Dockside ferry terminal upgrade

Brisbane City Council is upgrading the Dockside ferry terminal.

This table provides information on the Dockside ferry terminal upgrade including address, ward, project outcomes and latest update.
Address Ferry Street, Kangaroo Point
Ward The Gabba
Project outcomes The upgraded ferry terminal will feature improved accessibility for all passengers.
Latest update

Onsite construction commencing early June 2023

About the project

Council identified Dockside ferry terminal as requiring an upgrade as part of Council’s New and Upgraded Ferry Terminals Program. Council has committed to upgrading the city’s ferry network to provide improved access for everyone.

The proposed Dockside ferry terminal will feature improved accessibility for all passengers. Along with being of a flood resilient design, the terminal will also be compliant with the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (DSAPT) and the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA). The new terminal will be single berth (accommodate one vessel at a time) and will feature a dual freeboard (the terminal’s gate height) to be capable of use by all vessels in Council’s ferry fleet and to meet potential future needs.

These upgrades will ensure everyone can enjoy Council’s ferry services, including passengers with a disability, their families and carers, older residents, passengers using a mobility device and parents with infants in prams.

View the artist impressions for the project in the slideshow below. If you prefer, you can view these images in the Dockside ferry terminal album in Flickr.

Dockside ferry terminal upgrade

Construction details

Off-site fabrication for the terminal commenced in early June 2023, and onsite works are anticipated to commence in June 2023. The project is anticipated to be complete in early 2024, weather and site conditions permitting.

As part of these works, our contractor will be undertaking the following:

  • demolishing and removing the existing pontoons, gangway and piles
  • demolishing a section of the adjacent timber boardwalk and sub-structure
  • river-based piling
  • reconstructing a new section of concrete boardwalk
  • installing a new fixed walkway and flood-resilient gangway and pontoon
  • barge mounted crane and machinery movements
  • concrete pours in stages using a concrete pump and lines and support barges
  • constructing a new entry area
  • installing new terminal identification signage, lighting, seating and rest zones.

Construction work is scheduled to take place from Monday to Friday between 6.30am and 6.30pm, with Saturday works only as required, weather and construction conditions permitting.

Construction is anticipated to take place primarily from the river, where an amenities barge, construction barge and work boats will be present for the duration of works.

During piling works, residents and businesses in close proximity may experience an increase in noise and some low-level vibration. Council will monitor noise and vibration activities to ensure levels are in accordance with set limits.

Boardwalk users may experience temporary access changes on the shared pathway. Traffic control will be onsite, as required, to manage the movements through the area.

Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to the local community during this work. Council is committed to keeping local residents informed and will provide advance notification of any out-of-hours works.

Council would like to thank the local community for their patience while we complete this important work.

Project timeline

  • Phase 1 – Complete design (complete)
  • Phase 2 – Progress tenure changes and Development Approval (complete)
  • Phase 3 – Award contract – late 2022 (complete)
  • Phase 4 – Offsite materials procurement and fabrication works (complete)
  • Phase 5 - Onsite works at Dockside - commenced early June 2023
  • Completion – anticipated early 2024

Council is committed to keeping the local community updated about this project, and further information will be provided as the project progresses.

Mowbray Park ferry terminal upgrade

Council has also proposed to upgrade the Mowbray Park ferry terminal to improve accessibility for all users.

Council remains committed to delivering the Dockside ferry terminal upgrade before the closure of Mowbray Park ferry terminal during construction.

Further details will be provided to the community closer to construction.

More information

If you would like to find out more about the Dockside ferry terminal upgrade, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 669 416
  • phone Council on 3403 8888
  • email the project team 
  • write to:
    Dockside ferry terminal upgrade
    City Projects Office
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated: 19 May 2023

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