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Queensport Rocks Park - Walk Along The Gateway Bridge

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by Jane Wong (subscribe)
My dogs and I are kind of a package deal. www.instagram.com/eddyandsam
Published August 14th 2016
Walk Along The Gateway Bridge Without Paying Toll
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A different perspective of the Gateway Bridge.


Ever wanted to take a stroll on the Gateway Bridge without paying a $4.29 (recently increased from $4.25) toll charge? Well, you've found the right starting point! Queensport Rocks Park is located under the Gateway Bridge, otherwise known as the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges.

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This amazing view is made even better by the fact that it is dog friendly!


Queensport Rocks Parks is one of Brisbane's best kept secrets - despite having lived in Brisbane for 5 years now, I only found out about this place a few days ago. Of course, I had to pay it a visit the very next day - typical me! It was officially opened by The Honourable Craig Wallace on 26th June 2011, meaning that it is a relatively young park that has yet to become common knowledge to Brisbaneites. In contrast, the Gateway Bridge was officially opened back in 1986, making it a whopping 25 years older than the park.

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Eddy captured mid yawn.


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Opened by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh - i.e. Prince Philip.


Prior to becoming a beautiful park, the land that encompasses Queensport Rocks Park was originally home to Queensport Meatworks, circa 1881. Around this time, Brisbane's river was lined with industry, and to some extent, still is today, with many offices surrounding the park on nearby Metroplex Avenue. It was also originally home to Queensland's oldest theme park, Queensport Aquarium, circa 1889. Back in the day, it was the place to go to on the weekend, with the aquarium boasted an impressive array of sea creatures, including seals and sharks. It also had a huge concert hall - not too shabby for the 1800s!

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More information on the Queensport Meatworks.


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More information on the Queensport Aquarium - with an impressive view behind.


To start the walk through Queensport Rocks Park to the Gateway Bridge, park along Metroplex Avenue or Riverview Place. Please note that as the area has lots (and lots) of offices, it may be hard to find a park during the work week - however, finding a park on the weekend is no problem at all.

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Near where we parked - perfect view of the Gateway Bridge.


There is a sneaky little entrance to the walk near the shuttle bus stop for Metroplex workers, which cuts back your walking time by approximately 10 minutes. However, by doing so, you end up missing a beautiful path flanked by luscious green trees, as well as an electric BBQ with a shady gazebo to match. This more scenic route starts further down the road, where there is a sign pointing you in the direction of the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridge Bikeway.

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Eddy pictured outside the 'sneaky' entrance.


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Beautiful path.


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An electric BBQ.


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Perfect way to escape the heat.


Near the gazebo, there is a map which is always handy - I am very prone to getting lost, and when I do, Eddy is of no help to me! Follow the bikeway, and very soon you will come to a viewing platform with stunning views of the Brisbane River as well as the Gateway Bridge. Seeing the Gateway Bridge from below as opposed to travelling on it really makes me appreciate it's infrastructure - you don't have the luxury to do so while driving.

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It's pretty hard to get lost while following a bikeway, but having a squizz at the map can't hurt!


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That view.


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Plenty of tables to have quick break and/or a bite in the shade.


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Admiring the view in its entirety.


For the fishing enthusiast, there is also a fish cleaning station right next to the viewing platform.

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How convenient!


Continue following the path, and you will end up directly under the Gateway Bridge. Here, you will be able to see many airplanes from up close - some might even consider them to be too up close and personal for their liking!

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Which airline is this, can you see? Also, congratulations to my Dad for making his first appearance on WeekendNotes!


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Always time for a quick selfie, especially with the Gateway Bridge in the background.


And the path keeps going... At this point of the walk, which path you travel on depends on the direction you are going.

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Remember to stay on the right side of the path!


Keep going, and this changes once you reach the small bridge leading to the Gateway Bridge - the path you should travel on now depends on whether you are walking (left) or cycling (right). Remember to keep on the side of the path that you are supposed to be on - they are in place to keep both pedestrians and cyclists safe.

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No pedestrians on bike path.


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Speed limit of 10km/hour.


At this point, you've finally reached the Gateway Bridge! Again, the path you should travel on depends on the type of transport you are using.

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The cyclist sticking to his lane, and Eddy and I sticking to ours.


We didn't venture far on the Gateway Bridge, as Eddy, being a pug, was getting pretty tired at this point - it was a very hot day. However, the view from where we were was stunning, involving views of the surrounding industrial buildings in the foreground, with the Brisbane River in the background.

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Perfect.


From start to finish, we walked approximately 5km, although it felt a lot shorter - the walk was relatively easy, mostly on flat terrain with only several slightly uphill increments. For those with mobility issues or perhaps are short on time, there is a carpark closer to the Gateway Bridge, approximately 5 minutes away if you walk at a steady pace. There are disability parking spots there too. However, I have no idea how to get to this car park - if anyone could let me know, it would be much appreciated!

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Where is the entrance to this car park?


The walk provided many beautiful views, and I would not hesitate to make another trip out there in the near future, although perhaps on a cooler day! Keep your eye out for this little gem on the ground... without missing the beauty of the Gateway Bridge, of course.

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Yes, it is, but luckily the Gateway Bridge looks good no matter which perspective you take.
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Where: Entrance near 11 Riverview Pl, Murarrie QLD 4172
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Oh, this sounds cool! Nice photos Jane. What's the gap in the railing at the 10km/h photo near Eddy?
by Anthony Carrick (score: 2|248) 1163 days ago
I see Eddy has had another lovely day out. I wouldn't mind some of that Queensland weatehr down in Melbourne right now.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7237) 1162 days ago
It's a great place to go for a walk with our family, friends or even pets.
by lokyl (score: 2|408) 1160 days ago
Thanks for sharing with us another wonderful adventure with Eddy (he is a legend!). I plan to visit this park & walk the bridge soon as a result.
by makes (score: 1|29) 1152 days ago
Lovely article, Jane, and Eddy is the perfect photographic model. I'm looking forward to some more "Eddy" articles.
by Elaine (score: 3|6694) 1163 days ago
A beautiful park and it is worth to visit, in particular, for a peaceful walk with Eddy
by ycwong (score: 2|512) 1162 days ago
Looks like a great walk. Thanks for sharing it.
by myrtl (score: 0|4) 1162 days ago
Eddy the wonder dog finds another great walk! Must follow in his footsteps.
by Kelle (score: 1|23) 1156 days ago
Administration Ave, opposite the 7-11 fuel station near the bridge - north bound on/off ramp.
by leisa (score: 0|2) 742 days ago
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