Spring has sprung, and what better way to enjoy these beautiful Brisbane days than to relax and explore the iconic Brisbane River. You can always hop on a City Cat, but then you won't have a clue as to what you are motoring past. You need a commentary and River City Cruises won't let you down. Each passenger receives a free souvenir map on boarding. This features photos of yesteryear and allows comparison with the present day situation.
There are several tasty snacks to choose from the luncheon menu on the 12.30 pm cruise, all most reasonably priced. As this is a licensed business, you can wash lunch down with something a little stronger.
Husband and wife team, Darren and Carolyn, are your genial hosts. The commentary begins at the wharf, where the huge pylons give an indication of flood heights, emphasising the fact that Brisbane is built on a flood plain. Darren is an ex-naval man, so you are certainly in safe hands as the MV Neptune moves out into the river.
Brisbane's history dates back to the first convict settlement in 1825. As the river was an important reason for choosing this site, much of Brisbane's history can be viewed from the comfort of a River City Cruise.
The back-to-back cruises lend themselves to further exploration of the city's heritage. The first cruise berths at Newstead House Wharf at 11.15am. Passengers can disembark and either explore Brisbane's oldest surviving residence (suitable for Tuesdays to Fridays) or cross the bridge to the heritage listed Brekkie (Breakfast for the visitors) Creek hotel for one of its famous steak lunches.
Seniors groups of 10 or more are eligible for a discounted price of $18 per person. This would make a great club outing, particularly around Christmas time. Children aged four and under are free of charge. Adult prices refer to passengers aged 15 and older.
Brisbane River City Cruises are part of a three-part Southbank package of experiences for $60. The three consist of the cruise (best to take the 10.30am), lunch at the South Bank Surf Club Restaurant, and a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane. Great Value.
My fiancé and I took my 3 nephews on this cruise last summer. The boys had a absolute blast, there was plenty of room on the boat and it was very easy to move around in. They settled for a seat up the front on the bow of the boat. The captain then gave them a great surprise and let each one of them steer the boat and wear the captains hat. We missed lunch but promised to take our nephews again this summer. Was definitely great value for money and a great way to see Brisbane.
My mum and two of my sisters did this trip last Wednesday (21st Jan 2015). Had a lovely trip. Very informative. A trip down memory lane for all of us. Got off and visited Newstead House. Great value for money. Plenty of room for all those on board.