Brisbane has grown up around the City Reach Waterfront, from its early role as a maritime centre, to the important professional services and lifestyle centre we know today.

The City Reach Waterfront Master Plan will set a common vision for the waterfront to guide development and infrastructure delivery so that the whole precinct benefits from new investment.


The following principles will guide the master plan process.

  • An accessible precinct Space for pedestrians, cyclists, workers and visitors.
  • A destination precinct More things to see and do, with opportunities to access the river.
  • A unified precinct Outcomes that benefit the whole precinct.


The City Reach Waterfront includes some of the city’s most valuable commercial land and iconic riverside public spaces, and is a significant destination for office workers, residents and tourists.

The master plan process will be guided by the following principles:

  • An accessible precinct – space for pedestrians, cyclists, workers and visitors
  • A destination precinct – more things to see and do, with opportunities to access the river
  • A unified precinct – outcomes that benefit the whole precinct

Initial themes to be investigated in the master plan are:

  • Putting people first – Making the area easy to access and improving existing public spaces
  • Creating more reasons to visit – A New World City is a 24-hour city, with entertainment and activities for all
  • Connecting the city to the river – Finding new ways to make the most of the river setting
  • Developing a distinct identity – Establishing a sense of place by showcasing heritage, public art and greenspace

An opportunities document has been prepared by Council to identify initial focus areas for these themes:

Master planning for the City Reach Waterfront was identified as an initiative in the Brisbane City Centre Master Plan 2014 and will support other Council strategies and frameworks including the:

Next steps

The next steps in the master plan process for the City Reach Waterfront is for Council to gather feedback and insight from stakeholders, to inform preparation of a draft master plan that will be released later in 2018 for public consultation.