Brisbane River walks to remember

Posted: 27 February 2022

Whilst on your visit to Brisbane, if you want to take a walk with some memorable sights then head downtown and get up close to the Brisbane River. Brisbane City has some of the most amazing river walks with stunning city vantage points, historic, cultural sights, and beautiful gardens to rest at along the way. On your walk you will discover why Brisbane is called the River City. Today the Brisbane City riverside all seems so wonderfully connected by great walking and cycling paths and boardwalks. It is easy to plan your own walking loop to take you back to your starting point. You can also catch a ferry up, down or back across the river if needed.

For example, you can catch the ferry from the Eagle Street Pier across the river to Thornton Street taking in the Manhattan style view of the city skyline along the way. Continue past the Thornton Street ferry stop along the river path towards Southbank along the aptly named Cliffs Boardwalk. The Cliffs Boardwalk is very popular with walkers and joggers going between Kangaroo Point and Southbank. A local favorite for people wishing to access some very scenic, romantic picnic points along the river. This walk passes the base of the famous Kangaroo Point Cliffs where evening rock climbers are often in action on the flood lit cliffs. The spectacular views across the river continue and at twilight the city lights reflect like opals over the water. Just follow the pathway to navigate your way under the Captain Cook Bridge and past the Queensland Maritime Museum to the Goodwill Bridge a pedestrian and cyclist bridge opened for Brisbane’s Goodwill Games in 2001. The view of Southbank and the city from the Goodwill Bridge is simply marvelous. From the city side of the Goodwill Bridge follow on behind the River Stage along the “Bunya Walk” wrapping around the mangrove fringed riverbend and finally opening out to the lovely city Botanic Gardens. Continue to hug the riverside until you exit the gardens and still following the river enter the City Reach Boardwalk past the Stamford Plaza Hotel and back to the Eagle Street Pier. This walk is about 3km.

If you continue past the Eagle Street Pier along the City Reach Broadwalk you can walk to the Howard Street Wharfs. This is a trendy restaurant, brewery and bar precinct nestled under the story bridge, right beside the Brisbane River against a backdrop of rock cliff faces. Here a glass elevator gets you up the cliff to the Story Bridge level allowing you to cross the Story Bridge. The walk across the Bridge gives another unique view of the city. There is a set of stairs on the south side of the Story Bridge close to the Story Bridge Hotel. Take Bright Street back down to the river path and walk back to the Thornton Street ferry. This walk adds about 2km from the Eagle Street Pier.

If you like walking and staying active, other Brisbane River walks are also worth exploring. There are lots of them including the iconic Brisbane Riverwalk from New Farm to Howard Street Wharf, The Mangrove Walk from Gardens Point to Queens Wharf or the new Lores Bonney Riverwalk from Bretts Wharf to Cameron Rocks just to name a few. Ask us for more information about river walks whilst staying at Brisbane Gateway Resort. You can catch a bus into the Brisbane City directly from opposite the resort.