 80s) range, with warm nights. The coolest winter temperatures are in the 20C (68F) range during the day, with nights dipping to 9-10C (50F). There’s precipitation year-round, but more plentiful in summer owing to thunderstorms and downpours.

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Running Stores

Nike, Rebel Sport, ASIC and the Athlete’s Foot can all be found in the Brisbane CBD.

Group Runs

The Brisbane Social Run Club meets at 6:00pm every Tuesday and Thursday and 7:00am Saturday for a 5km run around different locations in Brisbane. Information here

Brisbane is also home to multiple Parkruns, some of these are features on this site. Full list.

This calendar has a great list of running events in the Brisbane area.