Bushland City Limits - Remember Ike and Tina Turner's song "Nut Bush City Limits?" Well, I am modifying this to Bushland City Limits and introducing you to the Gap Walk. To discover this walk was a gift. I have been living on the north side for a while now but it was not until a few days ago that I went out looking for it. So I am sharing this with all of you in the hope that you too will want to explore it and enjoy it.
This is a walk which takes in a large chunk of the Gap. Perhaps approximately some 10 kms. We started at Payne Road, where you can park easily at the side of the road. The 381 Bus also serves this area if you are using public transport. We traversed the park where lots of children are busy playing and we found the path. This path is, for the most part, shaded and easy to walk as it is essentially flat. It goes behind the Gap School and the Gap Village and along the way, there are views you see of bushland and the creek trickling by.
When we approached the back of the shopping centre in the Gap, we saw a magnificent mural which adorns an otherwise uninspiring retaining wall. It also reminds us that once this was an area of Brisbane where the Turbal people lived.
The walk meanders along the side of the creek. There are flowering wattle trees which have an unmistakable scent. We encountered ducks having a swim and the biggest collection of bamboo growing I have seen outside the one at the City's botanic gardens.
The path eventually becomes the Brian Hallinan Bikeway and I was curious to find out who that was. He was a Councillor at the Gap and he had the vision for SOWN which stands for 'Save Our Waterways Now'. Save them he did, and here they give you comfort and coolness on any day of the year.
There is so much on offer on this walk. Firstly, you would not believe that you are literally adjoining a major suburb in the city as the bushland is so impressive. Then you can do as much or as little as you please, taking the kids to the skate park in Payne Rd, taking a bike ride or visiting the lovely community gardens. There is something for everyone.