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

Brisbane River Lunchtime Cruise

Glide along the Brisbane River aboard a majestic paddlewheeler for a lunchtime cruise with a great perspective on Brisbane’s waterfront. Get unobstructed views of the city's riverside highlights and dine on a delicious 3-course lunch, with a selection of fresh seafood and roasted meats, plus tasty sides and desserts. The weekend cruise option features a lively 3-piece jazz band for your enjoyment. This cruise has it all: the beauty of Brisbane River, fantastic food and fine entertainment.


  • 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
  • Hear entertaining commentary on Brisbane's history and development from your knowledgeable crew
  • Choose from a range of dishes served from the 3-course A la carte menu served to your table
  • 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

Marvel at the fine craftsmanship of the wooden paddlewheeler as you walk on board for your lunchtime cruise. The friendly staff welcome you to your table and review the cruise schedule. Once you have been oriented to the boat, stroll the deck for unobstructed views of the Brisbane River waterfront. Informative commentary shared by the crew details the development of Brisbane and the sights that you pass.

Your 3-course menu is served as your boat glides along the river. Choose the dishes you like from an extensive selection of delicious hot and cold offerings, with a menu that features fresh Australian seafood and produce, accompanied by gourmet breads, rice, pasta, and tempting desserts. Drinks are available for purchase at the full bar.

After your meal, enjoy live music from a 3-piece jazz band (if you choose the weekend cruise). Sway along with the lively beat of the music as you take in the sights of Brisbane from your vantage point on the river. The weekend cruise includes an entertaining chat and a tune performed by the boat's resident historian.

The design of the famous paddle boats on the Mississippi River shaped the design of this vessel. Carefully crafted from Queensland timber, including ironbark, spotted gum and white beech, Brisbane River paddlewheelers have become an icon of the Brisbane River, enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

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


Sample menu only.

3-Course Menu


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

Main (choice of one of the below):

  • 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 of the below):
  • Summer Pavlova with whipped cream & berry compote
  • Classic Crème Caramel with maple glazed mandarin
  • Tiramisu with Layered espresso sponge, mascarpone & kahlua
Menu is subject to change due to food availability and seasonality.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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

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.

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We had a fabulous time thanks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very enjoyable cruise, buffet was magnificent, staff very organised and friendly, the highlight was the jazz duo, which certainly provided great music. we would certainly do the cruise again and highly recommend it.
10 out of 10.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very relaxing. Great food. Approx 2 hours just a nice amount of time. Wonderful scenery. The Jazz band was great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

we had a great time-food was great-music was great and tour was great!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Lovely relaxing trip on the Brisbane River. Food good, nice relaxing music, good service and of course a beautiful River to cruise on .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Experience was excellent and good value. New chef excelled!!
One crit'!! Sparkling White Wine could be wider and drier!!
Mike lawrie--- UK

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