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Brisbane River Dinner Cruise
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Brisbane River Dinner Cruise

By Kookaburra Showboat Cruises
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Step aboard a traditional wooden paddlewheel boat to see Brisbane's top sights from the water on an evening dinner cruise. Book your cruise ahead of time to avoid the disappointment of sold-out nights and to have your vacation planned in advance. While on the boat, enjoy live onboard entertainment, unobstructed waterfront views, and a buffet meal of local Australian products and drinks.

Ages 0-100, max of 20 per group
Duration: 3h
Start time: Check availability
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Cruise on a traditional paddlewheel boat constructed of Queensland timber
  • Contemporary buffet dinner of meat, salads, desserts, and drinks
  • Unobstructed views and photo ops of the Brisbane skyline at night
  • Enjoy an evening of live music and dancing

  • Seasonal Contempoary Buffet (with seafood on sundays)
  • Live entertainment
  • Dance floor
  • Classic cocktails (Mojito, Margarita, Fruit Tingle, Strawberry Daquiri & Aperol Spritz), Basic Spirits, Australian wines, Selected Beers, Soft drink, Juice, tea and coffee
  • Restroom on board
  • Explore the decks, meet the Captain in tne Bridge and steer the vessel
  • Brisbane river view and city night light
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All other alcoholic drinks (available to purchase on board)

Arrive at Eagle Street Pier in time to board your dinner cruise. Step aboard the traditional wooden paddlewheel boat, crafted from Queensland timber, and find a comfortable seat on deck for unobstructed views of the Brisbane skyline as it lights up at night. Enjoy the ambiance of a peaceful river cruise as you sit down to a buffet dinner of contemporary dishes that showcase Australian produce and other local products—dishes such as confit beef, oven-baked fish, potato salad, green pea salad, and desserts such as lemon cheesecake and panna cotta (see Itinerary for sample menu). You can also enjoy soft drinks, juice, sparkling wine, spirits, Australian wine, and beer included with your dinner. After dinner wraps up, listen to live classical music and modern favorites as you hit the dance floor. Then, head back to Eagle Street Pier; the rest of the evening is yours.

Start:
  • Kookaburra River Queens, Eagle Street Pier, 1 Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
    Departure Point: Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane Address: Eagle Street Pier, 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane Directions: Please exchange voucher for boarding pass at the ticket office Dates: Thursday, Friday and Saturday Return point: Returns to original departure point
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3974DINNERCRUISE

    • Limited Wheelchair access - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer.
    • Mobility issues: The stairs on each of our vessels can be an issue for some people with mobility issues. We can accommodate wheelchairs up to 63cm only. Motorised scooters are prohibited on board any cruise. Please contact our office and advise of any mobility issues prior to your cruise i.e walking frames, cannot navigate stairs, wheelchairs or guide dogs and we will do our best to accommodate you.
    • Please advise our office of any dietary requirements prior to your cruise. We can accommodate for Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Halal, Vegetarian and vegan on request. Please advise of any dietary requirements prior to your cruise and we will do our best to accommodate you.
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Minimum age is 18 years to consume alcohol
    • We can cater to Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free and Dairy Free only
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Please note that no refunds are available
    • Changes to your booking:
    • 14 days or greater: Date changes or changes in passenger numbers to your booking can be made 14 days or more prior to your travel date (so if you are booked in on Thursday October 1st 2020, changes to your booking can be made up until close of business Thursday September 17th 2020). Should you wish to cancel your booking, we can only offer you a date transfer or credit voucher.
    • Less than 14 days: within 14 days of your cruise departure no changes can be made to your booking.
    • Missed Departures:
    • Unfortunately refunds, transfers or credit vouchers are not permitted due to a missed departure. We strongly recommend that you check travel/traffic conditions on the day of your departure, in particular when there are special events (e.g. public holidays, Marathon, Anzac Day parade) as these can often cause traffic delays.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

    • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3974DINNERCRUISE

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    • Kookaburra Showboat Cruises
      352
      Australia
      Joined in January 2012
    • C6662QTmarinak
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Total disappointment
      My experience dates back to June 2021 when my husband and I booked a Cucubarra cruise with dinner for my birthday. It was a gift from my husband for my birthday. It was my 60th birthday. We live in South Australia and were supposed to fly to Brisbane to celebrate. But unfortunately there was a pandemic and a few days before the flight, the interstate borders were closed. I wrote to Cucabarra Cruises for a refund, but they sent me an open-ended voucher that we wanted to use after a year. But then the flooding happened and Cucabarra closed due to flood losses. We again could not get our service (dinner cruise). We asked for a refund again, but were told we could not get a refund and the voucher was perpetual. Since then it has been another 2 years and we only have the voucher and total disappointment.
      Written 17 March 2024
    • chilvers59
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      The worst company I have dealt with.
      18th January 2022 I booked and paid in full for 9 adults and 2 children to celebrate a mile stone birthday for my wife (60th), who was having her birthday early March. We had a number of interstate friends and family coming up for the day and the cruise was a surprise to my wife. Unfortunately, the floods hit and we were left without a cruise or venue. I had to try to make urgent alternate plans for the group two days out. I then had to rebook and pay in full for the new venue. I am now thousands out of pocket. So I emailed the Kookaburra cruises expecting a refund as they were unable to provide the service I had booked and paid for. (Afterall, we were not at fault, and we did not cancel). They stated that their refunds policy clearly states no refunds. So I copied their policy and stated we did not cancel you did and we were still willing to attend ? 1.2.2. Refunds Please note that this experience is non-refundable so prior to making a booking, please ensure that all parties are willing to proceed. Please check that the date selected is correct prior to making your booking. Deposits/final balances paid are non-refundable To which they stated they were not allowed on the river due to the floods. So they refused to offer a refund and gave me coupons, which half the guests are unable to use as they are interstate. Now Feb 23, these also appear to be useless as they have gone into receivership ? I have now heard the boss is in court for indecent assault... So if anybody hears of a class action, can they please add me to the list. Thank you. The worst company I have ever dealt with for fair play or empathy.
      Written 24 February 2023
    • DFandLR
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      TOTAL THIEVERY
      Utterly shameful and appalling treatment by Kookaburra Queen. April 2022. Won't ever book with this company and strongly advise all others not to either. We also had a dinner cruise booked & paid for which was cancelled due to the floods, and although they would be insured, Kookaburra Queen obviously feel that it's ok for their well-intentioned customers to be left out of pocket while they profiteer from the circumstances. Disgraceful behaviour and absolute theft. Going off other reviews this is clearly a common practice by them. (Refer to the Office of Fair Trading Queensland for information regarding ‘no refund policies’. Attempting to use this statement within ‘terms & conditions’ is illegal as Consumer Rights apply.)
      Written 5 May 2022
    • natalie c
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Kookaburra cruises, Brisbane, shameful service, non refund policy is theft
      We had a cruise booked for Saturday 5 March, which we were expected to pay up front for and were asked to accept a no refund clause aimed at people not turning up, fair enough.Unfortunately, a storm resulted in the river being closed and the cruise being called off by the company. For some reason, their no refund policy appears to still apply despite us being in Brisbane at that time and available for the cruise. We are not from Brisbane and it is incredibly difficult for us to accept and use a credit voucher. Despite putting this forward to the Kookaburra Cruise management team, we have been given an adamant no, you will not get your money back and if you have a problem with that please complain through ACCC. This us very stressful and feels like being robbed, imagine being asked to pay up front for your meal in a restaurant and then told sorry, chef is not available, not our fault but come back another time and we are prepared to serve you. In the meantime we will keep your money even though we cannot provide you with the promised service, we commented on Facebook, all comments have been removed, shame on you, Kookaburra cruises .😔😔😔
      Written 6 March 2022
    • Jacqueline L
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Total rip-off from Kookaburra Queen
      We were booked for a dinner cruise on the Kookaburra Queen, unfortunately it was cancelled because of flooding. When we asked for a refund we were given a categorical no as they had a no refund policy. This would be understandable if we had cancelled but surely not when they cancel. As this was a one off trip of 4 friends the offer of a credit was not acceptable. When asked for management contacts were asked for we were refused and told to go through ACCC. I can't believe the arrogance of this company. The hotel we are staying in had problems with the lifts and immediately offered a full refund if we wanted to go elsewhere. Total difference in attitude.
      Written 5 March 2022
    • noelanic2014
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Theft by refusing a refund when also refusing to give the service paid for.
      I would NEVER encourage my family or friends to book with these people. They refused a refund for a service they also couldn't honor. We were only given an option of "credit" after they cancelled the cruise, then they told us to take it up with senior management, then refused to give us their details saying "go straight to ACCC. THIS is called Theft. We will be taking this further, what a disgusting way to treat out of town people. Also inferred they" lost everything ", meaning that they wouldn't be able to" honor "the future so called credit, however they will be claiming insurance not like us small people, we just get robbed by them.
      Written 5 March 2022
    • tangimetuam
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beautiful lunch with amazing views
      Was a beautiful day and cruise was very relaxing. Food was great and the service by the staff was exceptional.
      Written 8 February 2022
    • W3615VDrayc
      0 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Not acceptable
      Whilst the cruise was enjoyable and the lunch nice the desserts were terrible. All the cakes were as dry as a desert. They tasted like they were left overs from a week before.
      Written 23 January 2022
    • debgE3411WG
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A delightfully delicious afternoon.
      I love high teas and have been to several. The food today was exceptional. So much nicer than the finger sandwiches traditionally served and the cinnamon butter was a high tea highlight.
      Written 21 January 2022
    • AngelaS111
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Must do in Brisbane even for locals
      Fantastic way to see Brisbane - the service was above & beyond from moment checked in to the merry Christmas when we stepped off. Food was plentiful & fresh so much choice & if buffet not what you wanted other options to order & pay are available. Great selection of mocktails for those who aren’t drinking. Couldn’t recommend enough this is great for tourists & locals
      Written 19 December 2021
    • jewest61
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Thoroughly enjoyable cruise and highly recommend the experience
      We are from SA visiting our daughter in Brisbane. We had a wonderful time on the river cruise. Our daughter booked online. The website was easy to navigate. We took advantage of the discounted parking, which made the journey worry free. From the time we arrived to wait for boarding, our time on the boat and to disembarking, customer service and interactions with all the staff was excellent. They were happy & friendly and this definitely contributed to our experience. The entertainment was great, the boat was decorated beautifully with Christmas tree, decorations and fairy lights etc. The boat was spacious, which made it easy to move about. The facilities were clean. The food was delicious, lots of choice to cater to different tastes and there was plenty to eat. We had a window seat on the 2nd level, perfect spot to observe the scenery along the cruise route, including city views, bridges, parks etc, which also presented great photo opportunities, it was lovely. The roof top deck provided another option of enjoying the scenic views. The cruise was definitely one of the highlights of our visit. When we visit again, we would like to try the dinner cruise. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and thought it was a lovely way to spend an afternoon and enjoy the Brisbane sights on the water. We would highly recommend the experience.
      Written 3 December 2021
    • ronaldkW7514NQ
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Kookaburra Queen lunch cruise
      We had a lovely time. The food/buffet was very tasteful. There were a huge variety of food to choose from. Everything was very well organised. We enjoyed it a lot and will recommend any kookaburra cruise to anybody. It is the most relaxing way to enjoy a meal with a loved one. We felt save at all times too. While the music is playing you can enjoy the lunch as the moving Kookaburra made no noisy sound while going up and down the Brisbane river. We also felt safe at all times.
      Written 28 November 2021
    • L9167GEsuzannec
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Day Out
      Superb. We all enjoyed it. The staff were very efficient but really friendly, the food was great and there was enough variety that all palates were satisfied. The music was good and not too loud.
      Written 28 November 2021
    • manuelaP9754TW
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The lived expirience enjoyed to the fullest.
      On this occasion we were celebrating my fife Gloria's birthday, we had a wonderful time, what a competent staff, all very kind and very, very helpful and attentive, the trip was very pleasant and well organized, we have already traveled with you several times., and there is no doubt that we will do it again, I will gladly recommend it to my family and friends, I wish you many successes, a hug to all staff.
      Written 28 November 2021
    • Julie H
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A wonderful lunch with beautiful views.
      Went on the lunch cruise (table of 9) & had the best time. Food was great & lots of it. Entertainment enjoyable. Beautiful views of the river. Definitely would go again. Special mention to Curtis, Vladimir & Vonnie who went above & beyond with their wonderful service, a credit to the Kookaburra Queen.
      Written 21 November 2021
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    Bluebird2019aux
    Sunshine Coast, Australia5 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020 • Couples
    We booked online and paid a month in advance to go on the kokuburra paddleboat for a special dinner. 2 days we where advised that there was no space on the paddleboat we asked to move to the following week but they where already booked (later we discovered that was not case).
    They said we had to go on the voyager vessel. I was advised there was definately an outside viewing areas on both levels at the back of the boat. So we would still have the same experience.
    This vessel was not at all the same experience. Also we could not go outside at the back of the boat as upstairs was as a private function. We were not allowed to out the back on our level either they didn't say why. The only area we could go was at the front of the vessel (See pics) This was clearly marked as crew only with a 2 foot high treshold you had to step over and on desk alot of things to avoid like anchours. We paid extra for a window seat and was cramed into a corner infront of the doors that everyone was going in and out if constantly to get to outside. There where people smoking outside the staff did nothing to stop it, we could smell it during our meal.
    The experience was dissapointing to say the least and not at all described on there website. I wrote to complaint but they have not even bothered to respond. I called and advised its against the ACCC to not include on there website the voyager vessel pictures and experience as it is very different. This was 3 months ago. There has been no changes.
    1 day after the cruise our credit card was full of fraudulant activity and this was the only thing the card had been used for.

    If you are after a budget party boat experience that is what this is. It is not a nostalic romantic experience like on there website at all.
    Beware do not book online. See some pic.
    Written 12 February 2020
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    Maria S
    Brisbane, Australia7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2021 • Couples
    What an incredible charter it is; We had the best party time while viewing from the top deck the incredible view of our city and the river fire- fireworks show. The food was delicious and the staff were friendly and very well informed. We would definitely recommend it to anyone without a second thought -. thank you again.
    Written 28 September 2021
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    danjonelson
    Nelson, New Zealand2,853 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020
    We enjoyed the sights of Brisbane at night on this harbour cuise, which had dinner included.

    The food was of a good quality, help yourself, had a reasonable selection, and the free wine etc was good.

    It was reasonably full the night we went, and the singers were great.

    All in all a good experience, and very relaxing
    Written 2 February 2020
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    Jim V
    Chippewa Falls, WI23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My wife and chose the river cruise as a way to see Brisbane at night. We were not disappointed. The cruise includes a buffet meal. I would consider the meal to be a typical buffet. There was beef, pork and fish as well as a vegetarian option. It was a good meal. The night scenery along the river was beautiful. There was live entertainment during the entire cruise. Some took advantage to dance to the music. My wife and I were not enthralled with the entertainer.
    Written 8 March 2020
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    TIMOTHY T
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    June 2021 • Family
    A big thank you to all the staff on the Kookaburra Queen. Especially to the waitress Helen, she made sure our experience that night was exceptional. The food was amazing. Dining with 3 children 2 years old and under can have it's draw backs, however, they were settled and enjoying the boat and entertainment. Thanks everyone for a great experience
    Written 24 June 2021
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    Sandy M
    26 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    June 2021
    Please read the terms and conditions before booking.

    I tried to book a dinner cruise for our trip to Brisbane, after reading the terms and conditions i called to ask if this was correct! the lady who i spoke with was quite rude & abrupt and basically told me If they cancel your booking they will NOT give you a refund only a credit note, so basically if you are an interstate traveler you are stuffed. You'll have a credit for a boat cruise in Brisbane that you wanted to go on but they cancelled on you and wont give you a refund...
    Written 8 June 2021
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    Morag G
    Malaga, Spain15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The staff couldn’t have been more accommodating. My daughter is a vegan and had a good selection of food delivered to the table. We all enjoyed the food, service, drinks and river views. We would go again the next time visiting our daughter in Australia.
    Written 2 February 2020
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    Llisa H
    3 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2021 • Family
    Terrible customer service. We were the last table of 12 to be served. They pretty much said hurry up desert is coming even though we just got our mains. They forgot 4 vegan deserts. The waitstaff couldnt tell us about the alcohol. We have been every year for 7 years never again. This was a horrible experience and the nanager was awful.
    Llisa and family
    Written 5 December 2021
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    Stephanie C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2021 • Family
    What an amazing experience. The staff were so friendly and inviting with outstanding service. The food was so flavoursome, with a wide variety of options. The entire atmosphere was so fun and relaxing.
    Highly recommend this river cruise! Our family will be back again in the near future.
    Written 18 April 2021
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    Halana D
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2021 • Couples
    Crew was amazing. Especially Jean! Staff was so friendly and engaging. The food was pretty lovely as well. The bridges were so beautiful and lit up! A really relaxing and fun evening. We highly recommend taking this cruise.
    Written 30 April 2021
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