River Access Network

Council has developed an implementation plan for a world-class network of river access infrastructure for residents and tourists to enjoy the Brisbane River.

Council is committed to improving access to the Brisbane River for residents and visitors, promoting an active and healthy lifestyle by encouraging greater use of the city’s recreational facilities and enhancing the attraction offered by the Brisbane River as a recreational and tourist destination.

The River Access Network builds on Council’s River's Edge Strategy 2013 and links to Brisbane's River Art Framework, which presents a vision for a world-class collection of public art along the River's edge.

Key opportunities in the River Access Network include:

  • tour boats – expanded opportunities for pick-up and drop-off of tour boat passengers at key riverside destinations
  • water taxis – a new transport alternative for Brisbane, on-demand water taxis are well suited to small group travel for recreation or business as they directly link high-density residential areas with key destinations
  • kayaks, canoes and paddleboards – an expanded network of access points for these craft at regular intervals along the river
  • yachts, small boats and jet skis – new opportunities for short-term use for recreational craft at key destinations.

To read the River Access Network plan you can download:

River Hubs

Watch the fly-through video to find out more about the New Farm Park and City Botanic Gardens River Hubs. You can also watch the video and other related videos on Council's YouTube channel

River and Recreation Hubs are intended to be delivered at City Botanic Gardens, New Farm Park, Dutton Park and South Bank.

A Recreation Hub has been completed at West End.

The River and Recreation Hubs will provide new multipurpose river based infrastructure to accommodate a range of vessels and uses including:

  • new access opportunities for tour boat operators as a pick-up and drop‑off point for passengers
  • supporting on demand pick-up and drop-off for water taxis
  • short-term use for non-motorised watercraft such as kayaks, canoes and stand up paddleboards
  • short-term use for recreational vessels in the city reaches of the Brisbane River.

New Farm Park River Hub

The proposed New Farm Park River Hub will provide new opportunities for tourists and residents to engage with this already popular precinct. Residents, tourists and businesses will benefit from increased access to New Farm Park whether it be via a tour operator, water taxi, private boat or a morning kayak.

View more information and visuals for the New Farm Park River Hub.

View the virtual tour of the New Farm Park River Hub.

View the New Farm Park River Hub project newsletter:

Dutton Park Recreation Hub

Council will be re-purposing the former Dutton Park ferry terminal site, located off TJ Doyle Memorial Drive, to accommodate a Recreation Hub. The facility will provide an additional river access point focused on passive craft and a new way for tourists and residents to access the area.

The proposed facility incorporates flood resilience features, lighting and connectivity from the adjacent car park.

View more information and visuals for the Dutton Park Recreation Hub.

West End Recreation Hub

The Recreation Hub in West End on Riverside Drive is now open for public use. The facility will provide an additional river access point for this popular recreational area and a new way for tourists and residents to access the area and local businesses.

The facility will be able to accommodate non-motorised craft including kayaks, canoes and stand up paddle boards as well as a short term use area for motorized recreational craft or future water taxi passenger pick up and drop off.

View more information and visuals for the West End Recreation Hub.

Council will be monitoring the usage of the facility over the next 12 months and we welcome feedback on all operational aspects such as duration of stay, signage and usage. Where possible, Council will update the pontoon's usage in line with community feedback. 

To provide feedback, please complete the online survey.

Murarrie Recreation Hub

Council has decided to investigate a location for a Recreation Hub at Metroplex Avenue Park in Murarrie that will provide improved accessibility and have minimal impacts on the environment. Investigations are underway to provide a greater range of uses associated with a Recreation Hub at this location.

View more information on the Murarrie Recreation Hub.

Other City Plan amendments

To ensure City Plan stays up-to-date and effective, Council regularly provides new or amended information, including other neighbourhood plans or citywide updates. 

To stay informed about City Plan, register to receive Planning and Development email updates or sign up to Council's Your City, Your Say.

More information

To find out more about the River Access Network or to register for future updates you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 884 681 during business hours
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 outside of business hours
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    River Access Network
    City Projects Office
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated:13 May 2019