Brisbane is a fantastic place to set out on foot and go exploring. Within minutes of setting out, there is no shortage of locations with many attractions very well-known while others are some of its best kept secrets. In any direction, the terrain is mainly flat, ideal for walking, with a huge advantage of being able to use several public transport options if the going gets tuff. 🔥Tip: FREE hop on / hop off Brisbane City Centre Loop Bus circles the CBD and Spring Hill areas.
So put on your comfy walking shoes, as we get going on one of my favourite day trips, Enjoying A Walk In Brisbane.
3.5 km long, this is an easy walk that includes crossing the Goodwill Bridge while starting with a stroll through one of Brisbane’s famous landmarks – South Bank Parklands.
Our journey begins at the Wheel of Brisbane (South Bank Parklands) then heading in a southerly direction towards the Goodwill Bridge.
The two best paths to follow are 1/ Along the Clem Jones Promenade as it follows the Brisbane River offering some exceptional city and river views or 2/ Walk under the South Bank Grand Arbour, a 1km long walkway snaking its way through the Park’s heartlands. Past cafes, Historic pubs, swimming pools, stunning gardens, Epicurious Gardens, this walk features a pathway under a canopy of 443 galvanised steel posts covered with a stunning awning of brightly coloured bougainvillea flowers.
Keep walking south until you reach the Goodwill Bridge. At the entrance to the bridge, you’ll be able to the see the Maritime Museum with its range of historic ships of all shapes and sizes. The Museum is a great place to visit for all the family and the younger members will just love being able to explore the warship Diamantina.
The Goodwill Bridge is a very popular pedestrian thoroughfare (🔥Tip: E-Scooters, Joggers and cyclists also have access, so be prepared to share this space) that connects South Bank Parklands and the Brisbane Botanical Gardens offering outstanding vistas of the River and Brisbane City.
Crossing over the Goodwill Bridge, if you need any excuse for a break, about halfway along, the Goodwill Brew Cafe has come to your rescue. Coffee, tasty treats and views, we’ll keep on going.
The Bridge walk then descends to the outer boundary of the Gardens Point QUT (Queensland University of Technology) where a signpost will give you a few directional options for the area.
Make a move through the open green spaces of the QUT Campus, 🔥Tip: Cafes, food outlets and toilets are scattered amongst the buildings), where we searched out Old Government House.
Old Government House, set amongst manicured lawns and flower beds, is more than just an old building. Home to the Governors of Queensland (1862 – 1910) it was designed to accommodate Colony administration and to host large social functions. Entering through former office or library we had free range to go exploring over two floors and spent time totally engrossed in several interpretative displays and video information explaining the history of the building as it would have been in the 1900’s. This was an eerie experience entertaining thoughts of the Governors, Politicians and other powerful dignitaries that had been before us. So much history, an art gallery on the second floor, one fascinating Heritage building – Admission FREE.
🔥Tip: The William Robinson Gallery: Best known for his landscapes and portraits, contemporary artist William Robinson has art works on display on the 2nd floor of Old Government House – Admission FREE.
🔥Tip: QUT Art Museum: The QUT has it’s own Art Museum. Unfortunately it was closed on the day of our visit so we didn’t get the opportunity to view the many works that are on display – Admission Free. Check their web-site for opening times and Gallery displays.
I always enjoy a good coffee on a road trip, and this rule doesn’t change when it’s a day trip. Always looking for something different, sometimes the setting of the Café adds to the whole coffee experience. Stepping out of Old Government House positioned in the western wing courtyard set amongst recycled timber tables and chairs with Colonial sandstone walls as the backdrop – The Pantry is the place. With excellent coffee, plenty of food options and other hot & cold drinks available, this appeared to be a very popular Café with students and locals alike.
Exit the QUT and Old Government House precinct walking in a northerly direction down through the City Botanical Gardens. 🔥Tip: Brisbane has a few Botanical Gardens – 1) City Botanical Gardens – Brisbane CBD. 2) Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens – Toowong.
We can take 2 main paths, one will take us along the river, but today we are following the central path through the main gardens. What a fabulous walk this is through Brisbane’s No.1 park. Stunning gardens, lush green lawns past the K.Tamarind Tree arguably the oldest tree in the City Botanical gardens and unsurpassed views. If we are in luck the lagoons will also be full of wildlife.
As we farewell the Gardens via the historic gates, (The iron gates were made from the demolition of the Petrie Terrace Jail in the mid 1860’s) onto Alice Street, these boots are made for walking on the way to the Brisbane CBD and the Cross River Rail Experience.
Southeast Queensland and greater Brisbane are in the middle of a construction and Transport infrastructure upgrade boom. This is no more evident than in Brisbane as you pass by new Buildings going up and transport terminals being relocated and upgraded. Billions of dollars in the making, The Cross River Rail Project will deliver a second River Crossing, unlocking current transport congestion and then enabling a smoother operating transport system for the whole Brisbane region.
This is a massive project and the chances of going underground to get a close up view of all this action is very slim. The next best way to explore this master plan is a visit to the Cross River Rail Experience Centre.
Situated at 1/151 Elizabeth Street (🔥Tip: It’s on the second floor with lift access from the ground level and wheelchair access throughout the Experience Centre – Admission Free).
This is a golden opportunity to have a look at Brisbane from the past to the future with an array of artifacts that have been unearthed on display. Go exploring an interactive VR (virtual reality) Station allowing you to travel back in time or investigating future station precincts.
Take some time out and pull up a chair in the Reality Theatre’s mesmerising computer generated digital experience while being transported through the Cross River Rail adventure. With plenty of action to see and do, the whole family will enjoy their time at the rail centre. 🔥Tip: Looking for food & drinks at a reasonable price – The Wintergarden Food Court, just across the road from the Cross River Rail Centre, has a good selection of food outlets, tables, seating and clean toilets.
Noosa, on Brisbane’s doorstep is on the Sunshine Coast. World famous for its surfing beaches, national parks, idyllic laid back lifestyle and now Chocolates. Noosa has moved to Brisbane. To be exact, the Noosa Chocolate Factory has opened an outlet, in Adelaide Street just a street back from the Queen Street Mall. Grab some excellent local made chocolates from their huge range, take them home or just enjoy with an excellent brewed coffee.
We finished our walking tour here. The train and bus stations are close by as are a any number of public car parks. Our walk today started at Southbank and finished sampling the many delectable delights at the Noosa Chocolate Factory. This is a walk that has so much more to see and do. You can start this walk anywhere on the map, exploring other attractions along the way but you’ll find by following my trail it’s an easy stroll that won’t break the bank (spending $$) and you’ll get to see “Brissy” like to locals do.
Useful Information – Click on the Links
Public Transport Information – TransLink
Southbank Information: South Bank Parklands – All The Basics You Need To Know
Old Government House Information