A leisurely cruise along the winding Brisbane River is a great way to take in the sights, get to know the city, and have a fun, relaxing time while you do it.
Brisbane rivers cruises are rated in the top ten activities to do in Brisbane. And the locals use the river boats for everything from business meetings to wedding receptions, kids’ parties and school tours. So book ahead – especially if you have a large group, it’s a public holiday, or you want to view a popular public event such as the Brisbane River Festival or New Years Eve fireworks.
Brisbane River Cruise Boats and Types
There are quite a few operators and an inspiring array of boats – from elegant vintage paddlesteamers and quirky retro cruisers, to streamlined speed boats and comfortable modern catamarans. There are even gondolas – complete with gondolier and a soundproofed curtained cabin comfortably kitted out with sheepskin-covered cushions.
At the top end of river cruises, vessels are luxuriously appointed and offer fine wines, sensational cuisine, live entertainment and service fit for royalty. At the other end there’s great value for money and maybe home-made scones and tea included in the ticket price.
Whatever floats your boat, you’re bound to find a cruise that suits your budget and requirements. And no matter what your choice, you can be sure you’ll be treated to spectacular sights and ever changing scenery as you roll along the river.
What to expect
Depending on the length of your cruise and the time of day or night, your ticket may include a meal, beverages and other extras.
Some operators specialise in beautifully catered breakfast, lunch, sunset and dinner cruises – perfect for romantic dates and memorable get-togethers with friends and family. Others offer fun options such as singers, live bands, beauty treatments from qualified therapists, clowns and other forms of entertainment.
Several river cruises offer ‘hop-on/hop-off’ so you can disembark to visit points of interest along the way or have a picnic. A couple of the river cruises take you to a specific destination, such as the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
There are jetties all along the Brisbane River, so you may get a choice of points for embarking and disembarking, depending on the boat you choose.
Check it out with your Brisbane River cruise operator.