City Botanic Gardens Riverwalk and River Hub projects

The City Botanic Gardens Riverwalk and River Hub facilities are open for use.


This table provides summary information about the City 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
Latest update

Open for public use.

About the projects

Council has recently completed construction of a new riverwalk from the City Reach Boardwalk, at the corner of Alice Street and Edward Street, to Bunya Walk in the Botanic Gardens.

The City Botanic Gardens Riverwalk includes:

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

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

  • new access opportunities for tour boat operators as a pick-up and drop‑off point for passengers
  • on-demand pick-up and drop-off for future water taxis
  • short-term use for non-motorised watercraft such as kayaks, canoes and stand up paddleboards
  • short-term use for recreational vessels in the city reaches of the Brisbane River.

Using the river hub

Users of the inner fingers of the pontoon are permitted to stay for a period of up to 2 hours – bookings are not required.

The inner pontoons are intended for passive and recreation craft of up to 25 tonnes.

The outer face of the outer pontoon is intended for use by commercial and tour boat vessels of up to 200 tonnes. If pre-booked, tour boat operators will be allowed to stay for a period of up to 30 minutes for pick-up and drop-off. 

Council will monitor the usage of the river hub over the next 12 months and welcomes feedback on operational aspects such as duration of stay, signage and usage. Where possible, Council will look to update the river hub's usage in line with community feedback. To provide feedback, complete the online feedback form.

On-water safety

Council has erected signage onsite to ensure users are able to familiarise themselves with safe on-water conduct before using the facility.

Council encourages all users to familiarise themselves with the Brisbane River Code of Conduct and the Brisbane RiverShare pocket guide for information on how to safely use the river. The guides can be downloaded from the Queensland Government Maritime Safety Queensland website.


Fishing is currently allowed on the river hub, however boating activities take priority. No cast nets or crab potting activities are permitted on the pontoon to ensure the safety of all users.

Users of the facility should following signage at the pontoon.

More information

If you would like to find out more about the River Access Network, you can phone Council's Contact Centre on 07 3403 8888 (24 hours).

Last updated: 23 December 2020