Which bridge are you? Part 2

Ok, so far we’ve covered the following bridges in Brisbane:  Go-Between (modern and functional), William Jolly (classic, sturdy dependable), Kurilpa (light, strong and futuristic), Sir Leo Hielscher (massive, imposing, minimalistic) and Story (beautiful yet sadly tragic). Before you decide which bridge you are, I should tell you about this week’s two additions: the Victoria Bridge and the Good Will Bridge. Both link Southbank with Brisbane’s  Central Business District.

The Victoria Bridge, like the William Jolly Bridge, is an old timer in a modern world. Other bridges used to exist at its site but the current bridge is one built in 1969. It services pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. At any time of the day, there’s bound to be someone walking its length. On special occasions like New Year’s Eve or Australia Day, hordes will claim a spot on it from which to watch celebratory fireworks launched nearby.

A picture of HRH and Amanda on the Victoria Bridge in Brisbane.

Notice the pink flag above HRH’s head? That’s to publicise the Brisbane Festival.

A picture of Southbank and Brisbane CBD from the Victoria Bridge.

It was such a lovely day. A picture of Southbank and Brisbane CBD from the Victoria Bridge.

What I like about the bridge, other than a gentle breeze coming off the waters of the Brisbane River at all times of the day, is that it is one of the few places you can see “Green Taxis” moving alongside regular traffic. The Green Taxis are bicycle-pulled rickshaws, so named because their drivers wear green; it’s also a play of words based on the idea of being non-polluting, hence green, and ferrying people, like regular taxis do.

Even though Brisbane has 15 major bridges, I would consider the Victoria Bridge the “flagship bridge” of Brisbane because you can know whatever festival or event is going on simply by taking note of the changing signs or decorations on the Victoria Bridge. For instance, when we visited the bridge, there were flags to publicise the Brisbane Festival.

A picture of Amanda and I on the Victoria Bridge.

Holding on to my hat in case it flies away. A picture of Amanda and I on the Victoria Bridge.

A picture of Southbank from the Victoria Bridge in Brisbane.

See the wheel in the background? That’s the Brisbane Eye, supposedly modelled after the London Eye. A picture of Southbank from the Victoria Bridge in Brisbane.

From the Victoria Bridge, His Royal Highness and I cut through the Southbank parklands to get to the Goodwill Bridge. In line with the Brisbane Festival, the parklands were  decorated with rows of hung paper lanterns, each curiously, bearing Chinese characters.

A picture of Amanda and I at the Southbank Parklands in Brisbane.

A picture of Amanda and I at the Southbank Parklands in Brisbane.

A close up picture of the paper lanterns in the Southbank parklands in Brisbane.

A close up picture of the paper lanterns in the Southbank parklands in Brisbane.

Being a Saturday, the Southbank parklands were teeming with people. Amanda harangued her father for an ice cream from one of the two vans we saw entering the parklands and enjoyed hers while I took a couple of snaps of the city.

A picture of Amanda enjoying her ice cream cup on a bench at Southbank in Brisbane

A picture of Amanda enjoying her ice cream cup on a bench at Southbank in Brisbane.

A picture of part of the Victoria Bridge in Brisbane.

A picture of part of the Victoria Bridge in Brisbane. The CBD is in the background.

A picture of the Chinese gardens in the Southbank Parkland

I was trying to decide if the bronzed statue overlooking the pond is Confucious when HRH said, ” That’s Lao Tze.” Never heard of him before.

After much walking, we arrived at the Goodwill Bridge. The Goodwill Bridge is like the Kurilpa Bridge in that it is only used by pedestrians and cyclists. From afar, it looks similar to the Storey Bridge, except that since presumably no one suicides from it, it is a more cheerful structure. I caught sight of old boats parked in the Maritime Museum from it.

A picture of the Goodwill bridge from afar. The silver ball is a new addition to the parklands.

A picture of the Goodwill bridge from afar. The silver ball is a new addition to the parklands.

A picture of the Goodwill Bridge through the bushes.

A picture of the Goodwill Bridge through the bushes. To my right was a cafe. 

A picture of the Maritime Museum from the Goodwill Bridge in Brisbane.

A picture of the Maritime Museum from the Goodwill Bridge in Brisbane.

A picture of HRH and Amanda having a break on the Goodwill Bridge in Brisbane.

A picture of HRH and Amanda having a break on the Goodwill Bridge in Brisbane.

A picture of Southbank and Brisbane CBD from the Goodwill Bridge.

A picture of Southbank and Brisbane CBD from the Goodwill Bridge. The long thing stretched between both sides is the Victoria Bridge. The circle on the left is the Brisbane Eye.

We went back the same way we came and finished our bridge discovery excursion with a couple of cold drinks at a cafe on Grey Street.

A picture of Amanda and I at a cafe in Grey Street, Southbank, Brisbane.

A picture of Amanda and I at a cafe in Grey Street, Southbank, Brisbane.