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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. 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.  

    Not something I would usually do, but very glad we did. Relaxing way to travel along the river. My wife enjoyed the scones and coffee while I enjoyed a beer. Staff were very friendly and informative. Would definitely do this again.

  • 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...

    Overall it was a great experience. Loved all the information about the river on the way. Scones were delicious. Breakfast Creek Hotel lunch was great.

  • Brisbane River: Half-Day Classic Pubs Boat Tour

    3. 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 River Cruise and Koala Sanctuary Visit

    4. Brisbane River Cruise and Koala Sanctuary Visit

    Board Mirimar Cruises from a convenient departure point in the heart of Brisbane city and embark on a relaxing cruise to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. On this 5.5-hour program you’ll enjoy informative commentary from your captain as you glide along Brisbane’s waterfront, passing from the bustle of the city to leafy suburbs with waterside mansions. Indulge in homemade morning teas, meals and snacks that you can purchase from the on-board café. After around 70 minutes of cruising you’ll arrive at Lone Pine, where you’ll have 3 hours to explore the world’s largest koala sanctuary that’s home to more than 130 of these adorable marsupials. You can cuddle a koala, have photos taken (at your own expense) and perhaps catch a talk by the koala keepers. Visit the Platypus House, where you may be able to see the shy platypus, a native to Australia. Owls, kites and sea eagles soar above you at t...

    This was such an informative trip, would highly recommend. Easy boarding, and excellent commentary on the way up the river. Enough time was allowed to view Lone Pine and their activities. Great day out.

  • Brisbane: 1.5 Hour River Sunset Cruise

    5. 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.

    Great cruise. Excellent service. The platter they provided to everyone on the cruise was lovely and fresh. Had a great evening. Brisbane at night is beautiful. Definately recommend this cruise.

  • Brisbane: Guided River Kayak Tour

    6. 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.

    Great morning first time over 50' non swimmer Had a ball nearly fell in climbing out balance standing up. Would recommend great dont forget sunscreen. Was happy to see they had it you needed

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What people are saying about Brisbane River

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 398 reviews

Great informative cruise of the Brisbane River. Friendly staff. Lone Pine Sanctuary was well presented and a great variety of animals. The Koalas were special but also enjoyed the platypus enclosure, Tasmanian Devil and kangaroo feeding. Highly recommend this tour for people of all ages.

Not something I would usually do, but very glad we did. Relaxing way to travel along the river. My wife enjoyed the scones and coffee while I enjoyed a beer. Staff were very friendly and informative. Would definitely do this again.

Great cruise. Excellent service. The platter they provided to everyone on the cruise was lovely and fresh. Had a great evening. Brisbane at night is beautiful. Definately recommend this cruise.

Very enjoyable. We enjoyed a delicious morning tea and a lovely cruise . Hosts were very professional and friendly

A very informative, comfortable cruise with delicious scones, friendly staff and clean surroundings