The Story Bridge
View from below
View from the climb
Brisbane Story Bridge Climb
Thursday, August 11, 2005
It was built in the 1940s and has become much more than a thoroughfare it is a triumph of local ingenuity.
Very soon it will become one of just three bridges (Sydney and Auckland are the others) that the public can climb, so Getaway reporter Natalie Gruzlewski, a local girl, was invited to give our viewers a preview of what's in store.
First, you will be given a pair of not terribly fashionable but unobtrusive overalls to wear. They are comfortable and drab to blend with the bridge so as to not distract drivers below. Then everyone must take a breath test if anyone shows up alcohol positive, the walk is off for them.
Tony Martin, who runs Story Bridge Adventure Climb, was Natalie's guide. He has racked up more than a thousand Sydney Harbour Bridge climbs and believes anyone with a moderate level of fitness can take the walk.
Everyone is harnessed to a static line for safety reasons, which adds to the confidence of anyone who may be a little timid! If you aren't all that fond of heights, there is a simulator you can try before you go.
The highest point is 80 metres and views from there are quite wonderful, but you won't be able to take your own pictures. You aren't permitted to carry anything, so don't plan to tuck a camera or binoculars into your overalls! Your team leader will take pictures which are available at the end of the climb, along with a certificate.
The whole experience takes around two and a half hours.
The beautiful aerial views in our story were filmed from a Solitair Helicopter. They have a wide range of scenic flights over Brisbane.