Brisbane Shipping




Shipping containers may have started out as a means of transporting goods, but they are now being used to sell goods as well. If you’ve ever considered opening a shop, bar, cocktails bar or café, but balked at the real estate or rent costs, then a shipping container alternative might be right for you. You’ll be amazed at how a container can be modified!



Don’t say it too loudly, but there’s a bit of a revolution happening in retail around the world, with whole malls being made out of shipping containers. In some places it’s by necessity (in Christchurch for instance, shipping containers are being used while the slow process of post-earthquake rebuilding goes on) and others by design (like the stylish Boxpark in London and the colourful Quo Container Center in Buenos Aires). The end result is some really innovative shopping quite different to your usual shopping mall experience.

You don’t need to be part of an architecturally designed set-up to have your own shipping container retail outlet though! If you have a little bit of space (and council approval) you too can have your own shipping container retail outlet at very little cost. Clothes, jewellery, furnishings, design, arts and crafts are all ideal to sell from a shipping container retail outlet. The Brisbane art scene for example is a really exciting one, and here at Shipping Containers Brisbane we’re Queensland’s leading experts in converting shipping containers into other exciting uses. So we can easily help you customise your container and turn it into a really artistic and eye-catching retail space that will bring customers from far and wide.


Shipping container cafés are very much de rigueur at the moment. Partly because you don’t need much room to start up a thriving ‘pop up cafe’ business – and partly because they’re so darn cool! If the coffee is good, the customers will come! But why be lumbered with high rent when you can just ‘pop up’ a cafe? No need to spend lots of money on rent in an established building – a shipping container can contain everything you need. If you have an existing business, or perhaps you’re a club or organisation that would like another income stream, you might like to consider installing a shipping container café too. Do you have a carpark that could host a shipping container café? You may be parking your car on a really profitable piece of land. You don’t really even need to know how to make coffee – just get a barista who does!

If you are a budding barista, you’ve probably already identified a place where they could use your talents and skills. A small spot near a marina, market, dog park or beach will reap many gratified customers. Even a building site that won’t be built upon for a few years could be a prime spot for a temporary shipping container café. Once the building starts (or nears completion – construction workers love a good brew too!) the café can be sold or shipped somewhere else. The possibilities are endless!


Entrepreneurial baristas are searching out places where pop-up enterprises are popular (try saying that quickly!), and are taking the coffee to the people. A shipping container café (or ‘Pop Up Cafe’ as it’s also known) is not only cheap, environmentally friendly, and portable, it’s pretty cool too. The stripped-back industrial nature of shipping containers really suits the coffee drinking crowd as a quick look around the liveliest cafés will show.

Rumour has it that Channel Seven’s Restaurant Revolution will have its contestants converting shipping containers into shipping container café…so if you’ve got your own in mind, you might like to get in before everybody else does! And here at Shipping Containers Brisbane we can save you the stress and suffering the contestants will be going through, and convert it for you. Easy!

Shipping Container Bar


If you’ve dreamed of having your own hole in the wall bar, gin palace or sleep esy, start small (and profitably!) with a shipping container bar. Though you will still have to go through the usual channels to get DA approval (which we can help you with) and a liquor licence, once that’s done you have very little set-up costs to establish a great little venture.

The Hunter and the Hare Bar is a great example of the kind of event bar we can create for you. Fully insulated, it includes a work bench with kitchen sink, lockable servery window, fold down deck, waterproof floor and floor waste outlet. As our container bars are built from the steel structure of a shipping container, they are extremely tough. The doors can be fitted with a security lock box, and both doors and windows can be fitted with heavy duty steel shutters to keep your booze safe.

More accessories are available such as servery windows, hydraulic decks, remote controlled awnings and more.

You can also see a range of other special conversion projects we’ve done here, to give you more ideas of the innovative and versatile ways you can transform a shipping container into an amazing container bar.


People love spending their money on shopping, eating and drinking, so if you’re looking to set up a terrific little money-making business without the huge infrastructure or real estate costs, then a shipping container shop, café or bar hire may be perfect for you.

At Shipping Containers Brisbane we’re the experts in modifying and converting shipping containers and all our modifications are done right here in Australia, which means you can control the process every step of the way. Remember, they’re extremely secure, and enjoy the ability of being transported from site to site.


A steel box may not be the first premises you think of when planning a new café business but you will be amazed at how a simple shipping container can be transformed into a welcoming diner that your customers will return to time and again.

Shipping Containers Brisbane are one of Australia’s foremost experts in shipping container modifications, rolling out hundreds of different conversions each year. The designs are limited only by your imagination! Our engineers will work in tandem with you, using all their experience and knowhow to create the ultimate café space, at a fraction of the cost of a regular restaurant set-up.


With the cost of commercial properties in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and across Queensland rising almost daily, including a 5% hike over the past year, it has become an increasingly tough challenge for budding entrepreneurs to find affordable business premises. But Shipping Containers Brisbane has an exciting solution to the problem – portable cafés built around the framework of a steel shipping container.

You probably have the image of a boring grey box in your head, but take a look at some of the examples elsewhere on our website and the internet, and you will be surprised at some of the jaw-dropping designs businesses have dreamt up. Industrial chic is very much in vogue and would work very well in Brisbane’s trendier suburbs, such as Newstead and Bulimba, not to mention the Brisbane CBD. Pop up bars & pop up shops make a great alternative.


There’s no limit to the number of attractive style features Shipping Containers Brisbane could add to your shipping container. Brisbane’s coffee drinkers include plenty of cool young dudes, who can make or break a new start-up with their repeat custom. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so we can help you pull out all the stops and work with you to incorporate plenty of head-turning features that will have all the cappuccino and latté drinkers flocking.

Panels can be added to the corrugated steel side panels to soften the lines, and be brightened up with paint effects or printed vinyl stickers sporting your company logo and strapline. The container doors could swing out to reveal exciting food menus and drink lists mounted on blackboards. A power source would allow you to run all your coffee and food-making equipment, plus cool lighting and a suitable soundtrack.


A truck with a Hiab crane is usually all that is needed to deliver a shipping container to your location, which means your café can be up and running in next to no time. Portability also opens up all manner of potential venues. You need to check for planning permission with your local council, but if you look around there are so many vacant sites that you could exploit as long or short-term options.

For example, you could choose one of the many construction sites that have been mothballed while waiting for developers to start work. Chances are planning permission would be straightforward in this instance. Brisbane is full of parks and other open spaces that would make great homes for your business and offer plenty of footfall. Think how many spots along our coastline and the Brisbane River that would make great locations for a busy coffee shop.


Sports clubs are always looking to improve their cashflow and an onsite café supplied by Shipping Containers Brisbane is a great option. It could be brought in during the busy season and simply removed or taken to another site when you do not need it. Sports fans will definitely appreciate having hot and cold drinks, burgers and hotdogs readily available on site.

It could also be an option for large companies with sites away from main shopping areas, where it is difficult to grab lunch without having to drive. You could provide a short menu and even a smart seating area. A well-fed and watered workforce is likely to be happier and work harder!


When you finish trading each day, you can rest assured that your shipping container café will remain well protected overnight, as we can install a range of tough security features, including steel shutters and lock boxes that resist potential thieves using angle-grinders and bolt-croppers.


If you would like to discuss your business plans with us, we will happily sit down and let you know which design options are feasible. Just email or call our office to fix an appointment.

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