Cruise Into the City’s Buzziest Spot With the New CityCat Service at Howard Smith Wharves

Getting to Brisbane CBD just got even more accessible with the launch of a new dedicated CityCat service at the Howard Smith Wharves ferry terminal starting yesterday, May 27. 

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Travelling to the bars, restaurants, event spaces and the city centre underneath the iconic Story Bridge is now a breeze, with CityCat services running from early morning until late night, seven days a week.

The first CityCat will pull up at 6:10 a.m. daily, with the last services departing around 11:30 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on weekends.

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Although Howard Smith Wharves has been serviced by the CityHopper and Cross River Ferry since its public ferry terminal opened in late 2021, this seamless CityCat integration is a game-changer for accessing both the precinct and the city centre. 

An estimated 45,000 people per year have already been accessing the wharves by river transport. Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner hailed the new stop as a no-brainer for such a beloved riverside hotspot. 

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“Howard Smith Wharves is not only one of Brisbane’s most beloved entertainment areas, but directly linked to the iconic Fortitude Valley precinct, so a permanent CityCat stop at the wharves makes perfect sense,” said Cr Schrinner.

Luke Fraser, CEO of Howard Smith Wharves, expressed immense enthusiasm about the new CityCat stop, stating it was a thrilling development that is sure to delight both visitors and locals in Brisbane. 

“The river really is one of Brisbane’s superpowers, so showcasing one of our city’s most amazing assets to even more CityCat users is a great idea, and we congratulate the Council on this commitment,” said Mr Fraser.

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“At Howard Smith Wharves, we’re passionate about the environment, and as the new CityCat service will reduce cars on the road, this is going to have a positive impact on our planet and our city.

With stunning river vistas, dining overseen by top chefs, buzzy bars and a constant calendar of events, getting to Howard Smith Wharves just got exponentially easier. Visit Translink’s website for more details about the CityCat service at Howard Smith Wharves ferry terminal.

Published 28-May-2024

71-Storey Nature-Inspired CBD Tower Proposed on Mary St

A 71-storey residential tower, inspired by nature, has been proposed for Brisbane’s CBD, bringing a blend of urban living and natural elements to the cityscape. 

The development application (DA A006456951) for this CBD tower, lodged with the Brisbane City Council on 6 Feb 2024 for the property at 25 Mary St, would push close to the city’s height limit, which will become a transformative addition to the skyline.

25 Mary St
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25 Mary St
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Spearheaded by James and John Kaias, alongside the Bellevue TCE Properties Unit Trust and Mary Street Holding Unit Trust group, the proposal has been designed by renowned Japanese architect Koichi Takada and it’s expected to redefine contemporary living. 

Situated just a few metres away from the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens and Queens Wharf Brisbane, the project aims to seamlessly blend nature with urban architecture.

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The proposed CBD tower, reaching a height of 264 meters, seeks to replace existing structures. The site’s current occupant, a two-storey retail commercial building and synagogue, would make way for this ambitious development, promising a modernized urban landscape.

As demolition works progress on-site, making way for the forthcoming development, attention turns to the intricate details of the proposed tower. 

Plans unveil a mix of one, two, three, and four-bedroom apartments spread across 71 floors, complemented by eight basement levels and five podium levels. Notably, the sixth and seventh levels are earmarked for an array of amenities, including a pet spa, yoga rooms, and recreational facilities, promising residents a lifestyle of luxury and convenience.

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The building’s design draws inspiration from nature, with breathable balconies and organic, landscaped recreation levels that break up the vertical height, offering residents unparalleled views of the cityscape.

Spanning over 7,000 square meters, the proposed communal spaces are distributed across five distinct recreation levels, catering to the diverse needs of residents. From wellness areas and fitness zones to communal lounges and swimming pools, the CBD tower promises an unrivalled living experience. 

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Furthermore, the incorporation of innovative design solutions, such as wind-protected balconies and shading elements, highlights a commitment to sustainable and comfortable urban living.

Published 12-Feb-2024

Queen’s Wharf Opening Delayed Due to Construction Crisis

The highly anticipated opening of The Star’s Queen’s Wharf in Brisbane has been dealt another setback as construction delays forced the project to be pushed back from its initial Christmas launch date. 

The Star Group’s chief executive and managing director Robbie Cooke explained that the decision to postpone the opening was made after a careful assessment of the current progress by the project’s builder. 

In a statement made last month, The Star Group revealed the new opening date for April 2024. 

Mr Cooke acknowledged that Queen’s Wharf has faced challenges similar to other major infrastructure projects across Australia. Despite the disappointment caused by the delay, Cooke emphasised that the transformational development, which has been eight years in the making so far, will undoubtedly be worth the wait.

“We are disappointed, but this transformational development for Brisbane has been eight years in the making already, and it will be well worth the wait. Queen’s Wharf will be a game-changer for a city that continues to attract the eyes of the world as we charge towards the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

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The Queen’s Wharf project, a sprawling $3.6-billion integrated resort development, is a joint venture between Australia’s Star Entertainment Group and partners Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium International. The venture is collectively known as the Destination Brisbane Consortium.

The postponement marks the second time the opening date has been revised, following a previous delay announced in July 2022. Back then, factors such as rising material costs, pandemic-related disruptions, and adverse weather conditions resulted in a six-month setback and a 10 per cent increase in the project’s cost.

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Despite the setbacks, The Star Group has made some progress in recent weeks. The consortium received control of several dining, entertainment, and gaming areas on Levels 5 and 6 of the resort from building contractor Multiplex, enabling The Star to begin preparations for their opening.

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In addition, the third and final Sky Deck bridge section was successfully installed, allowing for the completion of the Sky Deck and its connection to all four towers of the Queen’s Wharf development. The Sky Deck, a 250-meter open-air rooftop runway of bars and restaurants, will offer breathtaking panoramic views from 100 meters above the Brisbane River and accommodate up to 1,500 visitors.

The Queen’s Wharf development, situated on both sides of William Street in Brisbane’s CBD, is the largest undertaking in Queensland’s history and the most extensive casino resort in Australia. Despite the challenges faced during construction, the project is expected to bring immense economic and social benefits to the city, especially as Brisbane gears up to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Published 17-July-2023

Tiffany & Co Plans New Flagship Store at Former Louis Vuitton CBD Site

Iconic jeweller Tiffany & Co lodged plans to redevelop a new flagship store, expanding to the site of the former Louis Vuitton retail outlet in Queen Street Mall, CBD. 

After Louis Vuitton moved to the heritage-listed NAB building, Tiffany & Co proposed to upgrade the internal and external features of the store fronting the corners of Queen and Edward streets through DA A006236266, filed on 22 March 2023. 

Urbis, the planner for this development, indicated the addition of a larger entrance for the new fit-out on Edward Street that will create “the illusion of one large facade instead of two separate frontages.” 

“The proposal will also include an internal fit out to the suit the operational aspect of the brand, as well as an updated entrance accessible from the internal walkway in Queens Plaza.”

Some demolition inside the store has also been detailed in the proposal, including changes to the display units, the infrastructure, and internal services, new furniture and flooring, as well as changes to the store presentation. 

“The façade will incorporate various formats of jewellery displays, complementing the overall design of the shopfront and contributing towards the pedestrian experience along Queen and Edward Streets.” 

Tiffany & Co has 10 outlets across the country, with two stores in Brisbane CBD and Broadchurch in Queensland. 

Published 11-April-2023

Boom Boom Room Izakaya: From Bank Vault to Cocktail Bar, to Japanese Restaurant

The transformation of Boom Boom Room Izakaya, a Japanese-inspired restaurant and bar in Brisbane CBD, is almost ready as the underground dining spot marks its opening day on Friday, 2 Oct 2020.

Located below Donna Chang‘s modern fine dining Chinese cuisine, the cocktail bar formerly known as  The Boom Boom Room shifts its concept to create a more restful, comfortable and safe eatery whilst retaining its dark and moody ambience. 

Nehme Ghanem of The Ghanem Group — the same company behind Byblos, Blackbird Bar & Grill and Lord of the Wings — worked out the shift to Boom Boom Room Izakaya pre-pandemic. The timing of the concept’s redevelopment seems to fit the current state of the food and hospitality industry. 

The Ghanem Group didn’t tweak a lot of the old bar’s interiors, whilst only removing and replacing some of the furniture with heaps of gorgeous red velvet chairs. 

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However, the former bank vaults of the Queensland Government Savings Bank have been redesigned as private rooms with classy velvet drapes for those small-scale private parties.

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Featuring a new Japanese menu from the creative taste of chef Jake Nicolson, Boom Boom Room Izakaya offers food bites and snacks like Barramundi katsu bao burgers with bacon or miso-glazed toothfish yakitori with shichimi pepper and bonito mayo. 

Aaron Clark, the beverage director, has also come up with cocktail concoctions with distinctly Asian flavours like green tea, pickled ginger, cherry blossoms and lychee. 

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Table bookings are now accepted for the big opening day. Phone (07) 3243 4000 or email for enquiries. 

You may also register your details at the official site to be the first to get the updates.

Ingenious Plan to Merge Two Buildings Into One in Brisbane CBD Unveiled

Midtown Centre, an ingeniously designed redevelopment in Brisbane’s CBD, is an ecologically sustainable project which will transform and repurpose a presently disused office complex into a contemporary workplace, by merging two buildings into one, in a bid to avoid demolishing them.

In what will be an Australian first, the former government office buildings located at 150 Mary Street and 155 Charlotte Street will be transformed into one tower through what architects call a full building join.

Fender Katsalidis was engaged by AM Brisbane CBD Investments to design the new, 26-storey structure.

“The project proposes the connection of the two separate but conjoined sites, to create an internal, publicly accessible cross-block link between Mary and Charlotte Streets, realising Brisbane City Council’s master plan vision for laneway and linkages of city blocks,” the project description from Fender Katsalidis reads.

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The 26-storey Midtown Centre will combine and enlarge the existing Health and Forestry House Building towers on a 3,670-square metre site fronting both Charlotte Street and Mary Street.

Keeping the heart of the building

The new building will have a podium which incorporates and revitalises the facade of the heritage-listed, late 19th -century Walter Reid Building, which was designed by Architect George Cowlishaw.

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An outdoor terrace with landscaping will top the podium. On the ground level, there will be a public laneway connecting Charlotte and Mary Streets.

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Above the six-storey podium, the existing Health and Forestry House towers will comprise the high-rise section. A “living, breathing, porous infill” will occupy the 20-metre gap between the buildings.

The tower will provide an estimated 1,800 sqm of continuous floor plates from Level 6 up to Level 20. Completing the building will be another six levels of commercial space.

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A glazed atrium surrounded by a double-height sky garden marks the transition between the existing structures and the six-storey vertical extension.

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The Charlotte Street footpath will be widened, in anticipation of heavier traffic once the building is complete. There will be cafes and retail outlets as part of the commercial mix in the precinct.

Hutchinson Builders is scheduled to complete the building by mid-2021.

Jack Dauth in Trouble Over Brisbane Street Jam in Fortitude Valley

Police received several reports on the 21st of October stating that a ‘scooter gang’ comprised of teenagers brought chaos along the streets of Fortitude Valley towards Kangaroo Point.

The minors involved were reportedly participating in the annual Brisbane Street Jam, including 18-year-old YouTube star Jack Dauth. The latter claimed that he was arrested. Other teenagers asserted that police were aggressive towards them.

Internet sensation and YouTube star, Jack Dauth
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Police confirmed that no teenagers were arrested or charged in connection with the incident, adding that they had contacted the parents to coordinate where they could safely collect their children. The police also maintained that the teenagers were dangerously riding their scooters going towards oncoming traffic.

Footage released by Nine News Queensland showed police dispersing the crowd from Fortitude Valley to Kangaroo Point. Footage also showed boys wearing safety helmets charging towards the police, prompting them to cordon off parts of Brisbane CBD for crowd control. Hundreds of scooter riders were driving on the wrong side of the road.

The situation spun out of control when Dauth, whom police had tagged as the instigator, claimed that he was violently arrested by police. “First they tackled me down, they ripped my camera, grabbed my microphone and twisted out. They picked me up and just threw me in,” the boy was quoted as saying in an interview with other media.

The police has since released Dauth but he posted a video of his arrest both on his Instagram and YouTube accounts. By October 23, the hashtag #FREEJACK had gone viral on the internet. Dauth has 170,000 YouTube subscribers and 160,000 Instagram followers. In the video that he posted on his Instagram account, fellow scooter riders can be heard chanting “Free Jack!” in the background.

🚨LEAKED FOOTAGE🚨 Full video dropping tomorrow on my YouTube channel! TAG 3 FRIENDS #FREEJACK @marcus_spence1

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Dauth’s social media profiles state that he is from Sydney, Australia. He has been riding scooters since 2011 and calls himself a professional freestyle scooter rider. His profiles also state that he is currently sponsored by UrbanArtt. “My aim is to document what I get up to while out riding, exploring and all round having a fun time,” he wrote in one of his profiles.

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Police also clarified through a statement given to other media that authorities were not informed ahead of the event. Further investigation revealed that the event was only organised through social media.