With a heap of writing experience under his belt, "B Walkin" resides in Brisbane and has published his first book.
Published July 30th 2011
It's one thing to see the Brisbane city from a distance, and quite another to see it from the top of the 80-metre summit of the Story Bridge – but this is exactly what you can do on the Story Bridge Adventure Climb.
The Story Bridge was first erected back in 1940, and still remains the largest steel bridge in Australia, made by Australians. Originally constructed under the direction of JCC Bradfield, the designer of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it was made to blend in with the natural landscape of Brisbane city, hence the well-known grey steel elevation that can be seen from afar or when travelling on the Story Bridge.
All steelwork used in construction of the bridge, 12 000 tonnes, was made at the Rocklea, and then transported and erected in the city. Formerly known as the Jubilee Bridge, it was renamed after JD Story when officially opened by the Public Service Commissioner. The Story Bridge Spans from Kangaroo Point to Fortitude Valley, and totals 1072 metres in length, and 281.7 metres wide. It currently has six multi-lanes that carry traffic both in and out of the city.
To experience the city from a 360° view atop an 80 metre summit, the Story Bridge Adventure Climb is for you. Spectacular views can be observed on the Story Bridge, including the Glasshouse Mountains to the north, Lamington Park to the south, the Moreton Bay Islands to the east, and Mt. Coot-tha and the Brisbane Forest Park to the west. The climb can be undertaken at four different times; with dawn, morning, twilight and night climbs available. Led by an experienced leader, climbers usually ascend the Story Bridge in groups of up to 12 people (so for those who like city views but are apprehensive of height, you have nothing to fear). The climb takes approximately two and a half hours, which includes a safety briefing and participation in a climbing simulator. The climbing leader also provides running commentary on the climb up. And for as little as $76, it is well worth it to experience Brisbane city from a uniquely different perspective.
The Story Bridge Adventure Climb also provides you with all the equipment and safety gear needed to ensure your climbing experience is the best possible, including a climbing suit, communication equipment, hats, all-weather jackets, and more. Please note that children (from 10 to 16 years of age) wishing to climb the Story Bridge must be accompanied by an adult.
Booking can be done online, and for further information, please contact either the activity supplier or visit the online help area on the website. Supplementary insurance is recommended, and can also be undertaken via the website. Once booking is completed, you will receive specific details regarding meeting spots on the day, plus contact information should you wish to contact the activity supplier beforehand.
So why not get your mates together and view Brisbane City from a different perspective, by going on a Story Bridge Adventure Climb? For more information, please visit the website.