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Brisbane River Tours

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Brisbane River
The Brisbane River winds its way through the heart of the city, from the neighborhoods of South Brisbane all the way to Moreton Bay. The river is also a center of local life, and residents and visitors alike enjoy the many waterfront parks and landmarks, riverside walks, and sightseeing cruises.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 
Address: Brisbane, QLD, Australia
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25 Tours and Activities to Experience Brisbane River

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Brisbane River Cruise Morning

Brisbane River Cruise Morning

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The Brisbane River, flowing directly through the city after which it’s named, is the longest river in South Queensland. Take a relaxing ruise along the river, seeing iconic sights including Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Brisbane City Center, and Story Bridge in a short amount of time. Fit a morning or afternoon departure into your vacation schedule.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.45
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise

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Take a leisurely river cruise from Brisbane to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to observe native Australian wildlife. This half-day tour departs from bustling Southbank and cruises along the Brisbane River with views of iconic landmarks on the way to Lone Pine. Upon arrival, enjoy ample time to meet the animals. Observe the platypus, and watch animal shows that feature sheepdogs and birds of prey. A great experience for animal lovers.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$61.68
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Brisbane Segway Sightseeing Tour

Brisbane Segway Sightseeing Tour

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Zip around Brisbane on a fun, self-balancing Segway. Cruise past Brisbane’s riverside sights, glide around the Southbank Parklands, and enjoy dramatic views of Kangaroo Point Cliffs. Choose from multiple tour durations and departure times to suit your schedule and budget. Best of all: full instruction and practice time is provided and there’s no experience necessary, so anyone can give it a go! This tour is limited to small groups, ensuring a personalized experience that you'll remember.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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$37.93
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Brisbane Kayak Tour

Brisbane Kayak Tour

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Discover the Brisbane River either by day or night on a 90-minute kayak tour. Enjoy a water perspective on the Story Bridge or the South Bank Parklands after learning the basics of paddling from your expert guide. If you choose the night tour, you’ll hop into illuminated kayaks and enjoy the multicolored displays on the Story Bridge or glide past the evening lights of South Bank. This kayak tour is suitable for all levels of experience and provides a fantastic look at the city’s vital waterway.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Discover Brisbane - South Bank

Discover Brisbane - South Bank

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Trixity offers a series of trails which are not only sightseeing experiences around some of Australia’s most beautiful cities but we will also give your brain a work-out on the way round You will guide yourself on your ‘smart’ device along the trail solving clues as you go - get the answer correct and we send you the next clue – easy! There are ‘Help’ & ‘Hint’ options if you get stuck and of course you can use your device to look things up if required. We think this is an excellent way to spend 2-3 hours discovering the city you live in, work in, play in.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Helicopter Scenic Tour of Brisbane - 25min

Private Helicopter Scenic Tour of Brisbane - 25min

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It can be easy to miss the forest for the trees when you’re visiting a big city like Brisbane – driving around the city in taxis and buses, it can be easy to forget that there’s more to this metropolis than just skyscrapers and shopping malls. Take in the city from the sky on this scenic helicopter tour from east to west. Fly around the towering suburban mountains Coot-Tha and Gravatt, see the Brisbane River winding through the city center, and get bird’s-eye views of sights like the Gabba and the Kangaroo Point Cliffs.
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  • 25 minutes
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$121.72
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Discover Brisbane

Discover Brisbane

Trixity offers a series of trails which are not only sightseeing experiences around some of Australia’s most beautiful cities but we will also give your brain a work-out on the way round. You will guide yourself on your ‘smart’ device along the trail solving clues as you go - get the answer correct and we send you the next clue – easy! There are ‘Help’ & ‘Hint’ options if you get stuck and of course you can use your device to look things up if required. We think this is an excellent way to spend 2-3 hours discovering the city you live in, work in, play in. See our website for more details www.trixity.com.au
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Brisbane City - Private Helicopter Sunset Flight - 25min

Brisbane City - Private Helicopter Sunset Flight - 25min

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This flight is perfect for those who would like surprise their loved one with a helicopter flight but would like to take it up a notch. Whether it’s for a birthday, anniversary or just because – Brisbane during sunset is a sight to behold. For those looking to make a real impression, our Qantas Imperial Airways lounge at JetBase is available as an optional extra before and after the flight We have adjusted the flightpath of this Brisbane Helicopter Flight to offer the most we can in 25min. During this flight you will see Mt Gravatt, fly an orbit around the CBD, an other around the western side of the city and see Mt Cootha, including the iconic lookout up close. You will spend 25 minutes flying, and around 30 minutes inside the aircraft
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  • 25 minutes
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$154.42
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$154.42
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Brisbane River Helicopter Flight

Brisbane River Helicopter Flight

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Savor views of beautiful Brisbane from an unbeatable vantage point – on a helicopter tour! Escape the city for a thrilling 25-minute flight along the Brisbane River and see a different side to the city, away from the high-rise buildings and bustling promenades. Follow the meandering river on a scenic route, passing over the shimmering Lake Manchester, the waterfront town of Fernvale and an expanse of rugged bushlands.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$239.46
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Brisbane City River Run

Brisbane City River Run

The Brisbane City River Run is unique as it is the only Brisbane flight experience that includes the full VIP food, drink, and authentic presentation on the natural, geological and spiritual history of the area. The mountains and rivers you see on the flight are unique places and here you get to see them from the sky! All-inclusive. Discover a new perspective with the Sky Dance Brisbane City River Run.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$224.95
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Brisbane Mini Segway Tour

Brisbane Mini Segway Tour

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Explore the heart of Brisbane's beautiful river city on self-balancing, two-wheeled robo-gliders. Cover lots of ground as your guide talks you through spectacular views and sights. You will have an abundance of photo opportunity along the way and become a master at maneuvering through the streets. You can choose between a 30-minute tour for a snapshot of the city, 45-minute tour to see more of the sights, 60-minute experience to see full highlights of the Brisbane city. If you are a night owl, book a 75-minute night tour. 
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  • 1 hour
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Unique vehicle tour around Brisbane

Unique vehicle tour around Brisbane

Our state of the art imported Boom trike is the only one of its kind in Brisbane offering chauffeured tours. We provide an open air immersive experience visiting numerous places of interest. Our riders are very knowledgeable about the history and little known stories of Brisbane's past. We travel on back streets and roads not suitable for tour buses and can provide close personal insight into aspects of Brisbane visitors often miss. Even on this short one hour tour, our visitors can expect to be able to say they truly visited Brisbane and were able to see how local people live, work and play. All our tour routes are planned with the goal of providing the very best of views and places of interest so our visitors get full value. We love our home city and are passionate about sharing it with our visitors, both local, interstate and from overseas.
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  • 1 hour
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$159.64
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Abseiling the Kangaroo Point Cliffs in Brisbane

Abseiling the Kangaroo Point Cliffs in Brisbane

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Enjoy the fun and thrills of abseiling down the cliffs of Kangaroo Point. Using the provided equipment and following expert instruction, you’ll have a safe, adrenaline-fueled descent along a rocky cliff next to the Brisbane River. Your guide explains the process of abseiling (aka rappelling) and shows you how to master your descent. Admire the scenery as you wait your turn, then savor the feeling of accomplishment once you make your way down to the ground, with your guide there to assist throughout the 90-minute experience.
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  • 2 hours
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Gold Coast City Card (3 Days Card): Unlimited Attractions

Gold Coast City Card (3 Days Card): Unlimited Attractions

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- Gold Coast City Card is a Sightseeing Pass which gives Free Admission to Unlimited Attractions in and around Gold Coast. This includes Jet Boat Extreme Ride, Hopo (Hop on Hop off ferry), Sea World Whale Watching Cruise, Quack’rDuck Tour, Fire Truck adventure tour, Surfers Paradise River Cruise, Planet Chill Ice Skating, Surfing lessons, Stand up Paddle and the list goes on and on! (Refer inclusions list) - It provides Special Savings(Discounts) on Premium Activities & Adventure Sports - Exclusive deals at Restaurants & Bars and much more!
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  • 3 days
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$209.71
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Gold Coast City Card (2 Days): Visit Unlimited Attractions

Gold Coast City Card (2 Days): Visit Unlimited Attractions

- Gold Coast City Card is a Sightseeing Pass which gives Free Admission to Unlimited Attractions in and around Gold Coast. This includes Jet Boat Extreme Ride, Hopo (Hop on Hop off ferry), Sea World Whale Watching Cruise, Quack’rDuck Tour, Fire Truck adventure tour, Surfers Paradise River Cruise, Planet Chill Ice Skating, Surfing lessons, Stand up Paddle and the list goes on and on! - It provides Special Savings(Discounts) on Premium Activities & Adventure Sports - Exclusive deals at Restaurants & Bars and much more!
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  • 2 days
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Friday Night 2 for 1 Paint and Sip Art Sessions

Friday Night 2 for 1 Paint and Sip Art Sessions

We are proud to host paint and sip nights every Friday at Next Hotel 72 Queen Street Mall Brisbane Ctiy All sessions run from 7:00 to 8:30 Drinks and Food for separate Sale
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  • 2 hours
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$32.65
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Brisbane City Twilight Kayaking with Wine and Grazing Board

Brisbane City Twilight Kayaking with Wine and Grazing Board

Come discover what Brisbane has to offer on a unique Brisbane City Twilight Kayak Tour. Enjoy a relaxing 90 minute illuminated kayak tour on the iconic Brisbane River with your friends or family. While on your kayak, take in the breathtaking city and river views as the sunsets. After you guided kayak, set up under one of our riverside marquees or picnic in the neighbouring parkland under the stars. Sip a chilled beer or glass of wine with your friends or family as you take in the stunning Brisbane City views. Enjoy your own delicious chef’s selection of cured & smoked meats, marinated vegetables, cheese, dips & crackers. Just minutes from the Brisbane City and world-class restaurants, come enjoy a pre-dinner experience before heading out on the town. Whether you're looking for something different this date night, a pre-party activity or a place to catch up with your friends our twilight kayak and antipasto grazing board experience is the one for you!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Brisbane City Twilight Kayak

Brisbane City Twilight Kayak

Come discover what Brisbane has to offer on a unique Brisbane City Twilight Kayak Experience. Enjoy a relaxing 90 minute illuminated kayak journey on the iconic Brisbane River with your friends or family. Take in the sensational city and river views as the sun sets, gliding under Brisbane's inner city bridges and cutting through the luminous reflections of the city on the water.
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  • 2 hours
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Brisbane City Helicopter Tour for One

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Brisbane City Helicopter Tour for One

V2 Helicopters is Queensland's leading helicopter tour provider. With over ten years of experience, 50 thousand+ flight hours, we truly are the experts at providing an exceptional helicopter flight experience. Fly from the Archerfield airport towards the city on this shared flight overlooking the University of Queensland, St Lucia campus. Follow the Brisbane River around to Suncorp Stadium and circle around the spectacular towering skyline of the CBD. Get a birds-eye view of the Story Bridge and the famous Gabba Stadium, continuing to track around the Brisbane River across South Bank before heading back out towards Archerfield over the inner city suburbs. What a way to view our beautiful city!
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.84
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Private Brisbane City Helicopter Tour

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Private Brisbane City Helicopter Tour

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V2 Helicopters is Queensland's leading helicopter tour provider. With over ten years of experience, 50 thousand+ flight hours, we truly are the experts at providing an exceptional helicopter flight experience. Fly from the Archerfield airport towards the city on this shared flight overlooking the University of Queensland, St Lucia campus. Follow the Brisbane River around to Suncorp Stadium and circle around the spectacular towering skyline of the CBD. Get a birds-eye view of the Story Bridge and the famous Gabba Stadium, continuing to track around the Brisbane River across South Bank before heading back out towards Archerfield over the inner city suburbs. What a way to view our beautiful city!
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$215.52
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Brisbane River Dinner Cruise

Brisbane River Dinner Cruise

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Enjoy the sights of Brisbane at night from a prime vantage point on the water during a dinner cruise aboard a classic wooden paddle steamer. Dine on a contemporary buffet meal that features top Australian ingredients including fresh meats and produce, then take in live onboard entertainment in addition to unobstructed views of the sparkling waterfront. Bring your camera for great photo ops of your loved ones or visiting friends on a memorable night out in Brisbane.
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  • 3 hours
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$79.82
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Brisbane River High Tea Cruise

Brisbane River High Tea Cruise

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Indulge in a delicious afternoon tea as you float down the Brisbane River on a traditional paddle wheeler. Sip sparkling wine and tuck into a delicious spread of savory rolls, scones, sweet treats and handmade chocolates, accompanied by live music. Pass landmarks like the Story Bridge, Kangaroo Point Cliffs and the Wheel of Brisbane on a romantic 2-hour cruise, and spot attractions like the Brisbane Botanic Gardens and the Queensland Maritime Museum.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.94
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Brisbane River Lunchtime Cruise

Brisbane River Lunchtime Cruise

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View Brisbane from the river during a lunch cruise aboard a classic wooden paddlesteamer. This cruise has it all: the beauty of Brisbane River, fantastic food, and live entertainment for the weekend cruise. Your contemporary buffet lunch offers a selection of fresh produce. Keep your camera handy for great photo ops!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$72.56
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$72.56

Bay Island Tour - Scenic Flight

Bay Island Tour - Scenic Flight

This all-inclusive flight experience takes our guests over one of the most beautiful World Heritage Areas in Australia. The Sky Dance Experience includes the preflight drinks and refreshments, pick up and drop-off, and a pre-flight presentation on the area.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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$248.90
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