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City Hopper

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.

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Jun 10, 2015


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.

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Jun 06, 2015

The River is your oyster with City Cat

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

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Nov 22, 2013

CITY CATS - Floods affect Services

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.

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Feb 07, 2013
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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'.

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Oct 20, 2012

Sightseeing Along The River

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.

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Jul 08, 2012

Brisbane City Cat

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.

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Oct 07, 2011

River ferry and City Cat around Brisbane

City Cat

- 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.

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Jul 04, 2007

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City Cat, Cheap Brisbane River Cruise

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.

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Oct 31, 2006

Take a City Cat

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.

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Aug 28, 2006

CityCat Ferry

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)

Aug 27, 2006

Brisbane City Cat

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.

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Jul 14, 2006

Things To Do Near Brisbane

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Maritime Museum

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Queensland Performing Arts Complex

While staying in Brisbane why not take in a show? There is always something happening at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre or QPAC as it is locally known. QPAC is part of the Queensland Cultural...
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Mirimar Day Cruises

Alongside a boardwalk in the city’s heart, on the waters of Brisbane River, rested the Mirimar II, a cruise boat about to depart for Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. On board, the captain and crew greeted...
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Treasury Casino

Brisbane's old Treasury Building is now a casino and hotel and is well worth taking a look at if you have never been to a casino. In the entrance hall a huge bouncer stands by to prevent unwanted...
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City Cat and River Ferries

There are plenty of companies offering trips on the river, some of them going further than others offering lunch or dinner. We saw several boats going up and down the river with such companies as...
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Gabba Cricket Grounds

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