If you're travelling towards the city on Kingsford Smith Drive, your commute is now much more enjoyable.
We opened the new inbound lanes between Racecourse and Toorak roads in early November 2019, giving you the first opportunity to see a new entry statement to Brisbane. Travelling along this stretch of road gives you sweeping views of the majestic Brisbane River.
Six lanes are now open along the 1.5 kilometre stretch from Harbour Road and Theodore Street with dedicated on-road bike lanes, upgraded intersections and improved public transport facilities, all helping reduce traffic congestion and improve safety.
The whole Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade project isn't quite finished yet, but when it is, we expect to cut 30% off travel time for motorists, while providing a significant infrastructure upgrade for residents and businesses, and visitors to our city.
And the good news doesn't stop there.
New Lores Bonney Riverwalk
If you're travelling along the river by bike or on foot, you'll get to use the new Lores Bonney Riverwalk, which is a 1.2 kilometre stretch of separated pedestrian path and bikeway over the river's edge. Riders or walkers can also soak in the fantastic views with plenty of rest stops available along the way.
The riverwalk has already proved itself a hit among Brisbane residents, with around 6000 pedestrians and cyclists using it each week since it opened in December 2018.
Heritage tram shelter
The new riverwalk might provide a great space to exercise with the best view in town, but it also provides an opportunity to learn a little bit about Brisbane's rich history.
A heritage tram shelter built in the 1920s has been restored and installed along the new riverwalk. It's one of several rest stops along the riverwalk to give you a shaded area facing the river, allowing you to take in the views of Brisbane.
The shelter was also used as a bus stop along Kingsford Smith Drive when trams were decommissioned in 1969 and is surviving evidence of early public transport in Brisbane.
If you have a keen eye for art, you won't be disappointed with the installation of 10 colourful art beacons.
The beacons, located between Cameron Rocks Reserve and Remora Road, create a surreal, night-time experience for people taking a wander along the river and contribute to Brisbane's identity as a new world city.
Ground-level artworks are dedicated to women who played an important role in our city's history.
The Women's Journey artwork which is being installed in concrete footpaths and public spaces at Cameron Rocks Reserve and Bretts Wharf Plaza by the end of 2019 will allow residents and visitors to explore stories and concepts specifically related to notable Brisbane women.
Bretts Wharf Plaza
Bretts Wharf Plaza provides a new open space that connects Racecourse Road retail and dining precinct to the new Lores Bonney Riverwalk, Portside and Northshore Hamilton.
Designed as a place for residents to entertain and relax, the new plaza officially opened in November 2019 and provides stunning river views.
New heritage trail
Fans of Brisbane's popular heritage trails can now walk along a new heritage trail which focuses on the rich history of the local Hamilton area.
Running along the riverfront between Breakfast Creek and Bretts Wharf, the new trail completes the missing link between Newstead/Albion and Hamilton/Ascot heritage trails.
Promoting awareness of the area's important historical landmarks, the trail helps bring to life the history of the area for both residents and visitors.
- Find the location of parks in Hamilton
- Walk the Gallivant Through Ascot and Hamilton Heritage Trail
- Read about Racecourse Road, Hamilton street tree bud lighting