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You Can Now Take Your Pet Pooch for a Ride on Brisbane's CityCats and Ferries

After trialling the move since late 2019, TransLink is now letting dogs onboard on a permanent basis.
By Sarah Ward
June 06, 2020
By Sarah Ward
June 06, 2020

Brisbane barked and TransLink has answered. After asking the city's residents whether pet dogs should be allowed on CityCats, receiving an overwhelming yes, then trialling the move since late 2019, the State Government has permanently changed the rules regarding pooches on the city's ferries. Canines are now permitted to travel along Brissie's water-based forms of transport — so you can now go cruising along the Brisbane River with your four-legged best friend.

That's great news if your trusty mutt likes speeding along the old brown snake — or if you're headed out for the day via the watery form of public transport and want to take your furry pal with you — however there are a few conditions. Dogs are only allowed onboard in off-peak periods, which covers between 8.30am–3.30pm and 7pm–6am on weekdays (between) and all day on weekends. And, when New Years Eve and Riverfire both roll around, dogs won't be permitted from 12 noon.

Folks hitting the deck with their woofers will need to either enclose their dog in a carrier, or secure them on a lead and make them wear a muzzle. You'll also be required to travel in the ferry's outside areas — so no, your pooch can't get comfy inside the cabin, or sit on the seats — and, understandably, you'll have to carry waste bags and clean up after them.

It's also worth noting that, if the boat is at capacity or there are other operational reasons, the ferry master may ask you and your dog to wait for the next service — so it might be worth factoring in some extra time if you're planning a river outing with your doggo.

Dogs can travel at no extra expense, which means you won't need to buy Fido or Rover a ticket as long as you have one for yourself. If you have multiple puppers, though, each person can only take two pooches onboard with them.

For more information about TransLink's pet dogs on ferries rules, visit its website. Dogs are allowed onboard from Monday–Friday between 8.30am–3.30pm and 7pm–6am, and all day on weekends.

Top image: Sheba_Also via Wikicommons.

Published on June 06, 2020 by Sarah Ward

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