Story Bridge

Story Bridge showing a skyscraper, skyline and night scenes
This bridge attracts visitors not only for its historical significance, but also for its spectacular bridge climb and its colourful nighttime lighting. 

The Story Bridge is more than just a way of crossing the Brisbane River it’s a historical landmark and adventure climbing hotspot. Discover its interwoven steel constructs, climb to its best lookouts or see it spectacularly lit up at night. 

The heritage-listed steel bridge was a government project built during the Great Depression as a way of alleviating poverty. The bridge was named after Queensland public servant John Douglas Story. Take some time to visit the historic construction that still today serves as one of Brisbane’s main thoroughfares. For the best views of the bridge, take a boat tour or public ferry along the Brisbane River. Many tours and all ferry services leave from Eagle Street pier, which also hosts great dining options.

Some of the bridge’s most exciting features are its climbing and abseiling platforms. Pre-book this adventure tour, put on the supplied protective gear and follow your informative guide up the steel girders. From the top, you’ll get an incredible view stretching out over the winding Brisbane River from the Scenic Rim to the sparkling waters of Moreton Bay. Although the climb is not cheap, it is safe and a memorable experience. 

The adventurous may want try a bridge abseiling experience. See the glistening cityscape while attached to the side of the bridge with a thrilling, yet well-supervised vertical descent. 

Walk along the Brisbane River at night and see the bridge lit up with stunning colours. Those lucky enough to visit during the Brisbane Festival in September and on New Year’s Eve may see the bridge and the river illuminated by awe-inspiring firework displays.

Tours leave from the Kangaroo Point end of the bridge, which can be reached by bus or car. Cameras aren’t allowed on climbing or abseiling tours, but a professional photographer accompanies every group. Under the Kangaroo Point side of the bridge sits the historic Story Bridge Hotel, a popular place to go for a meal or drink.

Top 10 Hotels Near Story Bridge

Amora Hotel Brisbane
Amora Hotel Brisbane
4 out of 5
200 Creek Street, Spring Hill, QLD, 4000
The price is S$167 per night from 5 Feb to 6 Feb
S$167
per night
5 Feb - 6 Feb
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Brisbane. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,037 reviews)
Ok but could do better
"Certainly not 4 star but a friendly welcome and pleasant enough stay. Would not recommend the buffet breakfast though."

Reviewed on 25 Jan,2023

Amora Hotel Brisbane
The Point Brisbane Hotel
The Point Brisbane Hotel
4.5 out of 5
21 Lambert Street, Kangaroo Point, QLD, 4169
The price is S$186 per night from 5 Feb to 6 Feb
S$186
per night
5 Feb - 6 Feb
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Brisbane. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,047 reviews)
"Great staff in a great location Would stay there again"

Reviewed on 25 Jan,2023

The Point Brisbane Hotel
Capri by Fraser, Brisbane
Capri by Fraser, Brisbane
4.5 out of 5
80 Albert Street (Cnr Mary St), Brisbane, QLD, 4000
The price is S$195 per night from 5 Feb to 6 Feb
S$195
per night
5 Feb - 6 Feb
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Brisbane. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,033 reviews)
"As good as it gets! Super comfy bed!"

Reviewed on 22 Jan,2023

Capri by Fraser, Brisbane
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Great Southern Hotel Brisbane
Great Southern Hotel Brisbane
3.5 out of 5
103 George Street, Brisbane, QLD, 4000
Great Southern Hotel Brisbane
Amora Hotel Brisbane
Amora Hotel Brisbane
4 out of 5
200 Creek Street, Spring Hill, QLD, 4000
Amora Hotel Brisbane
The Point Brisbane Hotel
The Point Brisbane Hotel
4.5 out of 5
21 Lambert Street, Kangaroo Point, QLD, 4169
The Point Brisbane Hotel
Capri by Fraser, Brisbane
Capri by Fraser, Brisbane
4.5 out of 5
80 Albert Street (Cnr Mary St), Brisbane, QLD, 4000
Capri by Fraser, Brisbane
Meriton Suites Adelaide Street, Brisbane
Meriton Suites Adelaide Street, Brisbane
5 out of 5
485 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, QLD, 4000
Meriton Suites Adelaide Street, Brisbane
Sage Hotel James Street
Sage Hotel James Street
4 out of 5
70 James Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006
Sage Hotel James Street
Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
4.5 out of 5
420 Queen St, Brisbane, QLD, 4000
Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites
Brisbane Skytower by CLLIX
Brisbane Skytower by CLLIX
4 out of 5
222 Margaret Street, Brisbane, QLD, 4000
Brisbane Skytower by CLLIX
Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Stamford Plaza Brisbane
5 out of 5
Corner of Margaret & Edward Streets, South Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD, 4100
Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.