New pontoons at Howard Smith Wharves a ‘game changer’ for tourism

Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves will benefit from a more than $5 million boost to river tourism post-COVID-19.

The Queensland Government has committed $5.5 million to build three new pontoons at the riverside precinct as part of its strategy to promote the city’s links with Moreton Bay.

“Howard Smith Wharves is a hugely popular precinct,” Queensland Tourism Minister Kate Jones said.

“This new river terminal will mean you can have a drink or something to eat at a restaurant, jump on a boat and be relaxing on an island within 40 minutes. It’s an absolute game changer.”

Queensland Education Minister Grace Grace said the River Terminal at Fortitude Valley would be funded through the Attracting Tourism Fund and would support up to 6000 passengers a day.

“These new pontoons will be open to commercial tour operators as a pick-up and drop off point and will have the potential added benefit of through traffic for the Howard Smith Wharves and Eagle Street restaurant and entertainment precincts,” said Grace.

“Accessibility to Moreton Bay from the Brisbane River has always been a limiting factor for tourist operators.”

Howard Smith Wharves chief executive Luke Fraser said the new infrastructure “will play an important role in unlocking the tourism potential of the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay”.

“We’re born and bred in Brisbane and hugely proud of everything our city has to offer,” Fraser said.

“With an exciting pipeline of investment from critical infrastructure through to significant tourism projects, the new commercial pontoons will only further enhance our river city appeal.

“It’s incredible to see this vision of ours coming to life and creating a new way to come and go from the wharves, and a new hub for tourism boats spurring on further investment in new tourism products.”