A river cruise is one of the most enjoyable ways to explore Brisbane. The Brisbane River flows through the city’s centre, and several of the city’s most popular attractions along its banks, all competing for your attention. This is a fantastic opportunity to get a new perspective on Brisbane monuments like the Story Bridge and Kangaroo Point Cliffs, as well as some of the city’s fauna, such as the fruit bats that congregate along the riverbank’s mangroves.
You can get your bearings and select locations to spend more time during your stay once you’ve had a magnificent perspective of the city from the sea.
Some of the most popular trips are offered by River City Cruises. From 90-minute morning or afternoon cruises to sunset cruises and longer excursions, there’s something for everyone. The 3.5-hour Cruise to Lunch Package is a fantastic option. While you have Devonshire tea with sparkling river views, your guide will offer intriguing anecdotes about Brisbane’s history and point out major Brisbane sites.
Lunch, high tea, and supper cruises are available on Kookaburra River Queens’ multi-tiered timber paddle wheelers. A Miramar Cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is also available.
Do you like to be the captain of your own ship? GoBoat Brisbane leases out environmentally friendly electric picnic boats that can accommodate up to eight people. A boat licence is not required, and picnic tables are provided.
Alternatively, take the CityCat. The fleet of CityCats and City Ferries gliding over the twists and turns of the Brisbane River seven days a week provide 24 hop-on, hop-off ports with a variety of tours. Many of them contain educational commentary about the city’s history and sights. The path passes through regenerated industrial areas, riverfront houses, bridges, and parklands on its way from the beautiful University of Queensland to the North Shore.
Insider tip: The CityHopper boat service in Brisbane’s city centre provides free excursions that stop at sites including South Bank 3 and the Maritime Museum.