Monday, 8 February 2010

Brisbane Tunnels: Clem7 Tunnel Open Day, Sunday February 28th 2010

The Clem7 Tunnel, running from Bowen Hills under the Brisbane River to Woolloongabba, is opening to cars soon, and before that happens there's an open day on Sunday February 28th where you can walk, run or ride a bus through the tunnel to have a look at it.

It's free to visit the tunnel, but people are being asked to book free tickets to manage visitor numbers and avoid queues. Click here to visit the site where you can book your free tickets.

If you're the sort of person who thinks running is something to be done for pleasure, instead of, say, escaping from a sabre-toothed tiger, there's a "fun" run which costs $30 to register. This will start at 6am. On a Sunday. When normal people are in bed. But if you like that sort of thing, click here to find out more.

For the rest of us, the open day runs from 9.30am till 3pm. You can enter at the Bowen Hills end of the tunnel - there are three different entrances. Click here to see a Google Map showing the entrances.

At the open day, you'll be able to walk to the lowest point of the tunnel, 60 metres under the Brisbane River. From there you can walk back to Bowen Hills, catch a shuttle bus back to Bowen Hills, or walk to Woolloongabba and catch a bus back to Bowen Hills from there. At Bowen Hills there will also be a display of vintage, hot and luxury cars, face painting, music, and displays about the tunnel and food and drink for sale. There will also be giveaways, apparently.

Be warned that bags (and quite possibly clothing) will be searched before you're allowed in.

Free shuttle buses will run from the Cultural Centre bus station and the King George Square bus station to the Bowen Hills entrances - click here to use Translink's journey planner to find out which buses or trains to catch to get to those stations.

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