Monohull Restoration Project

Brisbane City Council is restoring and upgrading one of Brisbane’s iconic monohulls, the steel hulled monohull Kalparrin, and have sold the remaining eight vessels to the public through an auction process.


This table provides information on the Monohull Restoration Project including project outcomes and project status.
Project outcomes Restoration of Monohull Kalparrin
Project status Delivery phase

About the project

Council had a fleet  of nine (9) monohull ferries which were historically used to provide cross river and inner-city services, including:

  • Three (3) x 15 metre double deck vessels
  • Six (6) x 12 metre single deck vessels.

Those vessels are:

  • Kalparrin
  • John Oxley
  • Lucinda
  • Bulimba
  • Koopa
  • Mermaid
  • Doomba
  • Otter
  • Gayundah.

In July 2020 Council made the decision to suspend all monohull services to ensure passenger and crew safety following an inspection that identified structural defects across the fleet.

Council’s steel-hulled vessel, Kalparrin received minor repairs and returned to service in August 2020. To mitigate the lost fleet capacity, Council sourced five KittyCat ferries under a charter agreement with the Ferry Network’s Operator, RiverCity Ferries, which commenced operations on the Brisbane River in November 2020.

Council has decided to restore and upgrade its iconic vessel Kalparrin and provide people, who are passionate about these historical vessels, an opportunity to acquire and restore the remaining eight vessels.

This decision allows Council to focus on flood repairs to Council’s fleet of CityCats and following the completion of this work, restore KalparrinKalparrin will continue servicing Brisbane’s commuters until early-mid 2023 when works are expected to commence on the vessel. 

The restoration of Kalparrin will be tendered to shipwrights through a competitive tender process. Kalparrin will be restored to comply with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Survey requirements.

The successful shipwright will also undertake modifications to ensure compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act (1992) (DDA) and associated Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport (2002) (DSAPT). Council continues to engage with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) throughout the monohull restoration process and program of work. 


The steel hulled monhull Kalparrin was launched in June 1993. 


Auction Details

Council engaged Manheim Pty Ltd to undertake an auction in the form of an Expression of Interest process of the 8 timber monohulls. All eight vessels successfully sold at auction. Council has retrieved historical artefacts from the vessels.

More information

For more information about the Monohull Restoration Project, you can:

  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888
  • write to:
    Monohull Restoration Project
    Transport for Brisbane
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated: 6 October 2022

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