Howard Smith Wharves cliff remediation project - Brisbane City

Council is actively managing the Howard Smith Wharves cliff face through regular monitoring and maintenance to ensure stability of the cliff face and the safety of the community.

We are planning future remediation works at the cliff face from late 2022 to ensure our open spaces are safe and accessible for the community.

We take safety very seriously and until we have completed these remediation works, we need to create an exclusion zone at the base of the cliffs as an interim public safety measure.


Address Howard Smith Wharves
Ward Central Ward
Project outcomes Future remediation and maintenance of the cliff face, including installation of a temporary exclusion zone
Latest update Installation of fencing and signage to create the temporary exclusion zone will commence soon

About the Project

We are creating a temporary exclusion zone at Howard Smith Wharves by installing fencing and signage along the base of the cliffs. This temporary exclusion zone will improve the safety of the community at this busy precinct.

You will still be able to walk or ride through the precinct via the central pathway, as well as access riverside venues.

We will provide more information about the cliff remediation works as it becomes available.

Temporary exclusion zone

Works will commence from 24 June 2022 and will be conducted between 7am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and will take approximately two days to be complete, weather and site conditions permitting.

As part of these works, we are installing temporary fencing and signage in sections from the lift behind Felons Brewing Co to Bougainvillea House near the New Farm Riverwalk.

This fencing will sit near the edge of the pathway through the precinct, on the cliffs side.

Temporary access changes

You will not be able to access the areas behind the temporary fencing until future remediation works are completed and the fencing is removed.  

While the fencing is being installed, you may experience temporary delays while travelling through the precinct.

Please be aware that Citrus House and Wisteria House will need to be closed after the fencing is installed and will remain closed until future cliff remediation works begin in late 2022.

Please contact Howard Smith Wharves directly if you have an event booking at these locations during this time. Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

Bougainvillea House and Green House will remain operational, however, restrictions will be in place to ensure general public safety.

Public access to the toilet block near the northern side of Bougainvillea House will need to be temporarily closed. Alternative amenities are located near Ciao Papi and Green House.

Council appreciates the popularity of the precinct among the Brisbane community and visitors to our city. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your understanding during these works.

More information

For more information or to ask questions about the Howard Smith Wharves cliff maintenance project: 

  • phone the project team on 1800 669 416 (during business hours)
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 (after hours)
  • email the project team.
Last updated: 23 June 2022

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