The New Brisbane: Infrastructure projects changing the face of our CBD

By: Jade Horrobin: April 17, 2019, Updated: April 17, 2019

With a slew of large-scale developments currently underway, Brisbane is ready to turn things up a notch. From transport infrastructure that will transform the way tourists travel to brand-new entertainment and dining precincts that are sure to have Brisbanites clinking their glasses — these projects will transform Brisbane into a true world-class city. Are you ready to meet the new Brisbane?

Brisbane Live

Sitting 17,000 people, this $2 billion complex will be home to a stadium-sized amphitheatre, multiplex cinema, dining precinct and medical facilities as well as hotels and residential apartments. The development of Brisbane Live is set to begin in 2020. This will coincide with the Cross River Rail project which will see the current Roma Street station moved underground, creating the available above-ground space for Brisbane Live to take shape.

International Cruise Terminal

Set to open in 2020, the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal is a $158 million addition to the existing Port of Brisbane. In a move that is guaranteed to attract the world’s largest cruise ships, the development of this terminal will secure Brisbane’s slice of the booming cruise market. This mega-terminal is expected to generate $5 billion in economic value to the Sunshine State over the next five years.

International cruise terminal Brisbane
International cruise terminal Brisbane

Second Runway at Brisbane Airport

Currently under construction at Brisbane Airport is a second runway system, which will effectively double the airport’s current capacity. Set to open in 2020, this upgrade will make Brisbane home to the best runway system in Australia, increasing tourism by
$6 billion. It will also give Brisbanites a greater choice of airlines, destinations, and improve flight times.

Queens Wharf

The Queens Wharf precinct, located right on the river in Brisbane CBD, is about to give the riverfront a major facelift. This $3.6 billion entertainment and lifestyle precinct includes a brand-new casino, over 50 bars and restaurants, five hotels and nearly 2,000 residential apartments. The precinct also includes Brisbane’s first 100-metre sky deck and a new pedestrian bridge providing direct access to South Bank. With early earthworks for the project already underway, completion is expected by 2022.

Queens Wharf
Queens Wharf
Queens Wharf

Howard Smith Wharves

With Stage 1 of Howard Smith Wharves opening to the public in December of 2018, the area has rapidly become a favourite for brews and chews thanks to well-executed venues like Felons Brewing Co, Mr Percivals, Greca, Arc Wine Bar and huge fuction spaces. March 2019 also marked the opening of the Fantauzzo hotel which directly overlooks the hub. Still to come is a 1,500 square metre exhibition centre as well as the precinct’s very own ferry terminal by 2020.

Howard Smith Wharves
Howard Smith Wharves

Cross River Rail

Construction has already commenced on the 10.2 kilometres of rail line and the 5.9 kilometre tunnel that will form the Cross River Rail project. With four high-capacity underground stations, this $5.4 billion project will run from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills and will transform the way Brisbanites travel. This project aims to “unlock the bottleneck” at Brisbane CBD and Roma Street and will be fully operational by 2024.

Cross River Rail
Cross River Rail
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