Queensland Aquarium and Maritime Museum

Queensland Aquarium and Maritime Museum

World class tourist attraction

Project Value

Construction costs estimated at over $100 million


Queensland Aquarium and Maritime Museum consortium which comprises Queensland Maritime Museum, Crossley Architects and Advanced Aquarium Technologies

Procurement stage

Stage 2: Detailed Proposal stage of the Market-Led Proposal process


Privately funded


Privately financed

Project delivery (if approved to proceed):


Qld Aquarium

Project information

The Queensland Aquarium and Maritime Museum (QAMM) consortium is preparing a detailed proposal to redevelop the existing Queensland Maritime Museum and build a new, world-class aquarium alongside Brisbane’s South Bank on government land.

Under the proposal, the heritage site components will be maintained, historical and significant maritime artefacts, books, documents and photographs would be preserved and an economy-boosting tourist destination built in the heart of Brisbane next to South Bank and connecting to Brisbane City, the Botanical Gardens, and the soon-to-be-built Queen’s Wharf development via the Goodwill Bridge.

The proponent estimates that the project may attract up to 750,000 visitors a year, inject up to $200 million a year into the Queensland economy and create ongoing employment. The government is awaiting a detailed proposal for consideration.

MLP Strengths

Unique competitive advantage:
The proposal will improve the viability of the Queensland Maritime Museum and add a world-class tourist attraction with easy connections to Brisbane’s South Bank, the Botanical Gardens and the soon to-be-built Queen’s Wharf development.

Community need:
Delivery of a new economy boosting tourist destination, while preserving and improving the Queensland Maritime Museum in addition to improved continuation of a publicly accessible Brisbane River frontage from South Bank to Kangaroo Point.

Cost/risk allocation:
Funded by the private sector.

Last updated: 16 June 2017