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Eleanor Schonell Bridge

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by Nick Biggs (subscribe)
I'm a student of Journalism who loves Brisbane and all this city has to offer.
Published June 17th 2012
Since its opening in December 2006, The Eleanor Schonell Bridge (affectionately known as the 'Green Bridge') has seen a large amount of traffic, but none of it cars.

Original critics of the bridge said that it was an eyesore and took away from the sweeping riverside of the Brisbane Corso, however with the frequency of use that this bridge sees, it seems that this is not an issue anymore

The Bridge was the first in Australian history to be exclusively used by pedestrians, buses and bikes. The 390m cable-stayed bridge is a very popular destination in the afternoon for young and old alike.

Close by to bus, train and Citycat facilities, the bridge is easily accessible. Be warned though, most of the parking around the Dutton Park side is 2 hour restricted.

Going to university at UQ, I often see young families, kids on scooters, dogs on leads and parents not far behind, enjoying themselves on an afternoon out. Connecting two magnificent pieces of parkland, the bridge really is a gateway to lovely afternoon's outing.


The UQ Lakes precinct is stunning to just sit (especially when the Jacarandas are in bloom) or the river walk around the ring road provides a means for those who are a little more active.

On the opposite side, the Dutton Park lookout gives a stunning view up and down the river and all the way across to the university. Coupled with the surrounding parklands, the Corso really comes to its pinnacle here. Be warned however, some of the steeper hills may be difficult for some.

Early afternoon at the bridge

Recent upgrades to the bus stop on the Lake's side has meant some disruptions as of late, however according to council the stop should be completed by the end of the uni semester (late june).

In summary, the Eleanor Schonell bridge and surrounding parklands are just one of the many riverside spots the south side has to offer.
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Why? Close by to bus, train and Citycat facilities, the bridge is easily accessible.
Where: Crosses the Brisbane River between Dutton Park and the University of Queensland's St Lucia campus.
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