Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade - Hamilton

Kingsford Smith Drive is a major Brisbane road. It links the Brisbane Central Business District (CBD) to the Airport, Port of Brisbane, Northshore Hamilton and Australia TradeCoast area.

Construction is well underway on Brisbane City Council's Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade.

Council is pleased to announce the newly opened Kingsford Smith Drive riverside promenade and cycle path has been named the Lores Bonney Riverwalk, in honour of Maude 'Lores' Bonney and the significant impact she had upon the nation's aviation industry. The 1.2 kilometre riverwalk is a key feature of the upgrade and a new landmark for Brisbane, providing a great place to walk, run, or cycle, while taking in the views. Find out more about the Lores Bonney Riverwalk.

In April 2019, the rejuvenated Cameron Rocks Reserve was opened to the public, featuring new landscaping, lighting, shade shelters a public barbecue and terrace steps to access the Brisbane River. The project team worked closely with the local RSL sub-branch throughout construction, ensuring Cameron Rocks Reserve remains a special place of remembrance with the relocated Hamilton War Memorial taking centre stage. 

The upgrade also reached a major project milestone in June 2019, with all works between Harbour Road and Theodore Street, Hamilton now complete. This 1.5 kilometre stretch of the upgrade now has six lanes open to traffic (three in each direction) along with new dedicated 1.8 metre on-road bicycle lanes, which will improve safety and reduce traffic congestion for all road users. The speed limit has also been reinstated to 60 kilometres per hour between Harbour Road and Theodore Street.

The Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade will reduce traffic congestion, improve safety and create an entry statement to Brisbane.  Find out more about the latest construction news.

A visitor centre is open for the project. Find out more about the visitor centre and its opening hours.

Kingsford Smith Drive fly-through video

Watch the video below to find out more about the project. Alternatively, watch this video on Council's YouTube channel, or read the text version.

About the project

The Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade involves road widening from four to six lanes. This is between Theodore Street, Eagle Farm and Cooksley Street, Hamilton. It will also include improvement works between Cooksley Street and Breakfast Creek Road, Albion.

The upgrade will:

  • deliver significantly improved pedestrian and cycle facilities
  • provide active transport options for existing residents and the Northshore precinct
  • improve public transport with indented bus stops
  • cater for future increases in bus services along the corridor and reduce delays
  • create an entry statement to Brisbane
  • boost business and economic development
  • expand one of Brisbane’s most important traffic corridors.

Design and construction

Lendlease are designing and constructing the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade. They are the first point of contact for all design and construction related enquiries.

Works on the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade are underway. Visit Lendlease's Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade website for more information, or to register for project updates.

Lendlease's design includes:

  • a tree-lined boulevard creating a subtropical entry into Brisbane
  • a new riverwalk and segregated cycle path with dedicated rest areas that maximise public access to the river
  • a new urban plaza and parkland at Bretts Wharf, capitalising on river city views and easily accessible via public transport 
  • a rejuvenated Cameron Rocks Reserve, including a new lawn focussed on the heritage-listed war memorial (relocated and refurbished as part of the upgrade)
  • continuous footpaths on both sides of the road with improved footpath widths
  • dedicated on-road cycle lanes between Theodore Street and Harbour Road.

Kingsford Smith Drive benefits

Benefits of the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade include:

  • up to 30% travel time savings for all vehicles, including cars, buses and trucks
  • $70 million in new cycle and pedestrian facilities
  • seven kilometres of new and improved pedestrian and cycle paths
  • more than 3000 direct and indirect jobs over the life of the project
  • improved public transport provision, enabling future increases in bus services to cater to growth in the local area
  • improved safety for all road users
  • improved urban amenity and green spaces, including a new park at Bretts Wharf.

Project documents

You can download the:

Visitor centre

The project's visitor centre is at 605 Kingsford Smith Drive, Hamilton, within the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade site office.

The visitor centre provides project information, three-dimensional project models and fly-throughs It provides direct access to team members to answer questions about the design and construction of the upgrade. The centre is open between 7.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday, and any other time by appointment.

More information

For more information about the design and construction of the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade:

For general information about the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade, contact Council's project team:

  • by phone on 07 3403 8888; or
  • email.
Last updated:28 June 2019
Topics: hamilton