City Botanic Gardens Riverwalk and River Hub projects

Brisbane City Council is pleased to advise construction of the City Botanic Gardens Riverwalk and River Hub started is now complete and the facilities are open for use.

Summary

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
Project outcomes

Promoting an active and healthy lifestyle by encouraging greater use of the city’s recreational facilities and enhancing the attraction offered by the Brisbane River as a recreational and tourist destination.

Latest update

Construction completed in December 2019. Facilities are now open for public use.

About the projects

Council has 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 project is part of Council’s $100 million commitment in the Better Bikeways for Brisbane program, creating dedicated bikeways and active travel options.

Council has also completed a key link in the River Access Network by constructing a river hub connected to the new section of riverwalk.

Council thanks the local community and park visitors for their patience and understanding while these important works were completed.

Benefits

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 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.

The river hub has been designed so that the outer pontoon will be higher and able to support commercial vessels, such as tour boats, while the pontoons closer to the shore will be lower to better suit recreational and passive craft.

Commercial operators booking

A booking system is in place for the outer pontoon face for commercial operation, allowing a 30-minute drop-off and pick-up function. 

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.

Safety

Council has erected signate 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

Fihsing 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 facilitiy should following signage at the pontoon.

City Botanic Gardens Riverwalk and River Hub fly-through

The fly-through video shows the detailed design features for the City 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 City Botanic Gardens Riverwalk project preliminary design artist impressions below, or view the photos individually in our ‘City Botanic Gardens Riverwalk' album in Council’s Flickr account.

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

More information

If you would like to find out more about the City 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:
  • City Botanic Gardens Riverwalk and River Hub project
    City Projects Office
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated:6 January 2020