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Story Bridge and Brisbane CBD
A west-bound CityCat ferry approaches Brisbane's Story Bridge and central business district. Photo: Stuart Edwards - Wikimedia Commons

Story Bridge has many faces

THE Story Bridge is as much of an icon to Brisbane as the Sydney Harbour Bridge is to Sydney.
   Like the Sydney Harbour Bridge, you can drive across it, walk across it, and even go up onto the spans via a guided bridge climb.
   The walkway across the bridge is on the western side, which allows for unparalleled views of the Brisbane River and CBD.
    The heritage-listed steel bridge connects Fortitude Valley to Kangaroo Point and is part of the Bradfield Highway.
    More than 97,000 vehicles cross the bridge each day
   It is the longest cantilever bridge in Australia.
   The bridge is part of the Bradfield Highway and connects Fortitude Valley to Kangaroo Point.
   Taking five years to build, the bridge opened in 1940 - eight years after the Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened - and a sixpence (five cents) toll was in force until 1947.
   The bridge is named after prominent public servant, John Douglas Story.
   Trolley-buses ran on the bridge between 1952 and 1969.
    The Story Bridge features prominently in the annual Riverfire fireworks display.
The nearby Story Bridge Hotel is popular with tourists and locals because of it unique positioning near and under the base of the bridge.


A CityCat ferry picks up from the Riverside wharf with the Story Bridge in the background. Photos above and below: Brisbane.com.au
white rule

Looking east, Kangaroo Point on the right and
New Farm on the left.

Walkway on Brisbane's Story Bridge
The walkway on the western side lets people walk across the bridge. Photo: Nick-D - Wikimedia Commons

Standing on top of the Story Bridge in Brisbane
For the more adventurous there is the Story Bridge Climb, a guided walk that takes you across the top of the bridge. Photo Richard Hagen - Wikimedia Commons

Story Bridge and Riverfire fireworks display
The bridge is an intergarl part of the Riverfire fireworks display, held annually.

STOREY BRIDGE AT NIGHT
Story Bridge at night
Photo 16th man, Toowoomba - Wikimedia Commons


Photo: Andrew Mercer, New Zealand - Wikimedia Commons

Story Bridge lit up at night
A lightning storm creates a shimmering reflection of the bridge. Photo: Brisbane City Council - Wikimedia Commons

HISTORIC PICTURES
Start of construction of Brisbane's Story Bridge in 1937
The year is 1937 and the bridge's construction is well under way. Photos above and below: Queensland State Library - Wikimedia Commons

Story Bridge 1939
It's 1939 and the bridge still has a way to go before it's completed.

Construction almost complete on Brisbane's Story Bridge in 1938. Later in 1939 and the bridge's two sections are about to be joined.