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Commemorative CityCat and bus designs

The commemorative CityCat and bus designs aim to increase community pride, acknowledge the success stories in our city and commemorate historic events. 

The new wave of decorated CityCats includes a range of sporting and event wraps.

Sporting wraps

  • Brisbane Bandits – Brisbane’s baseball team
  • Brisbane Broncos – Brisbane’s national rugby league team
  • Brisbane Heat – Brisbane’s men's and women's cricket team
  • Brisbane International – Brisbane’s annual international tennis tournament
  • Brisbane Lions – Brisbane’s Australian rules football team
  • Brisbane Roar – Brisbane's football team
  • Brisbane Global Rugby Tens – Brisbane's annual international rugby union tournament
  • Queensland Firebirds – Queensland’s women’s netball team
  • Queensland Reds – Queensland rugby union.

Commemorative wraps

CityCat 20th birthday

Brisbane City Council celebrated 20 years of CityCat services in Brisbane on 4 November 2016 and unveiled a specially wrapped CityCat to mark the milestone. The 20th birthday CityCat was wrapped in a colourful birthday theme using a special anniversary design feature contributed by a CityCat staff member. The wrap was officially launched with a flotilla featuring 12 of Council’s most recognisable CityCats along the Brisbane River on Friday 4 November 2016.

Anzac Centenary

Brisbane City Council’s public transport fleet helps residents and visitors commemorate the Anzac Centenary, with a bus and CityCat each receiving a distinctive wrap to mark the historic event.

Both the Anzac bus and CityCat have complementary liveries honouring Brisbane’s First World War heroes and recognise the contribution and sacrifice of Australian and New Zealand troops.

The commemorative wrap depicts imagery of a:

  • squadron of soldiers marching to the front as the sun rises
  • representation of the Rising Sun Anzac badge
  • poppy for remembrance.

The bus artwork commemorates James and Alexander Patterson from Toowong, eighteen-year-old twin diggers who served at Gallipoli in 1915. James and Alexander were two of five brothers enlisted between 1914 and 1918, and served together in Gallipoli, sharing the same dugout, and in northern France at Bois-Grenier. James was wounded and evacuated on 9 August and Alexander was killed during the battle of Mouquet Farm three weeks later.

Alexander Patterson was later awarded the Military Medal for ‘conspicuous bravery’ in November 1916 for his role as Company Runner, running messages day and night to Battalion HR, even under heavy fire.

Team Brisbane

The wrap for the Team Brisbane CityCat was designed by Brisbane artist Debra Hood who won the Brisbane CityCat design competition in 2016. Debra’s design depicts Brisbane as a vibrant and colourful city and shows a collection of iconic ‘Queenslander’ style homes that abound and embrace the Brisbane River. Her design’s ‘dotty’ style reflects the natural confetti created when Brisbane’s jacarandas and poinciana trees spill their foliage.

Debra was inspired by the Brisbane River itself which provides a life stream of beauty and a uniquely relaxed urban identity.


The distinctive G20 livery celebrates Brisbane’s role on the international stage as the host city of the G20 Leaders’ Summit held in Brisbane in 2014. The CityCat was designed in conjunction with the G20 Taskforce.

The livery features the G20 logo designed by Indigenous creative agency Gilimbaa with logo artwork created by an Indigenous artist, Riki Salam. The vibrant colors of the G20 logo represent a weaving together of nations, a gathering of leaders and the journeys they will embark upon throughout 2013-14. The triangle shapes represent the members, invited guests and international organisations that attended the G20.

The logo pays tribute to Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population and their ancient cultures. It is inspired by the traditional Torres Strait Islander weaving patterns of the Coconut Palm leaf. Connecting shapes, representing the Aboriginal Rainbow Serpent legend, form a track through the discussions and events of the host year and reflect the G20 journey.

The weaving also forms a fish which represents the Dhari, the traditional Torres Strait Islander headdress. The fish is a reminder of the connection between the people and the sea – the source of life and food.

The colours represent the diverse landscape of Australia from red desert sands to golden beaches and lush tropical rainforests, and economic sectors such as resources, infrastructure and manufacturing.

Spirit of Brisbane

The Spirit of Brisbane is a tribute to this great city, its people and their community spirit.  She is especially dedicated to Brisbane’s ‘mud army’ that came together to help clean up after the 2011 floods. The interior of the Cat depicts a montage of photographs of the clean up that was performed by some 25,000 volunteers during the disaster as well as the flotilla of vessels that commemorated the return of the iconic CityCats and ferries after the flood.

A special colour scheme was chosen for the commemorative wrap, with blue representing the sky and the river, the green reflecting new growth after the flood and maroon for the Queensland spirit. The yellow sunbeam represents the sun that shone across the sky as Brisbane reclaimed its city. 


Judy Watson (Waanyi language group) is a leading contemporary artist and her artwork, shoal (1998), forms a net that wraps Gootcha. This work relates to passages of water, the pulsating heart of the city, and what is caught within the net: eel, Brisbane River cod, crab, turtle, mullet, guard fish, shellfish. The lines, like the scales of a fish, or the reflection of light, also mirror the water as the currents sweep along the river.

Commemorative wrap gallery

View our gallery of wrap images in the slideshow, or alternatively view them in the 'Commemorative CityCat and bus designs' album in Council's Flickr account.

Commemorative CityCat and bus designs

22 February 2019