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Story Bridge, Bradfield Highway

Price & Hours

Free

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Free, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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Story Bridge operates as more than just a link between Kangaroo Point, central Brisbane and Fortitude Valley: It's also a major attraction – and not just for photo-ops. With an experienced guide leading the way, you can traverse catwalks more than 260 feet above sea level to reach the top. During your two-hour trek – which includes a briefing and a safety demonstration from Story Bridge Adventure Climb – you'll climb from one side of the bridge to the other, stopping to take in the Brisbane skyline as you go. You can also abseil down its side or travel beneath it in a kayak or on a CityCat ferry.

Travelers rave about the views from the top of Story Bridge. However, expect to shell out at least 99 Australian dollars (or roughly $76) to climb or abseil down the structure. For a more affordable way to see the bridge, visitors recommend taking the ferry – which costs AU$2.56 ($2) to AU$4.60 ($3.50) per ride – or renting a kayak for about AU$30 ($23) to AU$45 (about $35.50) per person.

To get to the south side of Story Bridge (where the starting point is for bridge climbs), travelers can take the ferry to the Holman Street Ferry Terminal or the No. 234 bus. The north end, meanwhile, can be reached by taking a variety of buses to the surrounding streets or any of TransLink's rail lines to Fortitude Valley station and walking about a mile south.

Though fees apply to participate in activities on or under the bridge, the structure itself is free to view 24 hours a day. But remember, climb hours vary by day, so be sure to consult Story Bridge Adventure Climb's website. Kayaks can be rented from local companies like Kayak Hire Brisbane and Riverlife Brisbane

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