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Brisbane River Cruises

By Viator, November 2013

4.5 113 Reviews | Add your review

When looking for things to do in Brisbane, it’s hard to go past a Brisbane River cruise. Sure, you’re seeing things you can see on land, but there’s something magical about floating past on a cruise that makes you appreciate the city in a whole new light. 

What option you choose when cruising on the Brisbane River depends on your schedule, and your interests. A straight sightseeing cruise usually lasts around three hours of a morning, and provides a comprehensive overview of Brisbane’s most famous sights. You’ll be picked up from your hotel and escorted to your boat, from which you’ll be able to spot sights including Parliament House, the City Hall, St John’s Cathedral, and China Town. You’ll be given the opportunity to view the city from Kangaroo Point and Bartley’s Lookouts, and, as an added bonus, the sightseeing cruise includes the Wheel of Brisbane experience in South Bank. Modelled off the iconic London Eye, the Wheel of Brisbane gives you 360 degree views of the city below you as you sweep up into the sky.

Your next option, and a little shorter than the sightseeing cruise, is a boat that includes the experience of dining on the river. A lunch cruise is usually about two hours, with lunch being the main attraction! You won’t cruise as far or see as much, but you’ll get entertaining commentary on Brisbane and its history, and your very own band providing entertainment while you eat. The lunch itself is served buffet style, with fresh seafood, soups, pasta, roasts, salads and desserts that change seasonally to best reflect the area.

For a truly special experience though, wait until the sun begins to fall before you hop on the boat. A three-course seafood dinner is just one of the highlights of the dinner cruise. Onboard entertainment, a fully licensed bar and the city lights twinkling as you float past, a dinner cruise of the Brisbane River is a fantastic way to spend an evening, and the best way to experience the Brisbane River. The dinner cruise goes for three hours, making sure you get the most out of your time on board.

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