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River Tour Cafe

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published February 1st 2016
The sights & history of Brisbane River with coffee or lunch
Brisbane offers a whole range of ways to see the river, from kayaks to river cruises. One of the most relaxing and enjoyable cruises is the River Tour Cafe.

The River Tour Cafe Boat
The River Tour Cafe Boat


The River Tour Cafe runs every weekend at 10 am (perfect for cake and coffee) and at midday (great for lunch). Cruises last 90 minutes and go down the story bridge and back up past South Bank. The tours include full live commentary.

Brisbane River View
Brisbane River View


The cruise is $24 for an adult, $12 for children under 15, with concessions and family passes available. This makes River Tour Cafe one of the best value for money cruises on the Brisbane River. While the cruise doesn't come with any complimentary food or drink, you can order these while on board. Many people are happy just to cruise, others take the opportunity to enjoy coffee and cake. Enjoying a meal at lunch time is also a great way to spend your lunch time.

Enjoying the view of South Bank from the upper deck of the River Tour Cafe
Enjoying the view of South Bank from the upper deck of the River Tour Cafe


The cruise attracts a diverse crowd, including tourists and locals. You can just turn up on the day and buy a ticket, no need to book. As already said, you don't need to order anything and you are not pressured to buy anything. The cost of food is similar to cafes in the area, so once you are on board it is a great opportunity to enjoy a meal.

The River Tour Cafe Boat at Jetty B at South Bank
The River Tour Cafe Boat at Jetty B at South Bank


The boat captain also does the commentary and it covers the history of Brisbane, the local sites you are seeing as well as suggestions about where to go and what to do in the area. You will learn a lot about Brisbane, perhaps more than you really want to, but there is also plenty of interesting information as well. The captain also happily mixes in some jokes into the commentary to keep things interesting.

The Captain of the River Tour Cafe hard at work
The Captain of the River Tour Cafe hard at work


Overall a relaxing and professional experience. The food is nothing to write home about, but it is still a reasonably priced snack or meal to be enjoyed with the cruise. It is this option and the flexibility that sets the River Tour Cafe apart from its competitors on the Brisbane River.

Brisbane River View
Brisbane River View


Watch out for deals or special cruises, such as the Valentine's day cruise. If you have a large group you can book the upper deck for yourself and the boat is available for charter.
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When: Saturday and Sunday at 10 am and Midday
Phone: 0409 752 784
Where: Jetty B at South Bank
Cost: $24 for adults, $12 for Children. Coffee, cake and lunch extra
Your Comment
Interesting! Will keep in mind to accommodate this when i am in Brisbane :)
by Diana (score: 2|710) 1338 days ago
Sounds like a good addition to the Southbank café choices. I will keep it in mind.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4069) 1359 days ago
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