Holman Street ferry terminal | Brisbane City Council

Holman Street ferry terminal

After being severely damaged in the 2011 flood, the temporary Holman Street ferry terminal at Kangaroo Point was upgraded to become a more flood resilient, more accessible, permanent ferry terminal.


Address Holman Street, Kangaroo Point
Ward The Gabba
Project outcome

The upgraded Holman Street terminal:

  • is flood resilient
  • has improved accessibility for people with a mobility or vision impairment
  • helps to provide a more efficient transport network
  • caters for the increasing number of passengers over the next 50 years 
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The upgraded Holman Street ferry terminal opened on 23 June 2015. 

Free CityHoppers service the accessible, flood-resilient terminal every 30 minutes daily. Combined with the Kangaroo Point cross-river ferry service between Holman Street, Eagle Street Pier and Thornton Street stops, a ferry travels between Holman Street and the CBD every 10 to 15 minutes daily.

For timetable information or to plan your journey visit translink.com.au or phone TransLink on 13 12 30.

About the project

The Holman Street ferry terminal upgrade included:

  • installing a new flood resilient dual-berthing pontoon with seating for 30 people
  • installing a robust nine-metre high pier with the capacity to deflect heavy objects in flood waters
  • installing a gangway that detaches from the waiting area in the event of a flood to avoid being struck by debris
  • improving the pathway from Holman Street to the terminal
  • retaining the heritage-listed shed and improving the existing waiting structure
  • making the terminal safer and easier to access for all users.

This project was being delivered under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, a joint Commonwealth and Queensland Government initiative with the Commonwealth Government providing 75% of the funds and the Queensland Government providing 25%.

A robust pier

The new pier at Holman Street was engineered to have greater impact resilience to debris floating down the river during a flood. The pier is anchored to the riverbed by steel piles.

As a deflection structure, the pier is designed to deflect debris away from the terminal to avoid significant impact to the pontoon. The pier is designed to anchor the pontoon so it is unlikely to float away in a severe flood event.

The new pontoon

The new pontoon at Holman Street is large enough to allow two CityFerries to berth at the same time, subject to tidal conditions, helping improve efficiency across the network.

The upstream end of the boat-shaped pontoon has been designed to include additional deflection capabilities, further protecting the terminal during a flood.

The pontoon includes an accessible ramp from the gangway to the safe boarding area for people with a mobility impairment.

State-of-the-art gangway

The gangway at Holman Street is a world first for a ferry network. It has been designed to detach at the shore end during a flood. By detaching, the gangway can rise with flood waters and swing behind the pontoon, removing it from the direct impact zone from debris in the water.

This gangway design will help Council get services back up and running quickly after a serious flood event.

The gangway has also been specially designed to remain accessible during most tidal conditions. Landings on the gangway will remain flat even as the river rises and falls.

A more accessible terminal

The new terminal was designed to make access as easy as possible for everyone, by including:

  • continuous handrails along the gangway and pontoon to guide commuters from the terminal entrance to the boarding gate
  • simple journey maps, with braille, that will include where you are and which direction you can travel to other terminals
  • tactile ground surface indicators that will help to provide safer wayfinding
  • a gangway that remains accessible and maintains level landings as the river rises and falls
  • an accessible ramp on the pontoon from the gangway to the boarding gate
  • additional seating and rest zones in the waiting area 
  • improved terminal lighting that will meet current standards, including signage lighting

More information

If you would like to provide comments, ask questions or find out more about the Holman Street ferry terminal upgrade project, you can:

  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Transport Planning and Programs team
    Transport Planning and Strategy
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001 
22 September 2017