Need some last-minute training or a new running route? Grab your trainers and try Brisbane’s best running routes.
Brisbane is brimming with views to inspire, along tracks and terrains to suit all running levels. Whether you’re preparing for the Bridge to Brisbane, wanting to test your endurance, or trying something new, these runs are just a hop, skip and a jog from your doorstep!
If you choose a run along the river, don’t miss the opportunity to catch a ride back on one of Brisbane City Council’s CityCats from a network of 21 terminals from St Lucia to Hamilton
The 5 kilometre route between the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and New Farm is one of Brisbane’s most scenic with stunning views of the Brisbane River, City Botanic Gardens and Howard Smith Wharves.
Triple Park Run
If you like the sound of leafy, waterside scenery for a southside jog, follow the 3 park river stretch, including Orleigh Park, West End Riverside Lands Park and Davies Park at West End. You’ll also find free outdoor gyms along the run to help switch up your movement.
Kangaroo Point Cliffs has epic skyline views to help keep you motivated. Make your way down to the iconic Story Bridge and back along the waterfront, giving you around 4 kilometres of riverside running.
Want an extra challenge? Sprint the cliff steps – all 107 of them! From the stairs, it’s 1.8 kilometres to Captain Burke Park.
Go Off Road
Head to Mt Coot-tha Reserve, less than 30 minutes drive from the city, to find over 70 nature tracks and trails across the Mt Coot-tha precinct, that also make great trail running routes.
The 1.9 kilometre Summit Track takes you up to the iconic Mt Coot-tha Lookout, where you can have a stretch or coffee at the cafe and soak up the incredible views of Brisbane and Moreton Bay before jogging back down.
Closer to Home
Beginners and experienced runners come together weekly at free local parkrun events across Brisbane. Beat your personal best with a Saturday morning run with the family. Brisbane’s South Bank park run is one of the most popular locations in Australia, so it’s definitely worth checking out! Visit the park run website to find the closest one near you.
Check out the Brisbane app
The Brisbane app is the easiest way to become an expert on all things Brisbane. Before, during or after your run, check out the app for all the top places to eat and drink on your route. If you’ve just discovered a new running route or the best croissant, you can share your recommendations on the app too.