A Guide to Walking Along the Beautiful Brisbane River

Friday June 28th, 2013

One novel way to experience the beauty and charm of Brisbane is to take a relaxing walk along the Brisbane River. The Brisbane River winds in a zigzag pattern across much of the Queensland capital. If you are staying at a hotel or apartment in Brisbane CBD, you can set off on foot for an intimate tour of the ‘River City’ without needing to arrange alternative transport.
Brisbane’s RiverWalk

Brisbane’s RiverWalk covers more than 20 km of roads, bridges, parks, and paths along the River. As such, it is a great option if you want to tour the city on foot. The City of Brisbane provides a RiverWalk map that makes planning your personal trail easy.

You can also opt to bike the entire way or a part of your route, or take a ferry, bus, or other public transport to access different attractions and sights during your river tour. You can use the map to identify ferry stops and routes, and to find out about bikeways and shared paths.


Brisbane hosts major events and festivals throughout the year, and these offer a great way to experience the beauty of the Brisbane River during the day and night times.

  • Brisbane River festival. The River Festival is usually held in September of each year at South Bank Parklands. The festival features fireworks, street parties, food and wine, and live performances.
  • Events at the Convention Centre. Brisbane’s Convention and Exhibition Centre is another popular venue for major events by the river, so you can check the calendar for any interesting events.
  • Events at the Botanical Gardens. From time to time the Botanical Gardens host exciting festivals and events, including exhibitions, club gatherings, and workshops.
  • Events at South Bank. South Bank is right next to the river and it is home to the Queensland Cultural Centre, which is in turn the location of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (‘QPAC’). Both the Cultural Centre and QPAC hold concerts and exhibitions at all times throughout the year.

Major Attractions

Major attractions and areas along Brisbane River to keep an eye out for include:

  • The Story Bridge. The most iconic bridge in Brisbane, the Story Bridge carries vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians between the northern and southern parts of the city.
  • Eagle Street Pier. This waterfront precinct is renowned for its upmarket restaurants, cafes, and other establishments. After your riverside walk, sit down to a meal with the river in full view. There is an art and craft, clothing, and jewellery market is held every Sunday.
  • Botanical Gardens. The City Botanical Gardens are situated at Gardens Point right on the river, bordered by Alice Street and George Street. You can take a walk along the Gardens and view the spectacular native botanic species, some of which are very rare.
  • South Bank. South Bank is probably the must-visit place along the river. Other than the QPAC, galleries, and museums, Southbank is home to a number of cafes, restaurants, clubs, and bars with great live music.
  • West End. West End is a dining and café strip that runs next to the river. This area is known as the bohemian quarters of the city.

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