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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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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise
star-4.5
$65.42 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great day out for a Family Trip
Staff and Crew were all very professional and friendly made the trip more memorable will definately recommend to others
Donna_M, Feb 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Brisbane

star-5
A morning to remember
Ian_L, Dec 2021
90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour
The commentary was very informative, the crew was friendly, the morning tea was very good, safety measures were explained, the tour brought us to a lot of landmarks and the weather was fine. I had a great trip.
star-4
Brisbane River Cruise
Martin_C, May 2022
90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour
Nice relaxing cruise giving a good insight of the layout of Brisbane city and adjoining suburbs. Recommended.
star-5
Ben was a very commited guide
Nils_F, May 2022
Brisbane Segway Sightseeing Tour
Had a great time, thank you! The weather was less than perfect (very rainy) but Ben the guide was very commited to make the trip a pleasant experience.
star-5
Very exciting
RUKIYA_W, May 2022
Brisbane Segway Sightseeing Tour
I enjoyed the ride very much and would do it a thousand times again. Thank for the experience. Rukiya
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
Chilled Out Sunday
Jennifer_G, May 2022
90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour
The commentary was great - lots of Brisbane history. Music in the background made the experience very relaxing
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-5
Great day out
Yvette_G, Feb 2022
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise
Boat ride was lovely, exhibitions were great loved the platypus lived here all my life and now I’ve finally actually seen one even though they inhabit my home town wonderful
star-4
Great experience, highly...
Tanya_B, Jan 2022
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise
Great experience, highly recommend. Only criticism the experience was meant to be pram friendly and when we arrived at the park there is a large hill with lots of steps we had to carry our pram / toddler up.
star-5
River cruise
Jean_S, Apr 2022
90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour
The brilliant commentary. The young people on board who served morning tea.👏🏻👏🏻 My daughter, adult granddaughter and grandson and myself enjoyed the 90 minute trip. A short shower of rain 🌧 passed quickly and didn’t detract from our experience. Thank you..
star-5
Great fun!
fiona_d, Apr 2022
Brisbane Segway Sightseeing Tour
Mark was our guide, my sister was very anxious, he made sure my little sister was confident and happy riding before we all set off :) we both had a great time around Brisbane Southbank :) highly highly recommend!!
star-5
Interesting and fun
Jacqueline_B, Apr 2022
90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour
Great welcoming crew, the mornig tea was delicious and lashings of it! interesting commentry, comfortable ride with plenty of choices of where to view the scenary.

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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