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Published September 1st 2021
Enjoy a walk, dinner and a free ferry ride
It is amazing how many walks you can do in Brisbane City, discovering what the city has to offer. You can do this walk in any season and at any time of the day. Try to avoid the peak of the heat on summer days. In the evening, Brisbane is very suggestive and with interesting places where to have dinner after the walk.
Start the walk at the iconic Wheel of Brisbane and walk in Southbank. If you like, you can stop to check out Epicurious, a diverse edible garden run by volunteers.
Epicurious is in the heart of Southbank with sunflowers standing tall and different fruit trees. Epicurious is made of a series of edible landscapes with vegetables, plants, flowers and herbs. Discover what fresh produce looks, feel sand smells like.
Beautiful flowers, water and blueberry bushes at Epicurious. Photos by Author.
Only volunteers are allowed to harvest the garden products. The volunteers are in the garden from 7 am to 2 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. On these days, you can take the plants and the herbs from the cart that has been collected by the volunteers.
The construction of the new bridge connecting South Bank with the new casino. Photo by Author.
Keep walking toward the Maritime Museum and the Goodwill Bridge and continue walking on the Cliff Boardwalk. Just before the Captain Cook Bridge, on a pillar near the shore of the Brisbane River, there are the Biomechanical Pelicans by the Artist Christopher Trotter.
Biomechanical Pelicans by Christopher Trotter. Photo by Author.
The pelicans contrast beautifully with the surrounding silhouetting in the darkness of the evening. The birds are made of recycled metallic materials. The artist wanted to express, through the sculpture, the importance of the environment and to remember when the water was clean and healthy.
One of the Blue Xinja sculpture. This one is located on a rock near the shore of the Brisbane River. Photo by Author.
Blue Art Xinja is a local street artist known for the installation of the famous blue sculptures in Brisbane and beyond. The sculptures are recognisable; striking blue figures in the urban landscape. The sculptures can be found everywhere in Brisbane, even in the most strange and unsuspected places.
Keep walking on the Cliff Boardwalk and about 250 metres from the Captain Cook Bridge, there is a set of stairs. Take the stairs to reach the top and you can walk along River Terrace. Here there are fantastic views over the city and it is the perfect place to view awesome sunsets.
Once you arrive at the restaurant Joeys, you see a set of stairs. Take the stairs and go down. Keep walking along the Brisbane River on the Kangaroo Point Riverwalk. You pass Thornton Street ferry terminal and keep walking to the Brisbane Jazz Club, where a few metres away is Holman Street.
From here, you can walk to the Story Bridge Hotel to have dinner. The Story Bridge Hotel is located under the iconic Brisbane landmark, the Story Bridge. It offers several restaurants, bars and it has an outdoor beer garden. It is a great place to have dinner after the walk since it has different styles of dining.
The Outback Bar & Grill and The Shelter Bar offers a casual dining experience with great topped pizzas, hearty burgers and great salads. Dietary requirement options such as vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan are available.
Beef and Guinness Pie, Funki not alcoholic drink, Chicken Schnitzel and Roasted Spring Vegetable Salad. Photo by Author.
Once you finish your dinner, walk to Holman Street ferry terminal and you can catch the City Hopper to get back into town. The new City Hopper is free and the old City Hoppers have been replaced with much more modern and faster vessels.
Enjoy the ride back on the City Hopper. Photo by Author.
The free City Hopper service is fantastic though I hope the old wooden vessels are returned to service, the new ones, the KittyKats are good but just don't have any nostalgia. Great article and photos. Thanks.