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Monday, March 4, 2024

All aboard Brisbane’s new river tourism experience

Brisbane’s river city history has come to life with an all-new heritage trail accessible only by CityCat.

Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner said the Brisbane River Heritage Trail is the first to feature audio re-enactments, as visitors listen to the tour on smart devices while travelling down the river.

“Residents and visitors alike love our heritage trails which tell the Brisbane story, past, present and future,” Cr Schrinner said.

“The Brisbane River Heritage Trail highlights 32 historic sites that can be viewed from the river on the deck of our famous CityCats.

“History buffs can dive into the background of our most iconic landmarks, including the Story Bridge, Howard Smith Wharves, Kayes Rocks and Lamb House to name a few.

“The new experience is accessible by smartphone, so all you need is a device to enjoy learning more about how the river has shaped our city.”

Passengers can touch on with their Go Card between Northshore Hamilton and UQ St Lucia ferry terminals and enjoy a relaxing one-way trip over one and a half hours, or dip in and out of the tour by exploring select places by theme.

Themed stops range from early river trade and crossings, to living on the river, the Second World War, and one of the city’s earliest building materials Brisbane Tuff – a local volcanic rock mined from quarries across Brisbane, including the Kangaroo Point Cliffs.

Cr Schrinner said the trail is part of Council’s vast network of guided tours around the city and the suburbs.

“From Sandgate to Salisbury, Council’s 23 heritage trails are a fantastic free way to learn more about the history of Brisbane,” he said.

“Our digital trail brochures are free to download, making sure there is always more to see and do in our city.

“Whether you are a local or just passing through, I encourage everyone to experience a piece of Brisbane’s history over the holidays – you never know what you might learn!”

Council’s 23 heritage trails are free to access via Council’s website.

The 32 stops on the Brisbane River Heritage Trail are:

1.         Colmslie Beach Reserve

2.         Substation No. 12

3.         The Hamilton Retaining Walls

4.         Hamilton Villas

5.         Toorak House

6.         Newstead House

7.         Bulimba Ferry Terminal

8.         Brisbane Woolstores

9.         CSR Refinery (former)

10.       New Farm Powerhouse

11.       Canning Bridge and Reserve

12.       Limbless Soldiers’ Bowling Club

13.       Shafston House

14.       Evans Deakin Dry Dock

15.       Gleneagles

16.       Howard Smith Wharves

17.       Story Bridge

18.       Brisbane Customs House

19.       Brisbane Travelodge (former)

20.       Naval Stores (former)

21.       Kangaroo Point Cliffs

22.       Home (also known as Lamb Houe)

23.       Cliffside Apartments

24.       South Brisbane Dry Dock

25.       Former Victoria Bridge Abutments

26.       William Jolly Bridge

27.       Cook Terrace

28.       Gas Stripping Tower

29.       Regatta Hotel

30.       Kayes Rocks

31.       University of Queensland, Great Court Complex

32.       Dutton Park Reserve

For more information, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and search “Heritage Trails”.

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