Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Gateway Bridge duplication

The Gateway Bridge duplication is well on target. The original bridge was opened in 1986, but soon the traffic exceeded expectations.

For information about the history of the bridge read here.


To the east of the Gateway Bridge which spans the Brisbane River is the marina called Rivergate. It is promoted as a "Super Yacht Marina" and is planning to become one of Australia's leading superyacht bases.

It is well positioned on the east coast of Australia, and with a frontage on the river, approximately 6 nautical miles from the river mouth.

Rivergate has access to quite a number of marine services - details of many can be found on their website.

Future plans include a retail and restaurant precinct.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Picnic Spots

Parklands at Colmslie Beach Reserve.

Mangroves beside the boardwalk.

The beach at Colmslie looking towards the Gateway Bridge

There are many great spots to picnic around the Wynnum Manly region, but one of my favourites is on the Brisbane River, just a short drive from Wynnum. Actually there are several parks around the area but the biggest is Colmslie Beach Reserve.

This reserve is high over the river, but beach access is via healthy wooden stairs that go down to a small boardwalk and the beach. Many people choose to fish the Brisbane River from here, but I've not seen any catches. In the park itself is a children's playground, plenty of shade trees, and a number of shelters with table and seats, and electric barbecues. There's plenty of parking too. It is a great place for all the family - and the river traffic here is always fascinating. Small boats ply the river and on weekends you might be lucky enough to see a big cruise liner make its way from Portside along the river and out on another cruise. Some of the liners are quite spectacular. Toilet facilities are available too.

Click here for a map and directions to the reserve.