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Tour code: 3974LUNCHCRUISE
View Brisbane from the river during a lunch cruise aboard a classic wooden paddlesteamer. This 2-hour cruise has it all: the beauty of Brisbane River, fantastic food and fine entertainment, with a fun and accomplished 3-piece jazz band playing for the weekend cruise. Your 3-course lunch or carvery buffet (Saturday) offers a selection of fresh seafood, meat, and produce. Keep your camera handy for great photo ops!


  • 2-hour lunchtime sightseeing cruise along the Brisbane River
  • Cruise on board a wooden paddlewheeler boat and get excellent views of Brisbane from the river
  • Choose from a range of dishes offered on the 3-course à la carte menu or the roast carvery buffet
  • Choose from a range of dishes offered on the 3-course à la carte menu
  • Enjoy live jazz entertainment on Saturday and Sunday (if option selected) performed by a popular trio

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What You Can Expect

Brisbane River Lunchtime Cruise

Brisbane River Lunchtime Cruise

After making your way to Eagle Street Pier, step on board the handsome multi-tiered paddlewheel boat for your sightseeing lunch cruise. Your vessel was expertly crafted from Queensland timber and its design was inspired by the legendary paddleboats of the Mississippi River.

During your cruise, the crew shares informative commentary about the development of Brisbane and landmarks along the waterfront. Stroll the deck for unobstructed views from the Brisbane River or stay indoors and look out of large viewing windows.

As your boat glides along the river, enjoy a delicious meal that features three courses. The chefs make the most of Australia's freshest seafood, meat and produce, and a mouthwatering dessert completes the meal. If you have chosen Saturday's 3-piece jazz cruise, you will enjoy a roast carvery buffet featuring sensational roasts carved by chef, an amazing selection of salads, international dishes and much more. Drinks are available for purchase at the onboard bar.

Entertainment accompanies every cruise. On the weekends, a small jazz band plays live music and the boat's resident historian chats about Brisbane's fascinating past and performs a song.

After a 2-hour cruise, your tour ends when the paddlewheeler returns you to the dock.


Sample menu:


  • Toasted Turkish breads, marinated artichokes with mixed olives, smoked salmon and cured meats
    (gluten–free option available, please advise on booking)

Main course (choice of one):

  • Slow–cooked pulled beef fillet with potato & pea mash, cabernet jus
  • Pan–seared rockling fillet, roasted sweet potato, baby spinach with dill & caper butter
  • Roasted breast of chicken with carbonara risotto, baby herb & parmesan
  • Wild mushroom tartlet with thyme, garlic confit & baby spinach salad
Dessert (choice of one):
  • Summer pavlova with whipped cream & berry compote
  • Classic crème caramel with maple glazed mandarin
  • Tiramisu with layered espresso sponge cake, mascarpone & Kahlua
Menu is subject to change

Cavery Buffet Lunch:
Enjoy a roast carvery buffet featuring sensational roasts carved by chef, an amazing selection of salads, international dishes and much more.

Customer Reviews

Frederick D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

What a surprise we had when we arrived at the riverside. A paddleboat with a lovely crew who welcomed us on board. The meal was fantastic. Everything about this trip was exceptional. The Jazz Band were also very friendly. A lovely time to spend a lunchtime in a beautiful city. Thoroughly recommend.

Jacqueline M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Excellent day with an exceptionally delicious luncheon. The weather was perfect and the scenery from the boat was wonderful. I have recently been on a similar cruise on Sydney Harbour which didn't go anywhere near this one. The organisers there could learn a thing or two from this one!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016


Norma G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We are from the UK and have visited Brisbane many times, this tour was on our 'wish list', we decided to have lunch aboard the Kookaburra Queen 2. The food was very good, staff were pleasant, service efficient, commentary very knowledgeable, drinks reasonably priced. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable afternoon on the Brisbane river. Thank you

vicky w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This Brisbane River Cruise is really worth the money,really enjoyed the views,staff were very friendly and food was great.Highly recommended we are from England and loved the experience.

Kerry C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent service, great food and a beautiful experience for my husband's birthday. Thanks!

Ann W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The whole trip was great. I have only one small criticism which was that my main course was only lukewarm
when it arrived. However it still tasted good and was well presented and I ate all of it.

Pam F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a very relaxing afternoon with great service by all the staff, live entertainment and fabulous food. Fully recommend it.

Pauline N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Awesome trip down the Brisbane River! Amazing meal and wine, great entertainment, gorgeous views : HIghly reccomend it!

Ellen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We had a fabulous time thanks

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