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Superyacht buoy mooring trial—Brisbane River consultation

Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) is undertaking a trial for a superyacht buoy mooring in the Brisbane River.

Superyachts are a high-value market which have the potential to deliver strong flow-on economic benefits for the state. In south-east Queensland, superyachts are expected to contribute more than $1.1 billion to gross state product.

The Queensland Superyacht Strategy 2018-23 has been developed to promote Queensland as a key superyacht destination. The proposed superyacht buoy mooring trial will support the strategy by encouraging superyachts to visit Brisbane and stay for longer, which will help realise these benefits.

Trial timing

The implementation of the superyacht buoy mooring trial has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. MSQ now expects the trial to run for a 12 month period commencing in 2021.

Trial location

The location of the superyacht buoy mooring trial is yet to be established. The location will provide convenient access to the Brisbane CBD and facilities, allowing users of the mooring to readily access the city, potentially assisting in injecting a boost to the Brisbane economy.



It is anticipated that there will be fees charged for superyachts that use the mooring. The fee structure is currently under review and is subject to government approval.

How to book

During the proposed trial, information on making online bookings will be available on this page.

The customer will then receive emails confirming receipt and acceptance of the booking, and any additional information necessary to use the mooring.

Booking lengths

During the proposed trial, superyachts will be able to use the mooring from 1 to 14 days. Bookings may be extended past 14 days if there are no other conflicting bookings.

To ensure equal access to the mooring, there is a minimum of 14 days between bookings for the same vessel.

Cancelling a booking

To ensure fair and equitable access to the mooring, penalties may apply for not showing up for a booking, showing up late, or cancelling:

  Notice given  Charge 
No show  N/A  Full booking charge (100%) 
Late show  N/A  Full booking charge (100%)
Cancellation  30 days or more before the booking date No charge (0%)
7 or more days, but less than 30 days before the booking date 50% of total booking charge
Less than 7 days before the booking date  100% of total booking charge 

Vessel eligibility

Only superyachts will be permitted to use the mooring, unless otherwise approved by the Regional Harbour Master (Brisbane). A superyacht must:

  • be 24m or more in length
  • be for private use, or commercial use for sport or pleasure
  • not carry cargo
  • carry 12 passengers or fewer (not including staff).
Last updated
02 December 2020