Go on, admit it - you've always wondered what's inside the pylons of Indooroopilly's Walter Taylor Bridge. Wonder no more. The guys and gals in red, the volunteer Brisbane Greeters, are ready to take you on a tour of this rare Brisbane icon, a habitable bridge.
The pylons have been home to several families since its opening in 1936. If your dad was the bridge engineer or toll keeper, you were in! The Brisbane City council has spent $150 000 on ensuring that this most intriguing piece of Brisbane's history is preserved for the interest of future generations of Brisbaneites.
The tour starts "under the gum tree" at the corner of Lambert Road and Railway Parade, Indooroopilly, and proceeds over the Jack Pesch Bridge. As you walk across the bridge you will hear how the Chelmer side of the bridge was once Brisbane's party hub - sandy beaches, ballroom, and all.
From there the group will walk through the Taylor Bridge Reserve before touring the Indooroopilly pylon itself, with great views of the river from the balcony. With six kids running around, no wonder this security fence was installed. Several of the descendants of the bridge toll keepers have supplied some interesting tales of their association with this structure and the BGs are happy to entertain you with their yarns.
The tour is free of charge and by December 8, 1000 visitors will have had the privilege of seeing how "the bridge people" lived. Did they have a modern laundry that produced those clothes often seen flapping in the river breeze, or was it a quick rinse in the sink job? All is revealed on tour.