Must-do cruises at South Bank
Brisbane is famous for its warm weather – make the most of our fair city’s bright, sunny days with a relaxing cruise along the Brisbane River. The following tours leave from South Bank.
River City Cruises
River City Cruises allows you to take in Brisbane’s best sights (including the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, City Centre and the Story Bridge) accompanied by informative commentary. There’s also a coffee shop and licenced bar on board in case you fancy a drink on the way. Times are flexible to suit all needs – choose from a morning cruise, an afternoon cruise, a lunch time cruise (which features a stop at the iconic Breakfast Creek Hotel) and a senior’s cruise, which comes complete with morning tea. River City Cruises also offer fishing tours at various times throughout the year. Cruises depart from Jetty A, which is in front of The Wheel of Brisbane. Cruise prices, departure times and lengths vary, so head to River City Cruise’s website for details.
The only thing better than gliding down the Brisbane River is doing so for free! Brisbane City Council’s CityHopper allows you to rediscover Brisbane for free with ferries running every 30 minutes between 6am and midnight, seven days a week. There’s no need to book, just head along and hop on. Ferries leave from South Bank’s Terminal 3. Head to Translink’s website for departure times.
Make a day of it and try the koala and river cruise, run by Mirimar Cruises. This popular cruise has been taking people to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary for more than 70 years and features a modern boat, fascinating commentary and a look at sights only visible on the water, including a unique inner-city colony of fruit bats, breathtaking modern mansions and historic Queenslander homes. Once you reach Lone Pine, you’ll have two and a half hours to get up close and personal with native Australian animals. For costs and booking information, head to Mirimar’s website.
Can’t make it to South Bank? Scenic cruises depart from other areas around Brisbane too, including the Kookaburra Queen, Brisbane Cruises, Getaway Cruising and Eye Spy Cruises.