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Brisbane River

Brisbane River

Brisbane, QLD

The Basics

There are many ways to explore the Brisbane River, from zipping along the riverfront on a bike or Segway tour or strolling through nearby neighborhoods to soaring overhead in a helicopter. You can set sail on a dinner cruise, or combine a sightseeing cruise with a visit to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Active travelers can do some kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding, enjoy unbeatable views on a Story Bridge climb, and enjoy the Brisbane Riverwalk.

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90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour
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90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour
star-4.5
$27.20 per adult
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fantastic
great experience good way to see Brisbane in a short time only had a few hours there also great commentary very relaxing
Judith_F, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Brisbane

star-5
Loads of fun and easy!
Larry_C, Aug 2022
Brisbane Segway Sightseeing Tour
Dan gave us really good training which made it easy to master the Segway. After just a few minutes it felt very natural to ride. We got a good tour of some of the highlights of Brisbane. It was loads of fun and it couldn’t have been easier.
star-5
Beautiful Ride
Kamealya_F, Aug 2022
90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour
Very nice trip around the river with a beautiful view of the city. The staff was very knowledgeable and kind.
star-5
Excellent
Judith_H, Aug 2022
90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour
It was very enjoyable good commentary good views on the River and friendly staff. The morning tea was delicious would recommend to anyone.
star-5
Well worth the time and money
Amelia_N, Jul 2022
Brisbane Segway Sightseeing Tour
The whole experience was fantastic, from the time to learn how to ride the Segway properly and then to go through the beautiful park was great.
star-5
A Must when I’m visiting Brisbane
KarlGeorg_S, Apr 2022
90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour
Without CityCat operating after the flooding it’s the only possibility to explore the Brisbane River
star-5
Lovely 90 minute cruise
Peggy_Y, Aug 2022
90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour
It couldn’t have been a better day for the weather which made it a great experience. The boat departed on time and very soon afterwards we were offered tea, coffee and scones! Very pleasant staff and interesting commentary throughout. We could see Brisbane from a different perspective and you begin to understand the role the river has had in its development and growth. A lovely morning and worth every penny. Great photo opportunities.
star-5
Relaxing River Cruise
Sharee_B, Aug 2022
90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour
We booked the lunchtime cruise on short notice and so glad we did. It was a good relaxing cruise. Staff are extremely friendly
star-5
Brisbane in a day
John_M, Jul 2022
Brisbane Segway Sightseeing Tour
We only had 1 day in Brisbane so was a great way to explore the city. I would suggest getting a sign tho or letting people know it’s inside a storage facility as we walked past it 3 times. The guide was fun and knowledgeable. Kids loved it 😍
star-4
Relaxing cruise
anne_w, Apr 2022
90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour
Relaxing cruise on the brisbane river with informative commentary. Scones were yummy but dissapointed only instant coffee.
star-4
The trip gave a great...
Tina_M, Jul 2022
90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour
The trip gave a great overview of Brisbane and its history. It was very interesting and a lovely relaxing way to see the city.
star-5
Everything was perfect.
Garland_H, Jul 2021
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise
Everything was on point. Boat was very clean and well maintained. Staff was helpful and knowledgable.
star-5
Boat trip & Koalas
DiBell-Scotland, Mar 2020
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary River cruise excellent boat was clean, tidy & well catered Staff were friendly too Sanctuary was great too - various animals not just koalas (kangaroos, rapture show, sheep, Tasmania devil, crocodile, dingos) A great day out!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • A Brisbane River cruise is a great way for first-time visitors to see the city’s sights and get their bearings.

  • It can get chilly along the river at night, so bring warm clothing if traveling on an open-air boat; sunscreen is a must for daytime cruisers.

  • Most boat cruises are wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to check in advance.

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How to Get There

Wherever you are in the city, you’re rarely more than a 15-minute walk from the riverfront. The easiest (and cheapest) way to navigate the Brisbane River is using the CityCat ferries, which stop at 24 different ferry terminals through the city. Bikeways and walkways wind along the river’s banks in most places, and there are five pedestrian bridges to help you make your way between the north and south banks.

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When to Get There

Brisbane River cruises and CityCat ferries run regularly all year round, but for the most atmospheric views, opt for a sunset sightseeing cruise or a night cruise. In December, you can also book a Christmas cruise to admire the waterfront holiday lights or watch New Years Eve fireworks from the water.

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Brisbane’s Riverside Attractions

Many of Brisbane’s most popular attractions are located along the river’s banks. For the best views, take a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane, or hike up to Kangaroo Point Cliffs. On the South Bank, you can take a swim at the Streets Beach lagoon, browse the weekend Collective Markets, and visit the Queensland Maritime Museum. In the evening, head to Eagle Street Pier for dinner or drinks looking out over the illuminated riverfront.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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