Exploring Along the River – River Walk CBD, Botanical Gardens to Southbank and The Cliffs

River Walk: CBD through the Botanical Gardens and Across the River via the Goodwill Pedestrian Bridge to Southbank

Starting out with refreshment is a fine way to start a walk. We eat breakfast at River Bar at Eagle Street Pier on the east side of the CBD. Inspired by the views and energized by food and coffee, we head out southward to circle around the Botanical Gardens, crossing the river on the stunning Goodwill Pedestrian Bridge.  (And yes, I am walking in a dress. The majority of women here wear dresses – even to walk.) Once across the river we walk around the Maritime Museum.

City Reach Boardwalk

City Reach Boardwalk

A rest at the Botanical Gardens

A rest at the Botanical Gardens

Bridges

Brisbane’s CBD (Central Business District), including the Botanical Gardens, is surrounded by water on 3 sides. This is also where you will find the majority of Bridges. Two of them are solely intended for pedestrian traffic: the Goodwill Bridge and the Kilipuri Bridge. They are wide (from the water or distance you can’t even tell that they are not bridges for cars) and even boast coffee kiosks (because heaven forbid that a Brisbanite should have to walk very far for a coffee.)

Goodwill Bridge

Goodwill Bridge

Goodwill Bridge

Kilipuri Bridge

Although not part of this particular walk, I am slipping this photo in here because it shows the other pedestrian bridge at the other end of Southbank. This ones leads directly into the CBD offices where Ed works.

Ed on the Kilipuri

Ed on the Kilipuri

Back to our walk…

Maritime Museum

River Walk: Southbank – Kangaroo Point and The Cliffs

Sidewalk artThere is always a new walk to discover and only recently did we walk along this stretch of the river. We started at the familiar Southbank but then headed downriver toward The Cliffs,  which I had only ever seen from the ferry.

Southbank asian celebration

Southbank Asian Celebration

The Cliffs

The Cliffs art

The Cliffs art

A great view of the CBD through these sculptures.

A great view of the CBD through these sculptures.

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Under the Captain Cook Bridge and M3 Motorway

Under the Captain Cook Bridge and M3 Motorway

 

Striated Heron

Striated Heron

On our walks we often come across interesting water birds. Birds are common here and you can often get quite close. This one is a Striated Heron. It has short legs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next…We will explore along the river from Hamilton Portside to Northshore.

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