Thursday, December 6, 2012
STORY BRIDGE CLIMB
We are here today to do the STORY BRIDGE CLIMB!
The Story Bridge is a steel cantilever bridge spanning the Brisbane River that carries vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the northern and the southern suburbs of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
It is the longest cantilever bridge in Australia.The bridge is part of Bradfield Highway and connects Fortitude Valley to Kangaroo Point. It is named for John Douglas Story.
Similar to many large bridges such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Brisbane's Story Bridge has become notorious as a suicide hotspot. Following two high-profile murder-suicides from the bridge in 2011 and 2012, Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced plans to install free telephones linked to suicide prevention hotlines
You leave SBAC headquarters and then creep beneath the bridge and traffic on a suspended walkway to the platform called 'the halfway house'. Here you'll start to learn about the colourful history of the Story Bridge's construction and what an epic engineering feat it was. You'll also be told about the history of Brisbane and learn things many Brisbane residents don't know.
Then, it's time to ascend through road level, with traffic whooshing past, onto the anchor arm on the eastern side of the bridge. This is the steepest part of the climb as you rise surprisingly quickly, to have Brisbane, the river and the surrounding countryside laid out before you in all its glory! Once you reach the top (at 80 metres above sea level) you will feel as though you are part of the skyline. Skyscrapers glint all around you, traffic rushes below and the patchwork of the city stretches into the distant mountains.
From the eastern summit, the route gradually descends along the eastern cantilever arm towards the central platform.
The central platform allows you to cross to the other side of the bridge over six lanes of traffic. Once on the western cantilever arm, climbers begin the gradual ascent to the western, or city side, of the viewing platform for another opportunity to take in the panorama.
Promode and myself doing the GANGNAM STYLE on Story Bridge
Adult $89.00 onwards
Concession $75.65 onwards
NOTE: You can't carry any personal items with you like cameras (except for Photographic Climbs) video cameras mobile phones and handbags
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