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Brisbane River Cruises

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by Tracey Lloyd (subscribe)
A freelance writer living by Moreton Bay. Visit my website at
Published January 10th 2011
Brisbane is well known for its meandering river which cuts a swathe through the city separating the CBD from the more relaxed South Bank. The river which starts in the Brisbane Ranges near Kingaroy and flows out into Moreton Bay is 344 kilometres in length and has played an important role in shaping the Brisbane we see today.

There are many options for investigating the urban reaches of the Brisbane River including Riverwalk at Hamilton, New Farm and Kangaroo Point or sitting back, relaxing and enjoying a cruise along the river in your choice of a City Cat, paddle steamer or 1960s timber cruiser.

Cruising the River By City Cat

The City Cats are Brisbane's catamaran based ferry service and operate from Brett's Wharf at Hamilton to the University of Queensland at St Lucia, criss crossing along the river past New Farm, South Bank, Bulimba, the City and West End. To travel the full journey on a City Cat takes around 1 hour and City Cat travel costs from around $2. The benefit of travelling by City Cat is that it's a hop on hop off service so you can make a full day of your journey and enjoy coffee in Oxford Street, Bulimba, lunch in the City, a post lunch walk at South Bank, and dessert at St Lucia.

Kookaburra River Queens Brisbane's Nostalgic Paddlewheelers

If you yearn for an old fashioned adventure jump on board a cruise with the Kookaburra River Queens. Based on the paddle steamers that floated along the Mississippi River in the 19th Century, the Kookaburra River Queens offer a trip back in time along the Brisbane River. Cruises include daily lunch and dinner cruises or you can choose a no food option. The boat leaves from the Eagle Street Pier in the CBD travels to the Grey Street Bridge and then heads back down river, as far as the Gateway Bridge (however this is dependent on weather conditions and tides). Cruises with the Kookaburra River Queens start at $10 per person.

River City Cruises See the River With a Local

MV Neptune from River City Cruises is a 1960's timber cruiser which was built in Brisbane. River City Cruises offer a one and a half hour daily sight seeing cruise with a free morning tea. The cruise departs from South Bank and follows the river to its destination of historic Newstead House at Breakfast Creek. Once there you can indulge your history buff with a visit to Newstead House or grab a steak at the Breakfast Creek Hotel. Cruises with River City Cruises start at $25 per person.

The Brisbane River is at the heart of our city and there's many ways to enjoy it.
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