Our Fleet

The Brisbane City Council ferry fleet operated and maintained by RiverCity Ferries consists of 22 CityCats, 1 CityFerry and 5 KittyCats.

CityCats
22 Vessels
CityFerries
1 Vessel
KittyCats
5 Vessels

OUR FLEET

CityCats

Brisbane City Council’s CityCats have been an iconic feature of the Brisbane River since 1996. From NorthShore Hamilton to the University of Queensland, the CityCats regularly service 18 locations and provide an exciting and refreshing way to experience the city.

The CityCats are named after indigenous place names around the Brisbane River, with the exceptions of Neville Bonner for the late indigenous politician and the Spirit of Brisbane that was named following the devastating 2011 Brisbane Floods.

First Generation
Numbers built:
8 vessels
Capacity:
149 Passengers
Engine:
CUMMINS QSM 11
Maximum Speed:
25 knots
Owner:
Brisbane City Council
Vessel names and meaning*
Launch Date
Kurilpa – West End
Nov 1996
Mirbarpa – Indooroopilly
Nov 1996
Barrambin – Bowen Hills
Nov 1996
Tugulawa – Bulimba
Nov 1996
Mianjin – Gardens Point
Dec 1996
Binikinba – New Farm
Dec 1996
Mooroolbin – Hamilton Sandbank
Oct 1998
Baneraba – Toowong
Dec 1998
*Indigenous names as translated by the early European settlers
Second Generation
Numbers built:
6 vessels
Capacity:
162 Passengers
Engine:
CUMMINS QSM 11
Maximum Speed:
25 knots
Owner:
Brisbane City Council
Vessel names and meaning*
Launch Date
Beenung-urrung – Highgate Hill
Aug 2004
Tunamun – Petrie Bight
Jun 2005
Meeandah – Spike of land below Hamilton
Feb 2008
Wilwinpa – Observatory
Jun 2008
Ya-wa-gara – Breakfast Creek
Nov 2008
Mahreel – Spring Hill
Apr 2009
*Indigenous names as translated by the early European settlers
Third Generation
Numbers built:
7 vessels
Capacity:
162 Passengers
Engine:
CUMMINS QSM 11
Maximum Speed:
25 knots
Owner:
Brisbane City Council
Vessel names and meaning*
Launch Date
Kuluwin – Wooloowin
Feb 2010
Gootcha – Toowong
Jul 2010
Walan – Herston
Dec 2010
Mudherri – Murarrie
Jul 2011
Spirit of Brisbane
Oct 2011
Nar-dha – Nudgee
Oct 2014
Gilwunpa – Nundah
Jun 2015
*Indigenous names as translated by the early European settlers
Fourth Generation
Numbers built:
2 vessels
Capacity:
170 Passengers
Engine:
CUMMINS QSM 11
Maximum Speed:
25 knots
Owner:
Brisbane City Council
Vessel names and meaning*
Launch Date
Yoogera – Breakfast Creek at Mouth
Nov 2019
Neville Bonner
Aug 2020
*Indigenous names as translated by the early European settlers

OUR FLEET

Other vessels

The Brisbane City Council Fleet also consists of three different groups of smaller vessels that are utilised for Cross River and free CityHopper services. The nine monohulls, CityHoppers, and CityFerries were introduced between 1994 to 1993. These vessels, with the exception of Kalparrin,  have been removed from service for safety works, and from November 2020, 5 small catamarans, nicknamed ‘KittyCats’ have been introduced to the fleet to continue these services.

CityFerry
Numbers built:
6 vessels
Capacity:
53 Passengers
Engine:
Perkins
Maximum Speed:
8 knots
Owner:
Brisbane City Council
Vessel name
Launch Date
Bulimba
Jun 1984
Koopa
Jun 1986
Lucinda
Jun 1986
Gayundah
Jun 1987
John Oxley
Jun 1990
Kalparrin
Jun 1993
CityHopper
Numbers built:
3 vessels
Capacity:
78 Passengers
Engine:
Scania
Maximum Speed:
12 knots
Owner:
Brisbane City Council
Vessel names and meaning*
Launch Date
Doomba
1989
Mermaid
1987
Otter
1989
KittyCat
Numbers built:
5 vessels
Capacity:
60 Passengers
Engine:
Coming Soon
Maximum Speed:
22 knots
Owner:
RiverCity Ferries
Vessel name
Launch Date
Coming Soon
2020
Coming Soon
2020
Coming Soon
2020
Coming Soon
2020
Coming Soon
2020