Brisbanites will remember that prior to the World Expo in 1988, that the south bank of the Brisbane River between the Victoria Bridge and the Story Bridge was not considered to be a very desirable part of our city. Many of the old run down buildings and most of the land on the south bank of the Brisbane River was reclaimed for the World Expo.
The Brisbane World Expo was a huge success and many people including me purchased a season pass to return again and again. Following the Brisbane Expo, the area was transformed into what has now become Brisbane's Southbank Parklands. Some of the Expo's features such as the Nepalese Pagoda and the Wheel of Brisbane remain at the site. The Skyneedle was purchased by hairdresser tycoon Stephan Ackerie and relocated to his South Brisbane headquarters. Many of the Southbank sculptures have been relocated to various sites in Brisbane city.
People visiting Brisbane as well as everyone living in the city will be well aware of many of the attractions of Southbank. But, who has ventured beyond?
At the other end of Southbank from the city you will find a pedestrian bridge, The Goodwill Bridge, over the Brisbane River which will take you to the city campus of the Queensland University of Technology and Brisbane's City Botanical Gardens. However, if you don't cross the bridge and stay on the south of the Brisbane River, walking further along the riverbank will bring you to the Queensland Maritime Museum. Whether or not you have a great interest in shipping, it is certainly worth taking a look at.
Continuing along the south bank of the river pathway will bring you to the Riverside Walkway. The walkway continues past the base of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs and beyond eventually ending under the Story Bridge at another great park which I shall write about shortly.
If you don't want to walk to the Riverside Walkway from Southbank, there is road access and parking. However, as the area becomes increasingly popular finding car parking spots is not as easy as it once was. Electric barbecues, shelters with seats, picnic areas, drinking fountains and toilet facilities in the area have all contributed to the area's popularity.
On most days you will probably see rock climbers climbing up the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, or others abseiling down them.