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Published October 26th 2021
Walk from Hamilton to Teneriffe
Starting from Hamilton Park, walk along the Brisbane River to Teneriffe ferry terminal. It is a very pleasant walk along the river that connects Hamilton with Newstead, Teneriffe and Brisbane City.
The walk is about 8 km return - allow about two hours. It is an easy walk, flat all the way, you can make it shorter or longer. You can start the walk at any time of the day, but it is wiser to avoid the hottest hours, especially in summer.
Hamilton Park is just at the intersection of Kingsford Smith Drive and Racecourse Road, near the Brisbane River. On the west side of Hamilton Park is Bretts Wharf ferry terminal.
Just opposite Bretts Wharf ferry terminal is the sculpture of Kenji Uranishi, Magnificent Flying Machines, 2019. Kenji Uranishi's colourful art beacons take inspiration from two groundbreaking Australian aviators and Hamilton locals, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Maude Lores Bonney. When moulded and twisted, these propellers create forms reminiscent of a butterfly's chrysalis, a metaphor for life's challenges and constant transformations. Kenji intertwines these courageous aviators' pioneering spirit and passion for adventure with the awe-inspiring, determined journey of an orchard swallowtail butterfly, the largest butterfly common to Brisbane.
Start to walk west along the Brisbane River and keep walking on the dedicated lane for pedestrians. There are nice views over the Brisbane River and along the path, there are many garden beds with tropical plants. There are also a few sculptures all along the walk.
In Newstead Park, there is a monument erected by the people of Queensland in memory of the contribution made by the people of the United States of America to the defence of Australia during the 1939-45 War.
In Newstead Park, along the path near the river, there is also a monument to John Oxley. New South Wales Surveyor General John Oxley proposed a settlement adjacent to the deep water anchorage at the mouth of breakfast creek following his voyage up the Brisbane River in December 1823.
The John Oxley Landing acknowledges the achievements of this great explorer and was commissioned by Dr Alan Bartholomai, Chairman Board of Trustee of Newstead House, on December 3, 1983.
Bring a medium day backpack with 1.5 litres of water and snacks. Long sleeves and long trousers are preferable. Wear hiking boots or hiking shoes. Put in your backpack a first aid kit, enough water, snacks and insect repellent in form of cream - please avoid the spray, since the aerosol created during the spray is going to spread in the environment.
Bushman cream insect repellent is water-resistant and is efficient in fending off sandflies, mosquitoes, ticks, leeches and march flies.
Prior the walk, make sure to check the park alerts and the weather forecast.
Bring with you a map or a good tracker.
I did the walk with the Group Hiking South East Qld and More later in the afternoon in spring. It was a warm day but later in the afternoon, there was a pleasant breeze from the river. We started at 4:30 at Hamilton Park and walked west, towards Newstead. It was a very nice walk. After the walk, we went to have dinner at the Hamilton Hotel.
Hamilton Hotel is strategically located between Brisbane CBD and Brisbane Airport. The iconic hotel includes four bars, a restaurant, bistro, children's indoor entertainment area, gaming facilities, TAB, music events and sports viewing on the big screens.
It is a place to relax, to enjoy drinks and food. The menu provides something for everyone, from entrees, burgers and chicken schnitzel selections, premium char-grilled steaks, steak toppers, pub favourites, fish and chips and salad selections. The hotel caters for dietary requirements, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free.
The menu includes also seniors home-style classics, kids menu, dessert selections and cocktails.
Lores Bonny was a pioneering aviatrix with a number of record-breaking solo flights across the globe. Maude Rose "Lores" Bonny (1879-1994) was born on the 20th November 1897 in Pretoria, South Africa. The family moved to Melbourne, Australia.
In 1917, Lores married Harry Barrington Bonney, and they lived in Brisbane. Lores then met Bert Hinkler, her husband's cousin. Bert Hinkler took Lores for her first flight and the experience had an incredible impact on her.
Lores began taking flying lessons and she gained her private pilot's licence. Her husband brought for her a special gift, a Gypsy Moth, which she named My Little Ship. Lores wanted to fly more and cover longer distances. In 1932, Lores circumnavigated Australia, the first woman to accomplish such an achievement.
Her aim was to be the first woman to fly solo from Australia to England. On the 10th April 1933, she left Brisbane, but got caught in a tropical storm and she was forced to crash land on the coast of an island off Thailand. Once the plane was repaired, Lores resumed her flight and on the 21st of June she landed at Croydon, England.
On 9 April 1937, Lores took off from Brisbane and travelled solo to Cairo and from there to Cape Town, arriving on the 18 of August. Lores was the first woman to fly solo from Australia to South Africa. The incredible journey was her most successful aerial feat.
In 1949, Lores was forced to stop flying because her eyesight didn't meet the required standard.
Maude 'Lores' Bonney. Photo from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maude_Bonney#/media/File:Maude_'Lores'_Bonney.jpg