SooooooooOooooooOooooooo! My gorgeous man and I ticked another adventure off the bucket list this weekend!
WE CLIMBED THE STORY BRIDGE and it was AMAZING!!
Some awesome (and some not so awesome) facts about this fabulous feat of engineering history and the adventure climb:
- It’s the longest steel cantilever bridge in Australia and is heritage listed.
- The sole purpose of the bridge being built was NOT to get to the other side (as one might think) but to create jobs in a slow economy – 400 in fact!
- Opened in 1940 with a toll in place by the State Government, the people of Brisbane weren’t using the bridge due to the high cost. So the Brisbane Council bought the bridge off the State Government for $1.5 million (half of what it cost to build) and lifted the toll and now…
- The Story Bridge now has an average use of 91,000 cars per day.
- Sadly, during the build 3 workers lost their lives falling from enormous height and one body was never recovered from the depths of the Brisbane river.
- Divers who were employed to inspect the foundations of the piers worked under enormous pressure and often suffered from the bends (aka decompression sickness, which can be deadly if not managed correctly). The divers were expected to work 2 shifts per day and as a bonus were given 3 beers from the Bulimba Beer factory at lunch time.
- In 2009 it was announced as one of the Q150 Icons of Queensland for its role as a structural engineering feat.
- The Story Bridge used to be one of only 3 bridges in the world that you could climb (legally of course… but we’re not going into this…). Now days there are a couple more on the list due to growing popularity and councils wanting to increase tourism.
- The Story Bridge Adventure Climb takes a total of 1138 steps.
This beautiful man made creation has a lot of history behind it, allows us to see the gorgeous city of Brisbane from a whole new angle, continues to create jobs with its endless maintenance and looks oh so pretty across the water when it’s lit up at night.
As for the climb itself, I am a little scared of heights and I’m particularly scared on grid mesh (and I’ve worked on sites with grid mesh for years!) and the first part of this climb, actually making your way up to the bridge is the worst. Once that’s over you’re in the clear! If you’re scared of heights, you won’t regret pushing yourself to do this climb. If it was on a scale of easy, medium and hard, I would definitely put it in the easy category. There were even a couple of kids on our tour, so I kept telling myself “if they can do it, so can I!”.
It truly was a magical experience and I highly recommend you add it to your bucket list and then promptly tick that bad boy off as soon as you can.
Love n stuff,