Brisbane river cruises offer a relaxing way to see the city. This takes advantage of the city's location along the river, and its incredibly gentle climate.
There aren't too many days in Brisbane where messing about on the river isn't a wonderful thing to do.
Whether you go up or down river it is equally as good. At the mouth, where it joins the sea, the port of Brisbane is modern industrial area but before you get there you pass all the old wool merchant buildings.
These have been refurbished and converted into modern apartments. Like most things the Victorians did, the buildings are well made and attractive in an old-fashioned kind of way.
These buildings were known as the wool stores, and they still look much the same, even though now they've been made over to homes.
Our modern industrial units will have to be pulled down to free up the land rather than be used again, such is the drab banality of their cheap construction.
As we mentioned on our Brisbane City Cat page, you can get a pretty good cruise just on the catamarans. However, for a narrated tour, often with food and drink, you need the real deal.
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There are a number of companies that cater, such as or Mirimar Cruises or River City Cruises, whose boats are seen in this photo. Mirimar also runs boats upriver to one of Brisbane's oldest and most popular attractions, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, passing the large colony of flying foxes or bats at Indooroopilly Island, and on past the marvelous old Queensland-style mansions.
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You can also sail down river to Moreton Bay, where you may want to consider going diving. Cruises leave from the dock beside the Queensland State Library, just across the Victoria Bridge and Queen Street Mall.
Brisbane Cruises also own the Kookaburra River Queens. You can see photos of these two magnificent paddle-wheelers that are being updated to maintain their charm and their capabilities. For a special occasion, these boats have what it takes, and they are commonly used to host weddings, Christmas parties and other occasions.
© David Jackmanson | Flickr.com - Brisbane River Queen
River City Cruises are a popular provider of Brisbane river cruises on their classic boat MV Neptune, shown in the picture below. The Neptune sails daily from South Bank down to Newstead House at Breakfast Creek, and back.
You can get off at Newstead House, which is Brisbane's oldest surviving residence, and tour the house and gardens.
© Jan Smith | Flickr.com - Breakfast Creek Hotel
If you're feeling hot and hungry, you can also visit the nearby Breakfast Creek Hotel for its famous 'Beer off the Wood' and steaks.