Dockside ferry terminal upgrade

Brisbane City Council is planning to upgrade 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

Development Application has been lodged.

Offsite fabrication is anticipated to start in early 2022.

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 and increase the terminal’s capacity. Along with being of a flood resistant 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 and has been designed to accommodate all vessels in Council’s ferry fleet

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.

Project timing

Council has completed the proposed design for the upgrade to this terminal and is in the final stages of progressing tenure changes through Queensland Government agencies. The tenure changes will allow for an increased area over the water, which is required for the ferry terminal to achieve DDA compliance.

Council lodged a Development Application for Operational Work (Prescribed Tidal Work) for the ferry terminal upgrade on 14 October 2021.

Following procurement, Council anticipates that offsite fabrication works for the new terminal will start in early 2022. Onsite works are anticipated to begin in mid-2022 for a period of up to 6 months, weather and site conditions permitting.

Project timeline

Phase 1 – Complete design (complete)

Phase 2 – Progress tenure changes and Development Approval – Anticipated late 2021 (in progress)

Phase 3 – Appoint contractor – anticipated early 2022

Phase 4 – Construction (offsite fabrication followed by onsite works) – anticipated early 2022

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

Council has also proposed to upgrade the Mowbray Park ferry terminal to improve accessibility for all users, which will require a temporary closure of this terminal during construction.

While timing for the upgrade at Mowbray Park ferry terminal is not yet confirmed, Council can confirm that Dockside and Mowbray Park ferry terminals will not be closed simultaneously.

In its current condition, Dockside is not compatible with the new KittyCats and is currently closed due to a difference in height between the terminal’s pontoon and the new KittyCats. It was originally designed to facilitate the monohull vessels only.

When the KittyCat vessels were introduced, a feasibility study was completed to assess whether the Dockside pontoon could be modified for the KittyCats. However, in its current condition, the pontoon was not capable of being safely repurposed, and any modifications to the height of the terminal could not be made without substantial upgrades to the pontoon, piles and gangway.

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For more information

Find more information about the current closure at Dockside ferry terminal.

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 
  • write to:
    Dockside ferry terminal upgrade
    City Projects Office
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated: 3 November 2021

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