New Farm Riverwalk replacement project

Brisbane City Council is working to replace, rebuild and reopen the New Farm Riverwalk.


Address New Farm to the Brisbane city centre via the Howard Smith Wharf Precinct.
Ward Central
Project outcome To replace the New Farm Riverwalk that was damaged in the January 2011 floods.
Latest update

New Farm Riverwalk will open on 21 September 2014. Opening event information can be found below.

From Wednesday 10 September 2014 there will be out of hours work occurring on Riverwalk.

Riverwalk opening

New Farm Riverwalk will open on Sunday 21 September 2014.

As part of this celebration an opening event will be held on Sunday 21 September 2014 from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Howard Smith Wharves, corner of Boundary Street and Ivory Lane.

The event will include free family-friendly entertainment including a jumping castle, face painting and street entertainment. A charity sausage sizzle will be onsite for attendees to enjoy with a gold coin donation. Coffee vans will also be available for the purchase of light snacks and beverages.

Riverwalk will then be officially opened at 11am, and at this time you can be among the first to walk across the newly rebuilt walkway. Please note gates to the event will open at 10.30am, however access to Riverwalk will not be available until it is officially opened.

Please also note that during the event Riverwalk will be open one way from Howard Smith Wharves to Merthyr Road. This is to ensure the safety of event attendees. There will be no access to Riverwalk via Merthyr Road prior to the event’s completion at approximately 1pm.

For safety reasons, cyclists will be asked to dismount during the event due to the expected crowd numbers.

No parking will be available at the event and local road closures will be in place as per the below. Local access will be made available to residents.

  • Boundary Street from Ivory Street to Howard Smith Wharves
  • Merthyr Road from Riverwalk to Moray Street
  • Griffith Street from Merthyr Road to Sydney Street
  • Llewellyn Street from Merthyr Road to Sydney Street
  • Maxwell Street
  • Raff Lane

Local residents are encouraged to walk to the opening event. There will also be shuttle buses available or we encourage attendees to use public transport –

To the event

There are a number of options available to the public when travelling to this event.

  • Walk to Howard Smith Wharves – near the corner of Boundary Street and Ivory Lane.
  • Catch public transport –
  • Complimentary shuttle buses will operate from Merthyr Road (near Llewellyn Street) in New Farm to Boundary Street (near Howard Smith Wharves) between 10am and 11am approximately every 15 minutes.

After the event

There are a number of options available to the public when travelling from this event.

  • Complimentary shuttle buses will be offered from Merthyr Road (near Llewellyn Street) to Central Station after the event between 11am and 1pm approximately every 30 minutes.
  • Return walk to Howard Smith Wharves once the event is finished – during the event Riverwalk will be one way. Event staff will confirm when attendees can safely walk back to Howard Smith Wharves. We appreciate your patience in advance.
  • Continue to New Farm Park at your own leisure.

If residents are unable to attend the event, Riverwalk will remain open from Sunday 21 September 2014 for you to enjoy anytime in the future. 

Out of hours work - September 2014

As part of the completion works, Council wishes to advise that out of hours works will be required to undertake finishing and commissioning works.

From Wednesday 10 to Saturday 20 September 2014 construction hours will be extended in the evening from 5.30pm to 10pm daily, Monday to Saturday. Additionally, work will take place on Sunday 14 September 2014 from 6:30am to 10pm.

Wherever possible, noisy activities associated with this work will be carried out during normal construction hours. However, residents living in close proximity to Riverwalk may experience intermittent noise and increased lighting. Council will make every effort to keep this disturbance to a minimum where possible.

Council would like to thank residents for their continued patience and cooperation whilst works are carried out and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused while we complete this work.

About the project 

The New Farm Riverwalk is one of Brisbane City Council’s key river connections between New Farm and the Brisbane city centre. The walkway was constructed in 2003 and was used by over 3,000 cyclists, pedestrians and runners daily.

The January 2011 floods caused extensive damage to the original structure, causing a section of it to break and wash away downstream.

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Project features

Features of the new Riverwalk include:

  • a fixed, more flood-resilient structure, designed to last for 100 years
  • a rotating opening span to allow for the passage of vessels to and from moorings
  • a new alignment that will take users further out into the river for the majority of the walkway, to improve the river experience and increase privacy for residents
  • a segregated pedestrian and cycle path, 2.5m and 3.5m wide respectively
  • shaded rest and viewing areas at various locations along the walkway


The replacement structure will be an important asset for our community and will:

  • facilitate walking and cycling
  • improve safety
  • be flood resilient
  • be cost effective
  • be easily maintained.


The New Farm Riverwalk replacement project will open to the public on 21 September 2014, weather permitting.


The Federal and State governments have committed funding to the New Farm Riverwalk replacement.

The total expected cost is approximately $72 million.

More information

If you would like to find out more about the New Farm Riverwalk replacement project, you can:

  • call the project team on 1800 010 705
  • email the project team
  • write to:

    New Farm Riverwalk Replacement Project
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001