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Thursday, April 30, 2015

WALKING IN THE RIVER CITY

The weather is cooler and it is time to take TOH out for an airing. TOH enjoys prefers walking in the city rather than in the forest (go figure) anyhoo we did the park and ride thingy on the train. We agreed on a walk along the river from Milton into the CBD of Brisbane, nicknamed 'The River City', obviously because the Brisbane River runs through the heart of the city. After an hour on the trains we finally arrived at Milton. By then it was coffee time.

  Naturally we walked down Park St which is an eat street and found a coffee shop. I thought the wall decoration was something different.

 So, dosed up on caffeine we went on our way towards the river.

 Soon we were on the super bikeway and walkway which follows the river into town. 

 It was an overcast day but the rain held off while we walked. As the river runs through the middle of the city there are many bridges. 

We walked under some of the bridges. This is 'The Go Between Bridge" and the newest of them too. It is named after a famous Brisbane Band. (Our daughter's sister in law played in the band for a while)

 Looking back at the "The Go Between Bridge". It is a toll bridge for vehicles,pedestrians and cyclists. It was opened in 2010.

 The next bridge we walked under was the 'Merivale Bridge'. It is a double track rail bridge. It was opened in 1978. We waited for a train to come and not one but two came one in each direction.

 On we walked, but it wasn't a fitness walk as we were always stopping for photographs. The next bridge we came to is the William Jolly Bridge. It was opened in 1932 and is a heritage-listed vehicular and pedestrian bridge. It looks pretty lit up at night.

 Our City Cat commuter ferries near the next bridge .

 It is the "Kurilpa Bridge" but nicknamed the Fiddlesticks Bridge. It is a pedestrian and bicycle bridge and it was opened in 2009. The unconventional style caused a lot of controversy at first. You can see the wires better in the previous photo. I like it! Our walkway now goes underneath the "Riverside Expressway"opened in 1975.

Under the expressway.

 The last bridge for this walk is the "Victoria Bridge".  It is a vehicular, pedestrian and cyclist bridge. This bridge was opened in 1969 but it is the third bridge built on this site. The first was in 1865. It was a temporary wooden structure but finances failed and the iron one didn't go ahead. The timber one rotted and collapsed. In 1874 an iron bridge was built but in 1893 it was partly washed away by floods. A new one was built in 1897. In 1943 it started buckling under the weight of the trams and increased traffic. In 1969 it was demolished when the present one was opened.

After stopping at the city markets (next post) we walked over the Victoria Bridge to the South Brisbane station for our ride home on the train. This is the expressway we had walked underneath. From the dates mentioned you can see that Brisbane is a fairly new city.

22 comments:

  1. Hello Diane, I enjoyed going on this walk along the river with you! I like seeing all the bridges and the views of the river.. Pretty photos, thanks for sharing your day..

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  2. Thanks so much for the tour around my favourite Australian city. Enjoyed every moment of it. T'other Diane

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  3. oh WOW i would LOVE to walk that city walk, so much to see and snap... i love that last shot... and this is as good as a walk in the woods. one reason bob doesn't like to walk with me is the constant stops for pics... these are amazing to me.

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  4. lots of bridges along your walk! i do like the planters on the wall in that coffee shop. nice walkway, too.

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  5. A very interesting city walk and thank you for taking me along. I love to see all the bridges and the city skyline. Such a pretty city.

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  6. It is a lovely city but located far away from Poland

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  7. You certainly have a fine selection of different bridges.

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  8. It is a great walk along there. Great photos showing off all those bridges. I've always liked the Fiddlesticks Bridge. I never understood all the kerfuffle that went on when that was being built. It looks great.

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  9. i've never been to brisbane but would like to. it looks lovely and the river walk would be nice especially with a coffee stop or two :)

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  10. There is a similar arrangement of pots on a wall in the outdoor area at our local pub. With more growth, both should look very good. I like the old Victoria Bridge. I think at the end of its life, only one tram was allowed on the bridge at a time and it was only as single track over the bridge too. The William Jolly Bridge is great. I think I might prefer city walking too.

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  11. HA HA ----I guess you have to get your man to WALK---anyway you can, and anywhere he wants to!!!! I'm like you though... As pretty as your city is, I'd still choose walking in the woods!!!!

    Beautiful city though... AND---a great walk for you two.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  12. Very lovely Diane. A different look at Brisbane and your photos are excellent.

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  13. Great tunnel pictures.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  14. You make me laugh ... Taking TOH on an outing. Bill (the one I live with) likes his walks to have a purpose ... Preferably one that includes food and/or drink. You live in a pretty city ... And I enjoy urban walks too sometimes.

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  15. Unlike Bill I much prefer hiking in the mountains to walking in the city. I will admit, however, that Brisbane is a beautiful city. I like the wide variety of bridges that cross the river.

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  16. A lovely walk Diane and I do like the "living wall" with it's little terracotta pots. I guess the best part about city walking is the opportunity for multiple coffee stops ..... we sure don't get that on our country walks. Nice pics! are you still using your Canon ?

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  17. Oh I so liked this post, so many wonderful photos it does look like a lovely place to have a stroll around

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  18. We are very similar in that I would always head for the Forest and my other half the city :) Loved this post, I felt like I was on that walk with you. Brisbane is a very beautiful city.

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  19. That was quite a long walk ... I used to hitch hike that route in the 70s ... everything is so different not the least being that young girls hitch hiking is a thing of the past but was very common for Uni students back then.

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  20. As always, your photographs make me want to jump on a plane. And like TOH - I prefer walks in the city to all that muddy and worm-infested countryside any day.

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  21. Quite a trek you two had in the city! I am so very glad you did stop for photographs and you always have the most interesting posts. Thank you!

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  22. Walking anywhere is an adventure, but this post showed that city walking can have many interesting sites, Diane.

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