Activities In Brisbane
Activities In Brisbane
by Patrick Daniels
Brisbane is the perfect destination for outdoor activities, giving it's perfect climate. It is a relatively flat city and has various parks for you to enjoy walks, cycling and skating to your hearts content.
Cycling: There are over 5,000 kms of cycle ways across the Brisbane city. You can take a ride around the river, explore the suburbs or cycle around Moreton Bay. You can pick up a booklet at the tourist information centres, Brisbane Bicycle Experience Guide, to find details on cycle paths if you choose. For an easy start you can go from the City Botanic Gardens, cross the Goodwill Bridge to the University of Queensland. Bikes are allowed on city trains, at all times except peak hours, and they are also allowed on the CityCat and Ferries for free.
In-Line Skating: Many of the cycle tracks are also great for eating. Places like Skatebiz, on Albert Street, offer skate rental and safety equipment rentals to anyone who needs. Some other places that are great for skating include Southbank Parklands, City Botanic Gardens and Brisbane River paths.
Rock Climbing: This is one of the most popular past times in Brisbane, with many wonderful places to explore. You can start at the Cliffs Rock Climbing area at Kangaroo Point, these pink volcanic cliffs are now home to a rock climbing wall. This wall is suitable for all climbing expertise levels and are lit until midnight. Indoor climbing is also available at Urban Climb, in West End or Rock Sports, in Fortitude Valley. Clubs such as K2 Extreme and Torre Mountain Craft also offer mountain climbing and abseiling classes.
Swimming: Everyone's favourite place, including my own, for a nice day of outdoor swimming is the artificial lagoon at Southbank Parklands. Although this is a great place other wonderful pool areas include, Centenary Pool, which has an attached fitness center. This is a 50 metre pool that offers high diving and a toddler wading pool. Spring Hill Baths is a heated pool and is opened year round, here you can take lessons in aqua aerobics and a dip into history, as it is the first Brisbane public bath established in 1886. When enjoying the day here you must try the quirky historic changing cubicles!
Skydiving and Ballooning: The Brisbane Skydiving Centre picks up from the CBD and offers tandem skydives over the city during a 30 minute scenic flight. Balloon Flight are breathtaking and can be arranged through companies such as Fly Me to the Moon, taking off after daybreak and traveling 10 to 15 kms, for about an hours time. Your flight will take you over a river and the views extend north beyond the Glass House Mountains and south to the Border Ranges. The whole time you are followed by a 4WD to the landing site and then taking back to your starting location.
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