Pontoon in Brisbane River


To those unfamiliar with the term, a pontoon is a boat or a floating bridge that can be used

for temporary or long-term purposes. As pontoon boats, they are easy to operate and are unsinkable. They can be powered by a motor, pulled by another boat or cables. As pontoon bridges, they are an inexpensive alternative to steel bridges and can be removed to make

way for passing ships.

Being blessed with many beautiful and varied kinds of water bodies, Brisbane has pontoons aplenty. They are not only used as access ways and a means to ferry people, they can also be made part of an interesting stay in Brisbane.

Visitors, fishing groups and locals celebrating special days can enjoy relaxing in BBQ pontoons that can be booked with resorts and transport companies in Brisbane.

These pontoons can seat from seven to a dozen people depending on the size.

They are equipped with burners, sinks, tables, seats, toilets and safety equipment.

In these pontoons they can enjoy traveling on Brisbane’s waterways and discovering its many beautiful sights as viewed from the water.

Visitors may also chance upon seeing a pontoon as they avail of boat tours like that of

the Mirimar boat cruise which gives people a view of historic buildings and Indooroopilly island’s bat colonies. This cruise package departs daily from the Cultural Centre Pontoon fronting Brisbane’s State library. Pontoon facilities can also be found in the suburbs and

parks of Bald Hills, Carina, Chelmer, Corinda, East Brisbane, Graceville, Hamilton, Sir John Chandler, Jindalee, Morningside, Newstead, Nudgee Beach, Oxley, Sherwood and West End.

One may opt to just seek pontoons and enjoy them as an attraction by themselves.

pontoon in brisbane river

This is the objective of Brisbane’s River Walk. People of all fitness levels can enjoy this 870 metre long pontoon at any time and season.

It is 35 metres from the riverbank and wheelchairs, prams and pushers can be maneuvered over it. The ten-minute walk over the pontoon bridge

gives one a feeling of walking on the river. Walkers will also be rewarded with a picturesque view of the city and the Story Bridge, while enjoying a

peaceful walk between the wharves of New Farm and Howard Smith. The path leads walkers back to Riverside and another ten-minute walk to the city.
The Brisbane City Council is encouraging the development of connecting floating walkways that the public can similarly enjoy. Future developments on private riverfronts are also required to include riverwalks.