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Brisbane River Heritage Trail

Apr 18, 2024, 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Wind back time on the water and immerse yourself in Brisbane City Council’s first heritage trail by CityCat.  

Brisbane has flourished as Queensland’s capital city on the banks of its river, which has connected people since before convict settlement. Explore 32 historical places from the CityCat in this self-guided tour, or choose from themed selections related to river trade, crossings, living on the river, the Second World War, or Brisbane Tuff. Listen to historical narration and re-enactments about select places and hop on or off the CityCat to access other Council heritage trails through the city and South Bank.
Designed to start at Northshore Hamilton ferry terminal and end at the UQ St Lucia ferry terminal, the complete self-guided trail is about 1.5 hours one-way (3 hours return).  

Self-guided tour dependent on CityCat timetables

All CityCat ferries and many ferry terminals are fully accessible. Find accessible terminals on Translink's ferry network map.  

This event is an always on event.


Image 1 
The 6,000-ton (6,096-tonne) freighter 
Binburra slides down the slipway into the Brisbane River from the Evans Deakin & Co Ltd shipyards, 1950.
Image credit: State Library of Queensland.

Image 2
A huge crowd gathers for the official opening of the William Jolly Bridge, 30 March 1932.

Image credit: State Library of Queensland.

Plan Your Visit


All stops between Northshore Hamilton and UQ St Lucia Brisbane QLD, 4000

Open Hours

7:00 am - 10:00 pm


07 3403 8888


Entry Fees

Note: a valid go card or pre-paid ticket is required to travel via CityCat.
For ticket and travel information, visit

For what to see and do experience with Brisbane River Heritage Trail see link below.