Hop on board: Boat tours around Brisbane
There are plenty of great spots to catch a sunset around Brisbane, but there’s something extra-special about watching the sky light up in every shade of pink, purple and orange from the water. Whether it’s cruising up and down the winding Brisbane River, or putting about on the expansive blue of Moreton Bay, being out on the water is a real treat.
From high tea and dinner cruises, to catching a boat up the river to cuddle the koalas of Lone Pine, Brisbane has a boat cruise to suit you.
Jump aboard! Inner-city boat cruises
This family-owned business has been operating for over 12 years so you know you’re in capable hands. Jump on one of the daily cruises or book a private function or fishing tour then leave it to the experts while you sit back and relax.
Choose from one of Mirimar Cruises' daily transfers to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world’s oldest and largest Koala sanctuary. Get up close and personal with Australian wildlife, cuddle a koala and hand-feed a kangaroo while seeing some of Brisbane’s most attractive waterfront suburbs.
There is a cruise for everyone on ye olde paddle steamer. See the city by day on the lunch, high tea and sightseeing cruises or see the city lights sparkle on the city lights dinner cruise. Kookaburra Showboat Cruises also host special tours for Father’s Day, Christmas, Riverfire and New Year to make your day extra-special – book early before tickets run out.
Not sure how to get to the Gold Coast? Brisbane Cruises makes it easy with scenic tours running between the two cities twice a month. No need to stare at passing cars on the highway as Brisbane Cruises lets you admire beautiful clear waters, pristine white sand and prestigious homes and resorts.
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Brisbane Star Cruises
Ready to be returned to its former glory of "Brisbane’s chief party boat", Brisbane Star Cruises can turn the boat into whatever you’re looking for. Whether it’s for a party, corporate function or seniors cruise, you’re welcome to theme the boat as you please and enjoy the fully licensed bar on board.
Cruise along the Brisbane River with your family, friends or colleagues on your exclusive boat charter. Perfect for a birthday where you can decorate the boat to suit your theme or corporate Christmas party where everyone can leave their office worries behind – and remember, there’s no clean-up afterwards.
Book your next party with Aquarius Charters and you can expect great food, service and atmosphere. The team is ready to cater for your birthday, anniversary, celebration or business function all while cruising the Brisbane River and enjoying the sights of the city.
Allow the hosts to cater to your every need. Whether it be a kids' party, hen’s night or corporate function, the CruiseMe owners are up for the challenge and will help to make your day exactly as you planned.
Get out on the bay
Sail the picturesque waters of Moreton Bay and keep a look-out for different marine life such as dolphins, turtles and dugongs. The five-hour cruise includes lunch, morning tea or afternoon tea and a pit stop at either Peel Island or North Stradbroke Island.
Escape the busy city and get out and enjoy the sunshine while you cruise the bay with family and friends. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling and fun on the beach while you take in the amazing scenery – fingers crossed you see a dolphin or two.
Hop on board the luxurious Aristocrat and sail through the islands of Brisbane's bayside. Swim and snorken in Horseshoe Bay and Peel Island, touch up your tan on the sandy beaches and see if you can spot dolphins, turtles and dugongs.
In migration season, majestic humpback whales swing by South East Queensland on their 10,000km trek to the warm, tropical water up north. Get up close and personal between June and November.
After a 75-minute ferry ride across the bay to Moreton Island, jump aboard Tangalooma’s whale-watching vessel for an unforgettable three-hour cruise. For those who would like to see more of the island, book the 7am departure as this allows about 3.5 hours to spend on the island before setting off on the three-hour whale-watching cruise. A light lunch is served on board and expert commentary is provided.
Departing from Redcliffe Jetty at 10am, enjoy the four-hour cruise around the bay with a full buffet lunch including tiger prawns. You will be a whale expert once you've stepped off the boat, with highly entertaining and informative commentary provided by skipper Kerry and her team of experts.