I'm a daily grind worker in Brisbane Central, counting down the days till the weekend, when I sneak down the rabbit hole for some adventures of my own. Who knows where we might end up?
This one won't be floating away anytime soon
As a keen out and aboutter, my greatest joy is found in experiencing the various walking paths and parklands our great City has to offer. Although my list of go-to walks and cycle tracks in Brisbane is pages long, I did have a favourite, for sentimental and aesthetic reasons: the New Farm Riverwalk.
The Floating Riverwalk, for those in the know, was a long pontoon jutting out onto the river and meandering from Merthyr Road all the way to the Howard Smith Wharves. Probably the most marvellous aspect was that it literally floated on the river. At an incredible 900 metres, it really was a one of a kind structure, and the simple act of walking on it afforded me immense pleasure. It was also a great cycling track and connected Teneriffe and Newstead to the city for commuters and fitness freaks alike. The views of Kangaroo Point were stunning, and at twilight I swear there was nowhere else in Brisbane I would rather be.
The January 2011 floods practically destroyed the original and resulted in Brisbane City Council proposing to rebuild it as a rooted, fixed structure. Rebuilding began in April 2013 with the sinking of the first piling to hold the walk in place. It has taken 18 months and quite a few setbacks, but the new riverwalk is on the cusp of completion and will be officially opened this coming Sunday. Although no longer floating, it will nevertheless become an integral part of our extensive pathways network.
The opening will be a street party celebration, with entertainment, a jumping castle and face painting for the kiddies, and charity sausage sizzle for those feeling a bit peckish. The gates to the wharves will open at 10:30am, and those present will be the first lucky souls to traverse what will become a well-worn pathway in the coming years. Make a day of it by continuing into New Farm, grab some delicious sustenance from the supermarket or plethora of cafés along Sydney Street, and have a picnic at New Farm Park while the tiny ones tire themselves out on the playground.