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Published May 2nd 2012
Kurilpa Bridge - balance between tension and compression
There are eight bridges linking Brisbane CBD with South Brisbane and this guide will help ease any confusion as to which bridge to use. Some bridges are designed for pedestrian use only and one is designed for rail use only, some are old and some are very new.
Merivale Bridge with Go Between Bridge in the background

Beginning upstream, The Go Between Bridge is Brisbane's newest bridge, connecting four lanes of cars (must pay the electronic toll) across the river since 2010. It has been cleverly named after a popular Brisbane band, The Go Betweens, who performed at the opening celebrations. Next bridge downstream is Merivale Bridge (pictured above), which is only accessible to trains. You can drive or walk across William Jolly Bridge, named after Brisbane City's first Lord Mayor (pictured below).
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William Jolly Bridge opened in 1932

The next bridge downstream is my personal favourite, marking the point where The Turrbal People crossed long before white settlement. This is now known as Kurilpa Bridge, Kurilpa meaning "place of water rats". It is a pedestrian and bicycle bridge only and is the world's first and largest tensegrity bridge. By night, Kurilpa Bridge becomes a rainbow of color, lit by solar powered LED lights. Last year, it won the prestigious World Architecture Award for Best Transport Project.
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Award Winning Kurilpa Bridge

Victoria Bridge, was built on the site of Brisbane's oldest bridge, which was washed away by floods. It is open to cars, bicycles and pedestrians.
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Victoria Bridge linking CBD and QPAC

Goodwill Bridge links Queensland University of Technology with Southbank and is a pedestrian and cycle bridge spanning 450 meters (pictured below). It has sheltered places to rest and contemplate the river. It marks the start of The Goodwill Loop self guided walking tour (see tour below).
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Goodwill Bridge

Captain Cook Bridge comes next, which is actually two separate bridges flowing with three lanes of traffic in either direction on the busy M3 Motorway.
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Story Bridge - Australia's longest cantilever bridge.

Our final and most well known CBD bridge (pictured above) is the Story Bridge, named after John Douglas Story, Public Service Commissioner and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Queensland. Thrill seekers might be interested in trying the Story Bridge Climb for a unique view of Brisbane and its surrounds. Six lanes of vehicles travel over the Story Bridge with separate cycle and pedestrian paths.
View looking up The Brisbane River from Southbank

Brisbane's bridges are relatively close together and there are several ways to see them all in just a few hours. You can ride the CityCat and take the new CityCat audio tour. The interactive online tour invites you to share Brisbane's journey from big country town to new world city. The CityCat is the easiest way to see Brisbane's bridges, as you just sit and look up as each one passes above.

You can also enjoy Brisbane's bridges by walking or hiring a bicycle at one of City Cycle's many locations around the city and take The Goodwill Loop.

The Goodwill Loop - Self Guided Walking/ Cycle Tour
This easy walking tour takes several hours to complete and takes you past or over four of Brisbane's bridges.
Kurilpa Bridge

Beginning at City Botanic Gardens, make your way to The Goodwill Bridge, Gardens Point. Cross the Brisbane River, taking some time to explore the cultural precinct - cafes, playgrounds and rainforest walkways at Southbank Parklands. Continue along the river until you reach Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), where you cross back over the river using Kurilpa Bridge. Following George Street via the city, will take you back to the City Botanic Gardens.
Goodwill Loop takes you past Southbank Parklands
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that was interesting knowing some of the history of our bridges !
by libby (score: 1|19) 3124 days ago
The present day Victoria Bridge is in fact the fifth bridge ever built in that location, not the second one - see: "Portrait of a Bridge. Ephemeral silhouettes of Brisbane's Victoria Bridge", by Daria Gomez Gane (c) 2007 - in preparation (*if an editor eventuates - I had "Inside History", but now they've gone big/ Pty Ltd, so they won't publish it anymore...)
by d_gom (score: 0|0) 581 days ago
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