I am an artist, author and teacher from South West Brisbane. Visit my blog at leaderslovelife.blogspot.com/ I love exploring new out of the way places with my family
Published April 19th 2012
The Brisbane River is such an integral part of our city's character. Why not take a day off to enjoy it while the weather is still nice and warm. Here are some ways that our river can be explored by the whole family.
Take a City Cat ride. With fares starting from just under $1.50 with a go card, this makes a relaxing and affordable way to cruise along the river. There are 24 stops between the University of Queensland at St Lucia and Northshore Hamilton, just west of the Gateway bridge. This allows you to jump on and off at some of Brisbane's favourite riverside locations including West End, Southbank Parklands, the Botanical Gardens or Eagle St Pier.
On the Brisbane River
For those who are wanting more adrenaline, try taking a jet ski for a zoom. To do this you may need to find a friend that owns their own ski as the closest locations to hire one are away from the river. Also check the current laws on riding them on the river as there has been talk of changing the legislation.
However for a slower yet close up view of the river, you could always try a canoe or kayak and literally paddle up the river. These are available to hire from Riverlife at Kangaroo Point who offer kayaks from $25.00 for both day and night rides. Or Roscoe's at Kedron have canoes for hire starting at $35.00 a day. If you are further out of the CBD try Colleges Crossing Hire at Mt Crosby.
Paddling up the River
Those of you who would prefer the drier options, you can enjoy the river from the edge with a continuous and dedicated cycle and walking path from Toowong to Teneriffe. With others at Jindalee, Westlake, Hamilton, Kangaroo Point and West End to name some of the many cycle paths around Brisbane. For a complate map of all the routes have a look at Briscycle. And for those keen to gently take in the sights on foot I would recommend the Heritage Walk along the river and around the CBD which takes in over 25 of our most historical landmarks.
From the river's edge
So take your pick and enjoy the sights and sounds of our wonderful Brisbane River whichever way you choose.