Queensland Aquarium and Maritime Museum

World class tourist attraction

  • Project value:

    Construction costs estimated at over $100 million

  • Proponent:

    Queensland Aquarium and Maritime Museum consortium comprised of Queensland Maritime Museum, Crossley Architects and Advanced Aquarium Technologies

  • Procurement stage:

    Stage 2: Detailed Proposal stage of the market-led proposal process

  • Funding:

    Privately funded

  • Finance:

    Privately financed

  • Delivery period (if approved to proceed):


Qld aquarium museum

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 historical 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 will attract up to 750,000 visitors a year and inject up to $200 million a year to the Queensland economy and create ongoing employment. The government is awaiting a detailed proposal for consideration.

MLP strengths

Unique competitive advantage:
The location will improve the viability of the Queensland Maritime Museum and connects to Brisbane’s South Bank, the Botanical Gardens and the soon to-be-built Queen’s Wharf development.

Community need:
Will deliver a new economy boosting tourist destination, while also preserving and improving the Queensland Maritime Museum.

Cost/risk allocation:
Funded by the private sector.

“We welcome the MLP process, which allows us to work with government in a staged way to build and demonstrate project viability and investor readiness. Feedback from the State has been essential in guiding us to satisfactorily meet the MLP milestones and test project viability.”
CEO, Queensland Maritime Museum
Ian Jempson