Brisbane River Cruises

"Brisbane River Cruises - A delightful way to see the beauty of this city!"

A trip to Brisbane just isn't complete without a river cruise. It's got to be one of the nicest ways to see the city skyline, the Southbank and New Farm Park. It's up to you how far you want to go as you can certainly splash the cash and enjoy dinner or lunch on board.

You can also experience Brisbane River Cruises on the cheap. Read on to find out how.

Which Are The Best Operators?

The most popular are probably the Kookaburra River Queens as these are the ones with the paddles that look so impressive on the river - they look like something you would see on the Mississippi River!

You can just hop on board and enjoy a cruise for just $10 ($5 for kids) or you can enjoy lunch ($39 to $55 depending on the day) or go for dinner ($75 to $85) which includes seafood and cheese.

They offer some commentary as you cruise the river. If you do decide to go for dinner, dress appropriately (long trousers for me) and also don't wear your high heels with stilleto heel!

Another great option is to go for the Mirimar II These ships are more modern looking. They offer a variety of cruises but by far its most popular trip combines the river cruise with a trip to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary . A chance to get up close and personal to Koalas and Kangaroos. You get to spend 3 hours there before the cruise ship takes you back to the city. The cost is about $60 for cruise and entrance to the sanctuary ($35 for kids)

Other operators include Brisbane Cruises(good for more Christmas party options or a trip to Moreton Bay. The newer boats are very swish) and River City Cruises ($25 for 1.5 hour cruise but boats not as nice as the two options above)

For something more romantic try Golden Gondola River Cruises - it's like being in Venice with food and wine, totally designed for the romantic couple. A memorable trip down the river for sure!

And if you want something cheaper try the City Cats and ferries which is basically public transport by boat. Post the Brisbane floods there are still a few stations not available, but most have reopened now. This is a great way to get to places like the South bank or further afield. There might not be any commentary but the views are still just as good.

Best thing to do is get a Go Ticket for zones 1 and 2 that covers you for all buses, trains and ferries in those zones - which pretty much covers you for where you would need to go as a tourist.

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