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Published April 3rd 2021
Evening walk when the lights in the city are lit up
Starting from the Wheel of Brisbane in South Bank, walk along the Brisbane River to West End taking in all the surroundings.
The walk is very flat and you need a level of fitness just to cope with the length of the walk of about 6 km.
The Wheel of Brisbane and the Cultural Centre in South Brisbane. Photo by Author.
Start to walk from the Wheel of Brisbane and walk along the Brisbane River towards West End. Pass under Victoria Bridge, which is lit up by the Brisbane City Council to promote or raise awareness for events or campaigns.
Victoria Bridge lights up differently according to different celebrations or promotions. Photo by Author.
Saturday, 17 April 2021 Victoria Bridge, Brisbane City will be lit Red to support World Haemophilia Day.
World Haemophilia Day raises awareness about bleeding disorders and the need to build a supportive family for those living with this disorder. Haemophilia Foundation Queensland (HFQ) provides representation for those families, health promotion, education and support for people in Queensland affected by inherited bleeding disorders.
April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day, then the Victoria Bridge is lit Blue to support Go Blue for Autism.
There are beautiful trees on the path offering hints about the changing of the seasons to the walkers.
As the sky shifts to dusk, James Turrell's Night Life 2018 illuminates the Gallery of Modern Art from within. Through shifts in tempo, hue and intensity of colour, the artist invites us to consider how we are affected by light. A decade after the opening of GOMA, this dynamic work realises the architects' vision of animating the building's facade at night.
The architectural light installation sequence runs from sunset to midnight.
James Turrell's Night Life permanent exhibition. James Turrell's Night Life has been lighting up the Gallery of Modern Art since 2018. Photo by Author.
The Kurilpa Bridge is the world's largest tensegrity bridge located in Brisbane. The bridge features two large viewing and relaxation platforms, two rest areas and a continuous all-weather canopy. The northern side soars over an expressway while the southern side floats across the riverbank, spiraling before landing at the new Gallery of Modern Art.
The bridge was completed in September and opened to pedestrians in October 2009.
Kurilpa Bridge has a modern environmentally-friendly LED lighting that changes colours. The light is powered by solar panels that are mounted on top of the bridge, which can generate a daily output of 100KWh.
A public competition was held to decide on a new name for the bridge. On 23 November 2008, it was announced that the winning entry was Kurilpa Bridge, submitted by Shane Spargo of Nundah, Queensland. The name reflects the Australian Aboriginal word for the South Brisbane and West End area, and means "place for water rats".
Kurilpa Bridge is a engineering marvel. Photo fromhttps://www.steel.org.au/news/case-studies/kurilpa-bridge,-brisbane/
Along the footpath, towards West End on the other side of the road, is the red Gas Stripping Tower. It may look like a lighthouse
but the tower was erected near the current site to strip tar and ammonia from coal gas produced by the South Brisbane Gas & Light Company LTD.
The Tower was reassembled where it is currently in 1980 by the National Trust of Queensland to mark the completion of the refurbishment of the tower and the provision of picnic ground by Allgas Energy LTD. It is a gift to the people of Brisbane. - from the plaque unveiled by the Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Brisbane Alderman Sallyanne Atkinson.
Keep walking until your reach the West End ferry terminal, Cnr Orleigh and Hoogley Street, West End QLD 4101. You should be on time for the 6:53 pm City Cat. The City Cat stops at Guyott Park ferry terminal, Regatta l, North Quay ferry terminal (7:10pm). This is the best stop if you intend to disembark the ferry and have dinner in town.
If you are heading home by public transport the Central Station and King George Square Bus Station are at short walking distance from North Quay.
Otherwise, you can remain on the ferry and disembark at South Bank 1 ferry terminal, South Brisbane (7:14pm), where you started the walk.
Group Hiking South East Qld and More walkers waiting for the ferry. Photo by Author.
About dinner options, you can head to Kingsfood Restaurant, where dishes are based on Taiwanese taste while taking different cuisines and specialties into consideration which contribute to the popularity to both the Australians and the Asian community.
Kingsfood Brisbane is located at Shop 2, 266 George Street, open from Monday to Saturday, 11am to 9pm, just a very short walk from North Quay ferry terminal.
Beef and Kai-Lan. Photo fromhttps://www.facebook.com/kingsfoodatsunnybank/photos/3660112860670000