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

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 paddle boards – 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.
  • Helipad – a potential city centre tourist helipad will unlock a new way for tourists to appreciate the beauty of Brisbane from the air.

To read the River Access Network plan you can download:

River Access Hubs

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

River Access Hubs are proposed at City Botanic Gardens, New Farm Park, West End and South Bank.

The River Access 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.

A Leisure Hub is proposed at Dutton Park as a key access point for kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding and other non-powered watercraft.

New Farm Park River Access Hub

The proposed New Farm Park River Access 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 the virtual tour of the New Farm Park River Access Hub.

Information sessions

The project team will be available to receive comments and answer questions about the River Access Network and New Farm Park River Access Hub at two upcoming information sessions:

  • 7-10am Saturday 18 November 2017 at Jan Powers Farmers Markets, outside Brisbane Powerhouse.
  • 7-10am Saturday 2 December 2017 at Jan Powers Farmers Markets, outside Brisbane Powerhouse.

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
09 November 2017