New Farm Park, Brisbane

Saturday, November 7, 2015

THE NEW RIVER WALK

I have wanted to walk on the new Riverwalk since it was opened in September 2014. The original New Farm Riverwalk was built in 2003 but it was extensively damaged during the 2011 floods with part of it being washed away down stream. The walk connects the suburb of New Farm with the Brisbane city centre.  Finally we got to do the walk and a bit extra.
We drove to New Farm Park. A beautiful place at this time of the year because there are many, many Jacaranda Trees in bloom. Bill was organising his camera carrying vest while I was dazzled by the carpet of Jacaranda blooms.

It was a very dull day but also very hot and humid. I used a special effects setting on my point and shoot camera for the two shots above. 

We walked through the park down to the river, where we followed the path along the river edge but soon we were blocked by houses. This shot is looking behind us, where we had come from.

 We had to walk a few blocks before we got back to the river edge. As you can see New Farm is quite an affluent suburb. 

 We passed some new ferry wharves. They were replacements for those that were damaged during the floods of 2011.

 After about two kilometres we came to the  New Farm Riverwalk. The new structure is fixed, not floating like the last one. It is designed to last 100 years. It goes out into the river and it has a rotating span to let boat owners access their jetties. It is a pedestrian and cycle way with shaded rest areas. It is almost a kilometre long.

 We were getting closer to the city centre and the Story Bridge.

 Another special effects shot. The Riverwalk is divided for pedestrians and cyclists. There are many apartment blocks along the river with great views and prices.

 There are a few original houses squashed in between apartment blocks. I think they have much more character and beauty than the blocks.




The Riverwalk ended and we continued along a path under the Story Bridge. It was getting hot walking and we were looking forward to choosing one of the many restaurants at the riverside centre for lunch and a cool drink.


 Not far now. The Riverside Centre is the low white buildings below the tower with the spire. 

Looking back towards the bridge from near the restaurant. Poor Bill was as red as a beetroot. It was a long walk for him, over four kilometres. But we revived over lunch and instead of walking back to the car we........................

............caught the CityCat, a much cooler way to travel. 

25 comments:

  1. Hello Diane, what a pretty walk. The river view and the jacaranda trees are gorgeous. It looks like a fantastic area to live! Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing. Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. I enjoyed my virtual walk with you today. Great photos and I enjoyed the effects on some.

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  3. You sure are keeping fit - that is a bloody long walk to undertake on a hot and humid
    day. Poor Bill I bet he was pooped out!
    Wise to return on the "Rivercat" or did Bill just point blank refuse to walk back?
    Cheers
    Colin

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    1. No it was a mutual decision before we left.

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    2. It wasn't actually too bad once we got started and it is a great walk along the cliffs, under the Story Bridge and in the city.

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  4. Wow looks like a bloody wonderful walk and what great photos, I do like them

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  5. Diane it beautiful walk in the spring day. Lovely nature

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  6. The jacarandas are so beautiful. We don't have them in the UK so I have only seen them the once when I visited Alice Springs but it was a sight I will never forget.

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  7. You have a wonderful eye for composition. Don't you love fiddling with both the camera and the photos themselves? That's the fun of it, I think!

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  8. I really like both the riverwalk and the ferry boats. Brisbane is a a beautiful city and I like the way they've made walking, cycling and mass transportation an enjoyable experience.

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  9. The special effects shots look like old postcards from the 1940s! What a beautiful walk, especially walking through the jacaranda petals near your car. We are getting ready for a long beach walk this morning, hoping to beat the rain that begins later this morning.

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  10. What a lovely place to walk.
    The photos look great. I like that house..

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  11. Beautiful pictures of your excursion ! I always have to smile when something is supposed to last for 100 years, who can control that and tell you ?

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  12. Excellent walk Diane, I love the old houses too. The jacaranda trees are so beautiful at this time of the year, love the purple carpet of flowers.

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  13. Excellent walk Diane, I love the old houses too. The jacaranda trees are so beautiful at this time of the year, love the purple carpet of flowers.

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  14. Wonderful, sometime so good that you hardly see the difference between the picture and the painting.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  15. What a lovely walk. The jacaranda trees are beautiful, such a glorious colour.

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  16. Wonderful photos of the Riverwalk! Love the special effects shots of the trees!

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  17. What fun with the special effects, Diane. The Riverwalk looks like a great place to get out and around the city.

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  18. Was down the mountain by the Hawkesbury river on the weekend and was delighted to see the jacaranda in flower ther too. I didn't take a shot. I get so disappointed with them as they don't capture the magic. I understand why you tried special effects.

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  19. the grass is always greener comes to mind. i'd love to have these views where i am. oh well. lovely photos as usual and i do like the special effects. i hope you enjoyed your lunch :)

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  20. Looks like a lovely outing. I always wish I could tag along with you after viewing your travel posts. P.S. Nice that you are learning new editing skills and trying out new looks!

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  21. Great urban walk. Makes my small city walks seem a bit boring in comparison ... Though we don't have to drive to get there now, neither do we get to take a boat back! Bill R likes a walk that ends with lunch and a cool drink too! Actually so do I!

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  22. Love your pictures and what a lovely place to walk. I too would have caught a ride back I think but it sounds (and looks) like you had a marvelous day!

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  23. I LOVE the special effects shots - my camera has a few too, and they're a godsend on dull days! The jacarandas turned out particularly well too. I know it's messy, but I think the carpet of purple petals under the trees looks amazing! The walk itself looks like it's full of interesting sights to see - maybe one day I'll try it for myself!

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