"Driving from the South to Northside of Brisbane" Top 5 Page for this destination General Tip by balhannah

General, Brisbane: 24 reviews and 33 photos

  Gateway Bridge over the Brisbane River
by balhannah

Brisbane is divided by the Brisbane River that runs through the centre of the city.
We call the areas either side, the "NORTH' & "SOUTH"

The tourist areas of the "GOLD COAST" are on the SOUTH SIDE
The tourist areas of the 'SUNSHINE COAST" are on the NORTH SIDE

To get from one side to the other, you can either go through the city and many, many sets of traffic lights, by following Gympie road which becomes the Bruce Highway.

The other way, is to use the GATEWAY BRIDGE.
This is the shorter, quicker way, it is a TOLL ROAD, so you need to buy or pay for your toll online or at an outlet. (see other tip on tolls), this is if you do not have a scanner.

It is a very busy road, especially at PEAK TIMES, BEST TO AVOID THIS TIME OF DAY.

The road and bridge is being duplicated in 2009, so should be a lot better in the future.
The northside is good now, with only 4 lanes for a start near the bridge, then a 6 lane
highway as far as the turnoff to Bribie Island, so its good driving.

If you are a passenger in the car, then you have good views as you drive over the bridge, as it is very high to allow ships to pass under.

It is called the 'GATEWAY MOTORWAY" OR "M1"

Type: Car/Motor Home

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  • Written Sep 29, 2009
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