The Bulimba to Teneriffe cross river ferry service will resume on Monday, reinstating the popular service that was temporarily stopped last month due to ferry maintenance inspections.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the steel-hulled ferry Kalparrin would operate the cross-river service after being given the all-clear from maritime experts to resume.

“Council’s swift action over the past couple of weeks meant the service operator, Transdev was able to repair our steel-hulled ferry and I’m pleased to announce she will again be servicing residents and visitors, with cross river services between Bulimba and Teneriffe starting from 5:33am on Monday morning,” he said.

“I thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we made the tough decision to remove all nine of the monohull ferries from service in July.

“It is great that we have been able to get two cross river services back in operation and we are working to reinstate more services as soon as we can.

“We will continue to put safety at the forefront of everything we do and every decision we make when it comes to the ferries is in the interest of public safety.

“We will continue to work with maritime experts to get to the bottom of the issues with our ferries.

“We are aware of deterioration, damage and faults in the remaining eight small ferries, all of which are timber.

“Ferry services are here to stay, and Council is working around the clock to ensure we can keep Brisbane moving and ferry services back on the river as soon as possible.

“Until then, we have already introduced additional buses, including a new free shuttle and modified the existing CityCat timetable to include Holman Street terminal to ensure we are meeting the needs of commuters most affected.”

For more information visit or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.



  • Free Shuttle Bus [Route 27] continues to run between Baildon Street, near Story Bridge Hotel and Eagle Street stop 152 at Riverside Centre. This shuttle runs every 20 minutes between 5.50am and 11.50pm seven days a week with the trip taking about 12 minutes.
  • Existing bus route 234 services near Holman Street and Thornton Street.


  • This Cross-River service is the first to be reinstated, with services set to resume Monday 17 August.
  • Both terminals also serviced by scheduled CityCat services
  • Bus 230, P231,232 services Bulimba to the City and Valley


  • Holman Street has been added to the existing standard CityCat route
  • Holman Street, Thornton Street and Dockside are serviced by the existing 234 service nearby.
  • South Bank 3 customers are encouraged to use bus services from the South Bank Busway
  • Maritime Museum customers are encouraged to use bus services from the Mater Hill Busway.
  • Existing CityCat services connect North Quay and South Bank.


  • Existing bus routes 227, 230,232,235 P228 are available near Norman Park terminal and travel to the city where you can transfer to service 196 to travel to New Farm.


  • The small timber cross river ferry fleet of eight, built between 1984 and 1993, were commissioned as ferry service vessels on the Brisbane River, before the first CityCats came into service in 1996.
  • The first Brisbane ferry service started in 1844. Brisbane City Council began managing ferry services in 1925.
  • There are now 21 standard and one next-generation double-decker CityCats in service and another eight to be delivered over the next four years.