It might only be a short trail but it is most informative and well cared for. As you step through the rather magical looking gates, and cross a simple bridge, you leave the busy world behind. In 2001, Men of the Trees established the trail which was officially opened by (the then) Premier Peter Beattie.
Breakfast Creek swirls along beside you as the traffic whirs in the distance and the sculpted signs explain the history of Bowen Bridge along the way. The original Bowen Bridge was named after the first governor, Sir George Bowen, in 1862, and was the main route departing Brisbane to the north.
Starting with the Turrbal People, the signs reveal that this was an important hunting site and kids can rest on a giant mosaic-sculpted goanna lying in a clearing. Winding through the native trees, further signs tell of the Gympie Mail which used to clatter over the now chaotic bridge over yonder.
Mangrove swamps emerge alongside the trail with their protruding roots and natural filtering systems. Before long you pass through the final gates which lead you alongside Northey Street City Farm, an inspiring hub of permaculture gardening run by a dedicated team of volunteers.
Bowen Bridge Heritage Trail is a fun way to learn about Brisbane's history and enjoy this hidden corner on the edge of the city.