Queen’s Wharf Development Update

Queen's Wharf with the Neville Bonner Bridge in the foreground. The Neville Bonner Bridge will provide a pedestrian link between South Bank and Queen's Wharf.

The State Government has overnight relaxed inner-city heavy vehicle restrictions in an effort to keep the Queen’s Wharf project on track.

The $3.6 billion riverfront development, adjacent to 1 William Street and QUT’s Gardens Point Campus has been deemed a Priority Development Area (PDA). PDAs are given to projects which will deliver significant benefits to the community.

Upon completion, the precinct will revolutionise the CBD and is expected to generate an extra 1.39 million visitors a year, delivering $1.69 billion dollar per year increase in tourism spending.

While whole industries have been hampered by the restrictions of COVID-19, work continues apace at Queen’s Wharf. During peak construction the project will employ more than 2000 construction workers.

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Once up and running the entertainment and lifestyle precinct will be a shot in the arm for Brisbane employment, supporting more than 8000 local jobs. Alongside a controversial new casino, Queen’s Wharf will host 50 new restaurants, world-class retail, entertainment, substantial public spaces, and three integrated resort towers. The first residential tower will host the greatly anticipated Sky Deck.

The heavy vehicle relaxation will now allow vehicles greater than 12.5 metres long to enter and exit the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane PDA between peak hours 7:30am to 9:00am and 4pm to 6:30pm – an extra four hours per day.

The decision has been welcomed by the developer, Destination Brisbane Consortium.

 “We are working hard to continue to deliver Queen’s Wharf Brisbane and this decision will greatly assist us to make sure we can keep this development on track,” Project Director Simon Crooks said.

Core features of Queen’s Wharf were earlier projected to open in late 2022, including three hotels, dining, retail, major public spaces, and a selfie opportunity on Sky Deck.

There has been no official adjustment to these dates due to COVID-19.

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