Regatta CityCat terminal upgrade | Brisbane City Council

Regatta CityCat terminal upgrade

Brisbane City Council is pleased to announce the upgraded Regatta ferry terminal is now open.

The upgraded Regatta terminal improves accessibility for people with a mobility or vision impairment and helps to provide a more efficient transport network to cater for the increasing number of passengers over the next 50 years.

The Regatta ferry terminal upgrade was carried out in conjunction with Stage 4 of the Bicentennial Bikeway upgrade between Sylvan Road and Land Street, which was completed in 2015.


Address Regatta, Coronation Drive, Toowong
Ward Toowong
Project outcome

The upgraded Regatta terminal is:

  • more flood resilient
  • accessible for people with a mobility or vision impairment
  • provides a more efficient transport network
  • caters for the increasing number of passengers over the next 50 years. 
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The upgraded Regatta ferry terminal opened on 25 March 2015.

The new terminal replaced the temporary terminal that was installed to get services up and running quickly following the January 2011 flood event.

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

About the project 

The Regatta ferry terminal upgrade involved:

  • 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
  • improving the pathway links from the Bicentennial Bikeway and improving the existing waiting structure
  • making the terminal safer and easier to use for people with a mobility or vision impairment.

Council received funding from the Australian and Queensland governments through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) to replace Regatta and six other ferry terminals with permanent facilities with improved flood resilience.

A robust pier

The new pier at Regatta 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 Regatta 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  includes 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 Regatta 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 for people
  • 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 Regatta 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