Botanic Gardens Riverwalk and River Hub projects

Brisbane City Council is pleased to advise construction of the Botanic Gardens Riverwalk and River Hub started in mid-May 2019.

Summary

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

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 started in mid- May 2019.

About the projects

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

The 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 identified an opportunity to provide a key link in the River Access Network by constructing a River Hub connected to the Botanic Gardens Riverwalk project.

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

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Construction

Construction started onsite in mid-May 2019 with the riverwalk works to start onsite first followed by the river hub works.

To facilitate construction of the Botanic Gardens River Hub, approximately 23 moorings in proximity to the project site will be removed from the Gardens Point Boat Harbour.

Construction will take place primarily from a barge that specialises in riverside construction projects. Access to the site will also be required through the Botanic Gardens, via the corner of Alice Street and Edward Street along Bunya Walk. A site compound and laydown area will also be temporarily set up within the Gardens along Bunya Walk. During the works, Bunya Walk will be temporarily closed and detours will be in place. Signs will be in place to direct pedestrians and cyclists safely around the work site. Where necessary, traffic controllers will be in place and Council asks that all pedestrian and cyclist traffic take direction from the traffic controllers when instructed. Please note that reversing beepers are unable to be switched off for the health and safety of workers and surrounding pedestrians.

To facilitate the works, some tree roots and vegetation need to be trimmed. Council will ensure this work is carried out under the supervision of a qualified arborist and that all Council and legislative requirements are met.

During construction, piling works will be undertaken. The piling works will involve using a barge to drive the piles into position using a combination of vibration and/or hammering methods. During the piling works, residents and businesses in close proximity to the works may experience an increase in noise and some low level vibration. Council’s contractor will avoid piling activities in the early morning wherever possible.

Work hours

Construction will generally be undertaken Monday to Saturday between the hours of 6.30am to 6.30pm. When necessary, works may also be also be undertaken on Sunday between 9am and 5pm where tide conditions are favourable. Throughout construction the community can expect to see an increase in activity in the area and may experience general construction noise.

Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to the local community during this work and Council is committed to keeping local residents informed. Advance notice will be provided if any out-of-hours works or works likely to cause increased disruption are required. We apologise for any inconvenience these works may cause and appreciate your patience while these important works are completed.

Benefits

The Botanic Gardens Riverwalk will include:

  • 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 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
  • supporting 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.

Community consultation

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

As a result of community feedback, pavement markings will be installed on the Riverwalk structure to give a safe speed 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.

Botanic Gardens Riverwalk and River Hub 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

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:29 October 2019