Program + Venue

2019 Welcoming Cities Symposium

Opening Reception

2 April 2019, 5:45pm – 7:30pm
The Rivershed West, Howard Smith Wharves

The Reception is included in the event registration and is a catered cocktail function. Dietary requirements can be specified in the event registration process.


3 April 2019, 8.30am – 4.30pm
Howard’s Hall East, Howard Smith Wharves

The Symposium is fully catered (morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea) and dietary requirements can be specified in the event registration process.

  • Opening Reception

    April 2, 2019

The Venue

Howard Smith Wharf Precinct, 5 Boundary Road, Brisbane.

Originally constructed in the 1930s, the Howard Smith Wharves project was initiated by the Queensland Government to provide locals with relief work during the depression. These astonishing spaces were largely abandoned since the 60’s, but are now heritage listed. They’re a rare surviving example of early city infrastructure, with offices, sheds, and wharfage still intact.

Our vision is to breathe new life into a historic Brisbane site that has laid dormant for decades. Nestled at the bend of the Brisbane river, beneath the Story Bridge and the sheer face of riverside cliffs, this 3.4-hectare site is being transformed into an agenda-setting entertainment and lifestyle precinct surrounding the heritage listed buildings.

More than 80% of the site has been allocated as public space; ensuring a community playground for all of Brisbane to enjoy. Cycle or walk through 500m of river’s edge, or stop and enjoy the abundant green spaces, urban agriculture, dynamic cliff lighting, and theatre-like public seating. This will be a place for the whole community to play.

Getting there:

By Car:
Pick-up, drop-off or park. On-site parking is available with a new underground car park for 359 vehicles. Alternative paid car parking is located nearby: Wilson Parking (secure car park at Brunswick Central) entry to the car park off Martin Street or Harrison Lane, Secure Parking in Chinatown Mall and Secure Parking on Brunswick Street.

On-site parking is available with a new underground car park for 359 vehicles. The car park is operated by Secure Parking and booking online (in advance) will guarantee a spot and a much cheaper rate (max. $25/day).

By foot:
The west footpath joins Howard Smith Wharves from the City Reach Boardwalk near Queen Street, Brisbane City. The east footpath begins at the New Farm Riverwalk from Riverview Court, New Farm. Two lifts are located at the top of the cliffs on Bowen Terrace for direct access into the precinct.

From the Airport:
Booking a ride share service from the airport? Easy! Order your ride share using your preferred app to 5 Boundary Street, Brisbane City and follow the signs to the designated Ride Booking area at the airport.Taxi pick-ups are available 24/7 from ranks outside the domestic and international airports.Alternatively you can take the Airtrain into Brisbane City. Just 20 minutes by train will get you to Central Station – 1km from Howard Smith Wharves. Train services run every 15 minutes. Click to visit Brisbane Airport.

By CityCat:
Take a trip along the Brisbane River! CityCats travel between St Lucia and Northshore Hamilton for the ultimate Brisbane experience. See the sites before arriving at Howard Smith Wharves. The closest ferry terminal is at Riverside – just a 15min/800m walk to the precinct. Click to visit TransLink.

HSW strives to provide inclusive, safe access for all visitors to the precinct. The precinct is accessible via stairs and lifts on Bowen Terrace, drop-off zones at 5 Boundary Street, and the Riverwalk from Brisbane City and New Farm entrances.