The Lores Bonney Riverwalk is a new walkway constructed between Newstead and Hamilton. From Bretts Wharf Hamilton to near the beginning of the grounds of Newstead House is a stretch of walkway, I managed to cover in the early hours of a busy Friday morning. The walkway may not have much history, yet the famous aviator the walkway is named after is definitely a history lesson in itself. It's part of the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade major project by the Brisbane City Council, and yes, the riverwalk runs right along or parallel with Kingsford Smith Drive.
The Lores Bonney Riverwalk near Bretts Wharf and city views.
The female aviator it is named after is Lores Bonney, who was an exceptional aviator and Australian, and it is a great thing that the walkway is named after her to really highlight such a life. She was significant for achieving feats such as first solo flights for female aviators over long distances. More on Lores Bonney and the council's initiative to build this walkway is found linked here.
A couple of Barbeques placed near the midway point of the walk.
I walked the entire walkway once, from Bretts Wharf to Newstead grounds, but found the traffic was getting pretty heavy - it's right alongside the walk and fortunately, some nice river air on the riverside allows for cleaner air. It was around 7.30 AM, which I chose as a time to visit due mainly to concerns about sun exposure yet it was involving somehow to be in an unfamiliar place so early in peak hours. I am familiar with Kingsford Smith Drive, but that was my first real walk of the new walkway, and also I don't often get so close to the river when it is so wide and deep.
View onto River from a small resting point along the Lores Bonney Riverwalk.
The walk has some great views and uninterrupted of the city skyline as well as the Gateway Bridge, so for that combination alone, and, for the amazing views of everything else and for the fact it is really accessible by regular City Cat with so many interesting places and smaller viewing points, it is well worth a stroll. It's quite exciting to see so much open river and major rivers are always quite spectacular near the mouth.
Shrine, at the very end of the walk, nearer to Newstead House.
Keep in mind the City Cat ferry runs every quarter hour on weekdays and for the weekend excursion, every 15 minutes of Saturdays and Sundays. Lores Bonney Riverwalk is a nicely designed riverwalk in a densely populated part of town, with some great views of riverside properties, the Gateway Bridge and the Brisbane CBD, and well worth a quick stroll if out and about in Brisbane, there are also many other attractions nearby, such as Bretts Wharf.
This is not the first Memorial to Lores Bonney. Bonney Avenue, Clayfield was also named after Mrs. Bonney. If my memory serves me correct from the early 1930s. Before that it was named Old. Sandgate Road. Again if my memory serves me correct Mrs. Bonney lived in the area. E. Jolly