The changing face of Brisbane

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Brisbane Live

  • $2 billion
  • 2018 - 2022
  • Brisbane Live is a $2 billion arena-centred entertainment precinct at Roma Street, Brisbane with a Madison Square Garden-style 17,000 seat entertainment arena as its centrepiece, along with outdoor amphitheatres, cinemas, restaurants, bars, hotels, and residences.
  • Brisbane Live website »
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Brisbane Metro

  • $1.24 billion
  • 2017 - 2023
  • Delivering the first stage of the new Brisbane Metro will mean a 21km turn-up-and-go service, with two dedicated lines connecting 18 stations from Eight Mile Plains to Roma Street and Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital to the University of Queensland.
  • Brisbane Metro website »
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Millennium Square

  • $2 billion
  • 2018 - 2021
  • Millennium Square is touted as Australia’s first ‘mediapolis’, co-locating new knowledge media businesses in a worldclass workplace within a vital and vibrant urban precinct. The project’s major features include a 44,000sqm commercial office building, a media innovation centre, high quality retail centre of up 42,000sqm, up to 1700 rooms across seven apartment towers and a 187-room hotel and public plaza.
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Herston Quarter

  • $1.1 billion
  • 2017 - 2025
  • Spread over 5ha adjacent to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Herston Quarter will be redeveloped as a new mixed-use health precinct. It will include world-class health facilities, inter-generational living and green spaces, integrated with iconic heritage buildings.
  • Herston Quarter website »
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Brisbane Showgrounds

  • $2.9 billion
  • 2017 - 2018 (stage 3)
  • The regeneration of the Brisbane Showgrounds is transforming more than 22 ha on the Ekka site into a vibrant yearround destination. It includes 340,000sqm of residential, commercial and retail buildings, together with an additional 76,000sqm of new development on RNA retained land.
  • Brisbane Showgrounds website »
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Cross River Rail

  • $5.4 billion
  • 2017 - 2024
  • Cross River Rail is a 10.2km rail line between Dutton Park and Bowen Hills that includes a 5.9km twin tunnel under the Brisbane River and the CBD. The project includes four new underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street, Roma Street and redevelopment of two existing over ground stations at Dutton Park and the Exhibition which will be used by 164,000 passengers daily. Each new station will generate unique opportunities for property development and economic growth and revitalisation of these inner-city precincts.
  • Cross River Rail website »
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Brisbane Quarter

  • $800 million
  • 2016 - late 2021
  • Brisbane Quarter at 300 George Street includes Australia’s first purpose-built W Hotel, two levels of dining and luxury retail shopping beneath a 40 storey state-of-the-art Prime Grade office tower and an 82-storey luxury residential apartment building.
  • Brisbane Quarter website »
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Queen's Wharf

  • $3.6 billion
  • 2017 - 2024
  • Queen’s Wharf is an integrated resort development covering more than 26 ha. The project includes four new hotels, including The Ritz-Carlton Brisbane and the six Star Rosewood, which will provide more than 1000 hotel rooms.
  • Queen's Wharf website »
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South Bank Southpoint

  • $600 million
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Southpoint is home to Brisbane’s second luxury boutique Emporium Hotel plus three towers comprising 413 residential apartments, commercial office space, and an estimated $40 million, 4500sqm retail and dining plaza.
  • South Bank Southpoint website »
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Howard Smith Wharves

  • $110 million
  • 2017 - late 2018
  • The Howard Smith Wharves are being transformed into a world-class 2.7 ha riverside recreation, lifestyle, event and tourism precinct with access to and from the Brisbane River.
  • Howard Smith Wharves website »
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Waterfront Brisbane

  • $2.1 billion
  • 2021 - 2030
  • A new waterfront precinct which includes parkland, retail, hotel and commercial space over 3.2 ha of prime waterfront CBD at Eagle Street Pier, Eagle Street (gold tower), 12 Eagle Street (blue tower) and Naldham House (Brisbane Polo Club).
  • Waterfront Brisbane website »
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Brisbane's New Runway

  • $1.3 billion
  • 2017 - 2020
  • Brisbane's new runway will cater for an increase to more than 50 million annual passengers by 2040. The new runway will be 3.3km long, 60m wide and will give Brisbane the most efficient runway system in Australia.
  • Brisbane's New Runway website »
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International Cruise Terminal

  • $160 million
  • 2018 - late 2020
  • Brisbane’s first mega-cruise ship terminal at Luggage Point will be able to cater for vessels longer than 270m. The terminal building will be 9300sqm set over two levels and connected to a 200m long wharf with two air bridges for passengers. There will also be public open spaces, parking, plus extensive landscaping across the site.
  • International Cruise Terminal website »
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Gabba Precinct Upgrade

  • TBC
  • TBC
  • The Gabba’s 10-15-year ‘master plan’ includes a new “grand entrance” to the stadium, landscaped public gardens with big screens, and walkways over Main, Vulture and Stanley streets.
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  • $5 billion
  • 2020 - 2035
  • Northshore is the largest waterfront urban renewal project in Queensland with luxury riverside apartments, commercial space, boutique retail shops, restaurants and bars. Up to 20 per cent of the site is green space with landscaped parks and swimming pools.
  • Northshore website »
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West Village

  • $1 billion
  • 2016 - 2023
  • West Village is an innovative, master crafted and living heritage village, created by one of the world’s largest residential development companies, Sekisui House. West Village is Brisbane’s second largest project under development and with heritage assets at its core, is of state governance significance. Designed around the historic Peters Ice Cream and Ice Cream Cone Factories it offers contemporary residences, green spaces, restaurants, cafes and bespoke providores. West Village will provide a dynamic mix of best in class community, amenity, new-concept restaurants and bars, and a full service Woolworths. Adding to this will be a leading childcare provider alongside an innovative leisure and health club facility, surrounded by expansive greenspace to service and delight the residents of West Village. These features will complement the surrounding Boundary Street, West End, South Brisbane and Southbank Cultural Precinct.
  • West Village website »
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Queensland Ballet Centre

  • $35 million
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Almost two decades since the Queensland Government first purchased and restored an old West End shoe factory as a home for dance and arts, the Thomas Dixon Centre on Montague Rd is set for a major redevelopment. The project will comprise both the refurbishment of the existing centre and a three-storey extension containing rehearsal and performance studios and spaces, wardrobe and workshop spaces, a performance studio and a wellness centre.
  • Queensland Ballet website »
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New QPAC theatre

  • $150 million
  • 2020 - 2022
  • The new theatre at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre will deliver a world-class facility. Upon completion it is expected to bring an extra 260 performances annually with the potential to welcome an additional 300,000 visitors every year, making QPAC the busiest performing arts centre in Australia.
  • Arts Queensland website »

What people are saying

  • Nothing drives housing markets more than infrastructure spending.
    Terry Ryder
    Managing Director, Ryder Property Research
  • The big opportunity that Brisbane has is that it’s the first of the three cities to engage in a significant infrastructure upgrade to handle larger ships.
    Adam Goldstein
    Cruise Lines Industry Association chairman
  • We are really at the start of what‘s going to be a multi-year infrastructure cycle and it will significantly change Brisbane CBD and then also wider parts of the city.
    Paul Noonan
    JLL Queensland manager
  • Soon, a list of massive construction projects will create more opportunities to enjoy the city. It will be easier to get around. It will be a place that I will enjoy raising our family.
    Darius Boyd
    Brisbane Broncos captain
  • Entire lifestyle precincts have been created, in previously unloved parts of the city, and they rival or exceed what I’ve experienced elsewhere, including overseas.
    Kylie Lang
    Associate Editor, The Courier-Mail
  • With our CBD ever-growing the need to provide greater capacity is now more crucial than ever.
    Dr Rebecca Michael
    Head of Public Policy, RACQ
  • Brisbane has been doing a really good job of planning for the future and I actually think that city, if its plans come to fruition, is going to be the most progressive place in the next 10 years.
    Andrew Hoyne
    Principal of Hoyne and author of The Place Economy, Volume 2
  • There has never been such a perfect alignment of infrastructure that will forever change the city.
    John O’Sullivan, Former Managing Director
    Tourism Australia
  • Individually each of the projects is impressive but collectively they represent a once-in-a-generation level of investment coming on line within a narrow window of our city’s history. Over the next five years, Brisbane will experience investment in new major projects on a scale not seen even during Expo 88.
    Nick Behrens, Director
    Queensland Economic Advocacy Solutions
  • We have the large-scale structural strengthening with things like Cross River Rail, Brisbane Metro, the second airport runway, new cruise ship terminal and Queen’s Wharf on the horizon. There’s absolutely this sense that if you want to be anywhere over the next 10 years, it would be southeast Queensland.
    Chris Mountford, Executive Director
    Property Council Queensland
  • The fact that these projects are largely being funded by the private sector shows that there is confidence that the loans used to build them can be repaid and the projects are needed.
    Dr Tony Matthews, Urban Planner
    Griffith University
  • The city is growing and the aviation industry is growing, so we need the capacity. The best airports are those with healthy home markets. We have population growth in southeast Queensland, an affluent populace and we also are attractive to tourists.
    Gert-Jan de Graaff, Chief Executive
    Brisbane Airport Corporation
  • While Queensland is still feeling the impact of the end of the mining downturn, there is increasing investment in tourism and transport infrastructure. Large projects such as Cross River Rail, Queen’s Wharf and the Brisbane Live Entertainment Precinct will improve confidence in the years ahead.
    Pradeep Philip, Partner
    Deloitte Access Economics Queensland
  • We think waterfront destinations become a city’s face to the world. The process of developing this place (Waterfront Precinct) is the key to rediscovering and defining the identity of Brisbane. This is a world-leading project and will show how great public spaces can anchor and drive waterfront precincts.
    Ethan Kent, Senior Vice President
    Project for public spaces
  • That (development pipeline in the inner-city) will have a direct impact on economic activity and confidence in the market as well as having an impact on inner-city living because it will draw construction workers to the area. Couple that with population growth and the outlook is increasingly positive for Brisbane.
    Leigh Warner, National director of residential research
  • While many visitors to Queensland traditionally arrive via Brisbane, the increase in (visitor) numbers for the River City was significantly higher than increases in other regions of the state... the surge coincides with a new generation of tourism development for the city, including high-end hotels and Star Entertainment’s multibilliondollar Queen’s Wharf integrated resort.
    Jeremy Pierce, Tourism Reporter
  • What I’m seeing is the recognition of the amount of infrastructure and investment currently under way in Brisbane, Queen’s Wharf Casino and the Cross River Rail are getting all the headlines, and deservedly so, but the second runway at the airport will be an absolute game changer for the city. Combine that with Brisbane Live, Howard Smith Wharves and the rest, Brisbane is getting a lot of attention from interstate and also overseas.
    Mike Walsh, Director
    Middle Markets, CBRE
  • It’s such a small footprint of road space in the inner city we are not able to get more people in, that’s why we have to be building Metro, building Cross River Rail, building the bikeways to give people other options.
    Matthew Burke, Associate Professor
    Griffith University
  • Almost $30 billion in projects are either under way in Brisbane or planned. By 2025 the old girl would have had a significant facelift ... I love celebrating everything good about this city.
    Ben Davis
    4BC Radio
  • We have never seen anything like this. We all refer to Expo 88 as the game-changer, and it was, but this suite of new developments is on a completely different scale.
    Daniel Gschwind, CEO
    Tourism Industry Council
  • Stroll through the CBD and the city’s inner environs and you can already get a sense that in a few short years Brisbane will be transformed into quite possibly Australia’s most attractive and interesting capital city.
    Matt Condon, Associate Editor
  • Queen’s Wharf will ... redefine the city. That’s really exciting and it can’t come soon enough. From Brisbane’s point of view, there is now a series of interesting, sexy, genuinely world-class hotels both already built and in the near-term pipeline.
    Richard Crawford, Pacific region development chief
    Marriott International
  • The cluttered roads around the Gabba, however, are one of the venue’s most unattractive features, meaning the proposed Cross River Rail project, which promises a station near the Gabba, is crucial.
    Robert Craddock, Chief Sports Writer
  • Catalytic projects including a second airport runway, the Cross River Rail and Metro public transport systems, a new cruise ship terminal and the Queen’s Wharf integrated resort precinct will position it (Brisbane) to become a modern hub based on lifestyle.
    Bernard Salt, Demographer

By the numbers

Cross River Rail


that's how many
jobs will be created
during construction of
"Brisbane's new underground"
Queen's Wharf

1.39 million

the number of
visitors Queen's Wharf
is expected to attract each
Brisbane's New Runway


the number of
new jobs the new
runway is expected to
generate by 2035
International Cruise Terminal


the number of passengers/hour the
new cruise ship terminal
will be able to handle
Brisbane Metro


that's how many
passengers will use
the Metro per hour
Brisbane Quarter


the number
of storeys in the
luxury TheOne
apartment tower which
rises from Brisbane


the number of
extra visitors the new
1500-seat theatre is
expected to attract
each year
Qld Ballet Centre

35 million

the estimated
cost of the new
Thomas Dixon Centre
sq m
South Bank Southpoint

5000sq m

how much
shopping and dining
space there is at
Southpoint, with the
Emporium hotel at
its heart
West Village


that's how much
space is given to
restaurants, cafes, bars
and food markets
Howard Smith Wharves

3.4 hectares

the total area of
the the historic
riverfront dining, food
and tourism hub under
the Story Bridge
Herston Quarter


the number of
jobs that the Herston
Quarter will support over
the building period