The city is flourishing after the 2011 floods and a big rebuild, writes STEPHEN SCOURFIELD
From a high rooftop, the river in Brisbane is framed by green parks as ferries pass, leaving beaded white wakes on the choc milk water.
From Brisbane City Botanic Gardens to the Colmslie Beach Reserve, this is a lush city.
And that is largely the result of the work of Brisbane City Council following a January 2011 event here.
The Brisbane River peaked 4.46m above sea level, flooding 22,000 homes and 7600 businesses across 94 suburbs. It drowned and wrecked infrastructure, transport systems, waterways, parks and community areas.
And it took more than $440 million and three years of recovery work for the council to repair and rebuild. That included $28 million for parks, $6 million for wharves, jetties and pontoons and $4.5 million for pools and libraries.
Devastating as it was, it provided a moment for the city to reassess and reinvent, and these nine years later, that process and investment is come to this green fruition.
QUAYS TO THE CITY
- River Quay, South Bank, for riverfront dining. Look for River Quay Fish, Stokehouse, Aquitaine, Popolo and The Jetty.
- Eagle Street Pier. One of the city’s favourite food spots. Check out The Bavarian, Blackbird Bar & Grill, Riverbar and Kitchen, Jellyfish and Alchemy.
- Portside Wharf, Hamilton, has a great atmosphere and more waterfront dining. Byblos Bar, Belvedere Grill, Sono, and Gusto da Gianni.
- South Bank is considered pretty much at the heart of the cultural life of Brisbane. There’s 17ha of parklands and it has Australia’s only inner-city, man made beach. There are arts and entertainment at the Cultural Centre, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, State Library of Queensland and Queensland Museum and Sciencentre.
- A CityCat ride away, at New Farm Park, the Brisbane Powerhouse hosts local and international festivals, exhibitions and entertainment and has two restaurants.
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