The Brisbane River gracefully meanders from Moreton Bay all the way up to Wivenhoe Dam at Esk.
But very few inner city locals consider the river that slices the city in half an attraction, rather an obstacle they need to cross by bridge or a means of transport via ferry.
In the last few years Riverlife at Kangaroo Point has changed all that by offering kayaks for hire. It’s the ideal pursuit for those that love to explore at their own pace by water. And it gives an entirely altered perspective of the city by day or night.
You may regularly use the CityCat or cross-river ferries, but kayaking on the Brisbane River is not the same. In a kayak you’re sitting in a small boat right on the water level, you’re relying on paddle power (great for toning the arms) and you will get just a little bit wet.
You’re moseying by rather than zooming. And you will notice far more detail on the river banks, see the riverside buildings from a different angle, and have minutes or hours to observe your surrounds rather than seconds.
Kayaking on the Brisbane River is no slouch; the tidal currents in the river are strong and there’s lots of motorised water craft and bridge pylons to avoid in the inner city reaches.
But the rewards are great. Seeing our city from the water level makes you realise how beautiful it is. Not to mention the fact that, because of our mild weather, water sports are a possibility all-year-round.
You can hire kayaks for varying lengths of time, during the day and evening. Even if you only venture as far as New Farm or South Bank, you will have seen a totally new side of Brisbane.
Day time is certainly interesting and evening, when the city lights come on, is stunning.