M.T. Ellis is a freelance writer living in Brisbane who enjoys getting out and about with her husband and their dogs. She published her debut novel, Azrael, in May 2017 and is currently writing her second book. www.mtellis.com.au
After recently finding myself confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, I managed to find a cool spot to take our dog, Zeus, for a walk. Luckily Zeus had strong bladder control because there weren't too many patches of grass on the city side of the Riverwalk!
The Riverwalk is a 1km long pedestrian and bike bridge that runs parallel to the banks of the Brisbane River. It has recently been rebuilt after the previous floating walkway was destroyed during the 2011 floods. There is a small section of the Riverwalk that swings open occasionally to give recreational vessels access to their berths. There are plenty of shaded rest areas, drink taps and bins scattered along the way.
The path is separated into a section for cyclists and one for pedestrians. I wondered which category I fit into with my wheelchair and opted for the slow lane. There was not too much traffic on the walkway at 8pm on the school night when we went, but there were enough people around for us to know that the Riverwalk would be a popular place during peak hours.
There is limited, street parking on the Merthyr Road end of the Riverwalk and the roads are quite narrow, so you'll have to be careful when getting your wheelchair set up next to your car.
You can get to the Riverwalk from the city, but keep in mind, that the Howard Smith Wharves area under the Storey Bridge is still under construction. I had no trouble getting through with a wheelchair when I was there and it added approximately 1km to the journey. The construction area is quite dark at night though.
Once construction is complete, Howard Smith Wharves will have plenty to keep you occupied including riverside restaurants, shops, markets, boutique hotel, parklands and public open spaces. There will also be lifts that can take you to the top of the cliffs.