Would you be more likely to spend a weekend over on glorious Stradbroke Island if all it took to get there was a 40-minute ferry ride from the city? Yeah, us too—which is why we’re pretty excited about the latest news from the Queensland government.
Plans to build a new river terminal at Howard Smith Wharves mean that soon, we might be able to head down to the precinct for a drink, then hop on a boat which will ferry us over to Straddie in under an hour—less than the time it takes most north siders to drive over to Cleveland to reach the ferry terminal there currently.
According to Queensland Tourism Minister Kate Jones, the new service will be up and running by the end of the year, just in time for summer trips to Straddie.
“River to Bay tourism will be crucial for this region in the coming years. That’s why we’re investing in infrastructure now to create more tourism jobs in the southeast into the future,” she said.
“Howard Smith Wharves is a hugely popular precinct. This new river terminal will mean you can have a drink or something to eat at a restaurant, jump on a boat and be relaxing on an island within 40 minutes. It’s an absolute game changer.”
Game changer indeed. Considering the Brisbane River does have a speed limit, we’ve got some doubts over the length of that boat trip, but if it means we don’t have to sit in traffic for 45 minutes before we even get on the boat, we’ll take it. You can read the full statement on the new project here.
Want some day trip ideas for the meantime? Find our favourites here.
Image credit: Tourism And Events Queensland