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My Brisbane Walk

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
Lover of all things interesting and new
Published May 13th 2015
How I recommend you walk the city
I am the sort of person who loves to walk around any city that I visit. Where you choose to walk can create very different impressions of the same place. In Brisbane most people walk through Queen Street Mall and South Bank. However if you want the best and most amazing walk in Brisbane, then follow me.

Brisbane is a city of both history and modernity
Brisbane is a city of both history and modernity


Start at Central Station

The starting point for this walk in Central Station. If you arrive by train you won't be that impressed because it is now a modern and highly functional train station with large numbers of passengers passing through every day. You need to get outside to really see the train station.

Central Station
Central Station


The journey of the Squares

Opposite Central Station is ANZAC square. It is worth crossing the street rather than taking the tunnel to visit this square. This way you can view the station and enter ANZAC square down the main stairs.

ANZAC square as seen from Post Office Square
ANZAC square as seen from Post Office Square


Opposite ANZAC square is Post Office Square. These two little patches of greenery are interesting to walk through.

Alleys and Churches

Archway entrance to the Post Office Laneway
Archway entrance to the Post Office Laneway


Post Office Square is opposite the Post Office which is in a little laneway through an arch. You can feel yourself entering a different time as you walk past the old women's factory. When you emerge down the far end of this laneway you find St Stephen's Cathedral and Chapel. With a policy of trying to keep the doors of the cathedral and chapel open as much as possible to the public, the only restrictions during the day will be when there are services or weddings in the Cathedral.

Post Office Laneway
Post Office Laneway


Work on this cathedral started in 1863 and was officially opened in 1874 (before it was actually completed). The grounds are a popular place for for office workers to come and enjoy their lunch.

The grounds of St Stephens is a popular location for city workers to enjoy their lunch
The grounds of St Stephens is a popular location for city workers to enjoy their lunch


Where Eagles Dare

I spent a lot of time working on the best pun for a title for Eagle Street Pier. This is where you can stop for a beer or even a meal in one of the many bars by the river.

Office Buildings at Eagle Street Pier
Office Buildings at Eagle Street Pier


If you are doing the walk on a Sunday you will find the lovely Eagle Street Markets operating. This little market focuses on handmade and local products. While there is a tourist focus for some of the products there is a lot that would interest locals as well.

Sundays is market day at Eagle Street Pier
Sundays is market day at Eagle Street Pier


The plan is to cross the river, however you could easily follow the path by the river in either direction as well. East will take you in the direction of the Story Bridge, Riverwalk and New Farm. Heading west you pass through the City Botanic Gardens.

Across the river

But it is time to jump on a ferry and cross the river. I like to wait for the little red tourist ferries, because they are both free and have an open air viewing deck at the top. You are looking for the one that goes directly across the river to Thorton Street Wharf.

The free red ferry is a great way to see the sites from Brisbane River
The free red ferry is a great way to see the sites from Brisbane River


If you have time and inclination you can take the ferry either up or down river to get some views and then jump on a return ferry to Thorton Street.

Up Kangaroo Point Cliffs

At Kangaroo Point you have arrived in a different world. Behind you is the modern glass facade of Eagle Street where the top law, financial and accounting businesses in Brisbane make their home. This is a view of a modern growing city, different from the historical walk we started with.

View of the office buildings at Eagle Street Pier from Kangaroo Point Cliffs
View of the office buildings at Eagle Street Pier from Kangaroo Point Cliffs


But Kangaroo Point hides most of the buildings on its side behind the cliffs. Instead you have walking and cycle paths with plenty of greenery and as many art works. In a short ferry ride we have left the city and are now in nature.

Walking at Kangaroo Point
Walking at Kangaroo Point


Walking in the direction of South Bank (away from the Story Bridge) you will come to River Life. Here you can sign up for rock climbing, kayaking and segway tours. Yes - adventure in the heart of the city.

Paddlers at Kangaroo Point
Paddlers at Kangaroo Point


After this look out for the stairs running up the cliffs. This take us to the top for the best view in Brisbane. Better yet, there is a lovely little cafe here you can have some cake and coffee while enjoying the view.

The stairs at Kangaroo Point Cliffs is a popular location for exercise
The stairs at Kangaroo Point Cliffs is a popular location for exercise


If you want to continue to walk along either the cliff tops or the river front, you will come across plenty of artworks.

Art work at Kangaroo Point
Art work at Kangaroo Point


There is more if you want it

Most people by this time are pretty tired. But you can walk a lot further if you want. A good choice is to head on to South Bank or to walk down the road and cross the Story Bridge. You can then either head to Fortitude Valley or take the Riverwalk to New Farm.

Don't forget that Wilson Outlook Reserve directly above the start of the river walk gives you the best vantage point for photos of the Story Bridge and Brisbane.

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