Helipad trial underway to enhance Brisbane tourism

A one-day trial of on-water helicopter landings is underway today, as Brisbane City Council investigates new opportunities for tourism and leisure activities on the Brisbane River.

Infrastructure Chairman Amanda Cooper said the helipad trial would be conducted by a charter helicopter operator at an area adjoining the City Botanic Gardens.

“On-water helicopter landing pads were identified in Council’s River Access Network Strategy, as a tourism opportunity that was not currently available,” Cr Cooper said.

“Inner-city helipad access for commercial helicopters would create opportunities for tourist flights around Mt Coot-tha, out to the Moreton Bay and islands, or over the CBD and Story Bridge.

“Brisbane has the unique advantage of being located just minutes from pristine natural bushland and the Moreton Bay, which are drawcards for both international and local visitors to the city.

“Until now, Brisbane has not had convenient inner-city access for helicopter landings, to support charter helicopter flights to take in these spectacular views.

“Council envisages on-water helipads could be located adjoining the City Botanic Gardens, co-located with the upcoming river hub, as well as at South Bank and Kurilpa, with potential future locations at entertainment hubs such as Queen’s Wharf.”

Cr Cooper said the trial, which would take place between 9am to 4pm on Tuesday would assess whether Brisbane River conditions were conducive to helicopter landings.

“The helicopter will land on a barge, to simulate landing on an on-water helipad and determine if weather and water conditions, as well as operational constraints, can be managed to proceed with the concept,” she said.

“Following the trial Council will work with both the industry and the Harbour Master to assess the results.”

Cr Cooper said that on-water helipads would enhance Council’s plans for five inner-city river hubs.

“Council is progressing with detailed designs for river access hubs at New Farm Park and the City Botanic Gardens, following industry consultation,” she said.

“More than 40 industry stakeholders attended two briefing sessions, to learn how they could be involved with Council’s plans to provide opportunities for Moreton Bay and island cruises, hop-on hop-off city-sights tours, water-taxis and leisure craft.”

For more information about Council’s plans to bring more leisure and lifestyle opportunities to the Brisbane River, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.