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Published February 19th 2012
Any decent sized, scenic city should have at least few places like this; green spaces that offer an incredible vantage point of the city's skyline and a perfect spot to canoodle with that someone special, day or night. Wilson Outlook is that place in Brisbane and should be in the running for one of city's most romantic locations. Its pretty safe to say that many a bride and groom would have had photo-shoots or even their nuptials here.
Framed by the Story Bridge, the outlook across the river to the CBD is given extra 'wow factor' due to the fact the park is perched atop of the New Farm cliffs. This gives the location a height advantage as opposed to other viewing points along the Brisbane River. At night the coloured lights from Brisbane's high-rises and the Story Bridge shimmer in the river below and light up the area like a Christmas tree. This means Wilson Outlook can also be enjoyed all times of day - a rare thing for a park since many can quickly turn spooky after the sun goes down.
Located right on the edge of the CBD and not far away from bustling Brunswick street park-goers still manage to enjoy peace and quiet and its close proximity to the city means it's a handy spot for downtown workers to have their lunch or even a power nap here before going back to work. Despite being relatively small for an inner city park the benches and tables are well spread apart giving everyone their own 'bubble' and space to enjoy the view without being on top of anyone else.
For the exercise enthusiast this patch of paradise has also recently had exercise equipment installed making it among the most scenic (and possibly most motivating) places around the city to do an early-morning workout. Equipment includes an ab-crunch and leg press along with instructions for use if it all looks a bit foreign. Large nearby trees provide well-shaded resting spots after working those thighs and glutes.
The great thing about a breathtaking spot like this is that can inspire different things in different people and can be enjoyed in a number of ways. On my most recent visit, a TV reporter framed against the city skyline was doing a piece-to-camera giving weight to my theory that Wilson Outlook is the kind of place where promotional shots of Brisbane appearing in tourism brochures are likely to be taken. If you're ever going to see Brisbane city on film this would an ideal filming location.
There's no shortage of green space in Brisbane but for those looking for special spot to go for a first date or a view that is uniquely Brisbane encompassing the Bridge, River and City in one frame – Wilson Outlook is the place.