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Brisbane River

Discover Brisbane’s fascinating history and iconic sights from a different perspective, as you glide along its sparkling waterfront.

Brisbane River

Brisbane River: Our most recommended tours and activities

Brisbane: Sightseeing River Cruise with Morning Tea

1. Brisbane: Sightseeing River Cruise with Morning Tea

Experience the original sightseeing cruise on the Brisbane River, as you sip your morning tea. During this 1.5 hour guided tour, you will be entertained by informative commentary, while taking advantage of  fantastic photo opportunities. Board the MV Neptune at the Cultural Centre Public Pontoon, South Brisbane QLD 4101. 100m upstream from the Victoria Bridge and 300m upstream from the Brisbane Wheel. Cruise past Brisbane’s most iconic sights, including the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, the city center, and the Story Bridge.    Enjoy this interesting, cost-effective, and informative tour of Brisbane’s distinctive river scene, ideal for both locals and visitors. Available year-round, you don’t want to miss out on this beautiful and relaxing tour.  

Brisbane: Midday River Sightseeing Cruise

2. 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. 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: Evening River Cruise at Sunset

3. Brisbane: Evening River Cruise at Sunset

Board your boat for the evening at 5:15 PM and set off along the scenic Brisbane River at 5:30 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 7:00 PM, back at the dock.

Brisbane: Guided River Kayak Tour

4. Brisbane: Guided River Kayak Tour

Discover the city of Brisbane from the water with a river kayaking tour, no matter if you are a first-timer or an experienced kayaker. Get to grips with your kayak with a full instructive introduction by staff before heading out onto the water with your guide. Then explore the city for 1.5 hours with a local guide leading the way down the Brisbane River. Pilot your own kayak and paddle your way past landmarks such as the Story Bridge or South Bank while listening to all sorts of anecdotes about the city. With sunscreen and all equipment included, all you will need to worry about is taking in the sights and enjoying the adventure with your kayaking group.

Brisbane: 2-Hour Kayak Hire on Brisbane River

5. Brisbane: 2-Hour Kayak Hire on Brisbane River

Grab a buddy and start exploring Brisbane City from the water. Paddle at your own pace under the impressive Story Bridge or to picturesque South Bank. See the city from a unique angle, and get the perfect Instagram shot. Enjoy the perfect summer activity for large groups with a refreshing paddle along the river under the Queensland sun. Experienced kayak instructors will give you an overview before you paddle off on your 2-hour kayak hire adventure. It's recommended to hire with a least one other person to share in the fun of kayaking in Brisbane. This option is best enjoyed by adventurers with prior kayaking experience. You don’t need to be of Olympic standard, but you do need to be confident on the water (or kayak with someone who is!).

Brisbane: Electric Picnic Boat Rental from Breakfast Creek

6. Brisbane: Electric Picnic Boat Rental from Breakfast Creek

Be your own captain aboard Australia's best private picnic boat experience. See Brisbane like never before with up to eight people aboard your very own environmentally-friendly, self-drive picnic boat. With no boat licence required, the electric boats are easy and fun to drive with virtually no noise and no fumes. Communal recycled timber picnic table included, so bring your own picnic and drinks. Perfect for couples, families and groups of friends. GoBoat is pet friendly too, so all fur babies are welcome. Gather your crew and jump aboard.

Brisbane: Story Bridge Adventure Night Climb

7. Brisbane: Story Bridge Adventure Night Climb

The climb time begins after sunset and captures the sparkling lights from the CBD and the vast canopy of Brisbane’s skyline. This fun and informative guided tour takes in a full 360-degree panorama of Brisbane’s night skyline plus the ever-changing Story Bridge LED lighting system. Start your Brisbane Story Bridge Adventure Climb 15 minutes before your scheduled departure. Climbs depart from base headquarters at Kangaroo Point directly under the bridge. After your expert Climb Leader describes the route and covers all-important safety procedures, you’ll depart and walk towards the river to start your climb. The climb starts up through the inner Eastern bridge arm, climbing level with one of Brisbane’s busiest commute points and then ascending straight up the south-eastern cantilever arm that stretches over the Brisbane River and reaches up into the sky. Before you know it, you’re celebrating with your climbing group on the summit platform, where you’ll get your bearings and learn the history of the city and fun facts about the amazing 360 panoramic sight before you. Venturing further along you’ll explore the bridge from a different angle, travelling approximately halfway across the river below before returning to the top platform for a final climb group photo before you descend back to our Climb base.

Brisbane: Story Bridge Adventure Twilight Climb

8. Brisbane: Story Bridge Adventure Twilight Climb

The Story Bridge Climb provides the best 360-degree panoramic view of Brisbane city from the heart and soul of Brisbane’s most iconic landmark – the Story Bridge. Your adventure begins at base camp, directly under the Story Bridge itself. After a quick pre-climb brief, you’ll depart the base and ascend a spiral staircase that leads to the start of the suspended walkway directly beneath the Bradfield Highway (Brisbane's shortest highway). You’ll start your journey along the suspended walkway to the base of the southern pylon, learning about the colourful history of the Story Bridge and Brisbane as you go. From here - it’s climb time! Start to venture up through the inner Eastern bridge arm, climbing level with one of Brisbane’s busiest commute points, and then ascending straight up the south-eastern cantilever arm that stretches over the Brisbane River and reaches up into the sky. Before you know it you’re celebrating with your climb group on the summit platform, where you’ll get your bearings and hear some fun facts about the amazing 360 panoramic view before you. See the glittering nighttime lights of Brisbane below - truly a unique vantage point for such a view. Venturing further along you’ll explore the bridge from a different angle, travelling approximately halfway across the river below before returning to the top platform for a final climb group photo before your descent back to base camp. Every climb to the top includes a group photograph, with additional individual photographs available for purchase afterwards - once your adrenaline has calmed down!

Brisbane: Mexican Fiesta Twilight Kayaking River Tour

9. Brisbane: Mexican Fiesta Twilight Kayaking River Tour

Friday Night Fiesta De Kayak is a Mexican-themed Twilight Kayak Adventure on the Brisbane River. Departing from Riverlife Adventure Centre, all guests experience a night paddle in front of the city lights and a Mexican-themed dining experience serving Burritos and Margaritas. Kayaking is a great adventure for everyone! Heading towards the Story Bridge or South Bank, depending on the tide. On our 90min kayaking journey, there are awesome sights and photo spots! You will see the sunset over the bustling skyline and watch the nightlife come to life as the city lights turn on, one by one. After you return from your adventures, we then settle into waterfront dining at Riverlife for fun fiesta vibes. Here we will serve a traditional Burrito and nachos to share (Vegan options available) as well as a frozen margarita or a corona included.

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What people are saying about Brisbane River

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4.6
(627 reviews)

The reason ver cruise was great value for money and a wonderful way to see parts of Brisbane we would not have seen otherwise. The guides were lovely! Friendly and helpful and the commentary during the cruise was very informative. I highly recommend this cruise.

It was lovely, breezy downstairs and close to water great view very enjoyable would definitely recommend for tourists and locals

Excellent with very insightful and formative information throughout the Brisbane River Cruise 👍

Nothing could be improved. The brochure was helpful, the people great, and the boat comfy.

Great food and friendly staff. It was a nice smooth cruise around!!