Brisbane Ferry / CityCat, Brisbane
Brisbane's free City Hopper service plies the river from Sydney Street (beyond the Story Bridge) to North Quay by the Treasury. It meanders slowly from one bank to the other, picking up many tourists who use the slow pace of the ferry to enjoy the sights of Brisbane from the river. It looks particularly spectacular at night.
The river is a central feature of Brisbane, so the city runs a fleet of fast catamarans that ply both sides of the river, supported by some slower single hull ferries. The cats are an integral feature of the city's transport system, and you can ride them from one of the riverside piers.
The Brisbane City Cat and other ferries are the most popular, in my opinion, of the city's transport systems. The City Cat is especially a favourite for tourists - so much of the city layout can be understood by a trip along the Brisbane River from Brett's Wharf to University of Queensland; and what other transport system offers fresh air and fantastic unobstructed views from either bow or stern decks. The air-conditioned cabin offers shelter from inclement weather.
If you will be using public transport for a while in Brisbane check out getting a Go Card from
The big floods in early 2011 knocked out the City Cat Terminals. Over 100 million dollars was spent to re-establish the infrastructure.
Status of City Cat and Ferry services can be found on the Translink web site
Note: Be advised that there are service outages during times of heavy rain in the upper reaches of the Brisbane River system. Debris washed down the river can make high speed water travel risky. Expect City Cat services to be cancelled after heavy rain.
The photo shows the Sydney Street Terminal at Newfarm. Just after the big 2011 flood.
The floating dock has completely disappeared from the vertical piles around which it normally floats and the interconnecting walkway from the shoreline to the dock has been destroyed or sunk.
See the photo of the new Sydney Street Terminal.
A map of the ferry terminals shows the 2 Zone system for tariffs.
Don't neglect Brisbane City Cycle hire system. A good way to reduce your carbon footprint and expand your tourism horizons.
CITY CAT, is a Catamaran that services the Brisbane River.
There are over 20 different terminals where you can get on and off.
It is very easy to cross to the other side of the River.
FREE WIFI is available on board .
The "Cats" run from 5.50am to 11.30pm, EVERY DAY.
You can buy your ticket direct from the Ferry operator or use your 'go card'.
Grab the CityCat timetable bring along your spare change, head towards the City Cat station and you're ready to be shown around the city minus the need to pay a tour agency to bring you around the city.
It's cheaper to buy a stored value ticket than what I did, a single trip. But I was really only taking it from QUT Gardens Point to Riverside - just one station in all. If you really do have the time, do take the entire length of the boat ride.
The Citycat and its smaller sisters the Kittycats are fleets of catamaran ferries operated by the city council for public transport. These ferries are high speed transportation up and down the river taking people to all reaches of the Brisbane River.
Many take a ride down the River to Hamilton and Bulimba, or up the river past Towong.
The Citycat is a great way to get a water level view of the brisbane CBD.
You should just buy a ticket and sit on the Ferry for a loop. It's a 2 zone ticket.
Takes about 1 and a 1/2 hours to go city towards the mouth of the river and back.
- The city cat ferry is a cheap and fun way to scurry back and forth across the brisbane river.
- Ferries run every 20 minutes from 0600AM to 1100PM.
- An all day pass is only $5.40 and can be used for the city cat, city ferries, as well as buses and trains.
It's a afordable and fun way to see the city and take pictures.
The City Cat is the Brisbane Public Transport system on the river and is a fantastic way to see Brisbane. The boats are large and fast, having both inside and outside seating, we preferred outside with the breeze in our face. Fares are cheap with an all day Off-Peak adult ticket costing Au $3.90 and you can get off and on as often as you like. We travelled on a Saturday afternoon, the day of the RiverFire fireworks spectacular and the river was very busy with all sized craft getting "best position" for the night's entertainment. Saturday is also a good day to view the local sailing clubs in competition.
We travelled the full circuit before alighting at Southbank.
Just take a city cat instead of the bus if it will bring you to the place you want to be. It is a nice experience and I guess many people wuld use a boat as transportation method the first time. It costs just as much as the bus and is fast, too. The best alternitive during the busy hours...
You can also take the city cat to Lone Pine. Did not do that but I assume it is nice to do so.
This is one of the best way to enjoy brisbane city. Travel along the brisbane river by city-ferry. You can to see southbank, Univeristy of Queensland, QUT, Kangaroo Cliff, etc.
It is cheap and you can use the same ticket for both buses and ferry (citycat)
This fleet of sleek catamarans operates from 5.30am to 10.30pm daily - and the service extends from Brett's Wharf, Hamilton, to University of Queensland, St Lucia. There are 14 stops along the way, including Newfarm Park, Kangaroo Point, Southbank, Riverside and Toowong.
The best way to travel across/along Brisbane River is to take a City Ferry - the slow ferry - as it's really a pleasure ride. The fast one - City Cat - is just too fast, so fast that you can hardly see the surrounding clearly before arriving your destination.
On my last day in Brisbane, I spent half of the afternoon travelling on the Brisbane River on several City Ferries with my day-tripper (1 day ticket for transportation). I enjoyed the rides so much. Some ferries are with open-topped, some are with a small open-air deck at the end. It's really a bargain to travel with the daytripper!
Here are my routes:
Trip 1: North Quay --> Eagle Street (originally wanted to go to Sydney Street but the captain said it would take 1.5 hours, so i jumped off at Eagle St);
Trip 2: Eagle Street --> South Bank (it's too early for night pics of Story Bridge so I went to South Bank for some day pics)
Trip 3: South Bank --> Eagle Street (it's sunset time and the sky started to change colour, oh jeeeeeeeeeeessssssss, it's so beautiful!!!)
Trip 4: Eagle Street --> North Quay (after taking pics at the areas around Eagle Street, it's time to go back to the city centre.)
I felt so good on the ferries, didn't want to get off.
Brisbane downtown is quite small and usually you can walk from one part to the other easily. For bigger distances you can take the so called citycat, a catamaran that takes passengers frequently up and down the river. make sure you buy a daily ticket because this is only double price of a single ticket and you usually take the city cat several times a day.
Along the Brisbane river the Citycat ferry service along and across the Brisbane River. For a one-way trip you’ll be up for AU$1.20 and you can catch one every 10-15 minutes from dawn until after 11pm Monday to Saturday, with shorter hours on Sunday.