Brisbane Riverwalk

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Yesterday was a lovely winter’s day in Brisbane. Low 20’s and nice and sunny. No jumper needed.

With the dog to think about and the final weekend of the World Press Photo exhibit at Powerhouse we decided to add in the Riverwalk. This high shot gives you the full view of the walkway.

The Brisbane Riverwalk, which runs from New Farm to the Howard St Wharves precinct was rebuilt as a permanent fixture after the floods of 2011 all but swept away the original floating walkway. It has been on our winter list of things to do as it is not shaded except for some rest shelters which also have taps. It is divided for walkers and cyclists or the scooter riders and runs for 870 metres one way.

We parked at Powerhouse and headed across New Farm Park and along Oxlade St before rejoining the river walk way and then heading back to the street at the Sydney Street ferry terminal before joining the walkway at Merthyr Rd junction. At the Howard St Wharves end we found the precinct busy with Saturday afternoon lawn activities from 1pm to 8pm. There is a great sandpit play area for kids and food trucks and music for the adults. We might have to go back. On this occasion we made the return walk covering close to 5km in total.


After a coffee stop at Mary Mae’s at Powerhouse – dogs allowed and welcomed with water bowls and dog biscuits – we let Maddie sleep in the car while we wandered through the Press Photo exhibit for a short time.  We try to see this exhibit each year and it’s great that it is a free exhibition at the Brisbane Powerhouse. The gallery space is used to display the photos but each photo also contains an explanation to give the perspective. They can be very though provoking and some are in particular viewing rooms with warning signs as the content may not be appropriate for all.

The annual World Press Photo Exhibition showcases the world’s top press photographers over the past 12 months. Presenting works from the most prestigious international award in photojournalism and digital storytelling, the exhibition, which tours through 45 countries, features the winning images across competition categories.

This year, the contest saw 4,738 photographers from 129 countries enter 78,801 images. The 2019 World Press Photo nominees were from 25 countries, including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela. Of these nominees, 14 photographers are women (32%), which means a significant increase from the 2018 Photo Contest, when 12% of the nominees were female photographers. Developed by The World Press Photo Foundation, the exhibition is viewed by over four million people worldwide and strives to inspire, educate and support visual journalists, storytellers and their global audience with fresh insight and new perspective.

PS: You can catch the city cat to Sydney St terminal and then walk your way back to the city. You could make a stop at Howard St Wharves before catching the city cat again at Riverside. You can also catch the city cat to Northshore at have dinner at East Street Markets.

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  1. Avatar Frogdancer Jones says:

    You know, I’ve never been to Brisbane…
    The Gold Coast, yes, and further north, but never Brissy.
    Might be something I’ll have to rectify when I have a bit more time…

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