Bridges of Brisbane
Brisbane is a city of bridges, from the heritage-listed to the avant grade contemporary - here are 10 you can walk across, dating from the 1930's, once with a cafe in the centre and some with breath-taking birds-eye views:
The bridge between West End and Milton is a short-cut to QAGOMA and The Cultural Precinct, with purpose-built cycle and pedestrian paths, starting from Kurilpa Park on the South Brisbane side and Coronation Drive on the other.
Jack Pesch Bridge
Running parallel to Indooroopilly's Walter Taylor Bridge and railway bridge is the dedicated pedestrian and cycle Jack Pesch bridge, which takes you from Indooroopilly Station and the river walk across to the parklands on the other side of the river
William Jolly Bridge
One of Brisbane's oldest bridges, heritage listed and dating from 1932 is named after mayor William Jolly, is a great bridge to cross at sunset with views west to Mt Coot-tha or evenings with views of the city across the river.
Named after the original indigenous inhabitants of the area who, at low tide used to cross the river here, Kurilpa is Brisbane's most conceptual and striking bridge, connecting QAGOMA on the South Bank with North Quay
The only Brisbane bridge with its own cafe, The Goodwill Bridge links Gardens Point and South Bank and has dedicated cycle and pedestrian lanes. Best time to walk it is at sunrise, with a coffee from the cafe or to watch the sun set over Mt Coot-tha.
Eleanor Schonell Bridge
The Eleanor Schonell Bridge, linking Dutton Park to University of Queensland is a state-of-the-art 'green bridge' with designated bike and pedestrian lanes, water fountains and benches along the way and fantastic views of the campus and Highgate Hill.
Opened in 1969, the streamlined modernist bridge is the 3rd bridge by this name to link the Brisbane CBD and South Brisbane in this spot, with the first built in 1874 and washed away in the 1893 flood. A sandstone abutment adjacent (said the be haunted) is all that is left of the 2nd bridge and is also a memorial to a child killed on the bridge in 1918.
Good to know - There are 2 more bridges currently under construction/planning phase - the Neville Bonner Bridge (for pedestrians - no cars), which is due to be finished in 2022 and will connect the new Queens Wharf Precinct with South Bank. And plans have been released for the new bridge connecting Brisbane CBD (by the City Botanic Gardens) with Kangaroo Point - see below.