Botanic Gardens Riverwalk project - Alice Street/Edward Street, Brisbane City

The detailed design for the Botanic Gardens Riverwalk project is now available.


This table provides summary information about the Botanic Gardens Riverwalk project including address, ward, project outcomes and latest update.
Address City Reach Boardwalk at the corner of Alice and Edward Streets, and the City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane City
Ward Central
Project outcomes Improve accessibility to the Brisbane Central Business District (CBD) and local destinations for all cyclists and pedestrians.
Latest update

Release of detailed design. 

About the project

The Botanic Gardens Riverwalk project (formerly the Alice Street/Edward Street Riverwalk project) is part of Council’s Better Bikeways for Brisbane program. A program that creates dedicated bikeways and active travel options with a $100 million investment. 

Currently the City Reach Boardwalk and the City Botanic Gardens pathway network are connected by:

  • stairs
  • a narrow substandard ramp
  • a timber bridge.

This connection is via the drop off area at the corner of Alice Street and Edward Street.

The current connection is both a known high-use pedestrian link and an important recreational and commuter cyclist connection. Due to the large numbers of pathway users, the area is a known conflict point on the bicycle and pedestrian network.

Council is upgrading a section of Riverwalk, from the City Reach Boardwalk at the corner of Alice Street and Edward Street to Bunya Walk in the City Botanic Gardens.

The project will provide a safer, accessible and more direct pedestrian and cyclist connection and will include the following features:

  • two-way, separated cyclist and pedestrian pathway, approximately six metres wide
  • viewing platform and proposed future River Hub connection
  • retaining the existing footpath access along the river’s edge
  • associated footpath connection works
  • provision of lighting, wayfinding signage and a permanent counter
  • associated landscaping works.

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Community consultation

In February 2018, Council consulted the community on the preliminary design of the Botanic Gardens Riverwalk project. A letter was sent to the local area, and information sessions and an online survey gave the community the opportunity to provide feedback on the project to ensure the new Riverwalk meets the needs of the community.

Community support of the project was positive. Key themes raised by the community included the:

  • importance of providing separated cyclist and pedestrian facilities
  • impacts on vegetation
  • speed guideline signage.

Council would like to thank the community for taking the time to provide their suggestions and feedback on the project.

As a result of community feedback, a recommended speed will be installed as pavement markings on the new Riverwalk structure. This will provide a guideline for users travelling on the new connection. The project has been designed with consideration to environmental and heritage features in the area. This includes the heritage and cultural values of the Botanic Gardens, and vegetation within the gardens.

Upgrades and additions to the surrounding shared pathway network, including the Bunya Walk, will be considered as part of Council’s planning for future funding allocations.

To facilitate construction of the Botanic Gardens Riverwalk and River Hub, approximately 23 moorings in proximity to the project site will be removed from the Gardens Point Boat Harbour. Further information about impacts to moorings, including impacts during construction, will be provided as the projects progress.

Botanic Gardens Riverwalk fly-through

The fly-through video shows the detailed design features for the Botanic Gardens Riverwalk.

Alternatively, you can watch the video and other related videos on Council's YouTube channel.

Read supporting information for this video.

Photo gallery

View the Botanic Gardens Riverwalk project preliminary design artist impressions below, or view the photos individually in our ‘Botanic Gardens Riverwalk' album in Council’s Flickr account.

Alice Street-Edward St (Botanic Gardens) Riverwalk project - Brisbane

Botanic Gardens River Hub

The City Botanic Gardens River Hub will provide new multi-purpose river-based infrastructure to accommodate a range of vessels and uses.

Council is committed to:

  • improving access to the Brisbane River for residents and visitors
  • promoting an active and healthy lifestyle by encouraging greater use of the city’s recreational facilities
  • enhancing the attraction offered by the Brisbane River as a recreational and tourist destination.

The projects will be constructed collaboratively to minimise impacts to the community and surrounding environment.

Project timing

Council is committed to keeping the community informed and will provide more information prior to the commencement of construction.

More information

If you would like to find out more about the Botanic Gardens Riverwalk or River Hub project, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 884 681 during business hours
  • phone Council's Contact Centre on 07 3403 8888 after hours
  • email the project team
  • write to:
  • Botanic Gardens Riverwalk and River Hub project
    City Projects Office
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated:3 May 2019