UQ CityCat terminal upgrade | Brisbane City Council

UQ CityCat terminal upgrade

After being severely damaged in the 2011 flood, the temporary UQ (The University of Queensland) CityCat terminal at St Lucia has been upgraded to become a more flood resilient, more accessible, permanent CityCat terminal.


Address The University of Queensland, Macgregor Drive, St Lucia
Ward Walter Taylor
Project outcome

The upgraded UQ St Lucia 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 UQ St Lucia ferry terminal opened on 25 May 2015.

CityCats no longer service the previous terminal, located 450 metres downstream.

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

About the project 

The UQ terminal upgrade at St Lucia included:

  • installing a new flood-resilient dual-berthing pontoon with seating for 30 people
  • installing a robust 16 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
  • constructing 100 metres of new accessible pathways from the university to the terminal
  • making the terminal safer and easier to use for people with a mobility or vision impairment

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.

A robust pier

The new pier at UQ 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 UQ 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 UQ 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 includes where you are and which direction you can travel to other terminals
  • tactile signage including tactile ground surface indicators that helps 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 meets current standards, including signage lighting

More information

If you would like to provide comments, ask questions or find out more about the UQ 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