Get ready for Bridge to Brisbane with Brisbane’s best bridges

The Bridge to Brisbane is a well-loved event in Brisbane’s calendar offering runners the chance to set their pace over the Gateway Bridge. 

From Eagle Farm to Dutton Park, our network of bridges along the river provides endless opportunities to get ‘Starting Line’ ready. 

Start easy – Beginner Runs 

Towering high above St Lucia and Dutton Park, you’ll find the Eleanor Schonell Bridge. The nearly 400-metre-long bridge is perfect for runners still finding their feet, with a flat run along the University of Queensland’s riverside running track before levelling up to a more challenging hill path up to the Dutton Park outlook gazebo. 

The entire run from the UQ running track to Dutton Park outlook is perfect for those looking for a short run, taking about 15 minutes. Recover from your run by using the Brisbane App to find somewhere to grab a coffee or snack like Two Dads Coffee on Annerley Road.

Turn up the intensity – Intermediate Runs 

Connecting the CBD to South Bank and South Brisbane, these sister bridges make for the perfect running circuit. 

Tune in to your ultimate running playlist and set off across the Goodwill to cross from South Bank to Gardens Point before cruising along the river as you pound the pavement towards Kurilpa Bridge near Roma Street Station. 

From the north end of Kurilpa Bridge you can cross over to the Queensland Museum/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), before continuing along the river taking in the expansive city views from South Bank. 

Check your stats while you order an espresso or hydrating juice from Denim Co Café in South Bank or another equally restful spot in the Brisbane App. 

Brisbane’s Story Bridge is instantly recognisable, connecting Kangaroo Point to the CBD for decades.  Start your run at New Farm Park before heading along the River Walk to Wilson Outlook before crossing the river to and ending your run atop the cliffs at Kangaroo Point. Treat yourself mid-way with a bite to eat or drink at Café On on Brunswick Street.

Ready for race day – Advanced Runs

The Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges or the Gateway Bridge is an iconic Brisbane bridge. Take your training to the next level with its rise more than 64 metres above the Brisbane River at its peak. 

Start your 5km return run at Queensport Rocks Park and feel the burn as you keep pace on its steep incline and get ready for crossing the finish line on race day.

Future opportunities

With four new Green bridges planned throughout the city, there will be more opportunities than ever to mix up your training for future events. 

A new Green bridge will connect Kangaroo Point to the CBD letting you take a scenic run into the city while also providing ease of access to your favourite post run coffee spot. 

Similarly, a planned crossing at Breakfast Creek will help you get in the best shape for future races, connecting Newstead Park to the Lores Bonney Riverwalk.

If you’re looking for more inspiration for running routes or places to grab a bite to eat, race to the Brisbane App, and check out some of the guides or head to Brisbane City Council website to see the city’s best running routes.