You Can Soon Catch a Ferry to Stradbroke Island from Howard Smith Wharves

With travel limited, where do you stay if you want a weekend getaway at a distant paradise? Well soon, thanks to the Queensland government, you’ll soon be able to take a ferry to Stradbroke Island from Howard Smith Wharves, in what Queensland Tourism Minister Kate Jones is calling “an absolute game-changer.”

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Touted as a solution to creating “more tourism jobs in the southeast into the future,” Queensland is acknowledging just how crucial “River to Bay tourism” will be for the region. “Howard Smith Wharves is a hugely popular precinct. This new river terminal will mean you can have a drink or something to eat at a restaurant, jump on a boat, and be relaxing on an island within 40 minutes. It’s an absolute game-changer.”

Committing $5.5 million to build three new pontoons at Howard Smith Wharves to boost the tourism and construction industries post-COVID-19, it’s all a part of the Palaszczuk Government’s plan to promote the city’s links with Moreton Bay. “We’re forging on with major projects like this because we know that new infrastructure is vital to Queensland’s economic recovery.”

Set to increase domestic travel by about 64,000 visitors, the facility could see an additional 294,000 overseas visitors spending $9.2 million a year when international travel is once again restored. While the project is expected to only create about 30 jobs (7 in construction), HSW chief executive Luke Fraser said since opening, Howard Smith Wharves had created over 1000 jobs, with the terminal expected to be a catalyst for many more.

“It’s incredible to see this vision of ours coming to life and creating a new way to come and go from the wharves, and a new hub for tourism boats spurring on further investment in new tourism products.”

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