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The Brisbane River

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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Ranked #5 of 131 Attractions in Brisbane
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Owner description: The Brisbane River is perfect for adventure, leisure and recreation...
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Owner description: The Brisbane River is perfect for adventure, leisure and recreation. Go kayaking, stand up paddleboarding or take a trip on a City Cat. Celebrate the Brisbane River at a Riverfire function or just have a picnic in the riverside parkland. The Kangaroo Point Cliffs are a great vantage point to see the Brisbane River, or go rock climbing or abseiling with Riverlife Adventure Centre. Try Story Bridge Adventure climb, cycle, rollerblade or go for a jog. Dance with the local aboriginal tribe, Mirrabooka or visit South Bank. However you look at it you can't visit Brisbane without experiencing the River. Then cruise out to Tangalooma Island Resort for a must do experience. Enjoy!
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Kabul, Kabol, Afghanistan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Both a day and night time cruise on public transport - the City Cat - from the Brisbane CBD to the iconic University of Queensland campus at St. Lucia is highly recommended and a non-negotiable! Its a clean, fast, efficient and thoroughly insightful experience and exposes visitors to multi-faceted life in Brisbane and Queensland. Take time out for a stroll... More 

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Brisbane
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

The Brisbane River is clean and going on a cruise up/down it is very relaxing. The City Cat (a fare is involved) zig-zags from side to side of the river as it makes its way up and down the river. You can stand outside or sit inside in air-conditioned comfort. If you don't want to use the ferry, you can... More 

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sanctuary cove
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Take a boat up the Brisbane river past the waterfront properties, cityscape, flame trees (as in Thika) and jacarandas .. past the lovely Regatta Hotel and other buildings equally lovely. An excellent time out on a busy day exploring Brisbane - or just to relax and enjoy the scenery.

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Lovely, windy and relaxing place - the ferry services are great - safe, reliable, with helpful captains, Wide variety of restaurants - international types. For those who love after office hours, this is the place to hang out.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

My partner travels by ferry to work every day on the Brisbane River, and loves it. I occasionally go into the city by ferry and love it, too. There's something so relaxing about being on the water. A ferry trip on the CityCat is a must-do for tourists and, really, for anybody who wants to escape the heat and humidity,... More 

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Queensland, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Nice place to relax. We walked from King George Square to South Bank where we had lunch. Then up to cross the bridge and from there to the botanical gardens all the way down to Eagle Street for tea, and finally caught a citycat back up. A nice mix of city walk, river walk, garden walk and a little cruise.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

A trip on the cit cat is a must do in Brisbane. Very comfortable with both indoor and outdoor seating it is a relaxing trip with many photo opportunities. There are many stops where you can take the opportunity to enjoy a fantastic dining experience to suit any taste and budget. The price of the city cat is very modest... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Great place to relax, dine, stroll, run or even bike. But the best thing i think we enjoyed was cycling up and down with CityCycle, a cheap and inexpensive ($2 per day) way to take in the sights along the river. Loved every minute of it.

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South Wales UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Took a boat trip and walked along the river promenade .... It's was all so beautiful with parks on one side and the tall city building on the other .... Further down the river was quieter and so interesting with fine stately looking homes etc well worth visiting this beautiful friendly city with its shopping centre , parks and winding... More 

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Wide Bay, Qld
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The park is a nice wander in the middle of the city - good spot to sit and ponder or walk and enjoy a bit a nature.

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