Just a couple months before Dan was diagnosed with osteoblastoma (tumors in his spine), I had bought him a bucket list ticking Christmas present – skydiving. We were planning to a three month long road trip across Canada and we were going to end the trip with something epic…. skydiving in Banff.
But that all changed when Dan got a CT scan after complaining of neck pain. In stead of three months across Canada he spent three months in a halo brace. After fusing his neck with rods, bolts, and a bone graft, skydiving was absolutely off the cards. So as a consolation prize I looked for a gift that was just as exciting and adventurous as skydiving, but with a little less certain death involved.
The Story Bridge is a Brisbane icon. It’s the longest cantilever bridge in Australia and is heritage listed. It was also at the Story Bridge hotel (the bar underneath the bridge) where Dan and I first met. (At the very classy cockroach races – no joke.) The Story Bridge is such a special icon in Brisbane, so much so, that the surrounding buildings are not allowed be taller than eight stories tall so as not to impede the view.
There are two different climbs available, depending on how adventurous you are feeling. There is a bridge climb, and then there is the little more extreme abseil climb. The entire trip takes about two hours. 15 minutes to get all suited up, an hour to climb the bridge and take some photos at the top, and 45 minutes to abseil down.
I’m not the type of girl who likes adrenaline or fear, or the possibility of bodily harm. So I let Dan take his brother along instead.
Did you know there are only three places in the world where you can do bridge climbs? Those places are Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland. So when you are in this part of the world, why not try to do all three? For Dan skydiving might not be an option…. but at least not every adventure activity is off the cards.