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 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.
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
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 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.
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.