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Published July 12th 2021
An easy walk to Teneriffe rich in history
Start at the Wheel of Brisbane, the walk is about 10 km long, allow about three hours. The fitness required is just to cope with the length of the walk. The walk is practically flat.
The walk can be done at any time of the day and in any season. In summer, it is recommended to walk early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the hottest hours of the day. The walk in the evening is terrific when all the bridges and the city lights are on.
Starting at the Wheel of Brisbane walk on New Southbank towards the Goodwill Bridge along the Brisbane River, cross the Goodwill Bridge and continue into the Botanic Gardens in Brisbane City. Then walk towards the Story Bridge, into the Howard Smith Wharves and then to New Farm till Teneriffe, all along the Brisbane River. Walk up to Teneriffe ferry terminal, where you can return into the City walking back or catching the City Glider 60, the bus 199 or catching the City Cat at Teneriffe ferry terminal.
It is fun walking in a group, meeting new people, have a new positive experience and doing things together.
Start the walk at the Wheel of Brisbane, one of the Brisbane's famous landmarks. Photo by Author.
At Southbank, you can stop at Epicurious to check the edible landscape, plants and flowers in the gardens. Epicurious is looked after by volunteers who tend regularly to the gardens. The volunteers are onsite from 7am-11.30am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Please don't pick the plants at Epicurious, the volunteers collect the herbs and the fruits for the people who would like to taste them.
The Fantauzzo Hotel has taken another name after the hotel was acquired from the Deague Group by Syrian billionaire Ghassan Aboud, owner of the Crystalbrook Collection portfolio.
The beautiful Fantauzzo Hotel - now Crystalbrook Vincent - is located just under the Story Bridge. It is innovative from an architectural point of view and it overlooks the new Howard Smith Wharves entertainment complex. Crystalbrook is at 5 Boundary St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
The Fantauzzo Hotel has taken a new name after it was acquired from the Deague Group by Syrian billionaire Ghassan Aboud, owner of the Crystalbrook Collection portfolio. Photo by Author.
The Story Bridge is heritage-listed and it was opened on 6 July 1940. It took five years to be completed and it has become an iconic landmark of Brisbane City. It is possible to climb the Story Bridge with Story Bridge Adventure Time. There are fantastic views and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets to admire on the top of the Story Bridge. Here the link for the website: https://storybridgeadventureclimb.com.au/
In the evening, the Story Bridge lights up with different colours to commemorate a special day, to promote or raise awareness for events or campaigns.
The Story Bridge, an iconic landmark in Brisbane. Photo by Author.
The Howard Smith Wharves were originally constructed in the 1930s to provide relief work during the depression. The area was later abandoned but then its importance was acknowledged by heritage listing the old buildings still present.
Recently, the Howard Smith Wharves have been transforming from a derelict area into a high profile place with great restaurants, bars, a brewery, halls and playgrounds. Today it is a very enjoyable dynamic area, with lots of green space, terrific views over Brisbane City and the Story Bridge.
A place for all the community to enjoy sitting along the balustrade with a glass of wine, savoring fine food and drinking the beers brewed in situ.
Gigi's Cafe and restaurant is located at the east end of the Howard Smith Wharves. It is very well recognisable by the alfresco set up. The venue is in the open air, with many umbrellas, tables and benches. It is a great place to stop in the morning for a cup of coffee.
Fresh pastries are delivered to Gigi's every morning. Photo by Author.
New Farm Park is one of the oldest parks in Brisbane. It is very popular for picnics, playgrounds and strolls. It has a magnificent area cultivated with roses. The park is also famous for the Jacaranda trees blooming at the beginning of spring.
A glamorous set up for a picnic in New Farm Park. Photo by Author.
The sculpture Gloria and Gerard stands along the footpath overlooking the Brisbane River near the intersection of Dath and Vernon Terrace. The sculpture was made by sculptor Mark Andrews. It is made of polished stainless steel and it is there to evoke the rich past in the wool trade of Teneriffe.
Gloria and Gerard by the sculpture Mark Andrews stands in Teneriffe. Photo by Author.
Bring a light backpack, good walking shoes or hiking boots, a light raincoat if necessary, water, money for the ferry fare (or GOCARD) and morning tea.
Please consider that is very important to remain on the pedestrian sites of the walkways all the time and great care needs to be taken when there are share paths and be very watchful for eager bike riders. and scooters.
The best way to enter the town is by train. The best stop is South Brisbane.
Brisbane City Council's underground King George Square Car Park is between Ann and Adelaide Streets, vehicle entry is via Roma or Adelaide Streets and exit is via Roma Street.
AFTER 4:30pm King George Square carpark charges the night rate.
Monday to Thursday 4.30pm to midnight: $5
Monday to Thursday from 5.30am to midnight
Weekends from 5.30am Friday to 11pm Sunday
Public holidays from 7.30am to 11pm unless otherwise advised (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday).