It is Sunday 4 October 2009, and a new $63.3 million pedestrian / cycling bridge in Brisbane is opened.
The bridge, which is expected to have 36 500 people cross it each week, was originally known as the Tank Street Bridge and received its new name "Kurilpa" through a public naming competition.
Its new name is ‘Kurilpa’ .......which is Aboriginal word meaning “place for water rats”.
This name was also used by the original Aboriginal inhabitants for the West End area.
The bridge joins the cultural precinct of South Bank (adjacent to the Gallery of Modern Art) to the city. If you’re doing a walk along the river, this bridge will provide a short cut to Roma Street Parkland.
Fondest memory: The bridge stretches from the North Quay end of Tank Street in the city to Kurilpa Point in South Brisbane, adjacent to the new Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.
Favorite thing: There are walking tracks following around the Brisbane River which links Southbank, Queensland University, the Park Road and Caxton Street coffee shop districts, Waterfront Place, the Botanical Gardens and Kangaroo Point cliffs. Or take a leisurely cruise or even a dinner cruise, down the river.
The best feature was the brilliant mid-winter weather, the sun was hot and the sky was the deepest blue imaginable. I spent the weekend checking out the city,all very accessible on foot which was wonderful.There are plenty of ferries crossing the river at many locations, plus bridges with pedestrian paths which makes it a compact city to explore.
Fondest memory: I enjoyed the walk along the river from the motel to the South Bank Parklands. The weather was fantastic, the markets were lively and everything was in one place ie: the museum, art gallery, markets,etc.
Stroll along the South Bank on a weekend, and you can see Brisbanites taking it easy and enjoying their city.
Fondest memory: Ferry crossing along Brisbane River. There's plenty of ferries crossing the river at different points in the city. You'll certainly enjoy the views of the city skyline from the river. Brisbane is fairly laid back, and this activity is very relaxing.
A favorite activity is just walking along the riverfront in Brisbane. If you walk in the South Bank Parklands and Kangaroo Cliffs you get good views of the city centre. South Bank is interesting place to visit in itself with its extensive parkland, shops, restaurants and beaches. I also enjoy going to the City Botanic Gardens along the other side of the river. It has a colorful array of flowers and a look at some mangroves along the river.
For a good view of the city go up to Mt. Coot-tha lookout. On a clear day it provides a great view!
Fondest memory: I always love to ride the ferries along the Brisbane River. It is a great way to see the city and get around as well. Catch the CityCat for a fast, efficient ride.
Favorite thing: This is another bridge in Brisbane, I'm not sure of it's name though. We had a nice walk along the rivers edge one afternoon, totally recommended...