Brisbane Story Bridge
A spectacular way to admire scenic Brisbane is to view it
on top of the city's famous landmark.
Story Bridge is a steel cantilever bridge that measures 1.3
kilometers long, 777 meters at its highest point and
clearance below pegged at 99.7 feet. It joins Fortitude
Valley on the
south bank of the river to Kangaroo Point on
the north end. Previously called "Jubilee Bridge" in honor
of the Silver Jubilee of King George V, its present name was
taken from the Public Service Commissioner, John Story, who
was then a very popular official back in the 1930s.
The bridge transports three lanes of traffic in either route
as well as a distributed pedestrian and cycle track flanking
each side. Its road is called Bradfield Highway, the
shortest highway in Australia, though it is not to be
mistaken with the Bradfield Highway that stretches Sydney
Before Sydney Harbour Bridge was bared to
the public in 1932, the Government of Queensland had sought
John Bradfield to design a new Brisbane bridge.
|A bridge downstream of the
Victoria Bridge was part of a bigger scheme, conceptualized
by Professor Roger Hawken of the University of Queensland
a series of bridges over the river to ease congestion on
the Victoria Bridge and to prevent traffic on the Brisbane
CBD. The William Jolly Bridge was the first of these bridges
Lack of financial resources prevented the development of the
downstream bridge at that time. The initial plans were to
vouch for a transporter bridge further downstream adjacent
Construction for Story Bridge began on May 24, 1935. It
officially opened on July 6, 1940 by Sir Leslie Orme Wilson,
and in the beginning they charged passersby to pay a toll
amount at booths situated on the southern end of Bradfield
Highway. Between 1952 and 1969 trolley-buses worked by the
Brisbane City Council used the bridge. More than 300 workers
were hired for its construction and design, which took less
than a decade to finish.
While the design for Story Bridge was greatly influenced by
another bridge that is the Jacques Cartier Bridge in
Montreal, its enormous physical structure composes almost
12,000 tons of steel, in which nearly all the pieces used
were Australian made.
But what attracts tourists the most here is the Bridge
Climb, a challenging yet safe and affordable walk to the top
of the bridge helped by guides to experience the sight of
the breath-taking panoramic view of the city. Climb leaders
will also provide bits of historic facts, interesting
anecdotes and trivia along the way.
Believed to be one of only three bridge climbs in the
planet, it takes around two and half hours to get to the
top. Bridge climbs started three years ago and is considered
the best choice to discover Brisbane.