First stage of Howard Smith Wharves opens to public

A new world-class waterfront dining and entertainment precinct has today opened its doors, marking the first stage of a progressive opening of Howard Smith Wharves following a $110 million restoration.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the lifestyle and leisure precinct would create more to see and do, completing the missing link along the inner city reaches of the Brisbane River.

“For many years the heritage-listed wharf buildings have been closed to the public, however, thanks to a three-year restoration project, the precinct has been reimagined into a vibrant lifestyle precinct for both residents and tourists,” Cr Quirk said.

“The Howard Smith Wharves were built in the 1930s and used for cargo and naval purposes during WWII, before later operating as the headquarters for the Water Police.

“The first event space at Howard Smith Wharves will open to the public from today, together with the public parkland and the first of two public lifts providing access to the precinct from Bowen Terrace.

“The first event will be held at Howard Smith Wharves tonight at Rivershed, with a second event to be hosted at Howard’s Hall later in the week and other spaces to open progressively.

“Once complete, Howard Smith Wharves will be a must-see destination, with some of the world’s best chefs and restaurants opening later this year, as well as a boutique luxury hotel to open in early 2019.”

Central Ward Councillor Vicki Howard said that Howard Smith Wharves would add to Brisbane’s growing status as a New World City.

“The Howard Smith Wharves precinct will connect the New Farm Riverwalk and the CBD, and with around 1.4 million people using the Riverwalk each year, these numbers are set to increase significantly with these new lifts,” Cr Howard said.

“This game-changing project will reactivate 3.4 hectares of Brisbane’s riverside and provide a new water’s edge public park, available for people to enjoy Brisbane’s lifestyle.

“Not only will people be able to enjoy a picnic in the new amphitheatre, but soon the public moorings for kayaking and a host of river-based leisure activities will be available.

“The two new glass lifts will both carry up to 21 people and will be accessed from the footpath on the southern side of Bowen Terrace, providing some of the best views of the Story Bridge and Brisbane’s CBD.”

For more information about the Howard Smith Wharves project visit or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.