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New Farm to City Riverwalk

This week I headed in to test out the brand new walkway on the Brisbane River between New Farm and the city.  It’s an easy walk about 3 km all up in each direction and a great way to spend a spring morning.

New Farm to City Riverwalk

Brisbane is a river city.  Most of the time it’s beautiful to see it meandering through our city and suburbs but occasionally it can be brutal.  If you were in Brisbane at the time you will remember the floods of 2011 that submerged and broke apart the original floating walkway. 

You may also remember Doug Hislop and Peter Fenton, the reluctant heroes and who got the enormous sections under control with their tug before they could do further damage to the bridges down the river.  The re-opening of the walkway in a way symbolises the resilience of the Australian people, we face natures’ wrath across the states on a semi-regular basis but together we always bounce back.

The new riverwalk is bigger and better.  This time it’s grounded in the bedrock of the river to keep it firmly in place in future.  It’s wider and has dedicated pedestrian and cycle sections to make it safer.  There are also a number of shaded seating areas and water fountains along the length of it.

New Farm to City Riverwalk
New Farm to City Riverwalk

I headed out to walk the new riverwalk section the week after it opened and many times since. Although there was some criticism at the time of the amount invested it’s been an extremely popular addition to the city right from the start and is almost always busy with walkers, commuters, cycles, scooters and runners. Personally, I like it best during the weekdays when it is at its most peaceful.

If you’re visiting Brisbane and staying in the city then a walk along to New Farm is a great addition to your itinerary, taking the ferry in one direction is an option allowing you to get off at another stop to look around.  If you aren’t used to the sub-tropical climate consider walking early morning or later in the day during the summer months, the river breeze is lovely but there isn’t any shade out there so it can get a bit warm. 


Another alternative is to make use of the City Cycle Scheme, you can pick up and drop off cycles at stations in the City, New Farm and many other city fringe suburbs.

If you haven’t already made use of this walkway joining the Howard Smith Bridge

Have you tried out the re-opened New Farm to City Riverwalk in Brisbane?

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Thursday 9th of October 2014

It looks like such a wonderful place to walk along the water like that! I would love to go there, especially to go for a bike ride or a long walk. Thank you so much for linking up with #WeekendWanderlust! For next time, please attach our badge to the bottom of your post, along with a link back to a host blog's link-up for that week just so other people can find the link party! Here are some instructions if you need them: . Hope you link up again with us next week! :)

Friday 10th of October 2014

Hi Lauren, I sent you a message about the link, I can't get the code to work. Not sure why I'm only getting partial text and no picture, the code format looks similar to others used. If I can work it out I'll try linking up again some time.

Carmen (CarmensTravelTips)

Thursday 9th of October 2014

Those are great! I wish we had something like that here in Florida with all the runners and cyclist we have. Thanks for linking up to #WeekendWanderlust.

Rebekah Voss

Wednesday 8th of October 2014

Gorgeous!! I just want to jump on my bicycle and ride forever. I think the $$ is worth it - walkability is such a great mark of high quality of life in a city. Great post and pics!

Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages

Tuesday 7th of October 2014

Brisbane has such great walking paths. I am glad to see that this is open now. I will have to check it out next time I'm up there.

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