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Kangaroo Point Cliffs Walk


Kangaroo Point


Distance (kms):

2.4 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 1 hr

Elevation gain (m):

16 m

Max. elevation (m):

34 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Easy (Grade 2)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A must-do inner-city walk along the top and bottom of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, with spectacular views of the Brisbane River and city skyline.

This heavily trafficked walk can be started from various points, with the most popular being along Riverview Terrace, in Kangaroo Point.

The recommended loop is to start from the northern end of Riverview Terrace, near the café and park, and take the famous Kangaroo Point steps to the bottom of the cliffs.

From there, head right along the river past Riverlife to the Kangaroo Point Riverwalk, a wonderful little walkway suspended over the river with uninterrupted views of the CDB skyline.

Head as far as you like, but a good turn-around point if wanting to stay in the cliffs vicinity is the entrance to CT White Park.

Retrace your steps to the cliff steps and then continue further south along the river on the Cliffs Boardwalk – a mix of concrete and wooden paths on the shoreline.

A few hundred metres south of the cliff steps, don’t miss the rocky outcrop that is a favourite for photos with a city backdrop.

As you continue, marvel at the cliffs, often speckled with climbers getting their adrenaline fix. There is also various art sculptures along the river to view.

Towards the end of the cliff face area, another smaller rocky outcrop provides another ideal photo spot, as well as a wooden viewpoint platform with great views down to the Captain Cook Bridge.

Across the road, another set of stairs leads back to the top of the cliffs, with a rotunda at the top of the steps another very popular photography hot-spot.

From there, take your time to wander along Riverview Terrace, now atop the cliffs, and take in the incredible views of the river and city skyline.

This is a fantastic spot to watch sunset. Grab a seat at one of the many picnic tables or throw out a rug on the grass, and perhaps even cook some snags on the BBQs that are provided.

There are plenty of options for extending this walk from the base of the cliffs, including further north to Captain Burke Park and the Dockside Walk, or further south around to South Bank and beyond.

Track: The walk consists of a mix of concrete paths, wooden boardwalks, and a constructed walkway above the water. It is easy to follow.

Difficulty: The walk is suitable for all fitness levels. The top or bottom can be done by those in wheelchairs, however the steps make it unsuitable to do the loop. Besides the steps, the walk is mostly flat.

Direction: This is a loop track that can be done in any direction, however it is recommended to do it anticlockwise, especially if wanting to finish at the top of the cliffs for sunset.

getting there

The walk can started from various points, with the most popular being along Riverview Terrace, in Kangaroo Point, 10 minutes drive south-west of Brisbane. Other spots include CT White Park in Kangaroo Point and Lower River Terrace near the Maritime Museum in South Bank.

Parking is available along Riverview Terrace and Lower River Terrace, as well as the streets near CT White Park, however much of it is paid parking at various times of the day.

The walk is also very accessible via public transport, including bus and City Cat (ferry).

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round.

Sunset is a particularly great time to do the walk, although sunrise is also very good.

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Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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