Brisbane’s river tourism operators expect the new hub launched at New Farm on Tuesday will boost the numbers of tourists heading out to Moreton Bay.

While the public and commercial mooring hub is free to access for residents to tie up a boat, kayak, paddleboard or tinny for a few hours at the park, its tourism potential has commercial operators excited.

Rather than having tourists trek out to the wharves at the bay to catch a ferry out to Tangalooma on Moreton Island, visitors can start booking trips directly from the city after Brisbane City Council opened the New Farm River Hub, next to the Brisbane Powerhouse.

The $2.5 million public pontoon was officially opened by Brisbane City Council infrastructure chairwoman Amanda Cooper, who said she expected to see an influx of visitors to the Brisbane Powerhouse.

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