"The Story Bridge in Brisbane" connects Fortitude Valley to Kangaroo Point (Northern Suburbs to the Southern Suburbs) and it’s the longest cantilever bridge in Australia. It was also designed by the same engineer who designed the Sydney Harbour Bridge (John Bradfield).
Your climb starts at Bridge Climb headquarters located under the Story Bridge on the Kangaroo Point side and opposite the Kangaroo Point Hotel (perfect for a pub lunch or beer after the climb). Your guide for the climb will spend a bit of time discussing the ins and outs, allocate you a track suit and gear you up with headsets & other safety equipment before you depart for the bridge. Your first stop is on the platform beneath the bridge and above you can hear the cars thundering past, your guide will tell you about the history before you make your way up a step set of stairs. The climb overall takes roughly 2 ½ hours with stops throughout to learn about the history, iconic sites as well as the token photo shot.
As mentioned there are some steep sections during the climb but overall it’s not too difficult. I’ve done a few bridge climbs in the past and this one I found quite easy compared to others, if you’re scared of heights then this will get the heart pounding but to be honest I did not even look down more than twice as I found myself to busy looking around at all the sites, a perfect distraction. A few people in our group who were scared of heights said the trick was not to look down through the bridge floor gaps.
Once at the top you’ll be 80m above sea level and it’s a great spot for some photos 360* views
Cost: A general day climb costs $99, see the website for more information and pricing http://www.sbac.net.au/story-bridge/price-structure.html
Points to highlight:
A blood alcohol reading will be taken before you depart for the climb. Make sure you leave the pub visit until after the climb otherwise you won’t be allowed to climb the bridge. All equipment will be supplied and changing rooms with lockers are available to keep valuables safe, be sure to wear safe footwear and on a hot day be sure to slip slop and slap that sun cream on.
Overall this is a great activity to do while on vacation and the views are amazing, any questions please feel free to comment below.
Would you recommend this tour: Yes
Overall rating: 4/5