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Published November 17th 2021
Start the walk at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Edward Street entrance. The walk is very easy, suitable for most of people, about 6 km long, allow two hours. Walk along the Brisbane River on the City Boardwalk towards the Story Bridge.
The Story Bridge walk is a favourite of the Group Hiking South East Qld and More. The group walks every Monday evening in different parts of the city. The Story Bridge has a section dedicated to bicycles and pedestrian passage. It is a great walk that can be done in any part of the day and in any season. Just try to avoid the hottest part of the day during summer.
In the proximity of the Story Bridge, you have the choice to walk on the east side of the bridge or on the west side of the bridge. The east side has views over Howard Smith Wharves. On the east side of the bridge, towards the end of the bridge, there is a set of stairs, near the Story Bridge Hotel.
The Group Hiking South East Qld and More at the Story Bridge Walk. Photo by Author.
Descend the stairs, walk along Baildon Street, cross Main Street and walk along Bright Street toward the Brisbane River. Walk south along the Brisbane River, walk on the Cliffs Boardwalk. While in South Bank you can choose a dinner venue.
There are many great graffiti along the Boardwalk. Photo by Author.
There are many nice restaurants to try in Southbank. Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers is at Shop 10 Little Stanley St, South Brisbane QLD 4101; Viet de Lites is at 4 A Little Stanley St, South Brisbane QLD 4101; and Mucho Mexicano is at 15 Little Stanley St, South Brisbane QLD 4101.
If you decide to walk on the west side of the bridge, you are going to enjoy the views of the tall buildings of the City. Then walk to the end of the Story Bridge, descend to Thornton Street ferry terminal and head to Southbank.
For this walk, a map of Brisbane can be handy or download a good app on your smartphone that can help you to navigate in the City. It is very important to remain on the pedestrian sites of the walkways all the time and great care needs to be taken when there are shared paths and be very watchful for eager bike riders and scooters.
What to bring: Bring with you a light backpack, good walking shoes or hiking boots, a light raincoat if necessary, water and a first aid kit.
Directions: the best way to enter the town is by train; Central Station is the most strategic stop, just walk SE down to the end of Edward Street towards the City Botanic Garden, where Edward Street meets Alice Street.
King George Square carpark at 87 Roma St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, AFTER 4:30pm charge the night rate. Monday to Thursday 4.30pm to midnight: $5
Brisbane City Council's underground King George Square Car Park is between Ann and Adelaide Streets, vehicle entry is via Roma or Adelaide Streets and exit is via Roma Street. Note the low clearance entry: 1.93m.
The Story Bridge is a heritage-listed steel bridge for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. The iconic landmark connects the northern suburbs with the southern suburbs of Brisbane.
The Story Bridge opened on the 6th of July 1940. Before the construction of the Story Bridge, Victoria Bridge, built in 1865, was the means of connection between the north and south of Brisbane.
The Story Bridge is illuminated in the night creating very suggestive views. The colours of the lights of the Story Bridge change from time to time. Each lightning displayed on the bridge is to commemorate a special day in history, raise awareness for charities and to showcase upcoming events
Under the Story Bridge is the new Howard Smith Wharves precinct with restaurants, bars and cafes, playgrounds, celebration halls, conference spaces and parkland.
The Story Bridge Adventure Climb is one of only three bridge climbs in the world. The other bridges are the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb and the Auckland Harbour Bridge Climb.
The visitors are harnessed all the time and use a continuous safety rail when climbing the bridge. Visitors are not allowed to take any possessions with them and have to wear a special overall to ensure clothing doesn't get caught in the rail system and to make sure nothing is dropped down below. The overall colours blend into the colours of the bridge so the vehicle drivers don't get distracted from the road.
The joining of the two suspended arms of the Brisbane Story Bridge was accomplished without incident on the morning of the 28 October 1939. As a result of meticulous planning, the two metal structures were rotated precisely into position. At 7:25 AM, just as the two sections were joined with a pin, a rainbow appeared over the bridge. Photo fromhttps://www.facebook.com/sbacbrisbane/photos/4421495937865777