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Brisbane Kayak Tour provided by Riverlife Adventure Centre

Brisbane Kayak Tour
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93% of travellers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Get a fresh perspective on Brisbane from the water—in a kayak
Duration:
1h 30m
Group size:
12
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    1h 30m
  • Group size:
    12
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
A riverside city, Brisbane was made for kayaking. See the city from the water on this kayak adventure, led by qualified instructors who can train even absolute beginners. See sights such as South Bank and Story Bridge without worrying about boat traffic or river rules and learn some kayak tricks along the way. Choose between daytime and night adventures—or share an Aussie meal with drinks on select weekend nights.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • See the city lights by night or soak up the sunshine during the day
  • Sessions include qualified instructor, safety briefing, and lifejackets
  • Try your hand at kayak soccer, kayak surfing, or stand-up paddling
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Highlights
  • See the city lights by night or soak up the sunshine during the day
  • Sessions include qualified instructor, safety briefing, and lifejackets
  • Try your hand at kayak soccer, kayak surfing, or stand-up paddling
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 23170P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • All necessary equipment
  • Life Jacket
  • Kayak & Paddle
  • Sunscreen
Exclusions
  • Towel (also available for hire $2 each)
  • Water bottle (drinks are available for purchase)
  • Locker Hire $3.00 each
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
1h 30m
Departure details
  • Riverlife Adventure Centre, Naval Stores Kangaroo Point Cliffs Drive, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169, Australia Please Note: there is no on-site parking at Riverlife.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Before participating, all participants must sign an Indemnity Agreement Form personally or by a guardian if the participant is under the age of 18 years
  • Minimum age is 8 years for day tours and 12 years for night tours
  • Please bring clothes that will get wet (board shorts / ¾ pants and T-shirt), spare change of shorts / ¾ pants, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses (optional), towel (also available for hire $2 each), water bottle (drinks are available for purchase)
  • Complimentary showers and sunscreen are available for your use
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • All necessary equipment
  • Life Jacket
  • Kayak & Paddle
  • Sunscreen
Exclusions
  • Towel (also available for hire $2 each)
  • Water bottle (drinks are available for purchase)
  • Locker Hire $3.00 each
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • Riverlife Adventure Centre, Naval Stores Kangaroo Point Cliffs Drive, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169, Australia Please Note: there is no on-site parking at Riverlife.
Duration
1h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Before participating, all participants must sign an Indemnity Agreement Form personally or by a guardian if the participant is under the age of 18 years
  • Minimum age is 8 years for day tours and 12 years for night tours
  • Please bring clothes that will get wet (board shorts / ¾ pants and T-shirt), spare change of shorts / ¾ pants, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses (optional), towel (also available for hire $2 each), water bottle (drinks are available for purchase)
  • Complimentary showers and sunscreen are available for your use
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

5.0
80 reviews
Excellent
72
Very good
3
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Terrible
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Jingle
1 contribution
Feb 2022
I had an amazing kayak experience with Liam and Julien, they are so amazingly friendly. They make you feel so welcomed, safe, entertained, and respected.

A few hours prior to the time of my scheduled kayak at the Brisbane river, I received a courtesy phone call from Julien - who asked whether I would still come to kayak - he gave me a lot of reassurance regarding the safety of kayaking and directions on how to get to Riverlife. I felt appreciated and supported by Julien who took extra time to help me get through my nerves.
As soon as I reached Riverlife, I saw Julien for the first time. His smile was so wide. He introduced me to his team, and to his cute dog! :)
He was amazingly friendly!!

He pointed me to Liam who would be my kayak guide.
Liam appeared quiet but as soon as he got into the zone, he really opened up and made me feel so safe. He is an amazingly skilful guide. He made me feel very very safe the entire time. He kept his pace slow in the water to accomodate me, and he attached my rope to his kayak to ensure I won't drift away too far (after all, it's my 1st time to ever kayak a river!). So anyway, the entire time Liam and I were kayaking, he thoroughly answered my numerous questions. He was so patient to keep me entertained and safe throughout our kayak. I really felt so so safe and cared for the entire time. Without Liam, I would have fallen off the Brisbane water and who knows what could have happened without his care!
He said he loves the thrill and outdoor activities - so really, he is in a great position to demonstrate his skills. He is an asset in Riverlife for sure.

For those who are anxious about kayaking, I highly recommend Riverlife.
I was a complete beginner with very anxious tendency yet I kept cool and managed to kayak without falling. Thanks to the good guys in Riverlife that made everything happened! I promise to come back and will tell my friends to take the chance to kayak with you when they go to Brisbane for a holiday!

Thank you Liam and Julien of Riverlife! You are both soooo amazing and professional!
Keep up the good work!! :)
Written 11 February 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for your time to write this review and your kind words. It is very rewarding for our staff to get such amazing feedback and feel so appreciated. It is great to hear you had such a good time and that Julian and Liam made you feel comfortable and safe on your first kayak adventure. We feel blessed we have such amazing guides who go above and beyond to provide our customers with a great experience. We are looking forward to welcoming you back for more adventures and I will forward your review to Julian and Liam.
Written 16 February 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Thomas T
1 contribution
Apr 2021 • Couples
My wife and I took the Brisbane City Kayak tour on our honeymoon and we had a great time! It was her first time kayaking, and our guide Jayo was a great instructor and very encouraging as she learned. The views of Brisbane city were also fantastic. As Brisbane locals it was special to see the city from a different view point.

Be aware that parking around the Kangaroo Point area is not easy. We left some time to arrive early, but ended up arriving just late because it took so long to find a park.
Written 17 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
What a great honeymoon experience! The view from the river is absolutely magical :)
Written 15 July 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jake H
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Friends
I brought my Mum and Partner with me. Our host was Josh and we did a kayak tour. My mum is not a confident swimmer nor is she the best at anything physical. Josh was extremely relaxed with his briefing and conduct which calmed her nerves, he was awesome to chat to, and, ultimately when my mum was having a hard time, he generously began towing against the tide. Thanks to Josh, we were able to end her short holiday to QLD on a very calm yet fun and positive activity
Written 19 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Jake, Thank you for your review and it's great to hear you were able to take your mum on a fun and positive experience and that she enjoyed it. I forwarded your review to Josh and the team and we are looking forward to hopefully seeing you again some time.
Written 29 December 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

walt101
Easter Island, Chile83 contributions
Apr 2022
I booked a Kayak Tour with some friends but in the end, we decided on just hiring kayaks and doing our own thing. Bill and the team were friendly, helpful, and professional. We spent two hours paddling around the bend under the Story Bridge around to Dockside then back past Kangaroo Point cliffs to the Goodwill Bridge. All made much easier by a very cooperative tide and current. And given the lack of River Cats at the minute due to flood-damaged ferry terminals - this was a very stress-free way to spend a few hours on the Brisbane River.

As I'd paid for a tour but ended up just hiring, Bill just gave me a credit to use at a later date for more kayaking, or one of the other activities they offer. So all very easy.
Written 6 April 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Walt, Thank you so much for your review and great to hear you had a fantastic time kayaking with your friends! We look forward to welcoming you back for more adventures and would recommend you use your credit for our abseiling experience, which is absolutely epic.
Written 8 May 2022
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Henning
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
Mar 2021
This was sold as a kayak tour with a local guide, but instead it was an 11th birthday party with inadequate supervision.
No guiding and barely any paddling took place as most of the time was spent by the single child minder (not tour guide) getting kids in and out of the water. The one hour (instead of the promised 2 hours) we did spend on the water, we spent rescuing children from getting dragged under bushes and pontoon pylons by the current. The children were spread out over a few hundred metres, and there was no way the single supervisor could keep them all safe.
A kid's party cannot be done in combination with a guided tour by kayak for adults, and certainly not by only one guide/child minder/game host.
Written 29 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Diane M
1 contribution
Jan 2022
Renee, our tour guide, led us down the river around the Story Bridge. We were impressed with the way she interacted with our children (17,15,13,and 11) and the way she safely guided us along the river navigating City Cats, pontoons etc. Thank you for a lovely morning.
Written 7 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi there, Thank you for your review and I forwarded it to the team, we are delighted to hear you had such a good time!
Written 18 January 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

屹晨 楊 (Neil Yang)
Sydney, Australia2 contributions
Jun 2021
I have not done Kayaking since age 14 at High School, the instructors J.O and Shawn was exceptional in instilling confidence and providing useful tips for kayaking. J.O was also really knowledgeable about the cities history and the flora/fauna of the Brisbane river. Would highly recommend this as a starting point if you want to have kayaking as a hobby or as a general date idea.

The place might be a bit hard to find first time, I suggest give the centre a call and they will provide detailed instructions on how to get there.
Written 13 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
We are so glad you had a great experience and yes we can be hard to find but always happy to offer instructions!
Written 15 July 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

jinilil
Ocean Shores, Australia85 contributions
Mar 2021
Our tour was on a Sunday, midday.
A party of 10 year olds, (many first time paddlers), were dropped off without adult accompanyment and expected to keep up with the adults with only one guide to assist.

The guide assured us she was used to that, but the task was beyond her as the group of kids quickly spread beyond 100 meters in a strong current.
I stayed behind out of the clash of inexperienced paddles and was left to rescue a distressed child tangled up in a tree. Not a safe situation for either of us. And other children had difficulty with other barriers.

Needless to say, we spent the majority of the 'tour' holding back, waiting for the children to be sorted. We spent barely an hour actually paddling, covering very little distance, and there was no 'tour'.

We hadn't expected to be attending a kid's party. Nice kids, but we signed up for a Kayak tour not summer camp.

I would suggest that children's activities should be separate events with at least two assistants.
Written 29 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

GoPlaces370476
4 contributions
Feb 2021
I had a great time on the Kayaking tour. It was taken by Jayo, he was excellent giving instructions before hand on how to get into the Kayak and how to paddle and steer.
I throughly enjoyed my time kayaking and seeing life on the river.
Written 17 February 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
We are so glad you enjoyed your adventure. Jayo is a great instructor and you were definitely in good hands.
Written 15 July 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rachel D
Wrexham, UK92 contributions
Mark was a brilliant instructor /guide.
We had a great experience on our kayak tour. He taught us the ropes and was very informative, chatty and approachable.
He even stopped my kayak tipping over during a large wave created by a boat by putting his own kayak behind. Would recommend and we intend to go back soon for a twilight kayak tour.
Thanks for a great experience. Its even something which can be done with social distancing measures in place at present!
Written 20 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Rachel, Thank you so much for the review, we really appreciate it! And so glad that you had such a great time out on the water with me! Glad that I could keep you in the kayak and yes very much look forward to having you back at Riverlife soon for a twilight tour! Thanks again, Rachel!
Written 25 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Amazing Time
Really enjoyed my time on the E-bikes and had an absolutely amazing time abseiling instructed by Matt.
carmels870
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Adventure before Dementia!
Carl and Lachlan were great teachers for my first time at abseiling, installing confidence and making it fun.
Escape570176
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Bucket list ticked
Matt was friendly and professional. Though nervous as first time abseilers both my husband and I had fun
gillytravels309
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Great afternoon of adventure
Great afternoon abseiling with Matt who made us feel safe and supported while enjoying the fabulous view with a tou
I543IUmiken
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A great experience climbing the Kangaroo Point cliffs.
Had a great evening doing the twilight rock climbing. The ropes had all been prepared in advance. Manni expertly t
ShelleyG549
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Great experience
Thoroughly enjoyable. Even though I am afraid of heights, Casper was calming and made me feel secure. Took my 12 y
BernhardWeibel
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Abseiling the Kangaroo Cliffs with Casper
WOW!!! What an awesome experience! Couldn't have done it without CASPER , our abseiling guide! He knew all the rig
Jenny C
Jenny C
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Fun Adventure
The whole experience was great fun. Carl was fantastic. He really took the time to explain everything and made us f
claudinef309
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10/10 Great job guys!
We had such a great time abseiling with river life! The instructors were amazing -Our 8 y/o son did this for the fi
I6136QBjohnt
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Good to go
Had Carl take us through abseiling. Good chilled explanation of kit and procedures and good walk through of the act
sjb379
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What a Thrill
I have wanted to abseil the Kangaroo Point cliffs since my first visit in 2018. Now living in Moreton Bay, I receiv
clairehL5227HN
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A Must Do
We had a beautiful Friday evening spent on the river. Highly recommended activity - Karl was an exceptional guide
10brookec
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Abseiling 10/10
Had the best experience abseiling with river life! So fun and the instructor Renee was so fun and supportive. Would
RH20199
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Great experience abseiling and canoeing with Renee as the instructor!
Myself and a few others did the abseiling and canoeing with Renee as our instructor and she was absolutely brillian
847ameliab
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Outstanding
Amazing experience, The guide was great at making everyone comfortable and helping. Can't recommend it enough!
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