With Brisbane’s river and waterway location, ferries have become an important part of the travel system for the city. Tourist love jumping aboard a ferry and touring the Brisbane River, while locals utilize the transportation as a convenient way to get around.
Some of the most popular ferry destinations include stops at South Bank, West End, Bulimba and Toowong as well as the city. The ferry fares are determined by the number of zones travelled within one journey.
City ferries make many stops throughout the zones while the popular CityCats provide a much speedier means of travel. CityCats get passengers up and down the river at a much higher rate of speed. Most ferry services operate seven days a week. A go card may be used with participating ferry services.
Ferry services slow or halt during times of poor weather conditions. Timetable information and ferry travel updates are available from the information centres. When there is heavier than normal rain and higher than moderate tides ferry services may stop until the weather clears. During the Australian floods approximately fifteen ferry terminals were damaged or forced to close. Some of the terminals that underwent repairs for flood damage included Apollo Road, Dockside, South Bank, Norman Park and Bulimba.
There are a number of ferries linking the islands. Stradbroke Ferries runs a ferry service between Cleveland and Dunwich on North Stradbroke and also between Redland Bay and the islands of Karragarra, Lamb Russell and Macleay. The Stradboke Flyer operates a competing service from Cleveland to Dunwich. Moreton Island Ferries runs day trips from the Port of Brisbane to Moreton Island.
To learn more about Brisbane ferries visit our city cat page.