Ross River bikeways

An Easter break in which everyone is staying in town has reminded me of my intention to write about the bike paths which run along almost the whole length of Ross River. I have often mentioned sections of the network as I visited them so the overview is long overdue. Here goes!

Well-constructed paths follow both sides of the river from the Bowen Road bridge in Rosslea to the new motorway bridge between Riverside Gardens and Condon. The five river crossings – Bowen Rd bridge, Aplin’s Weir, Nathan St bridge, Black Weir and the motorway bridge – automatically create four loops for walkers and riders.

View of Mt Stuart from Sherriff Park
Mount Stuart from Sherriff Park

The city council has named the loops on its excellent downloadable maps:

  • Wetlands circuit, 5.9 km, Aplin’s Weir – Bowen Rd bridge
  • Aplin’s Weir circuit, 5.3 km, Aplin’s Weir – Nathan St bridge
  • Federation circuit, 7.2 km, Nathan St bridge – Black Weir footbridge (Weir State School)
  • Riverway circuit, 3.7 km, Black Weir – Motorway bridge

The path continues from the motorway bridge to Ross Dam, 11 km further upstream, but only on the Condon – Kelso side of the river.

Similarly, paths continue downstream from the Bowen Rd bridge. Continue reading “Ross River bikeways”