CityCat features and accessibility

Brisbane City Council's fleet of CityCats has been operating along the Brisbane River since 1996. 

The CItyCats have new and improved onboard facilities.

Council has delivered two of nine NextGen double-decker CityCats:

  • Yoogera, commenced service in November 2019
  • Neville Bonner, commenced service in August 2020

This is all part of our plan to deliver a modern public transport network with a further seven NextGen double-decker CityCats joining the fleet before June 2025.

These new vessels provide additional features and accessibility to enhance the passenger experience.

Accessibility

All 22 CityCats currently provide space for six wheelchairs (four spaces in the cabin and two spaces on the deck). At the Master's discretion, a CityCat may carry additional wheelchairs based on safety and current vessel passenger loading.

The new NextGen double-decker CityCat features include:

  • the ability to carry a total of 170 passengers
  • an upper deck, providing seating for 20 passengers
  • rear deck seating for 16 passengers and space for 10 bikes
  • an open front deck with a clear viewing pane below the handrail
  • up to six dedicated wheelchair and mobility scooter areas
  • lower windows in sections of the main cabin, allowing passengers in mobility devices and children to enjoy the view
  • table and lounge seating options including USB device charging ports
  • hearing augmentation loops.

For more information, view the wheelchair-accessible ferry terminals.

CityCat names and meanings

21 of our 22 CityCats have Indigenous Brisbane place names.

CityCat names and meanings.
CityCat name Place referred to or meaning Special features
Baneraba Toowong Baneraba was wrapped in February 2017 in a special design commemorating the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens.
Barrambin Bowen Hills Barrambin was wrapped in November 2016 with a special design commemorating 20 years of CityCat services in Brisbane.
Beenung-urrung Highgate Hill This CityCat was wrapped in August 2015 in the theme of Brisbane's AFL team, the Brisbane Lions. 
Binkinba New Farm Binkinba was wrapped in August 2018 in the theme of Brisbane's basketball team, the Brisbane Bullets.
Gilwunpa Nundah This CityCat was wrapped in June 2015 in the theme of Queensland's netball team, the Queensland Firebirds.
Gootcha Toowong Artist Judy Watson's shoal (1998) forms a net that wraps Gootcha, the sixteenth CityCat. This work relates to passages of water, the pulsating heart of the city, and what is within the net: eel, Brisbane River cod, crab, turtle, mullet, guard fish, shellfish. The lines, like the scales of a fish or the reflection of light They also mirror the water as the currents sweep along the river.
Kuluwin Wooloowin This CityCat sports Council's corporate colours of blue, yellow and white.
Kurilpa West End This CityCat sports Council's corporate colours of blue, yellow and white.
Mahreel Spring Hill Mahreel was wrapped in April 2017 to celebrate the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, but now sports Council's colours of blue, yellow and white.
Meeandah Spike of land below Hamilton Meeandah was wrapped in September 2018 to celebrate the 2019 INAS Games.
Mirbarpa Indooroopilly Mirbarpa was wrapped in a Brisbane Broncos themed wrap in July 2015.
Mooroolbin Hamilton Sandbank This CityCat was wrapped in February 2016 in the design by Debra Hood. Debra won the Team Brisbane CityCat Design competition with her submission. It depicts Brisbane as a vibrant and colourful city. It shows a collection of iconic Queenslander style homes that bound and embrace the Brisbane River. 
Mudherri Murarrie Mudherri features a decorative wrap honouring the Queensland Reds, the state’s rugby union team. The design features the Queensland Reds’ distinctive red and white colouring. The ceiling montage depicts the club’s success. 
Nar-dha Nudgee, place of black ducks This CityCat originally featured a distinct G20 livery to celebrate the G20 Leaders' Summit held in Brisbane in 2014. The design was by the Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet.
Neville Bonner In honour The second double-decker CityCat, named in honour of Australia’s first indigenous parliamentarian, was introduced to the fleet in August 2020.
Spirit of Brisbane Community spirit Dedicated to Brisbane's community spirit during one of its toughest periods. Distinctive colours decorate the Spirit of Brisbane. Blue for the sky and river, green for new growth after the floods, maroon for the Queensland spirit and yellow in recognition of the way the sun shone through the clouds to help dry up the flood waters.
Tugulawa Bulimba This CityCat was wrapped in October 2015 in the theme of Brisbane's baseball team, Brisbane Bandits. 
Tunamun Petrie Bight This CityCat was wrapped in April 2016 in the theme of Brisbane's soccer team, Brisbane Roar. 
Walan Herston ANZAC-themed CityCat which honours Brisbane's First World War diggers and commemorates the centenary of ANZAC. This CityCat depicts a squad of soldiers marching to the front as the sun rises. This is a representation of the Rising Sun ANZAC badge and a poppy for remembrance. Inside the catamaran there is a black and white commemorative photo collage. On the front deck there is a depiction of the Ode of Remembrance.
Wilwinpa Observatory This CityCat was wrapped in December 2015 in the theme of Brisbane's cricket team, Brisbane Heat. 
Ya-wa-gara Breakfast Creek This CityCat was wrapped in January 2016 in the theme of Brisbane's annual tennis event, the Brisbane International. .
Yoogera Breakfast Creek at mouth The first double-decker CityCat was introduced to the fleet in November 2019.

Note: the translation and spelling of the Aboriginal names are as recorded by first European settlers.

Service feedback

Contact TransLink with your feedback about CityCat and ferry services.

Last updated: 8 September 2020