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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: 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 City Botanic Gardens River Pontoons. These are located on the river at the City Botanic Gardens. Access off Alice Street through the gates at either Albert St or Edward St. 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: 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.

Brisbane: Guided River Kayak Tour

5. 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 River: Half-Day Classic Pubs Boat Tour

6. 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

7. 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. 

Brisbane: Guided Food Tour with Coffee and Wine Tastings

8. Brisbane: Guided Food Tour with Coffee and Wine Tastings

Test your taste with the authentic brews and culinary creations native to Queensland. Enjoy a guided visit to different foodie venues, and explore Brisbane's food scene. Discover hidden gems, meet artisans and producers, and absorb the local stories of where it all comes from. Start your experience with a coffee tasting and morning tea at a local roastery. Go for a behind-the-scenes tour and tasting session at a local winery. Savor a platter of local delicacies or cheeses, paired with wine or non-alcoholic drinks. Stop for a seafood lunch paired with a non-alcoholic drink, or enjoy a meal of local produce along with a glass of wine. Continue to your next venue to taste some sweet treats before finishing your experience with a Queensland-inspired cocktail. Try 5 to 6 dishes, along with drinks and wine tastings throughout the day, before being dropped off at your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Brisbane River

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 175 reviews

The crew were amazing and were happy to help with anything. Fantastic commentary. Very funny and personal. I would recommend to everyone. Well worth the money.

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 were blessed with nice weather to enjoy the view while kayaking.

Very relaxed cruise with interesting riverside buildings etc.