Looking to the future - Brisbane’s growing tourism opportunities

1 December 2017

With more international tourists choosing Brisbane than ever before, the city’s tourism offerings are expanding with a new cruise terminal, lifestyle precincts, an exciting zipline on Brisbane’s picturesque Mt Coot-tha and more river tourism opportunities – all set to be launched in coming years. 

Brisbane is preparing for future growth across the city, with a combined major project and infrastructure program with a value of more than $10 billion, which will boost the city’s tourism, retail and residential offerings by 2022. 

Brisbane International Cruise Terminal

Under construction now, Brisbane will welcome the new $158 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal at Luggage Point on the north side of the Brisbane River by 2020. The city’s first dedicated mega-cruise ship terminal will include a 9,300 square metres terminal building set over two levels and connected to a 200m long wharf, with two air bridges facilitating the movement of passengers on and off the ships.

Once operational, the terminal will provide the opportunity for more cruise ships to include Brisbane on cruise itineraries that travel up the Queensland coast to destinations like Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.    

Mt Coot-tha eco-adventure zipline

Meanwhile, construction will start on Brisbane’s Mt Coot-tha eco-adventure zipline in 2018 and it will be opened to the public in 2019, in a plan that will deliver two separate zipline adventures as well as a tree-top suspension bridge.

Zipline Australia will build the longest treetop canopy zipline tour in Australia, with a 1,500 metre course weaving through the Mt Coot-tha forest. An additional 1,400 metre megazip experience will offer up to six adventurers the chance to zip side-by-side while taking in incredible views of the Brisbane cityscape.

The company will also construct the longest pedestrian suspended bridge walk in the Southern Hemisphere, a 300 metre walk through the treetops above one the area’s waterfalls. Construction is expected to commence in late 2018, with the treetop zipline to be open to the public in 2019, and the megazip and suspension bridge due to open in 2020.

Brisbane River

The Brisbane River is also set to become a hub for international tourism opportunities thanks to a $43 million Brisbane City Council investment in the inner-city reaches of the Brisbane River, which will see five on-water docking facilities on the river, as well as five river lifestyle hubs in surrounding riverside suburbs. 

The upgrades will make it easier for water taxis, tourist boats and recreational boats to dock at key riverfront entertainment and lifestyle precincts. Visitors to Brisbane will be able to walk out of their hotel and straight onto a tour boat, taking a trip to some of the region’s most spectacular tourism destinations.

The Brisbane River is the gateway to the Moreton Bay and islands, and with a network of docking points in the city, tourism operators will be able to offer new express services straight to North Stradbroke Island, South Stradbroke Island and Moreton Island.

Visitors will also be able to use hop-on, hop-off river tours, and on-demand private water taxi services, which are currently unviable in Brisbane due to a lack of short-term mooring locations, particularly in the city.

Howard Smith Wharves

Taking shape on the banks of the Brisbane River is the Howard Smith Wharves, a lifestyle, dining and tourism destination reactivating 3.4 hectares of Brisbane’s riverside. The precinct will be home to festivals, business events, parkland and an expansive brewery and a slew of gastronomic offerings when it opens in late 2018.

Queen's Wharf Brisbane

Queens Wharf

Across the central business district, the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane integrated resort development will merge state-of-the-art contemporary architecture with heritage buildings in an exciting new precinct reflecting Brisbane’s subtropical climate. The project will include more than 1,000 new hotel rooms, bars and restaurants, retail, casino and a 100m-high sky deck by 2022.

New parallel runway at Brisbane Airport

Access to the city will also become easier with Brisbane Airport constructing its new parallel runway, which will provide the airport with the same level of capacity as Hong Kong and Singapore airports by 2020.

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