|- left||Stanley River, Moggill Creek, Breakfast Creek|
|- right||Lockyer Creek, Bremer River, Oxley Creek, Norman Creek, Bulimba Creek|
|- location||east of Nanango, Qld|
|- location||east of Brisbane, Qld|
|- elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|Length||344 km (214 mi)|
|Basin||13,600 km2 (5,300 sq mi) approx.|
Early travellers along the waterway admired the natural beauty, abundant fish and rich vegetation along its banks. From 1862 the Brisbane River has been dredged for navigation purposes. The river served as an important carriageway between Brisbane and Ipswich before a railway linking the towns was built in 1875. By the late 1920s, water quality in the river was significantly deteriorated. The river contains excess nutrients, hydrocarbons, pesticides, bacteria and is murky.
The river travels 344 km (214 mi) from Mount Stanley. The river is dammed by the Wivenhoe Dam, forming Lake Wivenhoe, the main water supply for Brisbane. The waterway is a habitat for the rare Queensland lungfish, Brisbane River cod and bull sharks. The largest ship built on the river was the Robert Miller. The 66,000 tonne vessel became un-moored in the 1974 Brisbane flood. While not the highest experienced along the river since European settlement, this flood was the most damaging. Major floods also occurred in January 2011 and multiple times during 1893.
Extensive port facilities have been constructed on Fisherman's Island, now known as the Port of Brisbane. There are 16 major bridges that cross the river. The Clem Jones Tunnel, opened in 2010, is the river's first underground crossing for road transport. The CityCat ferry service collects and delivers passengers along the inner-city reaches of the river.
The CityCat ferry service collects and delivers passengers along the inner-city reaches of the river.
Kangaroo Point Cliffs
- "We rounded the Point Skirmish about 5 o'clock and observed a number of natives running along the beach towards the vessel, the foremost much lighter in colour than the rest. We were to the last degree astonished when he came abreast the vessel to hear him hail us in good English."
- 14 January 1841 (Highest flood level to date)
- March 1890
- February 1931
- 27 January 1974 (Largest flood to affect Brisbane City in the 20th Century)
The Brisbane City Council has been developing a network of riverwalk pavements along the banks of the Brisbane River. Jim Soorley, a former mayor of Brisbane, encouraged serious investment into the quality and capacity of the Brisbane riverwalk.