Brisbane City Council invites you to wind back time on the water and immerse yourself in their first heritage trail by CityCat.

Designed to start at the 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) and is the best way to experience the full heritage trail. However, you can enjoy all or parts of the trail from any CityCat ferry terminal along the route.

Self-guided heritage trail

  • Explore all 32 places from your river vantage points.
  • Choose a themed selection to see places related to river trade, crossings, living on the river, the Second World War, or Brisbane Tuff.
  • Sites included in the Heritage Trail, which are also part of Brisbane Open House 2024, include Newstead House and Brisbane Powerhouse.
  • Hop on or off to access other heritage trails through the city and South Bank.
  • Use navigational hints to find places when travelling upstream or downstream.
  • Listen to historical narration and re-enactments about select places.

Find all heritage places on the Brisbane City Council website, or download the Brisbane River Heritage Trail guide, which includes additional images.

Travel Details

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

All CityCat ferries and many ferry terminals are fully accessible. Find accessible terminals on Translink’s ferry network map. CityHopper and Cross River Ferry services are not accessible. Visit Translink for more information about accessible services.

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