The Great Outdoors
Take the kids on a bike ride in Ipswich
If you’re looking for an affordable way to exercise or just get your kids out of the house, Ipswich is the place to do it! Along with some of South East Queensland’s greatest mountain bike trails, Ipswich has loads of places where you can take the family for a nice weekend bike ride. Check out this list of five places to take your children biking – that’s five weekend’s worth of exercising!
Sutton Park, Brassall
Sutton Park is situated in Brassall, just across the road from the shopping centre. It features a great park with barbeque facilities and skate park for the older kids who want some time to themselves. There’s a great learn-to-ride junior area located at Sutton Park, complete with pedestrian crossings, traffic lights and roundabouts. There is a decent amount off street parking with immediate access to the riding area so it’s easier to get the smaller kids there.
The very popular Brassall Bikeway is a linkage system to the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, it is also a popular spot for families on the weekend, with the final stage completed in late 2016. The Brassall Bikeway is roughly a 4-5km bike path that highlights the region’s history, as it’s aligned with the first railway line built in Queensland.
There is a section which will now lead you out to Fernvale. It’s fully paved and is a very safe environment for all, wayfinding signs around the length are impressive.
Limestone Park, Ipswich
Limestone Park sits in the heart of Ipswich along with Queens Park. Limestone Park is full of great outdoor activities, including a massive track, which is hugely popular with running groups. It’s a hilly course but definitely a fun one for the whole family. You can always tone it down a bit though by making your way over to the netball courts for a few flat laps.
Hidden Vale Adventure Park, Grandchester
Situated 40 minutes from the CBD of Ipswich lies one of South East Queensland’s hottest mountain biking spots, Hidden Vale Adventure Park. Hidden Vale provides plenty of beginner trails for the whole family and has recently undergone some additional expansion. There are loads of activities but the bike riding definitely stands out with over 80km of tracks, including great sights like a plane.
Spicers Hidden Vale itself should definitely be on your to do list.
Castle Hill, Blackstone
Castle Hill features plenty of very technical trails but hidden away in this mountain bike hot spot lies some great off-road trails for the kids. There is plenty of parking and even a bike washing station too, so great for teaching the kids some basic maintenance on top of the actual riding activities.
Grande Park, Springfield
Springfield is growing rapidly and along with it is the amazing parks in the Springfield region. Grande Park in Springfield Lakes is a great place for the whole family to go for a ride. The park itself is great and boasts another very well laid-out learn-to-ride area for the kids. Learning facilities like that are great for the kids and puts you at ease as a parent. They are a huge confidence booster as they are mainly flat riding spots and set in a playful environment.