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Brisbane River

Brisbane, QLD

The Basics

There are many ways to explore the Brisbane River, from zipping along the riverfront on a bike or Segway tour or strolling through nearby neighborhoods to soaring overhead in a helicopter. You can set sail on a dinner cruise, or combine a sightseeing cruise with a visit to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Active travelers can do some kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding, enjoy unbeatable views on a Story Bridge climb, and enjoy the Brisbane Riverwalk.

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise
star-4.5
$60.56 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Enjoyable
A great way to learn the history of the Brisbane River, stopping at the Lone pine koala park for cuddles.
Elizabeth_M, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Brisbane

star-5
Everything was perfect.
Garland_H, Jul 2021
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise
Everything was on point. Boat was very clean and well maintained. Staff was helpful and knowledgable.
star-5
Excellent
Sascha_H, Jul 2021
90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour
Beautiful clean boat . Excellent and knowledgeable commentary along the way . Staff where lovely . Highly recommend.
star-5
Great
Jason_D, Jul 2021
Brisbane Segway Sightseeing Tour
Enjoyed tour great tour guide easy operation of segways family found easy to use the river tour and south bank was a joy to ride along
star-5
Great tour
Sarah_H, Jun 2021
Brisbane Segway Sightseeing Tour
Fabulous fun! Thank you so much 😊 I had booked on to a group tour but ended up being on my own so had a very tailored and personalised experience.
star-5
Very enjoyable!
Julie_S, Jun 2021
90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour
Never having done this before it was well planned to enable visitors to watch the scenery go by with enough dialogue to be interesting!
star-5
Boat trip & Koalas
DiBell-Scotland, Mar 2020
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary River cruise excellent boat was clean, tidy & well catered Staff were friendly too Sanctuary was great too - various animals not just koalas (kangaroos, rapture show, sheep, Tasmania devil, crocodile, dingos) A great day out!
star-5
Segway Fun
Adeline_S, Jun 2021
Brisbane Segway Sightseeing Tour
We had the best experience, Sebastian was very tolerant, and very encouraging, The tour around South Bank was amazing Highly recommended
star-5
Segway
Peter_S, Jun 2021
Brisbane Segway Sightseeing Tour
Great! Brisbane CBD is really suited for this and terrific views from river, bridges and Story Bridge. Segways are easy to master.
star-5
Love every moment of it
Ayu_B, Jun 2021
Brisbane Segway Sightseeing Tour
I love it! The best way to explore Brisbane in just couple hours! The tour guide, Em is excellent, fun and very energetic! She's a star!
star-5
Best Day Ever!!
Michelle_D, Oct 2019
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise
We did the River/Lone Pine tour which is a must. The staff on the boat are amazing and the commentary is hilarious.. The park itself is well done and clean, would highly recommend paying the $25 to hold the koala but they do offer a photo op for free which we did both😃 Such an awesome day
star-5
Enjoyable
Ramon_D, May 2021
90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour
Friendly staff the weather was perfect and enjoyed the experienced. The history, the beautiful structural homes, parks, floating walkways along the river.
star-5
Fantastic
neil_k, May 2021
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise
The cruise dow the river very informative on the sites and the park was awesome I have never seen koala's so active the day was awesome.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A Brisbane River cruise is a great way for first-time visitors to see the city’s sights and get their bearings.

  • It can get chilly along the river at night, so bring warm clothing if traveling on an open-air boat; sunscreen is a must for daytime cruisers.

  • Most boat cruises are wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to check in advance.

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How to Get There

Wherever you are in the city, you’re rarely more than a 15-minute walk from the riverfront. The easiest (and cheapest) way to navigate the Brisbane River is using the CityCat ferries, which stop at 24 different ferry terminals through the city. Bikeways and walkways wind along the river’s banks in most places, and there are five pedestrian bridges to help you make your way between the north and south banks.

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When to Get There

Brisbane River cruises and CityCat ferries run regularly all year round, but for the most atmospheric views, opt for a sunset sightseeing cruise or a night cruise. In December, you can also book a Christmas cruise to admire the waterfront holiday lights or watch New Years Eve fireworks from the water.

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Brisbane’s Riverside Attractions

Many of Brisbane’s most popular attractions are located along the river’s banks. For the best views, take a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane, or hike up to Kangaroo Point Cliffs. On the South Bank, you can take a swim at the Streets Beach lagoon, browse the weekend Collective Markets, and visit the Queensland Maritime Museum. In the evening, head to Eagle Street Pier for dinner or drinks looking out over the illuminated riverfront.

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