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Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Brisbane

Kangaroo Point Cliffs

AUSTRALIA, April 18 (UITV): Situated just across the Brisbane River from the CBD, the Kangaroo Point Cliffs are perhaps the most dramatic natural land formation in the inner city. It’s an iconic part of the Brisbane cityscape, book-ended by the Story Bridge and therefore the leisure-hub of South Bank.

However, these 25 meters tall cliffs aren’t totally natural. Before European settlement, this area of Brisbane was covered of steep rocky slopes. In his logbook, the famed Surveyor-General John Oxley noted a “high, rocky bank” surrounded by “jungle, fringed with mangroves with the upper land open forest, covered with grass.” Some reports indicate that the indigenous population lived in a number of the natural caves.

The jungle and grass were cleared two years later, so the newly formed settlement had land to farm wheat and maize. This section of Kangaroo Point would later be converted into an industrial site around 1850, including shipbuilding, foundries, a sawmill, and soap and candle factories.

The 1st report of quarrying in the area is from an 1829 survey of Brisbane Town. Once cut from the Earth, the particular volcanic rock and stone were transported up and down the river on punts to numerous early construction projects, including buildings, roadwork's, and sea walls. The most iconic buildings featuring the iconic Brisbane Tuff – as the green and pink-tinged rock became known – are the heritage-listed Commissariat Store and The Old Windmill, both located in the CBD.

The quarry remained operational until 1976. By this point, the encompassing suburbs had been heavily developed and were fast developing into a well-liked inner-city residential suburb. Trolleybus services were in situ to attach residents to the CBD and Fortitude Valley.

The site is now a beautiful picnic and recreation site. The cliff face itself is usually crawling with rock climbers and abseilers who love that this single site features a multitude of opportunities for adrenaline seekers of all skill levels. The 15-20 meters strip of land between the bottom of the cliffs and therefore the riverbank has been redeveloped and re-vegetated, adorned with distinctive colorful sculptures. In 1982, the world along the highest of the cliff face was also converted into parkland. Named Scout Park, the location commemorates 75 years of scouting within the state and offers impressive views to the north and west of Brisbane.