Kingsford Smith Drive Recreation Hub - Hamilton
Brisbane City 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.
As part of this commitment, a recreation hub has been constructed on Kingsford Smith Drive, opposite Riverview Terrace in Hamilton. The new recreation hub was delivered as part of the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade and is part of the River Access Network.
The Kingsford Smith Drive Recreation Hub provides 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 can accommodate non-motorised craft including kayaks, canoes and stand up paddleboards, as well as a short term use area for motorised recreational craft or future water taxi passenger pick up and drop off.
The design incorporates flood resilience features, lighting and accessibility considerations.
Construction was completed in early March 2020, as part of the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade.
Using the recreation hub
The facility allows users to stay for a period of up to two hours, unless otherwise signed by Council. The hub is suitable for vessels up to 300 tonnes.
Fishing is currently allowed on the pontoon, however, boating activities take priority. No cast nets or crab potting activities are permitted on the pontoon to ensure the safety of all users.
Council has installed signage onsite to ensure users are able to familiarise themselves with safe on-water conduct before using the facility.
Council encourages all users to also familiarise themselves with the Brisbane River Code of Conduct and the Brisbane RiverShare pocket guide for further information on how to safety use the river. These guides are able to be accessed via the Queensland Government's Maritime Safety Queensland website.