Mowbray Park ferry terminal upgrade

Brisbane City Council is upgrading the Mowbray Park Ferry Terminal to provide improved access for everyone to Brisbane's ferry network.

The Mowbray Park ferry terminal will be closed Monday 8 April 2024 as part of the planned terminal upgrade. The terminal will re-open in late-2024. 

Information on alternative transport options

Project summary

AddressPark Avenue, East Brisbane
Project outcomesThe upgraded ferry terminal will feature improved accessibility for all passengers and increase the terminal capacity to cater for current and future demand.
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Construction commencing.

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About the project

The Mowbray Park ferry terminal is located at Mowbray Park, East Brisbane. It is currently used for CityCat services and can only berth one vessel at a time. It is not compliant with current accessibility legislation and has been identified for replacement as part of Council’s New and Upgraded Ferry Terminals program.

Along with being of a flood-resilient design, the upgraded terminal will also be compliant with the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (DSAPT) and the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA).

The upgrade will involve:

  • removing the existing pontoon, gangway and associated piles
  • repurposing and refurbishing the existing waiting area to provide a more open and transparent space
  • installing an additional fixed walkway connecting from the repurposed waiting area to a new flood resilient gangway and a dual berth pontoon designed to support all vessels in our ferry fleet
  • installing new piles associated with the fixed walkway, pontoon restraint and ferry movement
  • incorporating a new look and feel including ferry terminal identification signage
  • improved lighting and safety features such as increased CCTV coverage.

To improve accessibility to the terminal, construction works will also occur on the landside including:

  • upgrading the passenger set down to ensure DDA compliance and vehicle turnaround area at the end of Park Avenue
  • providing PWD parking spaces and new access paths
  • landscaping works to improve amenity and complement the Mowbray Park setting
  • improving lighting and safety. 

Artist impressions

View the artist impressions for the project in the Mowbray Park ferry terminal album in Flickr.

Project benefits

The upgraded Mowbray Park ferry terminal will feature improved accessibility for all passengers and increase the terminal’s capacity to cater for current and future demand. It will have dual berthing capability for two CityCats and has been designed to support all vessels in Council’s ferry fleet.

The upgrade 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.

Alternative services

Ferry users are encouraged to plan-ahead and seek alternative transport arrangements during the closure period. 

Customers will be able to access the ferry network via the City Hopper service from the Dockside ferry terminal. The City Hopper can connect customers to the CityCat via the Sydney Street ferry terminal.

Customers looking to travel to Brisbane CBD can use Bus Route 227 via the Shafston Ave at Salstone Street, stop 11, Kangaroo Point, approximately 400 metres from Mowbray Park ferry terminal.

Customers looking to travel to Bulimba can use Bus Route 230 via the Heidelberg St at Heath Street, stop 15, East Brisbane, approximately 600 metres from Mowbray Park ferry terminal.

We appreciate the closure and use of alternative services will mean a change in travel routes and potentially impact travel time for many passengers and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

For timetable information, visit the Translink website or contact Translink on 13 12 30.

Project timing

Council received Development Approval to upgrade Mowbray Park ferry terminal in late August 2021. After pausing the tender process due to the February 2022 severe weather event, Council awarded a contract to Fitzgerald Constructions Australia Pty Ltd in December 2022 to deliver the project.

Council is pleased to advise Fitzgerald are engaging with local partners for the works. The Mowbray Park ferry terminal project invests in Brisbane’s growth, supports the wellbeing of our community and the strength of the local economy.

Early piling works to install the first four piles are now complete. The Mowbray Park ferry terminal will close Monday 8 April 2024 until late 2024 to facilitate the remaining construction activities. These first four piles were able to be completed without interrupting services to reduce the overall closure period.


June 2023Off-site fabrication commenced
Late January 2024River-based works start
April 2024Land-based works commence and closure of the terminal
Late 2024Project completion

Impacts during construction

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

There will be temporary access changes to the shared pathway, Park Avenue and within the carpark near the works. Traffic control will be in place to safely direct users around the work area, when required.

Temporary site buildings and fencing will be established within the Mowbray Park carpark near Park Avenue.

There will be an increase in construction vehicle movements around the area.

Some trees will need to be removed and others trimmed. A qualified arborist will be on-site during all tree removal works. Tree protection zones will be established to protect surrounding trees.

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

We value your patience and cooperation while we undertake this important project.

More information

If you would like to ask questions or find out more about the Mowbray Park Ferry Terminal upgrade project you can:

  • call the project team on 1800 884 681 during business hours
  • call Council on 3403 8888 outside of business hours
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Ferry Infrastructure 
    City Projects Office
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001
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