Your Brisbane Bridge Climb Questions Answered!

We love that you’re curious about the Story Bridge, our Brisbane Bridge Climbs, and Brisbane itself. Check out some of our most frequently asked questions below!

How many rivets are on the bridge?

There are 1.25 million rivets on the bridge! For those that are curious, rivets are the small metal bolts used to hold together pieces of metal.

How high is the bridge?

The Story Bridge is 80 metres above sea level which is approx 22 stories! 

How high is the Story Bridge compared to the Sydney Harbour Bridge?

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is 50m taller. It is the sixth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world and the tallest steel arch bridge! Fun fact, the same engineer designed both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Story Bridge, Dr. John Bradfield.

Why was the Story Bridge built?

Discussions of a potential bridge ran for about 10 years before construction started in 1935. This was during the Great Depression era of very high unemployment and very low morale in the state. The bridge was planned by the state government at the time as a post-Great Depression economic stimulant/employment booster, along with the Somerset Dam build and moving the University of Queensland from George St to St Lucia.

When was the Story Bridge built?

Construction of the Story Bridge was a very intensive process. Construction began in 1935 and the bridge officially opened for business on 6 July 1940.

What’s the tallest building in Brisbane?

If you take a trip down to 1 William Street you will find the Tower of Power, Brisbane’s tallest building. Often referred to as the Campbell Newmans building, it stands 258.9 metres tall. 

How busy is the Brisbane Airport?

Roughly 65,000 people pass through the Brisbane airport every day, totalling to 23.4 million a year which is almost the population of Australia (24.1m).

What is All Hallows?

This School is an all-girls Catholic school that was founded in 1861 by the Sisters of Mercy (originally from Ireland).  It is also known for its similarity to Harry Potter/Hogwarts.

What is the Bradfield Highway?

The Sydney Harbour Bridge was completed in 1932 and it was designed by a famous Australian engineer – Dr. John Bradfield. He had retired, and the QLD government asked if he’d like to come on board as a consulting engineer. He accepted their offer because he was a local boy; born in Sandgate and educated at Ipswich. The roadway above us is named the Bradfield Highway after him and has the distinction of being the shortest highway in Australia – it only runs the length of the bridge (1072m long).


Is all the metal the same?

Have you noticed that the metal on the climb route is different to the bridge? The bridge is steel and needs painting while the climb route is made of galvanised iron and not painted.

When did we start the Story Bridge Adventure Climb?

The idea for a bridge climb was floated by Brisbane City Council in 2001. A couple of years were spent modifying the bridge structure to accommodate the climbers. The safety line was added, handrails were welded in place and several walkways and platforms were built. On September 30th 2005, just three months after the bridge’s 65th birthday, the climb opened to the public. The Story Bridge Adventure Climb is one of only three bridge climbs in the world – the others being Sydney Harbour Bridge and Auckland Harbour Bridge climbs. 


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