Kangaroo Point is a premier Brisbane location for tourists and
locals alike. No other area of Brisbane can match Kangaroo Point for
its location and natural beauty. Featuring unmatched river and city
views, the beautiful Kangaroo Point cliffs and of course Brisbane's
most recognisable icon, the famous Story Bridge. Kangaroo Point is home
to the largest number of holiday and residential towers in Brisbane,
and it's no surprise given the area's close proximity to the CBD and
easy access to the highways leading to both the Gold Coast and Sunshine
Kangaroo Point Cliffs
The steepness of the cliffs was increased by quarrying operations
which mined the volcanic rock or rhyolite lava flows which form the
cliffs. Offering impressive early morning or evening views, extending
across the river to the City and beyond to the mountains surrounding
the city's outskirts, the Kangaroo Point Cliffs are a popular picnic
spot. At the cliffs' base are well maintained gas barbecues and eating
spots, interspersed between vibrant river's edge sculptures, walking
and cycling tracks, and whimsical pavilions for the rest. The Kangaroo
Point cliffs are also well known for climbing, and are very popular
with climbers from all over the country. Below the cliffs you will also
find the award winning Riverlife adventure group. Riverlife offer a
huge range of activities, from kayaking down the Brisbane River to
climbing the famous Kangaroo Point cliffs.
A soft adventure experience around a walk on top of the iconic Story
Bridge. It's Brisbane's must do leisure experience and the most
spectacular way to discover the city and surrounding areas. The Story
Bridge Climb takes around two and a half hours to complete and is
regarded as a safe and relatively comfortable adventure experience.
Climbers are provided with a fully enclosed suit and must wear their
own fully enclosed shoes with a suitable sole, such as runners or
sneakers. The climb gives participants the opportunity to view Brisbane
from a totally unique perspective which will create lasting memories of
this great city. At its highest point the bridge towers 74 metres above
the ground, which is equivalent to a 22 story building. The total span
of the bridge is over one kilometre with a 282 metre river span. ph
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Share in rich Aboriginal culture presented by the Yuggera Aboriginal
Dancers-Riverlife Mirrabooka in the natural bushland of Kangaroo Point.
Develop an awareness of the diverse aspects of contemporary Aboriginal
culture by witnessing and participating in traditional song and dance
passed down over many generations, primitive fire starting techniques,
playing of Aboriginal musical instruments (such as didgeridoos) and
listening to Indigenous educational talks that offer an insight into
Aboriginal life and history of this ancient land.
Directly under the bridge, Yungaba is Brisbane's most unique and
iconic landmarks. Originally constructed in 1887 as a place to welcome
immigrants arriving in Australia, Yungaba House, as it was later named,
has become a symbol of Brisbane's rich multicultural heritage. The
centre operated as a temporary refuge for the destitute; a reception
centre for troops returning from the Boer War; an assembly and
departure point for Pacific Islanders being repatriated as a result of
the White Australia Policy in the early 1900s; an accommodation centre
for workers building the new Story Bridge during the 1930s; and as a
hospital that focused on treating venereal diseases during World War
II. Following World War II, it was used as a migrant reception and
training centre for European migrants. The volume of post-war
immigration was such that the hostel was unable to cope with all the
new arrivals, and the bulk were re-directed to empty military camps
around the Brisbane, especially Camp Columbia at Wacol. Yungaba is
presently being redeveloped as luxury villas.
Kangaroo Point is directly east across the Brisbane River from the
Brisbane central business district. Kangaroo Point is located on a
peninsula formed of harder rhyolite rock which the Brisbane River flows
around. On the northern tip of the peninsula the Story Bridge connects
it to the central business district and the suburb of Fortitude Valley.
The suburb of Woolloongabba is located to the south. The six-lane Main
Street runs from Story Bridge to Woolloongabba.
How to get there
By bus the suburb is serviced by the South East Busway transit line
and buses along Main Street and Shafstons Avenue. By road Kangaroo
Point residents rely on the Story Bridge and Captain Cook Bridge for
access to the north, and the South East Freeway for access to the
south. Main Street connects the Story Bridge through the suburb to the
South East Freeway. Bicycle paths run along the Brisbane River from
South Bank to and over the Story Bridge. The bicycle paths are heavily
used by cyclists, roller skaters and pedestrians.
CityFerry service from the Eagle Street Pier in the CBD and the Sydney
Street Pier in New Farm to Holman Street near the peak of Kangaroo
Point, Thornton Street on the west side of the point, or Dockside Pier
on the east side. CityCat services do not directly service Kangaroo
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Before British settlement, Kangaroo Point was occupied by the
Turrbal people. It is one of the earliest suburbs settled in Brisbane
and subsequently, is one of Brisbane's oldest suburbs, rich in history
and character. It had a reputation for violent and rowdy street gangs
around the 1900s, with a number of street riots.
In 1823, explorer John Oxley described Kangaroo Point as a
“jungle, fringed with mangroves with the higher land open forest,
covered with grass”. During the time of the subsequent convict
settlement (1825–41), Kangaroo Point was cleared and used for
cultivation of crops. Subsequently, the area was opened up for free
settlement, the first land sales taking place on 13 December 1843.
Among the early purchasers was Captain J.C.Wickham, the Police
Magistrate. Surveyor James Warner built the first house at Kangaroo
Point in 1844.
Kangaroo Point's first school was opened in 1861 by the Church of
England. It came under the control of the Board of Education in 1867
and consisted of a boys department and a girls department. A separate
Girls and Infants school opened on 2 March 1874. This was replaced by
the Kangaroo Point Girls School and the Kangaroo Point Infants School
which both opened on 20 January 1890. In 1887, the Yungaba Immigration
Centre was built on Main Street at Kangaroo Point to replace the poor
facilities at the existing centre in William Street.
For many years the suburb was dominated by the factories of heavy
engineering businesses, particularly those involved in the maritime
industry, such as Buzzacott & Co, Evans Anderson & Phelan and
shipbuilders Evans Deakin (above). Evans Deakin built the largest ship
ever constructed on the Brisbane River, the 66,000 tonne oil tanker
Robert Miller, which became adrift in the river during the 1974
Brisbane flood. The last vessel to be built by Evans Deakin was an oil
rig called Southern Cross. The company vacated the site in 1976, with
it later being redeveloped for high-rise accommodation. The now-flooded
dry dock (below) remains as a reminder of the area's former use and has
been incorporated into the site's redevelopment.
Until the 1930s, Evans Anderson & Phelan built steam locomotives
at their Kangaroo Point works for Queensland Railways, however their
works were not located near a railway, so the completed locomotives
were delivered along Main Street on temporary track. Until the
federation of the Australian colonies in 1901, the Queensland Navy's
main storage facility was located in the suburb. The first ship-based
radio transmission in Australia was made between HMAS Gayundah and the
buildings in 1903. The naval stores buildings were occupied by the
Royal Australian Navy until 1959, and then by the Australian Army until
1984. The heritage-listed buildings are now used by an adventure
company focusing on river activities and rock climbing.
The opening of the Story Bridge in July 1940 was the most
significant development of the suburb. Trolleybuses operated by the
Brisbane City Council linked the suburb with Fortitude Valley via the
Story Bridge from 1953 to 1969, running along Main Street from
Woolloongabba and other eastern suburbs.