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Lores Bonney Riverwalk

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by T. A. Rose (subscribe)
From Brisbane, Australia, I mainly write for WeekendNotes, and at present, I enjoy challenging myself to add reviews on many diverse topics to this vast library of articles.
Published February 11th 2021
An involving stroll in a busy part of town
Lores Bonney Brisbane Riverwalk
The Lores Bonney Riverwalk starts at a small park beside Bretts Wharf.

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.

Lores Bonney Brisbane Riverwalk
The Lores Bonney Riverwalk near Bretts Wharf and city views.

Lores Bonney Brisbane Riverwalk
The small park or square near Bretts Wharf, at the beginning of the walk.

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.

Lores Bonney Brisbane Riverwalk
A couple of Barbeques placed near the midway point of the walk.

Lores Bonney Brisbane Riverwalk
From left to right, sign, bikeway, river.

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.

Lores Bonney Brisbane Riverwalk
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.

Lores Bonney Brisbane Riverwalk
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.

All photos courtesy of author taken on Friday, 12th of February 2021. Transport by ferry is done with Translink integrated public transport.
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When: All year round.
Where: Bretts Wharf, Hamilton onto Newstead.
Cost: Ideally free.
Your Comment
Thank you for this article as one of my interests is recording Australian's Aviation memorials and monuments. I can add this one to my list.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|1738) 24 days ago
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
by nande (score: 1|14) 22 days ago
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