Mangrove Walk & Goodwill Bridge
Allow 45 mins
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Easy (Grade 1)
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A lovely inner-city walk beside the Brisbane River and across a pedestrian bridge, with views of the city and South Bank.
This heavily trafficked walk starts at either a point along the Bicentennial Bikeway near QUT Gardens Point (look for the colourful Kookaburra sculpture), or the Maritime Museum in South Bank.
Starting from the city side, the walk begins with a wonderful walkway suspended over the river with views across to South Bank, including the Wheel of Brisbane, Streets Beach and the parklands, as well as views down to the Goodwill Bridge.
This section of the walk features Indigenous-themed imprints in the pathway that depict native animals, as well as many informative signs and pictorial displays about flora and fauna. There is even a section where speakers emit sounds of local birds as you walk by.
There are numerous covered pavilions and seats along the walk for you to sit and enjoy the views, as well as an overwater café.
Once finished with the Mangrove Walk, rejoin the Bicentennial Bikeway and walk past the Fairy Trees – giant fig trees covered in fairy lights that are a spectacle at night – and follow the path around to the Goodwill Bridge.
From the Goodwill Bridge, take in uninterrupted views up and down the river to the city skyline, South Bank, past the Captain Cook Bridge towards Kangaroo Point, as well as over the Maritime Museum. Lovers of architecture will also marvel at the curves and lines of the bridge itself.
The walk can also be extended in a number of directions, including through South Bank or around to the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, or to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens or further along the Bicentennial Bikeway from the city-side.
The Mangrove Walk is for pedestrians only, and bicycles are not allowed, however the section of the walk between the Mangrove Walk and the Goodwill Bridge, as well as the bridge itself, are shared paths.
Track: The walk consists of concrete paths, a constructed walkway above the water and a large pedestrian bridge. It is well-signed and easy to follow.
Difficulty: The walk is suitable for all fitness levels, including those in wheelchairs. The walk is mostly flat.
Direction: The walk is an out-and-back track that returns the way it came.
The walk starts from either a point along the Bicentennial Bikeway near QUT Gardens Point (look for the colourful Kookaburra sculpture), or the Maritime Museum in South Bank, 5 minutes west of Brisbane.
Parking in available throughout the Brisbane CBD and South Bank, however much of it is paid parking.
The walk is also very accessible via public transport, including bus, train and City Cat (ferry).
best time to go
The walk can be completed year-round.
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.
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