Top 10 Things to do in Brisbane for the Active Traveler
Staying fit, healthy and well while traveling helps recharge the body and energies the soul. Active vacations are big right now so we want to show case to you what’s available to the Active Traveler who comes to Brisbane.
Here at Run It Running Tours, we have listed a combination of some paid activities and some free ones to help get you started. We’re sure you’ll find something in this list to fulfill your need of some fun, adventure and relaxation.
1. Take a Run Tour of Brisbane
Run It Running Tours currently offers 3 different run tour choices in Brisbane. For those who want to escape the city and get back to nature there is a 10km exploration of Mt Coo-tha on some beautiful trails. Don’t forget about the great views of the entire city from the Summit Lookout. Or try running over 6 of Brisbane’s Bridges or for the history lover there is a 9km tour of some of the most iconic buildings and landmarks within the CBD.
For more information go to www.runitrunningtours.com.au
2. Free Yoga Classes
Did you say Free! Yes, that’s right. There are a number of different free Yoga sessions each week held in South Bank Parklands and in Brisbane City. This is a great way to unwind and relax while visiting Brisbane. The program is designed for all fitness levels. Bookings aren’t required, all you need to do is show up. Go to the website below for session times and information.
For more information go to www.visitbrisbane.com.au/feelgood
3. Abseil the Kangaroo Point Cliffs
If you’re a little more on the adventurous side of life then abseiling the Rock Cliffs at Kangaroo Point is something to get your adrenaline pumping. Local company River life, located just below the cliffs, provide experienced instructors to guide you down the 20-metre-high cliffs. This activity is open to anyone over the age of eight and no experience is necessary. Sessions come with an instructor, safety briefing and all required safety equipment. All that you require to participate are enclosed shoes, comfortable clothing, hat and or sunglasses and a water bottle. The other major draw card for this activity are the views. But don’t just take our word for it, check it out for yourself at River life Brisbane.
For more information go to: https://riverlife.com.au/adventures/tours/abseil-brisbane/
4. South Bank or New Farm - Park Run
If you haven’t heard of the world wide phenomenon that is Park Run well maybe Brisbane is the time and place to check it out for the first time. Park Run is a free timed 5km run that occurs every week in parks all over the world. It is open to everyone of any age or fitness level. There are lots of walkers that participate as well. It isn’t compulsory, but we recommend you register before you participate here https://www.parkrun.com.au/register/You only have to ever register once and that registers you for any Park Run anywhere in the world. . This will also allow for you to receive your time at the end. The closest two Park Runs in the Brisbane CBD are located at South Bank Parklands and New Farm Park and both start at 7:00am every Saturday morning. If you are staying further out of Brisbane there is sure to be one near you as well.
For more information go to: https://www.parkrun.com.au/southbank/
5. Day Hike at Lamington National Park
Lamington National Park is a little bit of a drive out of Brisbane but it is well worth the effort. Located in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Lamington National Park is home to some spectacular world heritage listed rain forest areas. It’s always a few degrees cooler than Brisbane and is a very popular place to hike and bush walk. There is over 320km’s of walking tracks of varying degrees of difficulty and distance. A favourite of ours at Run It Running Tours is the Border Track. We can arrange a guided walk or run tour of this track if you contact us as it’s one we do regularly.
For more information go to: https://oreillys.com.au/walking-tracks-at-lamington-national-park/
6. City Cycle
If cycling is your thing than jumping on a City Cycle and getting on some of the Brisbane Bike Paths could be right up your alley. There are loads of places to cycle in and around Brisbane and the City Cycle program makes it accessible to everyone. For as little as $2 you can purchase a casual pass here www.citycycle.com.au and access any of the 150 bike stations across Brisbane. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive a confirmation email with all the information you need. The first 30 mins of cycling is free and then only $2 up to the next hour and $5 an hour after that. That gives you loads of time to get out and explore the city.
For more information go to: http://www.citycycle.com.au/How-does-it-work/Frequently-Asked-Questions
7. Snorkeling on Moreton Island
Just a short distance from Brisbane is the beautiful Moreton Island. There are water craft transfers to the island daily and if you like water sports and snorkeling we can highly recommend you take the trip over to Moreton. The Moreton Island wrecks is a tropical oasis of fish and sea life just waiting for you to explore. The beach and water are also some of the best on offer and with lots of other things to do while your there it’s a full day experience. If you travel over with the Tangalooma crew make sure you also check out their wild dolphin feeding program which operates every evening.
For more information go to: https://www.tangalooma.com/moreton-island/tangalooma-wrecks
8. Mountain Bike Tour on Mt Coo-tha
Whether you’re a first timer or an experienced Mountain Bike rider there is something to suit. Forbes Mountain Bike tours can pick you up from your accommodation if needed or you can meet them on location. Course options range from Beginner to Advanced and they also have an electric bike hire option if needed.
For more information go to: https://forbesmtb.com/brisbane-mountain-bike-tours/
9. Climb the Story Bridge
Now this is an iconic thing to do…as long as you’re not afraid of heights! Climbing the Story Bridge will get your adrenaline pumping as well as your heart rate as you climb the 1,138 stairs. From the top of the bridge and the 360 degree view you can see the Glasshouse Mountains in the north to Moreton Bay in the east and the Scenic Rim Mountains in the south. There are both day or night climbs available and for the more daring you could try a Cantilever Lean Out, Abseil down or a Walk the Plank experience.
For more information to: https://storybridgeadventureclimb.com.au/
10. Kayak the Brisbane River
With Day and Night tours available, kayaking on the river is another great option of things to do in Brisbane for the active traveler. You could try the Paddle & Prawn option or Night Paddle and BBQ for a more social occasion and make an evening of it. The city lights on the river at night provides a completely different experience and could be a nice way to relax within a busy schedule. Or you could do one of the day tours with a local guide and paddle your way along South Bank or up to the Story Bridge. This is another great activity provided by River life.
For more information go to: https://riverlife.com.au/adventures/tours/kayaking/
As you can see there are lots of different options to explore Brisbane and keep active at the same time. Brisbane weather is pretty good all year round so there’s lots of opportunity to get out and about and discover all we have to offer. Besides all these great activities Brisbane has a tremendous food, wine, coffee and culture experience to be had…but that’s for another BLOG post.
Enjoy your time in Brisbane. We hope you love our city has much as we do.
To find out more about Run It Running Tours go to https://runitrunningtours.com.au
We hope to see you out running soon!