Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
Published January 23rd 2012
Having previously enjoyed the vista from the top of Kangaroo Point Cliffs, we decided a Sunday stroll along the base of the cliffs was in order.
It is possible to follow the Brisbane River from South Bank to Kangaroo Point, but on this day we started our jaunt just past Scout Place, a stone shelter at the top of the cliffs. From Upper River Terrace, there are several sets of surprisingly steep steps leading down to the walkway below.
This riverside path, shared by walkers, joggers, and cyclists, follows the fast flowing Brisbane River. As well as plenty of joggers and cyclists, we came across rock climbers scaling the cliffs and kayakers cruising on the river.
Along the way, there are plenty of picnic spots, parks, and interesting art work. There is also a boardwalk through the mangroves, which seemed to be under a bit of construction the day we were there.
It is hard to believe that a little over one year ago, this area was completely under water. To the Brisbane City Council's credit, there is very little evidence, if any, that the flood ever occurred.
We stopped at the Riverlife Adventure Centre for some ice-blocks, where we asked a staff member how they had been affected by the flood. She took us outside and pointed to the side of the heritage listed Naval Stores building. There were three markers from Brisbane's great floods: 2011, 1974, and 1893. As devastating as the 2011 flood was, it could have been much worse.
After a play in the park, the kids were exhausted so we decided to take a CityCat Ferry back to Kangaroo Point. We sat on the top deck with the sun on our faces and the breeze in our hair. What a wonderful way to end the day.