A new gateway to river tourism for Brisbane is set to open in time for summer this year with a $20 million project to build new pontoons and riverside dining at Howard Smith Wharves.
CEO of Howard Smith Wharves, Luke Fraser, said this is an exciting new chapter and he looks forward to seeing these ideas come to life.
“We envisage this will become a world-famous Brisbane experience – a river’s edge tourism and dining hub right in the heart of the city that provides a connection to not only the river but to the Moreton Bay, Tangalooma and island region.”
“Imagine kickstarting your tour with a premier food and drink experience before jumping on a water taxi, tour boat or luxury yacht to explore the Brisbane River or take a day trip out to Moreton Bay?”
Mr Fraser said they have worked with expert marina builders and engineers to ensure the pontoon will be flood resistant.
Queensland Premier Steven Miles announced last October the state government was a partner in the project with a $5.5 million commitment.
“We expect that construction on the new river tourism gateway will commence next year and be completed by summer 2024,” Mr Miles said.
“In total, this project will generate 50 new jobs during construction and support hundreds of new long term tourism industry jobs,” he said.
Mr Fraser said as construction will be taking place offsite with the pontoons floated down the river and installed, there will not be any disruptions to any operations or access to Howard Smith Wharves or the riverwalk.
Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said he expects the new river infrastructure will inject more than $60 million per annum into the local economy by 2032.
The development assessment process is now underway for the project.