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Toowong Rowing Club (TRC) welcomes you to their annual Head of the Brisbane regatta, a 9.5 km out-and-back time trial on the Brisbane River.

And as a added bonus in 2024, a 500m round robin sprint challenge!








Open 1 July 2024

Close 24:00 AEST on 22 September 2024

Australian clubs and schools via

International by emailing

Events include all rowing boat categories: 1x to 8+, and rowers from all age groups.

Seat fees:

HOTB Adult $50, U19 $40

(FREE entry to all participants of the sprint challenge)


First race starts at 8:00 a.m.

Launch from the Toowong Rowing Club pontoon or other Club pontoons within its proximity.

Crews must be in the designated marshalling area 10 minutes before the start time.

The start order will be similar to the event list. However, the organisers have the right to change if necessary.

The Start and Finish lines are between the Toowong Rowing Club and BBC School pontoons (marked in red on the opposite bank). Refer to the map below.

The Start is a rolling start with 15 seconds between the crews.

The U-turn is opposite the corner near the Paringa Place park. Refer to the map below.

Proceed immediately to the designated stopping area after the finish line.

Bow numbers can be picked up from Rowing Queensland from Wednesday before the event day or the morning of racing from Toowong Rowing Club. 



Please fill out or refer to our orphan's list if you are looking for a crew or looking for a rower to add to your crew.

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Entries & Results
Raffles & Prizes

First Prize

Hutchinson Cup + medals

Awarded for the overall winning crew based on prognostics.

First Place

Gold Medals

Will be awarded to the winner of each boat category with more than one entry.

Second Place


Awarded for the second fastest overall crew based on prognostics.

Third Place


Awarded for the third fastest overall crew based on prognostics.

Spot Prizes

All Entries

All HOTB entries will go into the draw to win 1 of 5 Spot Prizes valued at $200.

Race Day Events

5:45 a.m.

Marshal briefing

At least one marshal from each tinny must attend. We will hold the marshal briefing at the bottom of the function centre.

8:00 a.m.

Racing starts

Be at the marshalling/start area at least10 minutes before race.

~11:00 a.m.

Medal ceremony, Spot Prize, and Raffle Draw

~1 hour after the last race crosses the finish line.

6 a.m.

Coffee and light breakfast

Will be available for purchase on the lawn between TRC and BBC clubs and at the club’s function centre throughout the day.

12:00 p.m.

After party at the Regatta Hotel

All participants (their friends and family) are invited to the Regatta Hotel post racing.  Tell the tails of the almighty turn, enjoy a nice meal and a cold drink.  Download "The Pass" app for discounts!



Get a race advantage by studying the course and rules here.

·        Crews are to observe River Safety guidelines, including safety in the City Cat terminal areas (the University of Queensland terminal is located soon after the Starting point, and the West End terminal is near the turn-around area of the Finish). PLEASE PERUSE THE IMAGES TO SEE COURSE DETAILS AND RULES.


Download the HOTB Safety Management and Emergency Response Plan to ensure you know what to do in case of an emergency.


Ride your bike or walk to the many spectator vantage points.


TRC is located on the University of Queensland campus, within 5km from Brisbane CBD.  Plenty of accommodation options are available if you book early.


Email to book trailer space.

Trailer Parking

The Head of the Brisbane was established in 1989 to celebrate the centenary of the Toowong Rowing Club (1889).


Michael Bryce designed the HOTB logo. Here's what it means:

The leopard’s head exemplifies courage, patience, and mettle.

The palm leaves, also present on the City of Brisbane's coat of arms, represent victory.

The wavy lines represent the Brisbane River and the circled belt, the citizens.

The crossed oars symbolise the sport of Rowing.

The blue and gold colours were inspired by the Brisbane founders.

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