South Bank ferry terminal upgrade - South Brisbane

From Monday 17 May until late 2021, South Bank 1 and 2 ferry terminal will be closed during construction works.

During this period, CityCat services will not stop at South Bank 1 and 2 ferry terminal and will be diverted to South Bank 3 ferry terminal.

South Bank 3 ferry terminal is approximately 600 metres downstream, or a 7-minute walk. 

Brisbane City Council is into the construction stage for the upgrade of the South Bank ferry terminal (current South Bank 1 and 2 ferry terminal).

Project summary

This table includes project summary information for the South Bank 1 and 2 ferry terminals upgrade including address, ward, project outcome and latest news.
Address South Bank Parklands, 153A Stanley Street, South Brisbane
Ward Gabba Ward
Project outcome The upgraded ferry terminal will feature improved accessibility for all passengers and increase the terminal capacity to cater for current and future demand
Latest news Onsite works commenced in mid-May 2021. South Bank 1 and 2 ferry terminal is closed until late 2021. CityCats are diverted to South Bank 3 ferry terminal during this period. 

About the project

Council has identified the South Bank ferry terminal for an upgrade to meet the requirements of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport (DSAPT) (2002) and Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

The existing terminal has been operational since 1996 and consists of two separate pontoons that cater exclusively for CityCat vessels. The terminal is an important piece of infrastructure providing access to the South Bank Parklands precinct and greater South Brisbane area.

Council worked collaboratively with South Bank Corporation on the terminal design, which features an extended boulevard platform to integrate passenger and precinct users at the connection to the popular boulevard and an open span roofline to maintain sightlines.

The upgrade will result in a change from two separate pontoons, to a single, larger pontoon with a large waiting area on the facility. The terminal has been designed to support all vessels in Council's fleet. 

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

South Bank ferry terminal

Construction details

Off-site fabrication for the terminal commenced in late 2020, and onsite works commenced in mid-May 2021. The project is anticipated to be completed in late 2021. 

From Monday 17 May 2021 until late 2021, South Bank 1 and 2 ferry terminal will be closed during construction works.

During this period, CityCat services will not stop at South Bank 1 and 2 ferry terminal and will be diverted to South Bank 3 ferry terminal.

South Bank 3 ferry terminal is approximately 600 metres downstream, or a 7-minute walk.

Construction for the terminal upgrade involves:

  • demolition and removal of the existing concrete ramping, pontoons, gangway and piles
  • river-based piling activities
  • extensive river-based works to install the new terminal, pontoon, fixed ramps and localised buildout of the boulevard
  • truck, crane and machinery movements
  • pouring concrete in stages using a concrete pump and lines from the riverbank
  • 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 a 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.

Pedestrians and cyclists may experience temporary access changes on the shared pathway. Traffic controllers will be onsite as required to manage the movement of pedestrians and cyclists 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.

We thank you for your patience while we complete this work. The project team is working collaboratively with South Bank Corporation and City Parklands Services to minimise construction impacts on planned events, where viable.

More information

If you would like more information about the South Bank ferry terminal upgrade, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 884 681 during business hours
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 outside of business hours
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Ferry Infrastructure team
    City Projects Office
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001
Last updated: 18 June 2021