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  • Location: Brisbane, Australia
  • Duration:  90 minutes (approx.)
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 buffet, with a selection of fresh seafood (weekends) 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 seafood and carvery buffet lunch (weekends) or the 3-course A la carte menu served to your table (Thursday and Friday)
  • 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 buffet lunch or 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.


International and Seafood Sample Menu (Weekends)
  • Prawns and crab
  • Mediterranean and American style seafood
  • Antipasto platter
  • Chef's roast of the day
  • Hot dishes served with pasta or rice
  • Oven baked fish of the day
  • Selection of roast meats
  • Seafood mornay
  • Garden and potato fresh salads
  • Selection of desserts

Sample menu only.

3-Course Menu (Weekdays)

  • Due of dips with toasted Turkish bread (Gluten free option available)
  • Slow braised lamb shank in a tomato & red wine sauce with roasted chat potatoes and green beans
  • Mediterranean style vegetable pie with roasted chat potato and steamed broccoli
  • Grilled rockling fillet in lemon myrtle and sea salt with roasted chat potatoes and green beans
  • Chicken cordon bleu – golden crumbed chicken fillet filled with champagne ham, sage and Swiss cheese on a cream white wine sauce with roast potato and steamed greens
  • Garden fresh salads
  • Selection of desserts

Menu is subject to change due to food availability and seasonality.

Customer Reviews

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.

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