The Brisbane City Cat is the best way to travel around Brisbane.
It is an excellent way to relax and see the city, especially on days when it's too hot to walk around.
City Cats start at the Northshore Riverside Park located at Hamilton, close to the mouth of the river, and run all the way upriver to the last stop at the University of Queensland at St Lucia.
© eGuideTravel | Flickr.com - Brisbane City Cat
People frequently get on at one end and take a cruise up or down the river. This is a fun way to see the city, and you can enjoy the lovely cool breeze off the river as you explore the city in an unusual and quite interesting way.
They run quite regularly most days of the week, so you can get off and explore when you see something that takes your interest. You then get back on the next one that comes along, and continue on your way.
University campuses in the city, such as Griffith, are also well served by Citycats.
City Cats have a central cabin, for those very few days when the weather isn't perfect, and open seating areas at front and back for the rest of the year, as this photo shows.
A one way trip up the river takes about one hour and 15 minutes.
Depending on which ticket seller you get, you may also get a guided tour on the way. If you don't want to sit for the whole hour and 15 then you can just buy an hourly ticket.
That way you can hop on and off at which ever stop catches your eye and see the river and city that way. City Cats are a river cruise on their own, but for a cruise with drinks and meals, visit our page river cruises.
Boarding and getting off are easy, the landing stages are designed for all ages to use and the boats, being catamarans, are extremely stable.
They are also easy to use for visitors because each boat has a ticket-seller who will help you with directions and your fare.
The ferry service is run by Translink and makes stops all the way along the river from St Lucia in the south to Northshore Hamilton.
Whether you want to use the ferry to get from A to B or if you are looking for a pleasant way to cruise along the Brisbane River, the Cats are a good option.
© bert knottenbeld | Flickr.com - Brisbane City Cat at North Quay
Using the Brisbane City cat takes the guesswork out of traveling in an unfamiliar city. This is something other cities with their cost-efficient ticket machines have failed to spot, that it pays to cater to visitors.