Brisbane has the perfect climate for those that enjoy outdoor activities. It has a relatively flat city and various parks where you can enjoy leisurely walks, cycling and skating to your hearts content.
Cycling: Brisbane has over 5000 kms of cycle ways across the city. You can ride around the river, explore the suburbs or even cycle around Moreton Bay. To find out details of the cycle ways, you can pick up a booklet Brisbane Bicycle Experience Guide in the tourist information centres. The scenic routes follow the river and range from 5 kms to 20 kms. An easy starter takes you from the City Botanic Gardens cross the Goodwill Bridge to the University of Queensland. There are lots of places to stop and rest on the way! You can take bikes onto the City Trains but not during peak hour and they are allowed onto the CityCat and Ferries too for free.
In-Line Skating: Cycle tracks are also great for skating. Skatebiz, on Albert Street, offers skate rentals and any safety equipment you may need for your day. Other great places to cycle are Southbank Parklands, City Botanic Gardens and Brisbane River paths.
Rock Climbing: This is possibly on of Brisbane’s most popular pastime. You can head the the Cliff Rock Climbing area at kangaroo Point where the pink volcanic cliffs, said to be over 200 million years old, are now home to a climbing wall. This wall is suitable for all levels of climbers and the floodlights remain on until midnight. There are also indoor places such as Urban Climb, in West End or Rock sports, located in Fortitude Valley where you can rock climb. Some clubs such as K2 Extreme and Torre Mountain Craft offer climbing and abseiling classes as well.
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 Brisbane including a 30 minute scenic flight .Balloon flights over Brisbane CBD are spectacular and can be organized by Fly Me to the Moon. They take off just after daybreak and travel about 10 to 15 kms and are about the hour. A 4WD follows you to the landing site. The flight normally takes you over the river and views extend north beyond the Glass House Mountains and south to the Border Ranges.