Brisbane’s CityHopper

Brisbane seems smaller and more laid back than it actually is.  Australia’s 3rd largest city, Brisbane will reach a population of 2.5 million this year.  It seems like all of its citizens are downtown every day.  It’s streets are crowded with pedestrian traffic at all hours, and I was told that it’s one of the safest cities in the world at night.

Brisbane’s downtown juts slightly southeast on a triangular peninsula into a large bend of the Brisbane River.  Downtown’s streets are generally named after kings and are mostly intersected by streets named after queens, like Mary and Charlotte.  Another peninsula to downtown’s east forms Kangaroo Point, which is topped by the beautifully bluelit Story Bridge seen above.

The Brisbane River curls around both peninsulas.  It begins in the Great Dividing Range on Mount Stanley, 1,673 feet tall, and flows for 214 miles to the South Pacific Ocean.  It is crossed by 15 major bridges and is flood prone.  There have been 7 major floods since Brisbane began.  The 2 worst were in the 19th century.  The 1970s saw the biggest 20th century flood.

Brisbane is nicknamed River City.  The World’s Fair it mounted to celebrate it growing bigcityness in 1988 caused 3 major changes.  One of them was greater use of its river for people transport.  The most fun of the well-used commuter boats, CityHopper didn’t come about until 2012.  Taking this free ride around Brisbane’s excitingly lit downtown is a good intro for any visitor.  Ruth and I hopped aboard on our first night in River City.

CityHopper runs every 30 minutes between 6 am and midnight, 7 days a week.   It’s a great way to meet locals like Kylie Asmus who might tell you about Brisbane’s unheralded attractions.  Ruth & I got on CityHopper at the popular Eagle Street Pier, which has many fine restaurants, and rode to North Quay.  CityHopper makes 8 stops.  Traveling west, it passes Kangaroo Point gliding under Story Bridge and stopping on both sides of the river before ending at Victoria Bridge.


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Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roads-rus

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