Looking for the best place to photograph Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge?

Then keep reading.

We’ve got several suggestions on where you should stand to take fantastic Story Bridge photos.

A good photograph is knowing where to stand.

Ansel Adams.

Best place to stand for Story Bridge Photos

The best place to photograph the Story Bridge is from Wilson’s Outlook Reserve. If you stand at the park fence overlooking the river you’ll get fantastic views of the bridge with the Brisbane CBD in the background.

If you are traveling by car then there is on-street parking in Bowen Terrace.

The easiest way to access Wilson’s Outlook Reserve if you are walking from the city, is via Howard’s Smith Wharves (directly in front of Wilson’s Outlook Reserve at the bottom of the cliff). There are two elevators, one at each end of Howard’s Smith Wharves, that allow you to easily reach the park at the top of the cliffs or you can be energetic and take the stairs!

Wilson’s Outlook Reserve:

Bowen Tce (Cnr Moray St)
New Farm

Another great location for Story Bridge pictures is from the Riverwalk near Howard/s Smith Wharves. There are several viewing points along the Riverwalk that are perfect to stop and take a photo.

Some other suggestions are to take your Story Bridge photos from Eagle Street Pier and Captain Burke Park.

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Wilson's Outlook Reserve - best place to photograph the Story Bridge
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The Story Bridge lit up with green and gold colours for Australia Day. Photo taken from the far end of Wilson’s Outlook Reserve overlooking Howard Smith Wharves.
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Best time to photograph the Story Bridge

The best time to photograph the Story Bridge is:

  • At sunset when the sun is setting behind the Story Bridge as well as the buildings of the Brisbane CBD
  • At night when the bridge is lit up with bright colours

The Brisbane City Council light the bridge with different colours each night to raise awareness for charities and showcase upcoming events. You can visit Light up Brisbane for the calendar of scheduled colours.

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Rainbow reflections on the Brisbane River. Photo taken on the Riverwalk near Howard Smith Wharves.

Tips to photograph the Story Bridge

To get the best results with your Story Bridge images you should take a long exposure photograph with your camera mounted on a tripod. If you don’t own a tripod then try resting it on a solid object like a table or wall.

Try using the following camera settings for your long exposure photo:

  • Camera setting – Manual
  • ISO 100
  • f11
  • 30+ seconds

If you don’t have a wireless remote then use the timer on your camera to delay taking the photo for a few seconds after you push the button. This will reduce any camera shake from you touching the camera.

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Photo taken approx. mid-way along the Wilson’s Outlook Reserve.

Post Processing your photos

For downloading and editing all your photos you cannot go past Adobe Lightroom. I recommend a monthly subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.

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