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Top Brisbane Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Winding right through the heart of Brisbane, all the way from Moreton Bay to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the Brisbane River is the lifeblood of Queensland’s capital city. It also offers a fantastic vantage point for sightseeing. Here are your options for river cruises in Brisbane.

Highlights
  • Admire Brisbane’s scenic riverfront including Kangaroo Point Cliffs, the South Bank parklands, and the City Botanical Gardens.
  • Get a crowd-free view of city sights such as the famous Story Bridge, the Wheel of Brisbane, and the Customs House from the water.
  • Combine a scenic cruise with another sightseeing tour or entrance to top Brisbane attractions.

Sightseeing Cruises
A Brisbane River sightseeing cruise offers a comprehensive introduction to the city, with up to three hours on the water and various tour options available. Opt for a hop-on hop-off cruise and jump off to visit Newstead House, the Battle of the Coral Sea, and the Breakfast Creek Hotel; enjoy a full-day Brisbane sightseeing tour; or combine a river cruise with a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane or a visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary.

Dining Cruises
Set sail onto the Brisbane River and dine with a view as you cruise around the city. Perhaps tuck into a delicious buffet lunch or dinner and enjoy live music and entertainment on board; indulge in a decadent high tea, accompanied by sparkling wine; or nibble on canapés during a romantic sunset cruise.
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No Extra Cost | Dolphin & Tangalooma Wrecks CruiseDay Cruises

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No Extra Cost | Dolphin & Tangalooma Wrecks Cruise

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Throw your swimwear into a bag and set sail to Moreton Island, a world-renowned destination for encountering dolphins, dugong, and turtles. Located just 75 minutes from Brisbane, this full-day tour features an eco-cruise, tropical buffet lunch, island beach time and guided snorkel tour at the famous Tangalooma Wrecks. Board the brand new AUD 4mill vessel, the Spirit of Migaloo II, and you’ll soon discover that there’s more to Moreton Island than meets the eye.
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No Extra Cost | Dolphin & Tangalooma Wrecks Cruise incl. Gold Coast TransfersDay Cruises

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No Extra Cost | Dolphin & Tangalooma Wrecks Cruise incl. Gold Coast Transfers

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Throw your swimwear into a bag and set sail to Moreton Island, a world-renowned destination for encountering dolphins, dugong, and turtles. Located just 75 minutes from Brisbane, this full-day tour features an eco-cruise, tropical buffet lunch, island beach time and guided snorkel tour at the famous Tangalooma Wrecks. Board the brand new AUD 4mill vessel, the Spirit of Migaloo II, and you’ll soon discover that there’s more to Moreton Island than meets the eye.
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Premium Dolphin Feeding Day Cruise to Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton IslandDay Cruises

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Premium Dolphin Feeding Day Cruise to Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island

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Explore Moreton Island’s spectacular natural environment on this all-day adventure at Tangalooma Island Resort. After boarding a dolphin cruise in Brisbane, travel to the resort and check out a desert-safari tour with sand tobogganing, a marine-discovery cruise, a snorkeling tour, or a jet-boat tour. Enjoy access to the resort’s pools, lounges, eco center, and a supervised dolphin feeding experience is included in your visit.
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Brisbane River Sightseeing CruiseDay Cruises

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Brisbane River Sightseeing Cruise

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The Brisbane River, flowing directly through the city after which it’s named, is the longest river in South Queensland. Take a relaxing ruise along the river, seeing iconic sights including Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Brisbane City Center, and Story Bridge in a short amount of time. Fit a morning or afternoon departure into your vacation schedule.
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3-Day Southern Great Barrier Reef Tour Including Lady Musgrave Island

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Explore the Great Barrier Reef on a 3-day guided tour that includes a full day on Lady Musgrave Island, part of the southern portion of the Great Barrier Reef. Depending on the time of year, you can spot turtles and visit one of the world's largest turtle research centers, learn about turtle conservation, or look for humpback whales out on the water. After a cruise to Lady Musgrave Island, opt to snorkel, swim, or take a ride by glass-bottom (included), or try your hand at scuba diving. Round-trip transport from the Gold Coast, Brisbane, or Sunshine Coast, most meals, and a 2-night stay at an eco-friendly beachside resort in Bargara are included.
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Cruise To Lunch PackageDay Cruises

Cruise To Lunch Package

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Enjoy a relaxing river cruise and delicious lunch on this half-day excursion in Brisbane. Sip tea, admire views of local landmarks, and learn about the region from an informative guide aboard the MV Neptune. Then, head to Breakfast Creek Hotel for a variety of mouth-watering meal choices, including lunch rump and Panko calamari, beer-battered flathead and quinoa croquette.
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Eco Marine Safari - Boom netting & Snorkeling Moreton Island - Fortitude ValleyDay Cruises

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Eco Marine Safari - Boom netting & Snorkeling Moreton Island - Fortitude Valley

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The white sand beaches and dunes of Moreton Island are part of the protected Moreton Bay Marine Park, and lie just a short boat ride from Brisbane. On this full-day cruise, set sail from Fortitude Valley and spend the day swimming and snorkelling in Moreton Bay. Enjoy a thrilling ride in a boom net, dive in to snorkel at Tangalooma Wrecks (optional), and spot dolphins and sea turtles on an eco cruise of the marine park.
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River CruiseDay Cruises

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise

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Take a leisurely river cruise from Brisbane to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to observe native Australian wildlife. This half-day tour departs from bustling Southbank and cruises along the Brisbane River with views of iconic landmarks on the way to Lone Pine. Upon arrival, enjoy ample time to meet the animals. Observe the platypus, and watch animal shows that feature sheepdogs and birds of prey. A great experience for animal lovers.
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Brisbane River Koala Express Cruise To Lone Pine Koala SanctuaryDay Cruises

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Brisbane River Koala Express Cruise To Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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Explore the world’s oldest koala sanctuary after a cruise down the Brisbane River. Enjoy picturesque views of Brisbane’s skyline and waterfront during a ride aboard the speedy Koala Express. Then spend time with 100-plus koalas at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Learn how the sanctuary helps sick, injured, and orphaned koalas and enjoy the opportunity to see other native Australian wildlife.
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Moreton Island Day Trip from BrisbaneDay Trips

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Moreton Island Day Trip from Brisbane

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Explore Moreton Island on a full-day tour that travels to Tangalooma Island Resort from Brisbane on a luxury ferry. Depending on the option you select, explore activities such as snorkeling at Tangalooma Wrecks, stand-up paddle-boarding, taking a beach Segway tour, or scuba diving.  A luxurious morning ferry cruise to and from the resort awaits for your adventure.
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Classic Day Cruise to Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton IslandDay Cruises

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Classic Day Cruise to Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island

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This cruise to the Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island is the easy way to spend a day in nature from Brisbane. Choose between sand tobogganing, a wildlife-spotting cruise, snorkeling, or a jet-boat tour for a fun-filled day. You can also use the facilities at the resort, such as the pool and bar if you’d rather just relax. This day trip is ideal for families.
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Brisbane River Sightseeing Mid Afternoon 2.30pm CruiseDay Cruises

Brisbane River Sightseeing Mid Afternoon 2.30pm Cruise

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Swap the crowds of the busy city center for a peaceful day sightseeing from a river cruise. You’ll sail along Brisbane River with live commentary to entertain you and make sure you don’t miss any highlights. Save time and get access to multiple incredible photo opportunities on one tour. You’ll see Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Story Bridge, and Brisbane City Center. Conveniently, the boat also has a coffee shop/bar if you’d like to purchase a drink.
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Whale Watching and Surfers Paradise Day Trip from BrisbaneDay Trips

Whale Watching and Surfers Paradise Day Trip from Brisbane

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Visit Surfers Paradise and take a whale-watching cruise on the Pacific during this day trip from Brisbane. Start with the cruise onboard a custom-built boat for spotting marine life. Glide along the Spit, and then look for humpback whales at play during their annual pilgrimage to the coast of Australia. Before the return drive to Brisbane, you have free time to explore Surfers Paradise.
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South Bank Combo Pass

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Experience Queensland’s capital city with a river cruise to Brisbane’s landmark Ferris wheel. Enjoy complimentary tea, illuminating commentary from an informative guide, and beautiful views while sailing down the Brisbane River. Then, take a magical gondola ride on the Wheel of Brisbane and savor a delicious lunch and drink at the Plough Inn—it’s included in the tour price.
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North Stradbroke Island 4WD Beach Safari - Gold Coast-Brisbane PickupDay Trips

North Stradbroke Island 4WD Beach Safari - Gold Coast-Brisbane Pickup

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Take in the highlights of North Stradbroke Island with ease on an all-inclusive full-day tour from the Gold Coast or Brisbane. Cross Moreton Bay by car ferry, then visit top destinations including Brown Lake, Main Beach, and Flinders Beach. Have time to swim and snorkel, climb sand dunes, take nature walks, learn about Aboriginal traditions, and go off-roading on sandy tracks. You’ll also have a barbecue on the beach.
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4WD Beach Safari - Brisbane Pick UpDay Trips

4WD Beach Safari - Brisbane Pick Up

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0700-0730 Hotel pick ups 0730-0900 Travel to Cleveland, stopping for Kangaroo & Koala viewing. 0900-0940 Vehicular ferry across Moreton Bay. Morning tea & cakes. Marine life watching. 0940-1130 4WD on bush tracks stopping at lakes, lookouts & fauna. 1130-1200 Short walk to North Gorge. Observe dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays & Humpback whales in season. 1200-1430 BBQ lunch on the beach, Fishing, swimming, playing in the sand. Aboriginal artefact presentation, play didgeridoo, throw boomerang. 1430-1500 Beach driving. 1500-1545 Ferry back to Cleveland. Afternoon tea & biscuits. 1545-1715 Return journey to hotels.
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Dolphin Viewing Day Cruise to Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton IslandDay Cruises

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Dolphin Viewing Day Cruise to Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island

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Enjoy a hassle-free day trip to Moreton Island and spend time doing your choice of activities with the Tangalooma Island Resort as your base. Toboggan down sand dunes on the desert-safari tour, look out for dolphins on the marine-discovery cruise, explore underwater shipwrecks on a snorkeling experience, or speed across the water on a thrilling jet-boat tour. Round-trip transport from Brisbane included.
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Eco Marine Safari - Boom netting & Snorkeling Moreton Island - Roma St TransfersDay Cruises

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Eco Marine Safari - Boom netting & Snorkeling Moreton Island - Roma St Transfers

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Pair a classic Australian adventure, boom netting, with epic marine wildlife on this Moreton Bay Marine Park and Moreton Island experience. Look for dolphins, turtles, dugong, and even whales in season; race over the waters in a net secured to the back of the boat; lounge on a golden sand beach; and feast on a lunch of prawns and roast chicken. Add a guided snorkeling trip for an additional fee.
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Brisbane Guided Kayaking Tour on Manly HarbourDay Cruises

Brisbane Guided Kayaking Tour on Manly Harbour

Manly Harbour is an early morning paddler's delight..  This is a 1.5 hour (on water time ) guided kayak tour in Brisbane's main harbour. This is a small group tour conducted by our expert owner operator. Fun, safe and memorable. No experience necessary. Kayak Fun ads value to their tours and does not want to be copied
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Stray Australia: Brisbane to Cairns Freestyle TourMulti-day Tours

Stray Australia: Brisbane to Cairns Freestyle Tour

Experience the best of Queensland, as well as some off the beaten track locations that we're sure will become your faves. From island hopping to exploring rainforests, you'll see more and do more on this adventure from Brisbane to Queensland. This not a regular tour. It’s flexible adventure travel! You can complete your trip in the minimum amount of time, or you can hop off and extend your stay in any destination on the route. Use the Stray Mate App to book extra nights’ accommodation and activities along the way.
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Tangalooma Island Resort Dolphin Viewing Day Cruise with Whale WatchingOther Water Sports

Tangalooma Island Resort Dolphin Viewing Day Cruise with Whale Watching

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Spend a spectacular day on the water by going on a dolphin and whale watching trip. Take the chance out of spotting marine life by traveling with experts to places where dolphins and whales have been spotted before. You won’t have to bring snacks with you as a delicious lunch is provided on board. As well as spotting marine life, another perk is getting a day pass to Tangalooma Island Resort. You’ll be able to relax and enjoy the resort facilities, such as restaurants, bars, and pools.
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Gold Coast City Sights Tour with Crab Catching CruiseDay Cruises

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Gold Coast City Sights Tour with Crab Catching Cruise

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Discover the natural and cultural attractions of Australia’s Gold Coast on this packed full-day tour departing from either Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Browse through the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Learn how to catch a crab and enjoy a seafood lunch, visit Burleigh Heads, a world renowned for its spectacular surfing conditions and drive through the Gold Coast Region to Varsity Lake, Robin and Advance Town. Enjoy the diverse experiences of the Gold Coast all in one day.
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Tangalooma Island Resort Classic Whale Watching Day CruiseOther Water Sports

Tangalooma Island Resort Classic Whale Watching Day Cruise

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Spot one of the most incredible creatures of the ocean on this whale watching cruise off Moreton Island. Your vessel is Australia’s largest purpose-built whale-watching boat, and it’s a comfortable base from which to watch these enormous creatures in their natural habitat. Have lunch on board, before enjoying a stop at Tangalooma Island Resort for some beach time.
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Full Day Island Adventure Cruise From Brisbane Including Lunch Day Trips

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Full Day Island Adventure Cruise From Brisbane Including Lunch

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Adventure cruise, swim, snorkel and bushwalk your way across four islands in one day. Discover stories of the diverse people of Brisbane and Moreton Bay. Land on an uninhabited sand bar for a picnic lunch and beach games. Explore historic ruins, aboriginal sites, rusty shipwrecks, deserted beaches, and try spot kangaroos, koalas, turtles, dolphins, dugongs and more! River to Bay is a locally owned business operating four purpose designed and newly built fast tour boats. These boats are used to connect visitors to Brisbane directly with the amazing wildlife and natural sights of Moreton Bay. No need for transfers, tours are action packed unforgettable Aussie experiences.
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