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Location / Nearby Evan Walker Bridge

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Jeffry b
⏳ 12-2021
4.2

Convenient way to cross the Yarra River

The most convenient way to cross the Yarra River to Southbank is to walk across the Evan Walker Bridge. One member of our party recalled that Southbank was an industrial wasteland until Evan Walker undertook the urban renewal project that turned it into an up-market dining and entertainment zone, As she said "The Yarra is not a big river, but it’s a nice river." Evan Walker was an architect and politician; the bridge is named in his honour.
Dimitris L
⏳ 12-2021
4.8

A bridge honouring an important man.

Evan Walker Bridge honours Professor Evan Walker, an architect by profession, who was a politician responsible for the creation of what is now Southbank district. The area used to be industrial and quite ugly. Now it has been turned into a vibrant part of Melbourne.
AndyJohn74
⏳ 12-2021
4.9

Nice pedestrian bridge.

Built over the Yarra between Flinders Street Station and Southbank, this footbridge is a nicely designed span. There is a restaurant attached to one of the legs, down a flight of stairs.
Swell Traveller
⏳ 12-2021
4.9

A bridge full of love and history

The Evan Walker Bridge is dedicated to Professor Walker, an architect who helped design the Southbank precinct. There are historical signs about the bridge for you to read on the Southbank side.

For many years it was called the ’Love Lock’ Bridge [2012 - 2015] due to the amount of locks that would appear each year around Valentines Day. Between 2016 - 2018 they started to remove the locks due to concerns for the structure integrity of the bridge. [This has been a problem on many bridges around the world]. Some of those locks were put into works of art at the time. There are a few locks on the bridge now.

This bridge is a central archway from Flinders Street Station to Southbank - currently closed for re-painting and structural checks. Like most arches, they reach a point in the middle and slope on either side. The same can be said of this bridge.

Before COVID thousands would cross this bridge daily, especially in peak hour times. It is between the St Kilda Road’s Princess Bridge and the Sandridge Bridge with the 10 Travellers Sculptures on it.

In the middle of the bridge is a cafe called Ponyfish Island which is a great place to end a day at work or have a break during the day while watching the hustle and bustle on both sides of the Yarra River. You can also see the water taxis and other modes of transport from there.

For me as a photographer, it is a great place to photograph the sunset and sunrise, hot air balloons and beauty of the area.

*This area will be changing a lot over the coming months and years due to new transport systems being built and a revisualisation of the Southbank / Southgate areas.
C...
⏳ 12-2021
4.8

Southbank Pedestrian Bridge

I arrived here on a train to Flinders Street Station from the country and as you leave the station there are a couple of bridges you can traverse to make your way to Southbank... this is one of them. They estimate that approximately 20,000 people traverse the bridge daily.

So who is Evan? For a few years (2012-2015) it was known locally as Love Lock Bridge until a decision was made to rename the bridge after Evan.

’Evan Walker was a highly regarded member of parliament, a visionary who protected what was important about our city but also had the foresight to identify opportunities to make Melbourne great.’

An architect by profession, Prof Walker placed a ministerial planning scheme in 1982 over the whole of the Southbank land, from the river back to the freeway alignment, and invited expressions of interest.

The bridge is interesting to walk over as you walk towards the middle of it ... you are walking up ... and once you get to midway you head down to the other side. It’s incredibly busy no matter what time you make your way over it and I guess this week I walked over it during Peak traffic. There are some information boards to read about the bridge on the Southbank side.

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