CityCat Services Arrive at Howard Smith Wharves Ferry Terminal

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Brisbane’s popular riverside entertainment precinct Howard Smith Wharves gained a new public transport connection with the launch of daily CityCat ferry services to its terminal.

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The CityCat becomes the third ferry service stopping at the terminal, joining the existing Inner-City Cross River Ferry and free CityHopper services. CityCat services currently extend from UQ St Lucia to Northshore Hamilton, with 19 terminals along the Brisbane River.

Commencing at 6:10 a.m. daily from the 27th of May 2024, the first CityCats will arrive at Howard Smith Wharves, with the final services departing around 11:30 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on weekends. This introduces a new late-night public transport option for patrons visiting the dining and entertainment venues at the Wharves.

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The wharf was designed with the capacity to accommodate the larger CityCat vessels, allowing these services to be integrated into the existing ferry timetable without impacting overall network frequency.

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LM Adrian Schrinner said the addition of CityCat access provides a convenient new way for residents and visitors to travel to and from the vibrant riverside destination.

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“Howard Smith Wharves is not only one of Brisbane’s most beloved entertainment areas, but directly linked to the iconic Fortitude Valley precinct, so a permanent CityCat stop at the Wharves makes perfect sense,” Cr Schrinner stated.

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Brisbane City Council’s Public and Active Transport Chair Ryan Murphy noted around 45,000 passengers already travel to Howard Smith Wharves annually via CityHopper and Cross River Ferry services. The addition of hundreds of new weekly CityCat services is expected to attract thousands more visitors.

“With hundreds of new services each week being added, we expect thousands more passengers to enjoy a trip down the river to visit this vibrant precinct.

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“We will continue to improve our iconic ferry network to keep Brisbane moving,” he said.

For up-to-date timetable information, visit Translink’s website.

Published 28-May-2024