Anyone with a thirst for excitement will fall in love with the Brisbane Story Bridge climb. Of all the great things to do in Brisbane, this is undoubtedly one of the most exhilarating. A must-do for thrill seeking visitors and locals, there are a few ways to experience the Story Bridge adventure.
Climbs are offered at dawn, during the day, at twilight and at night. Watch the city come alive while the sun rises over scenic Moreton Bay on a dawn climb, see it at its brightest during the day, or witness the magic of sunset and the emerging twinkling stars on a twilight climb. And if you're brave enough, you can even opt for a night adventure under the multi-coloured LED glow of the Story Bridge lights.
What is included in a Story Bridge climb?
The main attraction for many is the chance to see the best view in Brisbane! Kangaroo Point is where the adventure begins. You'll start at a Story Bridge adventure climb base camp, located right under the structure. Here, you'll receive your kit and be briefed on climbing techniques and safety. First-time climbers (Story Bridge or otherwise) are more than welcome.
Wondering what to wear? You’ll be given a fully-enclosed climb suit to wear over your own clothes. But feel free to ask your climb leaders about what else to wear during the bridge climb if you’re unsure. Fully enclosed rubber soled footwear is a must, but the adventure climb team will be able to provide you with accessories and clothing including hats, rain resistant jackets, sunglasses and even sunscreen to make your climb as comfortable as possible.
For safety reasons you can’t take items, including cameras, with you on the bridge climb. However, lockers are provided and your climb leader will take photos, which will be available to you after the climb.
Led by your experienced guide, you'll make your way across Story Bridge’s suspended walkway, be connected to the climb line and begin the climb. As you reach the bridge’s apex, you’ll gaze down from the summit platform and feel a remarkable sense of accomplishment.
The Story Bridge adventure climb experience takes around two hours from start to finish. This includes your briefing, safety demonstration and the climb route. Nervous about the climb? Relax, you’re in safe hands and this experience is a popular option with many people looking to overcome fears or meet personal challenges.
All climbers are safely attached to a static line during the entire duration of the climb. Climb leaders are highly experienced and ready to offer encouragement to any climbers who are anxious. They’ll also be on hand to share interesting information about the city and sights as you climb to the top.
Express climb options are sometimes offered. These take around an hour and are a more energetic experience that will get your heart pumping and legs moving.
How high is the Story Bridge climb?
The Story Bridge is around 74 metres in height. The climb route is a journey of almost a kilometre, with a viewing platform high above the Brisbane River.
It’s the perfect place to take in the 360-degree views of the Brisbane skyline and beyond. From the top of Story Bridge, Brisbane’s panoramic views stretch from the Glass House Mountains in the north to the world-heritage listed Lamington National Park in the south.
Moreton Bay and some of the largest sand islands in the world lie to the east, while Mt Coot-tha and Brisbane Forest Park are to the west. It may not be as high as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, but there’s certainly no shortage of breathtaking sights from the top of the Story Bridge.
How old do you have to be to climb the Story Bridge? What are the restrictions?
The bridge climb is suitable for anyone 10 years old or over, who is at least 130cm in height and able to complete a couple of hours of moderate exercise. Those aged 10-16 must be accompanied by an adult during the climb.
An alcohol breath test will be given before the climb, so please avoid alcohol in advance (and limit intake the night before) to avoid disappointment. Expectant mothers up to 20 weeks pregnant may climb.
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During your experience you’ll traverse halfway across the river before you return to the summit platform. Smile! A group photograph will be taken, which is the perfect souvenir to remember your amazing Story Bridge adventure climb.
Brisbane's most unique excursion now comes to a close but don't worry, the memories it offers stick with you long after you're safely back on the ground. Another one ticked off your bucket list!