Famed for its soaring cliffs, Kangaroo Point was originally home to the Turrbal people and was one of the earliest suburbs of Brisbane to be settled by Europeans. In the early 20th century, it was synonymous with street gangs but is now a recreational paradise that offers unbeatable views across the city.
Things to do in Kangaroo Point
Test your rock climbing skills while ascending the heritage-listed Kangaroo Point Cliffs, which were created by convicts mining the volcanic rock. At the base of the cliffs is a narrow strip of greenery with barbecues and picnic tables where you can dine accompanied by impressive views of the Captain Cook and Story Bridges. The cliffs are particularly spectacular when illuminated at night.
For up-close views of the Story Bridge, head to Captain Burke Park, which is positioned at the base of the south pylon. It features a maritime-themed playground, picnic tables and barbecues, all of which can be accessed along the riverfront walking and cycling trail that connects to South Bank. Constructed in 1935, the heritage-listed Story Bridge is an icon of the city and the longest cantilever bridge in Australia.
You can rent kayaks from the Riverlife Adventure Centre to explore the Brisbane River at your leisure or join one of their fully-guided kayaking adventures. The team at the Riverlife Adventure Centre also offers twilight abseiling experiences down the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, with the city bathed in golden light by the setting sun.
Getting around Kangaroo Point
Kangaroo Point is around 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of Brisbane and 20 minutes from Brisbane Airport. Ferries travel from the CBD to the Holman Street wharf while bicycle paths connect to South Bank. Kangaroo Point’s riverfront trails make it ideal to explore on foot.