I don't often get the opportunity to walk along the Brisbane riverfront at night but after doing so, I think I will make time to do it again soon. We took the train to New Farm to visit a night market and because we had time to spare, we decided to hop on a Ferry and have a wander along the riverside, closer to the center of Brisbane.
The attractive lighting was reflected on the river and created impressive silhouettes from the variety of bridges criss-crossing the river. It was a warm night but there was enough breeze to make this walk very pleasant.
The Brisbane River flows through an urban area which comprises of 1.8 million people. It has fifteen major bridges which cross it, from the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges downstream to the Centenary bridge upstream.
The aboriginal name for the Brisbane River is Maiwar and it is the longest river in South East Queensland, Australia. John Oxely was the first European to explore this river and he named it after the Governor of New South Wales, Sir Thomas Brisbane in 1823. Later on, the penal colony of Moreton Bay used the same name 'Brisbane,' for the city, itself.
The river is damned by the Wivenhoe Dam which forms the Wivenhow Lake and this is the main water supply for Brisbane. Rare Queensland lungfish, Brisbane river cod and bull sharks habitat this waterway. Prior to European settlement, the Brisbane river held spiritual significance to the Aboriginal people of the Turral nation because of its important food source.
The river plays host to a variety of events throughout the year such as the Riverfestival, Riverfire and the Brisbane River Classic, fishing competition. Rowing and sailing regattas are held by schools, and sporting clubs and it is not uncommon to see people rowing kayaks along the river.
I was surprised to see a jet-ski speeding across the water at night and although he was going really fast, I managed to get a shot of him upstream. The different bridges which link the Brisbane CBD to South Brisbane have been designed for pedestrians only, or for vehicles but there is one which has been designed solely for rail use.
The Go Between Bridge is Brisbane’s latest one and this provides four lanes for traffic. It was very appropriately named after a popular Brisbane band called, ‘The Go Betweens.’ The Victoria Bridge replaced Brisbane’s oldest bridge which was washed away during floods and it is open to cars, bicycles and pedestrians.
All of the bridges are situated quite close to each other as you can see from these images. The CityCats are kept busy ferrying passengers to and from their desired destinations and a new CityCat audio tour is available for visitors which is very informative.