So another weekend has shown up on your door. Excellent! We all like them. This one, however, is the one before everyone goes back to school after Easter vacation and heading out on the highway doesn't feel like an option. How would you like to join us as we go for a wander without leaving the city?
Driving into the city we park at the Barracks up on Petrie Terrace. You can choose to park, the first 2 hours are free, or you could take public transport into the city.
We strapped on our packs complete with sun screen, water, hats, and sunnies and started our 10 kilometre (roughly) wander.
Travelling along Roma Street, we made our way to Roma Street Parkland. There is nothing more beautiful than the Spectacle Garden that we passed through. This is the first of many stops along our way and the colours and textures of the garden were perfect photography specimens on this beautiful Brisbane morning.
We travelled up and diagonally through the upper gardens to get out onto Wickham Terrace. Following along here rewards you with old and even older monuments to time. Keep an eye out for period buildings that dot your way all along this walk. They are a testament to time and history in our city.
From Wickham Terrace, we made our way to the staircase on Upper Edward. Stop and check out the view from here, and the site line all along Edward Street. This is another lovely location for a photo opportunity and a chance to check out some of the art pieces that abound along Brisbane streets.
We made our way down to the river walk past Eagle Street pier then headed up and over the Story Bridge. The scenery is architecturally pleasing along both sides of the bridge, with views across the landscapes to the outer city.
Now you have the option of stopping at the Story Bridge Hotel or you can carry on, and make your way down to the river's edge to walk the boardwalks. With games to play, playgrounds and exercise stations, there are several things to do and life abounds here. This continued on and followed us to River Life, where you can enjoy all of the activities they have on offer.
We chose to climb the stairs and have a coffee from the Cliffs Café. Again, the views were magnificent and gave us a chance to sit for a while and rest as we had been walking for 3 hours.
Once back down our next port of call was to head to Southbank for lunch. There is always something going on here, even if there is no festival. Wandering the markets, and enjoying all the families out having their picnics was a great way to take in life.
We chilled over lunch and then made our way back along the river walk past the GOMA where you can check which show you will see next time you are here. We then carried on over the William Jolly Bridge, back to our arrival point.
You can start wandering from anywhere, crossing back and forth over the river, or maybe adding the City Cat or water taxis in to the mix. It is a wonderful day and a wonderful way to get out and about in the city for minimal expense, with no highway driving.
Better still, expand your horizons by booking the free services of a knowledgeable Brisbane Greeter to accompany you on your jaunt. They are available seven days a week, and Brisbane is your oyster. You can book one atwww.brisbanegreeters.com.au and go for Your Choice of tour or Greeter's Choice.
Loved your walk Sharon, one of my favourite day outs is exploring the city on foot. So much to see and discover and with the cooler autumn weather coming up , what better time to get out. Will be suggesting this walk to my pals.
I have been exploring Brisbane every Saturday for the past six months in the same manner as you have, and there is so much to see in our fair city. Most days I average around ten Kms, with my record thus far being 24! (that was a great day - from the bus stop at King George Square, along the river to New Farm Park, back along the river to Southbank, then on to the West End markets, ending up back at Southbank)
It is easy to do lots of distance without even realising that you are doing it. My normal routine recently is to walk along the river for a while early in the morning, then stop at my favourite spot under the shadys trees at River Quay Green and settle into a good book.
I love Brisbane, and am looking forward to the cooler Autumn days to wander around some more...