A Stroll Along Riverwalk and Views of Story Bridge, Brisbane

I’m sure everybody knows that the most famous bridge in all of Australia is Sydney Harbour Bridge. The bridge is also known as “The Coathanger” because, well, see if you can guess…

Harbour BridgeYes, because it looks like one.

What some of you may not know though is that the engineer who worked on the design and construction of that bridge was John Bradfield, a man who was born in Sandgate, a suburb of Brisbane here in Queensland. Sydney Harbour Bridge is not the only bridge he has worked on either.

A few weekends ago Mrs Bob and I took a walk along the Riverwalk Floating Walkway on the Brisbane River to take a closer look at John Bradfield’s other bridge. It was a very pleasant stroll, and you can now enjoy the views with us.

We joined the Riverwalk somewhere near New Farm and looking behind us at the Brisbane River, we noticed a sailing boat, some rowers in a kayak and way back in the distance, a man on a paddle board. Hopefully you can make him out?

He is slightly left of centre in this photo…

Brisbane RiverAs we look in front of us, we can see the newly reopened Riverwalk…

Riverwalk…the old one having been swept away in the Brisbane floods back in 2011. That in itself is an amazing story. The dangerously long concrete construction was floating towards the pylons of the Gateway Bridge and could have well caused significant damage, until two men with a tugboat saved the day…

Both skippers were hailed as heroes. Sadly one of them was killed in a freak accident in December in the same year, 2011, age 67, whilst loading a container onto his barge.

Back to our leisurely walk. It wasn’t long before the sailing boat and the kayak passed us by…

RiverwalkBut no sign of that paddle boarder yet.

Riverwalk is a great place to go cycling or walking…

RiverwalkRiverwalk will also give you a great view of John Bradfield’s other work.

Story Bridge

Story Bridge 1

Story Bridge If you look closer at that second image of Story Bridge above, you will notice it does have at least one similarity with Sydney Harbour Bridge. Can you see it? Let’s take a closer look…

Story Bridge 3

Story Bridge Yes, you can climb it. If you climb it at the right time of the evening, you should be able to catch the sunset in the distance.

Story Bridge Image courtesy of Chris Lofqvist

Now then, what happened to that paddle boarder? Ah, here he is, still going…

Paddle boarder

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  • djmcbell April 13, 2016, 6:09 pm | Link

    Ah, I remember going to Sydney back in 2010. Good little place, we stayed in Wooloomooloo, so a short walk to the CBD and the bridge. We didn’t walk to the top of the bridge, but we did walk over it (mainly to get to Luna Park, then we saw it was heaving so left and came back later when it was quiet). That, and the cheap boats you can get to get from one part of the harbour to another, were great.

    • BobinOz April 13, 2016, 11:50 pm | Link

      It is an absolutely fantastic harbour, isn’t it? Jumping on those ferries, travelling from suburb to suburb by boat with the wind blowing through your hair, it has a lot going for it.

      If there is a better harbour in the whole world, I’m not sure I’ve seen it. And you can do it all on a cheap travel card 🙂

  • pete taylor April 13, 2016, 6:23 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    You certainly show us what a great place Australia is, What I would like to know is, have you done anything on the public transport sytem ?
    Train journey times/ cost around OZ, I think it might prove to be of interest
    Oh hows your back now?

    • BobinOz April 13, 2016, 11:28 pm | Link

      No, I haven’t really and I should, it’s a very good idea. Thank you, I will put it on my list of things to do. From my experience so far though, I’m pretty sure Brisbane won’t come out very well, Sydney and Perth seemed to have much better and cheaper transport as do Melbourne and Adelaide with their trams.

      I will definitely put it on my list ‘to do’.

      My back is slowly getting better, very slowly, but it’s still early days yet. It’ll probably be another 18 months or so before I really know how I will be. Cheers, Bob

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