This weekend Brisbane was lucky enough to be the host of the G20 (group of 20); a meeting of the leaders of 19 different countries and the EU held annually so these leaders can discuss and knot-out some of the biggest problems facing the world.
Having some of the most powerful individuals in the world visiting our great city had its fare share of pro’s and cons. Supposedly it will drive tourism to Brisbane, an effort that has been ongoing for years to try to move Brisbane into the category of a “world city”. It also meant we had some pretty impressive cultural celebrations and as the city was on display, some shiny new accessories that we can only hope stick around. (Light shows and the BRISBANE sign in Southbank mostly)
However, massive public transport disruptions, road closures and literally thousands of police (6000 approx. apparently) ensured that Brisbane was nearly completely deserted. G20 might as well stand for Ghosts of 20, because these 20 leaders’ presence have turned the normally bustling Brisbane into a ghost town.
As such, a lack of things to do because just about everyone who lives in the city area is away on hiatus, my friend Bec and I decided to brave the heat and undertake one of Brisbanes beautiful walks, always more pleasant with less people around.
If you do so happen to find yourself in Brisbane, poor, bored or both, there are an abundance of walkways in the city, particularly lovely around the river that slices the city in half. This particular Sunday, we decided to stroll from Paddington, across the William Jolly bridge, around Southbank and back to Paddington via the Go Between. It is a walk well worth doing, particularly because the Southbank precinct provides a lot of opportunity for a half-time coffee, lunch or other beverage.
This walk is about 8km in total, and is not very taxing at all, with no real uphills at all, so anyone would be able to do it! Bear in mind though that summer in Brisbane is super hot, so make sure that you take a water bottle!