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Brisbane: Moreton Island Return Ferry & Adventure Day Pass

1. Brisbane: Moreton Island Return Ferry & Adventure Day Pass

Experience the stunningly beautiful Moreton Island from multiple perspectives with a full-day trip. Catch the ferry from Holt Street Wharf in Brisbane and head on to the white sandy beaches of Tangalooma Island Resort. Revel in a kayak or a stand-up paddleboard session along the calm crystal-clear waters of Tangalooma. Snorkel around the shipwrecks to meet the island’s marine life. Enjoy convenience, as all guests have full access to the resort’s facilities and amenities which includes 2 swimming pools which are perfect for guests who are not fond of the sandy shores. Showers, toilets, and lockers are readily available, plus restaurants and cafés for your hungry stomachs. Play a variety of games such as beach volleyball or cricket with friends and family or just relax and chill by the beach. Return to Brisbane arrive at the wharf in the late afternoon.

Brisbane: River Cruise with Lunch

2. Brisbane: River Cruise with Lunch

Discover Brisbane from the water with this river cruise complete with lunch at one of the city's most popular eateries. Departing from South Bank, set out on a 1.5-hour cruise to explore some of Brisbane's most important sights. During your cruise, see sights such as the South Bank Parklands, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Story Bridge, New Farm Park, and the Brisbane riverside homes. The sights will be accompanied by an informative commentary about the region as well as a morning tea to satisfy your onboard cravings. The morning cruise will last for 45 minutes until you reach your first port of call. After a short walk from the landing dock, arrive at the Breakfast Creek Hotel where you can enjoy a delicious meal. Choose from a range of dishes such as rump steak, panko calamari, and Caesar salad. From here, you will once again board the boat to cruise back to the dock at South Bank within the luscious Parklands.

Brisbane: Midday River Sightseeing Cruise

3. Brisbane: Midday River Sightseeing Cruise

Discover Brisbane on a fun city cruise and learn all about the area from a local guide. See the highlights of Brisbane and snap great photos along the way. Depart from the City Botanic Gardens River Pontoons onboard an MV Neptune and enjoy a 1.5-hour guided tour of Brisbane by boat. Enjoy informative commentary of your guide while taking advantage of the fantastic photo opportunities.  Cruise past Brisbane’s most iconic sights including the city center, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, New Farm Park, and the Story Bridge. The commentary will tell you some of the history of Brisbane and point out the historical and contemporary landmarks of the city.

Brisbane: 1.5 Hour River Sunset Cruise

4. Brisbane: 1.5 Hour River Sunset Cruise

Board your boat for the evening at 5:45 PM and set off along the scenic Brisbane River at 6:00 PM. Purchase a drink from the onboard bar, then sit back and relax as you gaze at the city skyline. Gently cruise along the river, admiring the many bridges along the way, including the impressive Story Bridge. Marvel at the beautiful Kangaroo Cliffs, and watch the city be transformed with color as it lights up at night. Along the way, listen to relaxing music, take in the sights of the city, and soak up the memories of this unforgettable experience. The cruise ends at 7:30 PM, back at the dock.

Moreton Island Day-Trip to Scuba Dive and More

5. Moreton Island Day-Trip to Scuba Dive and More

An island adventure awaits you in beautiful Australia! This full-day tour departs less than 20 minutes from the Brisbane CBD and takes you to majestic Moreton Island. Depart from Brisbane's Holt Street Wharf and travel across Moreton Bay on your luxury catamaran transfer. This takes roughly 75 minutes. Whether you're an experienced diver or not, you can scuba dive in Moreton Island! Choose introductory for beginner divers and certified for licensed divers and check out the Tangalooma Wrecks up close! There is an abundance of marine life that lives within the delicate ecosystem of the Tangalooma Wrecks. this is really the best way to experience it up close. Whilst you are on the island, enjoy access to various bonus activities including beach sports, tennis, snorkeling, full use of 1 and 2 person kayaks as well as use of the resort facilities including pools, showers and toilets. There are cafes, bars and restaurants on the island to enjoy at your own cost. You will then depart Moreton Island at 4:00 PM to return back to your original departure point in Brisbane.

Moreton Bay: Best of Moreton Bay 3 Island Day Tour

6. Moreton Bay: Best of Moreton Bay 3 Island Day Tour

Set sail on your very own island adventure with a River to Bay island tour. Visit 3 of Moreton Bay’s islands and see historic ruins, snorkel, and go for a bushwalk all in one day. Discover the underwater paradise of Moreton Bay as you snorkel the Tangalooma Wrecks. Spot native wildlife and marine life while on the 1-hour snorkel. Afterward, enjoy a scenic tour of the Dunwich beaches. After snorkeling at Tangalooma Wrecks, you’ll head to Stradbroke Island. Once at Stradbroke Island, you’ll enjoy lunch at the Little Ship Club before heading to St. Helena Island for a bushwalk. Along the way, you’ll learn about the nature, history, and culture of St. Helena Island. After your bushwalk, you’ll start the journey back to Northshore Harbour, where your tour will come to an end. You’ll arrive at Northshore Harbour at around 4:00 PM.

Guided Cocktail Bar Cruise with Two Complimentary Drinks

7. Guided Cocktail Bar Cruise with Two Complimentary Drinks

Appreciate the views of the city skyline as you hop on and hop off at three of Brisbane’s most-loved cocktail bars. Will and Flow Overwater Bar has stunning riverfront views and feature a rustic menu with vibrant cocktails, craft beers and delicious bites. Hop back on board and cruise down to Mary Mae’s bar and kitchen, which showcases uninterrupted river views, sun-drenched terraces, signature drinks, and a laid-back patio cocktail experience. Claim your spot along the outdoor bar and terrace of Fiume at Crystalbrook Vincent, and drink in the scenery with Fiume’s killer cocktail list or refreshing range of spritzes to quench your thirst. As a guest of River to Bay, you can enjoy priority entry and exclusive offers at each location.

Brisbane River: Half-Day Classic Pubs Boat Tour

8. Brisbane River: Half-Day Classic Pubs Boat Tour

Nothing beats a fresh, cold beer and having a laugh with friends at an iconic Australian pub. River to Bay’s Classic Pubs Tour will take you on a cruise down the Brisbane River stopping at some of Brisbane’s favourite pubs. As a guest of River to Bay, you can enjoy priority entry and exclusive offers at each location. From the comfort of one of our custom-built vessels, enjoy views of the city skyline as you hop-on and hop-off at three of Brisbane’s most-loved venues. First stop is the Breakfast Creek Hotel – where if you’re lucky, you may be chosen to spike the keg. Then, hop back on board to cruise down to the Story Bridge Hotel. We’ll stop right on the beach under the Story Bridge (the perfect place for a photo opportunity). Your final stop will be at either the Port Office Hotel (Friday and Saturday tours) or the Stock Exchange Hotel (Sunday tours only).

Brisbane: Afternoon Sightseeing Cruise on the Brisbane River

9. Brisbane: Afternoon Sightseeing Cruise on the Brisbane River

Sail through Brisbane's riverside sights on an afternoon cruise. Learn about the history of the development of the city and sail past historical landmarks like the Brisbane Powerhouse, and admire the luxurious homes of the rich and famous. Hop aboard the comfortable and spacious boat at the 'City Botanic Gardens River.' Listen to the story of the the development of the city from a penal colony to the vibrant city it is today. Pass by the Story Bridge spans the Brisbane River and is an excellent example of steel cantilever bridge construction. See how the historical Brisbane Powerhouse had been redeveloped from a tram power station to a venue featuring plays, shows, and concerts.  View the modern waterside development at Howard Smith Wharves without fighting the crowds. Take in iconic heritage points like the domed Custom House. Drift by expensive homes that belong to the wealthy. Return to your starting point at the end of your cruise. 

Night Cruise and Brewery Tour with 2 Drinks

10. Night Cruise and Brewery Tour with 2 Drinks

Experience the best Brisbane has to offer in the way of beer with River To Bay’s Brisbane River Day Brewery Tour. River To Bay will take you on a river cruise stopping at some of Brisbane’s most-loved breweries. The customers will experience some of the best Brisbane breweries along the river. The cruise will stop at BrewDog, Sea Legs Brewing, Felons Barrel Hall, or Ballistic Beer West End.

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What people are saying about Brisbane

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 361 reviews

It was great day kayaking and snorkelling There were plenty of activities and it was great to use the resort pool as well Great value

Very well organised and the lunch at Breakfast Creek Hotel was excellent. The guide is very informative

crew very helpful regarding number of steps to be negotiated to access Breakfast Creek Hotel

We did the lunch cruise. Had a wonderful time. Food was great at the hotel.

Very relaxed cruise with interesting riverside buildings etc.