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Published June 14th 2010
The Brisbane River is the heart of the city of Brisbane and Riverwalk celebrates the river's uniqueness by offering more than 20 kilometres of pathways, bridges and cycle tracks along both the south and north banks of the river.
Riverwalk on the north bank of the Brisbane River stretches from the UQ campus at St Lucia to Teneriffe and on the south bank, you can meander your way from Kangaroo Point to Orleigh Park, West End. On both sides of the river you can jump on Citycats and ferries to make your journey easier or stop and enjoy a refreshing break at one of Brisbane's varied cafés and eateries.
Highlights of the Northern Riverwalk
Starting at the Brisbane Powerhouse, the Teneriffe stretch of Riverwalk is 2.2 kilometres long and winds it way along a riverside boardwalk. At the Teneriffe ferry stop, you can jump on a Citycat across to Bulimba and enjoy a quick snack. A 3.5 kilometre stretch of Riverwalk connects New Farm Park and the Brisbane CBD. This journey is undertaken on a floating walkway which moves with the tides. The New Farm Riverwalk takes in the Howard Smith Wharves and offers views of the CBD and the Story Bridge. This section of Riverwalk connects with Eagle Street Pier and Riverside.
Finally you can walk along a riverside path from the CBD out to Toowong and the UQ campus at St Lucia which both offer spectacular views and a variety of spots to either enjoy a picnic or stop for a coffee or lunch.
Highlights of the Southern Riverwalk
Kangaroo Point Cliffs are a good starting point for the walks based on the south bank of the river. The cliffs offer views over the CBD out to Mt Coot-tha. Riverwalk at Kangaroo Point cliffs connects to South Bank and the Goodwill Bridge providing plenty of enjoyable views and nice places to eat. Stop for a swim at South Bank's lagoon or beach or enjoy a wander around the South Bank markets. South Bank is also home to the Queensland Museum and art galleries.
Continuing along the river bank takes you through to West End and Kurilpa Park. Kurilpa Park offers barbecues and play equipment as well as shady spots to get your breath back.
Brisbane City Council has an online planner for your Riverwalk journey. Citycats and ferries stops are situated along the Riverwalks so that you can use these services for return journeys if you have tired yourself out during your Riverwalk.