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Brisbane is a city shaped by the river. It is a city of long walks in the summer dusk and riverside picnics on weekends. Bringing natural life to the urban scape, the Brisbane River is the site of many of Brisbane’s best attractions, events and everyday joys.

Popular activities on the Brisbane River include kayaking through the city at night, exploring the river on a CityCat, taking a dining river cruise or catching a local ferry to reach the opposite shore. Climbing the Kangaroo Point Cliffs on the river’s edge is a popular evening activity, and many residents and visitors alike enjoy climbing the famous Story Bridge, dining at South Bank by the water and relaxing with a drink at Eagle Street Pier.

You can also take a walk through the City Botanical Gardens that follow the northern river’s edge, see a live show at the famous Riverstage, look across the urban night from a Gallery of Modern Art ‘Up Late’ event, or read by the river from a peaceful seat on the State Library Queensland deck.

Practical Info

There are a number of ways to easily explore the Brisbane River. Travelling on the river by CityCat is quick, cheap and easy. Bikeways and walkways follow much of the river’s edge, and there are five inner-city pedestrian bridges to help you weave your way between the north and south banks.

If you feel like joining the many enthusiastic cyclists along the Brisbane River, try the CityCycle hire scheme available to residents and visitors across the inner city.

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Brisbane River Dinner Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 137 Reviews

Enjoy a night out on a Brisbane River dinner cruise. Indulge your taste buds with a 3 course seafood buffet dinner. Sit back relax and take in the amazing ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours

From USD $75.08

Brisbane River Lunchtime Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 96 Reviews

Welcome aboard the Brisbane River lunchtime cruise! Feast on a delicious carvery and seafood buffet and enjoy the spectacular sights of riverside Brisbane ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $56.07

Brisbane City Tour and River Cruise from the Gold Coast

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Discover the cosmopolitan delights and friendly vibe of Brisbane on a day long excursion from the Gold Coast. You’ll see the city center and sights such as ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.75

Brisbane Sightseeing Tour and Brisbane River Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

Discover the tropical charm of Brisbane on a three-hour tour of Queensland's capital city. Perfect for first-time visitors, this comprehensive morning tour is ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.24

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