Two important Brisbane silver anniversaries are being celebrated this year – World Expo '88 and the official launch of Kookaburra Queen II. Both saw the transformation of Brisbane from a laid-back country town to a very busy city.
Brisbane entrepreneur Gary Balkin realised the potential for a riverboat to become an integral part of the Expo celebrations, so commissioned Millkraft Thompson shipyards to build the Kookaburra River Queens. Twenty-five years later the present owners are seeking your memories of these icons of the Brisbane River.
I recall escaping the domestic routine of chasing after two young children to celebrate a significant anniversary by enjoying a delicious dinner aboard one of the Kookaburra Queens. What are your memories? Was it a first date? Did you enjoy your school formal glammed up to the nines? Were you part of the Expo vibe on board? Did he pop the question as you cruised under the Story Bridge?
You can share your memories by going to the Kookaburra Queens' Facebook page where you can upload your photos as well as your experiences. An alternative is to forward your photo or story to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thus you can be a contributor to the colourful history of these magnificent vessels. The images will also be shared through the website, Instagram, Flickr and Pinterest.
If you are not part of this history, it's not too late to make your own contribution by joining one of the cruises yourself. They run from Thursday to Sunday, boarding at noon, departing at 12.30pm and returning to Eagle Street Pier at 2pm. A cruise only tour can be taken on Thursdays and Fridays or you can choose to add a three course buffet lunch. Col is your commentator and entertainer on these tours. There is not much he cannot tell you about the mighty Brisbane River and its history. He is also a piano accordionist extraordinaire.
Saturday's River Sights Tour is a little more expensive. It also has a live commentary and live entertainers. For the same price on Sundays you can enjoy the Lunch Jazz Cruise, Laidback Live, where you will enjoy lunch and a jazz band while you kick back and relax as the Kookaburra Queen takes you on a smooth trip along the river.
[ADVERT]Apart from the regular program of cruises, the Kookaburra Queen's staff excels at special events. These party animals have the following arranged for the rest of 2013.
Riverfire is first up on Saturday September 28. Dress up as ghouls and ghosties for Halloween on Friday November 1. Celebrate the day Australia stops, the Melbourne Cup, on Tuesday November 5.
The festive season will be celebrated Friday and Saturday nights from November 15 to December 21, offering many opportunities for staff parties and end of year celebrations. The Night the River Sings is Sunday December 15. Spare yourself the catering chores by cruising on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day Lunch, and New Year's Eve.
To put yourself well and truly in the historic annals of the Riverboat Queens, what would be more memorable than tying the knot on board a Kookaburra Queen? Choose either a day or evening reception and leave the planning to the Kookaburra Queen's experienced team of co-ordinators.