QUT Gardens Point CityCat terminal upgrade | Brisbane City Council

QUT Gardens Point CityCat terminal upgrade

After being severely damaged in the 2011 flood, the temporary QUT Gardens Point CityCat terminal was upgraded to become a more flood resilient, more accessible, permanent CityCat terminal.


Address QUT Gardens Point, Brisbane City
Ward Central
Project outcome

The upgraded QUT Gardens Point terminal:

  • is more 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 
Latest news
The new QUT Gardens Point ferry terminal opened on Tuesday 14 April.
The new terminal replaced the temporary terminal that was installed to get services up and running quickly following the January 2011 flood event. The new terminal is located approximately 200 metres east of the previous terminal, towards Riverstage.

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About the project 

The QUT Gardens Point terminal upgrade included:

  • installing a new flood-resilient dual-berthing pontoon
  • installing a robust 11 metre high pier with the capacity to deflect heavy objects in flood waters
  • installing a gangway that detaches at the shore end in the event of a flood, allowing it to swing behind the pontoon and avoid being struck by debris
  • installing a new accessible link from Gardens Point Road to the terminal moving the terminal 200 metres downstream closer to the QUT campus
  • making the terminal safer and easier to use for people with a mobility or vision impairment

To further improve access to the campus for people with mobility impairment, QUT also installed a lift within a short distance of the new terminal.

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

The Queensland University of Technology significantly contributed to the new QUT Ferry terminal by providing an accessible pedestrian path from the ferry terminal to the main QUT Campus level. This access required the construction of an access pathway through the existing carpark under the Riverside Expressway, elevated walkways and a dedicated external lift. This pedestrian path also provides access to the Botanic Gardens and George Street.

A robust pier

The new pier at QUT Gardens Point has been 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 QUT Gardens Point is large enough to allow two CityCats to berth at the same time, 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 will include an accessible ramp from the gangway to the safe boarding area for people with a mobility impairment.

State-of-the-art gangway

The new gangway at QUT Gardens Point 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 has been 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 signage including tactile ground surface indicators that will help to provide safer wayfinding
  • a gangway that will remain accessible and maintain 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 meets current standards, including signage lighting

More information

If you would like to provide comments, ask questions or find out more about the QUT Gardens Point CityCat 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