Bretts Wharf
Bretts Wharf in August 2015, 04.jpg
New wharf in July 2015
General information
LocationKingsford Smith Drive, Hamilton
Coordinates27°26′24″S 153°03′43″E / 27.4401°S 153.0620°E / -27.4401; 153.0620Coordinates: 27°26′24″S 153°03′43″E / 27.4401°S 153.0620°E / -27.4401; 153.0620
Owned byBrisbane City Council
Operated byRiverCity Ferries
Bicycle facilitiesStorage racks
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station code319743
Fare zonego card 1
Closed12 June 2015 (original)
Rebuilt13 June 2015 (current)
Preceding wharf RiverCity Ferries Following wharf
Teneriffe CityCat Apollo Road

Bretts Wharf is a ferry terminal on the northern bank of the Brisbane River in the suburb of Hamilton in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It serves patrons from nearby Racecourse Road and Portside Wharf, as well as visitors to Eagle Farm Racecourse and Doomben Racecourse in the Brisbane suburbs of Hamilton and Ascot. Bretts Wharf was the terminus for downstream CityCat services until Apollo Road reopened in February 2008. It is served by RiverCity Ferries' CityCat services.[1][2]

Bretts Wharf services patrons from nearby Racecourse Road and Portside Wharf, as well as visitors to Eagle Farm Racecourse. Translink bus services 300 and 305 have a stop adjacent to the wharf. Bretts Wharf was the terminus for downstream CityCat services until Apollo Road ferry wharf in Bulimba reopened in 2008.


First wharf

Original Bretts Wharf under construction in 1929
Original Bretts Wharf under construction in 1929

The land for the wharf was leased to Brett's Wharves and Stevedoring Co. Ltd in 1928. The first pile was driven on 16 January 1929 and the first ship berthed there on 26 July 1929.[3]

The Brisbane River ferry service to Bulimba was extended to Bretts Wharf in 1933. The wharf was extended in 1937, giving a total berthing space of 946 ft (288 m).[4] From 1942 to 1946, it was used exclusively by the United States Army to stage and load equipment for the Pacific War. Bretts Wharf closed to commercial shipping in 1993.

Cross river ferry services to Bretts Wharf from Apollo Road ceased in December 1998.[5]

Second wharf

Second wharf in 2010
Second wharf in 2010

The wharf sustained minor damage during the January 2011 Brisbane floods.[6] It reopened after repairs on 14 February 2011.[7][8] It closed on 12 June 2015 and was demolished.[9]

Third wharf

On 13 June 2015, a new wharf opened 200 metres east of the original wharf.[10] It was built in association with improvement works to the adjoining Kingsford Smith Drive.[9][11]

Transport links

Brisbane Transport operate two bus routes via Bretts wharf:


  1. ^ Bretts Wharf timetable TransLink
  2. ^ "CityCat timetable" (PDF). Translink. 15 November 2020.
  3. ^ Edward Boyd Cullen (1933). The construction of Brett's Wharf, Brisbane. Institution of Civil Engineers.
  4. ^ "First Overseas Freighter To Berth At Bretts New Wharf". The Telegraph. 8 October 1937. p. 4.
  5. ^ "THE FINAL CAST-OFF". South East Advertiser (Brisbane, Australia). 16 December 1998. p. 5. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  6. ^ List: CityCat, CityFerry terminal damage Brisbane Times 20 January 2011
  7. ^ CityCat service set for fast return Brisbane Times 1 February 2011
  8. ^ CityCat and CityFerry services Brisbane City Council
  9. ^ a b Bretts Wharf ferry terminal upgrade Brisbane City Council
  10. ^ Johnston, Bill (18 June 2015). "Ferry terminal opening". City North News (Brisbane, Australia). p. 8. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  11. ^ New Bretts wharf and upgraded North Quay terminals open Transdev Brisbane Ferries 15 June 2015
  12. ^ "Route 300 timetable". Translink.
  13. ^ "Route 305 timetable". Translink.