Looking to hit the beach with your EBike over the holidays and take in some wonderful, and surprisingly diverse, scenery? Put these three great coastal rides on your list. In Brisbane or just a stones throw from Brisbane.
EBike Ride 1: Gold Coast
Point Danger to Paradise Point
This cycle route is 42kms long and takes in some iconic Gold Coast scenery. It's official name is the Darren Smith Memorial Route, in honour of the Gold Coast-based Olympic cyclist. This route starts at Captain Cook Memorial at Point Danger and hugs the coastline (mostly) from Coolangatta all the way to Paradise Point.
You will pass through some of Australia's top surfing breaks, be tempted to stop at some incredible surf clubs and seafront cafes, and in one ride can say you have almost covered the entire length of the Gold Coast.
With the new Gold Coast light rail you can make good use of the train system to mix up the route a bit too (or use it to get down to the GC if you don't want to drive down).
EBike Ride 2: Sunshine Coast
Moolooloba to Noosa Heads
This is another iconic stretch of our coastline, about 40km one way in total depending on where you start from. The route wanders along the coast from Mooloolaba esplanade and cuts into the hinterland occasionally such as when you cross the Maroochydore River.
You will be glad to have the ebike motor for some of the climbs out of the creeks and over the headlands! The views are totally worth the extra effort though.
With the Glasshouse Mountains as your backdrop for much of the way you will enjoy some beautiful beaches, cruisy cafes and the laid back vibe and the change of scene as you get into Noosa with the bushland bike paths weaving their way to Hastings Street is a nice cool change.
When we last did this ride we caught the train to Landsborough and rode to Mooloolaba and there is also the option to catch the train to/from Cooroy at the northern end.
Another terrific ride with lots of extra options if you want to use more of the great bike path network on the Sunshine Coast.
EBike Ride 3: Brisbane Bayside
Manly to Redcliffe
If you have joined us on our Nudgee Beach or Boondall Wetlands Owners Club rides you will be familiar with a lot of this ride already. A great ride for everyone - families, groups or soloists and you don't even have to venture out of Brisbane
This is a ride that can be split into two halves for an out and back ride or can be done end-to-end if you want the full north and south bayside experience.
The route switches from coastline to creekside and back again, along some great sections of dedicated cycleways.
It is also a ride that offers you the bonus of riding through the beautiful Boondall Wetlands, visiting Nudgee Beach and you also have the chance to ride over the spectacular Gateway and Hornibrook Bridges.
There are train stations at Manly and Shorncliffe if you are thinking of doing an end-to-end ride. If you are planning to do an out and back ride you can get good parking at the Albert Bishop Park and Criterium Circuit in Nundah (or there is a train station at Nundah and Toombul) and do either the northern route to Shorncliffe or Redcliffe or the southern route to Manly.
More EBike Rides Close to Brisbane
If coastal riding is not your thing or if you are looking for something a bit more rural and offroad check out our Rail Trails Close to Brisbane article.
There is a lot of great cycling on offer in and close to Brisbane!
Enjoy and happy holidays.