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90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour
4.5

90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour

By River City Cruises
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Explore the best of Brisbane on this relaxing cruise along the Brisbane River. Learn about the history of the city and its legends while taking in sights such as Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Brisbane City Center, and Story Bridge. If you choose the morning departure, enjoy a morning tea while you sail.
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Ages 0-99, max of 20 per group
Duration: 1h 30m
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Live guide: English
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Audio guide: English, Chinese
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Highlights
  • Catch the highlights of Brisbane on a family-friendly river cruise
  • Enjoy informative commentary about the city and its history
  • See landmarks such as Kangaroo Point Cliffs and Story Bridge
  • Enjoy a light tea during the morning departure

  • 1.5-hour Sight Seeing Cruise
  • Live commentary
  • Morning Tea (10:30am cruise)
  • Souvenir Map of Brisbane City
What's not included
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Hop aboard your cruise boat in front of the famous Wheel of Brisbane to begin your tour down the Brisbane River. Throughout the cruise enjoy informative, live commentary on the history and legends of the surrounding sights. Relax on board and snap some photos of Brisbane’s landmarks such as Kangaroo Point Cliffs, which extend out to the mountains, and Story Bridge, built in 1940 and connects the north and south suburbs. There are two departures for this river cruise—morning and afternoon. Enjoy a morning tea while you sail during the morning departure.

Departure details
  • Cultural Centre Public Pontoon, Cultural Centre Boardwalk, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia Ensure you are there at least 15min before departure time.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 30012P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Cultural Centre Public Pontoon
    Cultural Centre Boardwalk, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
    Ensure you are there at least 15min before departure time.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Customs House
    Story Bridge
    The Brisbane River
    River City Cruises
    Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park
  • You'll return to the starting point
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  • judygK7987SA
    judygK7987SA
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    Great day.
    Very nice day all round, staff very friendly and informative. Learnt a lot about the history of Brisbane. Great lunch. Good all round .
  • rosinam670
    rosinam670
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    A must trip for anyone visiting Brisbane
    The views were great,very informative with snacks and drinks available onboard. It's a different perspective to see Brisbane at its best.
  • judyd304
    judyd304
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    A must do in Brisbane
    Relaxing river tour that talked about some of Brisbane’s history and highlights of various buildings built over the years.
  • drielir2023
    drielir2023
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    Terrible ambience
    (The cruise itself is ok because the views of Brisbane are beautiful). However If you like very loud, trash heavy metal songs from the 80ies, this is for you. If you don't, then pass. No joke, we were there last night as a family and this is the music we were subjected to. So so loud, so so bad. It was a relieve to hop off that boat.
  • H5050VTsarahp
    H5050VTsarahp
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    Worth Doing
    What a great and different way to view the City. Staff were very friendly. One of our group couldn't make it, I emailed (allowing at least 24hr noticed) and they were very prompt in issuing a refund. Very Happy! When I booked the trip I thought we would be going to the Breakfast Creek Hotel but we ended up at the Powerhouse. So I was a little disappointed and there was no mention of the change via email/SMS/in person. The cruise was nice and gentle, with good commentary. Morning Tea was provided (scones with jam & cream) and there was plenty to go around. It was explained about how the boat would stop and where to disembark and where to go for the lunch. Unfortunately when we got to the restaurant, the lady who greeted us, didn't know anything about us coming for lunch. It took a good five to ten minutes for someone to come out (which was not great as it was a very hot day) and seat us, then take our order. We weren't happy about where they told us to seat, which was inside, so we asked to change and sat outside as it was a lovely day. The food was lovely and portion sizes were huge. There wasn't much to look at at the Powerhouse but there's lovely park area to walk around. Before you knew it, the boat was due back and after boarding, we returned back to the pontoon at the Cultural Center. It was a very pleasant trip and great for anyone visiting Brisbane. Well worth the money.
  • 771bevw
    771bevw
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    Sunset River cruise
    The cruise itself was very good. We had enough time to see and photograph many sights along the Brisbane River. Unfortunately, although the cruise began at 6pm, our booking was spoiled by a group of about a dozen passengers whose only reason for taking the cruise it seemed, was to have somewhere different to party. I assumed that was what the party cruises were for but perhaps they booked the wrong one? They seemed quite oblivious to their surroundings (and unfortunately their fellow travellers) I'm not sure if this cruise came with a commentary, if it did, it would have been impossible to hear. So basically the cruise was good but staff could have perhaps tried to control the few passengers for the benefit of the rest of us?
  • O2153WKnatalieh
    O2153WKnatalieh
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    Lunch at the Breakfast Creek Hotel...Hmmmm??
    The cruise itself was fantastic. The staff onboard were knowledgeable and entertaining. Facilities onboard the boat were great. The cruise was advertised to have lunch at the iconic Breakfast Creek Hotel. This was a draw card for us and we all looked forward to lunch. Unfortunately and unbeknown to us the cruise did not take us to there as advertised. We were taken to Mary Mae's Restaurant. As lovely as the setting was, the food and service was severely lacking. It felt more like a cafeteria type lunch rather than a destination of choice. Lunch was very disappointing. The Cruise itself was fabulous and we look forward to doing more cruises with this Company but please follow through with what is advertised or at the very least advise us of the change of lunch destination before boarding. PS - after the cruise we drove to the Breakfast Creek Hotel ourselves and enjoyed a drink or two at a fabulous old Pub.
  • LorenaB746
    LorenaB746
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    Awesome day on Brisbane River
    Amazing trip with amazing narrative re Brisbane. Lunch was amazing with great food. Met some lovely people on the cruise. My friends from Auckland loved it.
  • lorikI4139ZB
    lorikI4139ZB
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    Day on the River
    Great day despite overcast weather, staff friendly, tea hot, scones delicious and captain very knowledgeable commentary. Highly recommended
  • theresawN7909NF
    theresawN7909NF
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    Words fail me ....
    We certainly enjoyed the whole experience immensely, the travel, the commentary (would love to have had more information on some of the amazing houses along the way), the food (morning tea and lunch) and the friendly staff. I will certainly be recommending the experience to anyone I know who might be visiting Brisbane. We are not people for taking photos so unfortunately do not have any to share with you.
  • AdamsAdventures
    AdamsAdventures
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    Not as Advertised
    The description of this tour mentions the Breakfast Creek Hotel multiple times, but it doesn't visit there. We weren't informed prior to the trip that this wouldn't be included, and even during the trip itself nobody mentioned it, presumably hoping we wouldn't notice! Instead, we were taken to an average bar at The Powerhouse and given a restricted menu choice. When we asked what had happened, we were told that construction work had meant the boat couldn't dock at the Hotel, and this had been the case for a couple of weeks! I've also enquired about a partial refund, but been told that one can't be given. Avoid.
  • garykD8668KY
    garykD8668KY
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    Lunch is not at the Breakfast Creek Hotel
    We booked the cruise with lunch and were really looking forward to lunch at the Breakfast Creek Hotel (we had only been once before) Our confirmation came through outlining the day's itinerary, which included the Breaky Creak for lunch. The web site currently boasts lunch at the Breaky Creek, so you can imagine how disappointed we were to be informed lunch will be at the Power House. It was nice enough but swapping steak and a beer off the wood for fish & chips or burgers we didn't think was a fair deal. The rest of the trip was good.
  • David c
    David c
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    Afternoon trip
    Enjoyable cruise of the river, learn a little history, relax and sip on a cold one whilst taking in the scenic view Brisbane river provides
  • MarianneC910
    MarianneC910
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    Standing and waiting for over 10 minutes in the hot sun - not good, addressed as Luvvy, also not good.
    Good morning, we were instructed to be ready to board the cruise 15 minutes early, and so we were all waiting at 10.15. Most people in our group are in their 70's. We were all stuck standing and waiting for over 10 minutes as the gate was not opened until 10.25, I actually did ring and complain. So, if you require people to be there 15 minutes early, you then need to be ready for us to board at that time. By the time I got on board, my back was aching and I was annoyed, and then the young person greeting me persisted in calling me 'Luvvy' to which I responded. I am NOT your luvvy. The service once we were under way 10 minutes late, was good. But the waiting in the heat and standing was not. I'm hoping you take this feedback as constructive and rectify the problem.
  • Jasminepuss
    Jasminepuss
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    Sit back & relax
    Highly recommend. Inner city Brisbane out to Newstead on the river and back is very interesting even for those of us who live/used to live in Brissy. Good commentary, friendly staff, comfortable boat with different seating locations and a stop for lunch. Morning tea was scones with jam & cream plus a hot drink. There was a bar on board for other drinks and snacks. Time to sit back & relax.
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John S
Melbourne, Australia1,886 contributions
We'd booked the morning cruise on a day that turned out to be raining on and off the whole cruise.
It's worthwhile getting there early if the weather is inclement to make sure you get a seat inside, away from the weather.

The tour is interesting but we did have trouble hearing the commentary because the sound was a little muffled and there was a large group inside with us who seemed more interested in talking then listening to the information about the river.
Written 2 January 2022
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RiverCityCruises
Hi John thanks for providing your feedback. In the end the weather wasn't too bad and we didn't get wet which was good. I agree that it can be difficult to hear when there is a lot of talking and laughter around us but unfortunately we haven't found a solution for that. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the cruise.
Written 12 January 2022
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Muzictalks
2 contributions
Dec. 2020
I organized this cruise to spend some time, as an out of town visitor, with my adult children and their family. The cruise was great and was well priced at $29 per adult. None of my families had been on a Brisbane river cruise. The time of day (10:30) suited us all. My granddaughter (5 yo) had a great time. The captain complied with her request to “toot’ the horn. All the staff were bright, cheerful and helpful. I loved seeing the riverside houses and boats. The voice guided commentary was clear and informative. I would highly recommend this tour for families with young children and visitors to Brisbane.
Written 30 December 2020
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RiverCityCruises
thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your cruise. this is a different and interesting way to discover brisbane
Written 31 December 2020
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Janice C
Brisbane, Australia590 contributions
A large group of us went on the 90 minute morning tea cruise and really enjoyed the experience. Even though we were all locals, we loved seeing Brisbane from the river and learning about our beautiful city from the very informative commentary. The staff were excellent, very friendly and we were served a delightful devonshire morning tea. I would definitely recommend this cruise to anyone.
Written 27 May 2021
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RiverCityCruises
Hello Janice, thank you so much for bringing your group on our tour, it was wonderful to have you all with us. I love hearing the old stories from the locals who have lived in Brissie for so long. See you again on the 11th.
Written 30 May 2021
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Tina R
Adelaide, Australia123 contributions
Jul. 2021
We recommend doing this cruise it was very informative and a relaxing way to find out more about Brisbane. The staff were very friendly and helpful we sat upstairs and it was a bit cold and the staff brought blankets around for everyone. The morning tea was yummy scones with jam and cream.
Written 2 August 2021
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RiverCityCruises
Hi, thanks so much for your review. I am pleased your enjoyed it. all the best
Written 4 August 2021
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ExploringLife
Moama, Australia1,587 contributions
Four of us took the 12.30pm cruise from the jetty in-front of the Art Galley.
I wasn’t really expecting too much as I didn’t think there’d be so much to see and so much history to listen to.
The view from the river is so much better than any road or path in Brisbane as you get to see things hidden from view. The history of various buildings and landmarks was fascinating.
Worth the money, a must do.
Written 28 December 2020
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia7,271 contributions
Oct. 2021
Booked this tour for 30/10/21 and enjoyed a relaxed and informative cruise on the Brisbane River. Tasty scones and tea/coffee served for morning tea. Skipper a font of knowledge on the history of the river and buildings that abut the banks. Crew friendly and helpful. You certainly get a different perspective of the city when viewed from the river. The Twilight Cruise is a definite for us when next in Brisbane.
Written 6 November 2021
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RiverCityCruises
HI Dan, we agree that this is a must do for locals and visitors alike, as you do see the city like never before. You won't be disappointed on the Sunset Cruise either. The city is mesmerizing at night. cheers
Written 9 November 2021
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Tourist499446
1 contribution
Mar. 2020
We were welcomed on board by a very friendly team with a coffee and cake. The cruise was pleasant with an informative commentary. There was plenty of time to take photos and the information from the commentary was interesting, informative and, at times, light hearted. Overall this was a very gentle and pleasant way to spend the morning and would certainly recommend as a way of seeing and learning about Brisbane and its history.
Keep up the good work
Written 10 March 2020
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Island_GirlOz
Brisbane, Australia98 contributions
Jan. 2022
We did the Midday Cruise option. Easy to access the pontoon at the Cultural Centre.(We came into the city by bus and got off at the Cultural Centre bus stop) Felt very welcome from the moment we boarded. A rainy kind of day so just a nice amount of passengers. Enjoyed the entire experience - very calming - just good company and conversation as we travelled the Brisbane River at the right pace. Drink prices were reasonable as was the lunch time food options. Plenty of room and I feel it was the perfect amount of time to be aboard. One "iffy" moment was the ladies toilet - the door didn't lock which was a bit awkward but otherwise 10 out of 10 for the experience. We will definitely be back for the Sunset Cruise.
Written 1 January 2022
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JHN
1 contribution
Apr. 2023
Very few items of interest along the tour of the river makes the tour overpriced and of little value. The vessel was crowded, no particular seat assignments and everyone wanted to sit upstairs in the open. Tea with scones were offered, but kids onboard went for multiple rounds of scones and they ran out. Commentary was often patchy and did not really flow along with the cruise. Better value is offered by taking one of the CityCats which also cover a larger portion of the river.
Written 1 April 2023
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RiverCityCruises
Hi there, thank you for your feedback. We apologize for the patchy speaker system; we are working to rectify it and increase our database on knowledge of the river. Our service seeks to provide the best opportunity to everyone for access to our facilities, we don't have allocated seating for customers and can't take responsibility for passengers' behaviors, it is an honor system that works very well for us. We are sorry you did not feel this was the best experience, we will seek to improve.
Written 5 April 2023
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Stacey S
Alameda, CA2 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
This tour was a great and relaxed way to take in the sites of the city with a unique vantage point. Both indoor and outdoor seating was available. A reasonably priced bar for drinks and snacks (with free coffee) was on the boat and the staff was helpful and friendly.
Written 10 June 2023
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