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90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour
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90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour

By River City Cruises
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About
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.

Start:
  • Cultural Centre Public Pontoon, Cultural Centre Boardwalk, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
    Ensure you are there at least 15min before departure time.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting 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
    About the operator
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    • River City Cruises
      1,239
      Australia
      Joined in September 2010
    • Tour632265
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Date night... unforgettable
      Date night for us....we loved it. Came up from S.A to visit family and wanted to do something. This cruise jumped out at us and don't regret anything about it
      Written 2 March 2024
    • suemJ3234ML
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great trip up the river to lunch.
      River cruise was excellent. Information was provided on the history of the river and landmark buildings as we approached them. Morning tea provided. Lunch at the iconic hotel was 10/10. Great staff and service.
      Written 2 March 2024
    • 906bruceg
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Cruise with a view, cold beer, yummy lunch equals Fantastic.
      We had an excellent time aboard the MV Neptune, the crew were welcoming and helpful, the skipper gave great commentary of landmarks and points of interest. Enjoyed a cold Beer as we watched the views go by terminating in a visit to Brekky Creek hotel which of course required another cold beer and a really good lunch. If I had to be at all critical, there appears to be no access for wheelchair passengers, and I have a bad hip so climbing the very steep stairs to the top deck was not an option which meant we missed that view. we also noticed the lower cabin got what seemed to be exhaust fumes on occasion which were not pleasant. Overall, I would recommend the cruise as we had a great day so thanks to the team at River City Cruises.
      Written 27 February 2024
    • Stay49730820969
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Cruise up the Brisbane River, lunch at the Breakfast Creek Hotel & cruise back down the river.
      The cruise was excellent, the staff could not have been more helpful or nicer. Morning tea was scrumptious, scones & jam & cream. The knowledge of the skipper was great & easy to hear even for my deaf husband. There is a lot of interesting houses & places on the Brisbane River. We were collected from our lunch exactly on time & gained more knowledge on the way back. Have definitely recommended this cruise/outing to all.
      Written 25 February 2024
    • R1106TCmollyj
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Such a tranquil experience
      This cruise was amazing! It was such a tranquil time to just sit there and travel on the river. Definitely recommend doing this to everyone!
      Written 23 February 2024
    • O5940KQjohnm
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Leisurely Afternoon Cruise
      A good introduction to Brisbane. We were on a one night layover after flying from the States, so this afternoon cruise on the Brisbane River was just the ticket. We made last minute reservations on Trip Advisor. Most people were on the upper, open air deck to watch the city go by and listen to the Captain’s commentary. A small selection of beverages are sold onboard. I would recommend this to any visitor.
      Written 22 February 2024
    • X1139SEsusanh
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      River cruise
      We very much enjoyed our river cruise. The commentary was very informative and the girls were very friendly and helpful. However, we were on the 12.30 cruise and was hoping to buy a sandwich for lunch. Unfortunately there were only chips and banana bread on offer. The brochure indicated that sandwiches were available otherwise I would have brought some on board. Apart from that it was a very pleasant trip.
      Written 19 February 2024
    • Journey23456652370
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Affordable Relaxing afternoon
      It was a great cruise, our captain was very informative, will definitely do it again. Gorgeous homes along the river, lovely sunny afternoon. We were looked after so well. The staff were just so welcoming. Had a wonderful time. Thank you.
      Written 17 February 2024
    • NotreDameRob
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nice afternoon on the water.
      Enjoyed the view of the city from the water. Gives a totally different perspective. You can see many of the pricier waterfront homes as well as a few historical landmarks. The captain narrates points of interest as the vessel travels along. It was hot (30C) but a nice breeze once the boat starts motoring. Upper deck is covered and open on the sides. Lower deck has windows open. Full service bar with both alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages available. They also have complimentary coffee, tea and biscuits. We (party of 6) thought it worth the money.
      Written 16 February 2024
    • stephaniehM5109WU
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Rain, hail or shine it still great!
      Even with heavy rain we had a fabulous time! Staff are friendly and helpful. With the rain they gave people the option to reschedule without penalty. Patrons safety was paramount with everything outside being so wet. It was great!
      Written 16 February 2024
    • MS0107
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A wonderful cruise and lunch experience
      It was a wonderful experience. The crew were very friendly and professional. The morning tea was very good, the captain did a great job commenting on the points of interest. Lunch was very delicious with an experience of opening the beer wood barrel and having a complimentary glass of beer.
      Written 15 February 2024
    • Pioneer814303
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great river cruise.
      Great river cruise - we saw more of Brisbane in a short time than we would.have done on foot. Comfortable boat and an interesting and informative commentary from the captain. We would definitely recommend.
      Written 12 February 2024
    • Frank M
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Pleasant bit with room for improvement
      Commentary was so obviously recorded ( not hidden at all). Missed the banter and ongoing commentary especially more detail and more ongoing
      Written 12 February 2024
    • briandV617XE
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Lunch Cruise
      My wife and I had a great time on the cruise, lunch at the Breakfast Creek Hotel was fantastic. We would recommend the lunch cruise to anybody.
      Written 6 February 2024
    • L7585ADjanetl
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Chillaxing on the river
      Lovely relaxed way to see the city highlights, and hear about the history of Brisbane. The breeze was an added extra on an incredibly hot summer day!
      Written 4 February 2024
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    John S
    Melbourne, Australia1,892 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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    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
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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    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
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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    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
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    July 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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    Hi, thanks so much for your review. I am pleased your enjoyed it. all the best
    Written 4 August 2021
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    Ty S
    1 contribution
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2023 • Family
    Our boat trip: 12:30 Saturday 20th January 2024.
    The first 16 mins were really uncomfortable. We were visiting from Melbourne and had organised a group of 7 for the trip. 3 guests of which are from Brisbane and were family we hadn’t seen since our Dads funeral 4 years ago. It was a special moment to see each other and we’d been somewhat estranged for that time. However, we arrived at 12:15 for a 12:30 tour and as we boarded we were asked to provide just our surname of the booking and the party number. We said we were a party of 7 with 3 other guests arriving shortly. Well the skipper immediately in a rude manner said how far were they? I said I’m not sure exactly but I know that they were on their way. At 12:23 in front of all the guest as we were seated the skipper came up to me and asked again where were they. I said I’d sent a message and was just waiting to hear. And he said well can you find out. At 12:25 again the skipper yelled up from the lower level in front of everyone and told me to call them, and I said they had just messaged to say the were around the corner. He then proceeded to rudely say well what does that mean, around the corner on the highway, or around the corner on foot, around the corner where? I just said I wasn’t sure exactly what they meant but hopefully they’d be here on time. At 12.28 the Skipper yelled up again and said I needed to call them to hurry them up, and as he was saying that we saw them coming down toward us and I said I could see them, and he very rudely goes well are they running, can they run. I’d finally had enough of his rudeness and then said Mate, we’ve paid for the tickets, it’s our loss not yours, if you want to leave go, but we can see them right there so up to you. He then didn’t say a word. My brother, his wife and my 8 year old niece boarded the boat at 12:30 and settled on at 12:31. I appreciate that the boat needs to leave on time, but I not once put pressure on the Skipper to wait for them, yet I felt heckled from the moment we boarded. Their arrival was not my responsibility and had they arrived late and missed the boat well so be it, not within my control. Yet the skipper seemed to have it in for me. I would not recommend this company as clearly the culture is not great, if they speak to customers like this and behave that way, how are they treating the rest of the staff and more junior team members. This is not a professional business.
    Written 20 January 2024
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    We appreciate the feedback you have provided and we sincerely apologise for your experience. Thank you for your understanding and we hope to see again!
    Written 6 February 2024
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    ExploringLife
    Moama, Australia1,642 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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    M C
    London, UK26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Decided to take the 90 min 10.30am river cruise and we are very glad that we did!
    We are only in Brisbane for 48hrs on a months tour of Australia travelling from the UK, this was a great trip to get an historic overview of the city from the water.
    The cream scones and coffee as part of the price was an added bonus, would highly recommend this 90min tour!
    Written 26 February 2024
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    Dan L
    Bunbury, Australia7,494 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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    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
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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