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Evening Walk from the Wheel of Brisbane to West End, Brisbane City

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I am an Organiser of the Group Hiking South East Qld and More on Meetup. Visit the website at https://www.meetup.com/HikingInSEQLDandMore/ is free to join all the activities posted on the hiking group.
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.

Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge, Gallery of Modern Art, James Turrell, Jolly Bridge, West End ferry terminal, City Cat, Ferry, Kingsfood Restaurant, Jackpot Restaurant, Beach House in Myer Centre Brisbane,
The Wheel of Brisbane and the Cultural Centre in South Brisbane. Photo by Author.

This walk can be done at any time of the day, though is better to avoid the peak of the heat in summer days. Allow one hour and a half, wear comfortable shoes.

What to bring: small backpack, good walking shoes or hiking boots; light raincoat if necessary; 1L of water; money for dinner.

Directions: the best way to enter town is by train. The best stop is South Brisbane.

There are carparks which AFTER 4:30pm charge the night rate.
Monday to Thursday 4.30pm to midnight: $5. See here for more information.

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.

Start the walk starts at 5:30pm, the walk takes about one hour and half. Then catch the ferry at West End terminal at 6:53pm for your return trip to the City.

Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge, Gallery of Modern Art, James Turrell, Jolly Bridge, West End ferry terminal, City Cat, Ferry, Kingsfood Restaurant, Jackpot Restaurant, Beach House in Myer Centre Brisbane,
The Group Hiking South East Qld and More during one of the many walks from the Wheel of Brisbane to West End. Photo by Author.


Several months ago, the group of walkers and all the people nearby the Wheel of Brisbane, spectated a box, remotely controlled, which could talk and sing.

Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More,
On the 25th of March 2019 just nearby the Wheel of Brisbane the group met this mobile device. Photo by Author.


Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More,
Margaret talking at the phone. 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.

Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge,
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.

Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge, Gallery of Modern Art, James Turrell,
Beautiful Jacaranda tree. Photo by Author.


Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge, Gallery of Modern Art, James Turrell
Poinciana Tree. Photo from Author.


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.

Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge,
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.


Walk on the Kurilpa Bridge for awesome views over the Brisbane River and Brisbane City.

Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge, Gallery of Modern Art, James Turrell,
Kurilpa Bridge lights up too in the evening. Photo by Author.


Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge, Gallery of Modern Art, James Turrell,
Views from the Kurilpa Bridge towards the Victoria Bridge and Brisbane City. Photo by Author.


Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge, Gallery of Modern Art, James Turrell,
Views from the Kurilpa Bridge over GOMA. Photo by Author.


Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge, Gallery of Modern Art, James Turrell,
Views from the Kurilpa Bridge over GOMA. 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".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurilpa_Bridge
Kurilpa Bridge is a engineering marvel. Photo fromhttps://www.steel.org.au/news/case-studies/kurilpa-bridge,-brisbane/


The multiple-mast, cable-stay design for the bridge showcases an array of cables and flying struts that have been designed to recall the ropes and spars of sailing ships.

https://www.steel.org.au/news/case-studies/kurilpa-bridge,-brisbane/
The Group Hiking South East Qld and More posing for a photo on the Kurilpa Bridge. Photo by Author.


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.

Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge, Gallery of Modern Art, James Turrell,
Gas Stripping Tower. Photo by Author.


Continue walking until you are under the William Jolly Bridge. The walls of the bridge have become a canvas for artworks.

Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge, Gallery of Modern Art, James Turrell, Jolly Bridge,
On the walls of the Jolly Bridge there are lots of graffiti. Photo by Author.


Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge, Gallery of Modern Art, James Turrell, Jolly Bridge,
An aspect of the walk. Photo by Author.


Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge, Gallery of Modern Art, James Turrell, Jolly Bridge,
The colours of the sunset. Photo by Author.


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.

Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge, Gallery of Modern Art, James Turrell, Jolly Bridge, West End ferry terminal,
Group Hiking South East Qld and More walkers waiting for the ferry. Photo by Author.


Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge, Gallery of Modern Art, James Turrell, Jolly Bridge, West End ferry terminal,
Riding back to the City on the ferry. Photo by Author.


Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge, Gallery of Modern Art, James Turrell, Jolly Bridge, West End ferry terminal, City Cat
Passing the State Library and Goma. Photo by Author.


Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge, Gallery of Modern Art, James Turrell, Jolly Bridge, West End ferry terminal, City Cat, Ferry,
There is a free ping pong table near the West End City Terminal. Photo by Author.


Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge, Gallery of Modern Art, James Turrell, Jolly Bridge, West End ferry terminal, City Cat, Ferry,
Brisbane is a very attractive city in the evening. Photo by Author.


Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge, Gallery of Modern Art, James Turrell, Jolly Bridge, West End ferry terminal, City Cat, Ferry,
The Wheel of Brisbane and the Cultural Centre in South Brisbane. Photo by Author.


Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge, Gallery of Modern Art, James Turrell, Jolly Bridge, West End ferry terminal, City Cat, Ferry,
Views from the City Cat. 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.

Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge, Gallery of Modern Art, James Turrell, Jolly Bridge, West End ferry terminal, City Cat, Ferry, Kingsfood Restaurant,
Beef and Kai-Lan. Photo fromhttps://www.facebook.com/kingsfoodatsunnybank/photos/3660112860670000


Jackpot Chinese restaurant provides Asian food at reasonable prices. Jackpot is in CBD 55 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane City QLD 4000. Mon-Sun - 11:00-21:30

Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge, Gallery of Modern Art, James Turrell, Jolly Bridge, West End ferry terminal, City Cat, Ferry, Kingsfood Restaurant, Jackpot Restaurant,
Dining at Jackpot. There is a great variety of dishes. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. Photo fromhttps://www.facebook.com/jackpotdiningofficial/photos/2143428105792629


A third option is the Beach House Bar & Grill - The Myer Centre Brisbane, Shop 58, Level E, Myer Centre Corner Elizabeth &, Albert St, Brisbane City QLD 4000.

Monday Night is Steak Night Special, buy one get the second steak free, bottle Shop Open every day from 10am to Midnight!

Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank, South Bank, West End, Brisbane City, Brisbane River, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge, Gallery of Modern Art, James Turrell, Jolly Bridge, West End ferry terminal, City Cat, Ferry, Kingsfood Restaurant, Jackpot Restaurant, Beach House in Myer Centre Brisbane,
Monday night is steak special. Photo fromhttps://www.facebook.com/BeachHouseCBD/photos/10159131749514683



Reference

www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/laws-and-permits/laws-and-permits-for-businesses/light-up-brisbane-and-hang-a-bridge-banner/light-up-brisbane

www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/turrell

www.arup.com/projects/kurilpa-bridge

bridgeinfo.net/bridge/index.php?ID=105

tadashidesign.com/kurilpa-bridge

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurilpa_Bridge

www.steel.org.au/news/case-studies/kurilpa-bridge,-brisbane

jp.translink.com.au/plan-your-journey/stops/317574/timetable/2021-04-04?dateRedirect=False

www.kingsfood.com.au/brisbane

www.jackpotdining.com.au

www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/traffic-and-transport/parking-in-brisbane/car-parks/king-george-square-car-park
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Fantastic tour and great photos. Thanks and Cheers.
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