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Address: Southbank Parklands Jetty A, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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+61 428 278 473

River City Cruises offers a cost effective, relaxing and informative...

River City Cruises offers a cost effective, relaxing and informative perspective of Brisbane’s distinctive river scene for both locals and visitors with its year-round cruises so don’t leave town without doing at least one tour. River City Cruises is the original and best sightseeing cruise on the Brisbane River. During the 1.5 hour guided tour, you will be entertained by the informative commentary while taking advantage of the fantastic photo opportunities as we cruise past Brisbane’s most iconic sights including the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, City Centre and the Story Bridge. You will see, we’re not called the RIVER CITY for nothing. The convenient departure location is a short walk from Brisbane’s CBD and the duration of the cruise allows plenty of time for other sightseeing activities or shopping. JOIN RIVER CITY CRUISES FOR A MEMORABLE AND UNIQUE BRISBANE EXPERIENCE WHY CRUISE WITH US? •More than just “a trip on the River” you will be surprised by our colourful history and local legends •Perfect amount of time to see the best of Brisbane •Convenient departure location at South Bank Parklands •Coffee Shop and Licensed Bar •We pride ourselves on personalized service •Souvenir Map with other discount offers HOP ON / HOP OFF OPTION On the 10.30am cruise, guests have the choice of disembarking and using a hop-on/hop-off cruise option, visiting Newstead House, the city’s oldest surviving residence and the monument to the Battle of the Coral Sea, one of the great naval battles of World War II. That done, a short stroll over the Breakfast Creek Bridge will find them in the beer garden of The Breakfast Creek Hotel, built in 1889, one of the city’s defining watering holes and famed for its beer and steaks. (Newstead House open Monday to Thursday / Breakfast Creek Hotel open everyday). Timings for hop off option: Disembark 11.15am – Reboard 1.15pm – Return to South Bank 2.00pm Departs Daily 10.30am and 12.30pm Southbank Parklands Jetty A Adults: $25 Seniors $20 Kids (5-15) $15 Family $60 (2 adults and up to 3 kids under 15years) How to get there: Carparks: South Bank Parklands, Cultural Centre or Convention Centre (all via Grey Street) Train: South Brisbane Railway Station Bus: Cultural Centre Bus Station

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Spend 90 minutes getting to know the River City

A morning river cruise seemed just the ticket on our short stay in Bris Vegas. We arrived a little early and right on time they started to board our 50 year old MV Nautilus. If... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Andrew M
Gold Coast, Australia

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Gold Coast, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A morning river cruise seemed just the ticket on our short stay in Bris Vegas. We arrived a little early and right on time they started to board our 50 year old MV Nautilus. If the weather is good I recommend the top deck as you get a 360 degree view with a beautiful breeze to keep the summer temperature... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After coming across this tour and only having one day in Brisbane on travels it seemed the best way to see the sights. It was definitely worth the money and we seen so much more of the city then we would have done! commentary throughout and learnt about different land marks up the river. definitely would recommend!

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Service from all the staff was great. Cruise takes 90 minutes and there is an interesting and humorous commentary provided by one of the staff that brings the Brisbane river to life. Well worth the money and helped make our stay in Brisbane even more enjoyable.

Thank Adrian C
Manotick Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

This is certainly worth the time. The captain's narration was excellent, full of dry humour and knowledge. We really got to see the city and its history from the water which is why Brisbane exists. We took the morning run when tea is served. You should go to the top deck but there are not that many seats. Be prepared... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

start your day out with this one....a real taste of the river...not expensive and the lunch menu was well priced and yummy. very helpful crew..esp with us oldies!!! the river was good to experience as the commentary was varied and up to date...and live!!!

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

My son and I really enjoyed this cruise on a glorious Spring day in Brisbane, and as used a Scoopon, was super value at $28 for 2. But even at full price ($29) it is great value. Boat was comfortable and offered uninterrupted views from the top deck, the journey Southbank to Breakfast Creek and return very interesting and just... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Partner and I recently did the 1 & 1/2 cruise at the 12.30pm departure. There is an earlier departure time at 10.30am. Adult fare $29, our Seniors price was $24 each. Very informative and you can sit up top or inside undercover if too cold or raining. Commentary was very easy to hear. There is hot food and alcohol served... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

I booked this cruise with a $14 Scoopon deal. I did the 12.30-2pm cruise and had lunch and drinks on board. There's table service so you can sit back and relax and enjoy the ride. I sat inside on the way up river to make it easier to eat, and went upstairs on the way back. The cruise takes you... More 

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Mackay, Queensland, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

A long awaited cruise along the Brisbane river promised with morning tea and lunch was not all I'd expected it to be. Sure, the river cruise and commentary were fine. The morning tea - a cup of tea or coffee with a half a scone. I've tasted better. Then the lunch. What lunch? I paid for a lunch I never... More 

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carolyn t, Owner at River City Cruises, responded to this review

Hi Catherine Firstly, it is a shame you have decided to use the Trip Advisor forum to air your grievances as a phone call would have been much more appropriate. From what i can see from your review, you purchased our "Cruise to Lunch" combo deal. This includes the 1 1/2 hour river and lunch at the Breakfast Creek Hotel.... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Booked in for a three hour (turned into four) fishing tour. Darren was an excellent host, easy going and well informed. Bait and rods provided. Catch and return - caught a few catfish - yet what better way to see the river and city from a relaxed position. Would recommend.

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carolyn t, Owner at River City Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! It's not often we get reviews for our fishing tour so it's great to see people are loving the experience! We're glad you had a relaxing time and hope you might consider fishing again, or even cruising with us in the future! More 

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