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River City Cruises

380 reviews
Brisbane, Australia
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About River City Cruises
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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163 reviews
Explore the best of Brisbane on this relaxing cruise along the Brisbane River. Learn about the history of the city and its legends while taking in sights such as Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Brisbane City Center, and Story Bridge. If you choose the morning departure, there is the option to hop-off and explore Newstead House or grab a bite at the Breakfast Creek Hotel.
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$20.78 per adult
14 reviews
Enjoy a relaxing river cruise and delicious lunch on this half-day excursion in Brisbane. Sip tea, admire views of local landmarks, and learn about the region from an informative guide aboard the MV Neptune. Then, head to Breakfast Creek Hotel for a variety of mouth-watering meal choices, including lunch rump and Panko calamari, beer-battered flathead and quinoa croquette.
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$42.99 per adult
6 reviews
Swap the crowds of the busy city center for a peaceful day sightseeing from a river cruise. You’ll sail along Brisbane River with live commentary to entertain you and make sure you don’t miss any highlights. Save time and get access to multiple incredible photo opportunities on one tour. You’ll see Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Story Bridge, and Brisbane City Center. Conveniently, the boat also has a coffee shop/bar if you’d like to purchase a drink.
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$20.78 per adult
SOUTH BANK COMBO PASS
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Experience Queensland’s capital city with a river cruise to Brisbane’s landmark Ferris wheel. Enjoy complimentary tea, illuminating commentary from an informative guide, and beautiful views while sailing down the Brisbane River. Then, take a magical gondola ride on the Wheel of Brisbane and savor a delicious lunch and drink at the Plough Inn—it’s included in the tour price.
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$50.15 per adult
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although the breeze was keen the trip on the Neptune was comfortable and enjoyable. The commentary was informative and relaxed and added substantially to the experience. The scones proved irresistible and just perfect for the July day. Recommended

Date of experience: July 2019
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carolynt838, Owner at River City Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for joining us on a windy day on the river Ruth! We are pleased you enjoyed your experience with us :)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a pleasant trip down the river and back and really gives you a chance to take in a lot of the city. The pilot did a great job describing the various locations and history. I would have liked more details about current life...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Robert M
carolynt838, Owner at River City Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Robert, we are really pleased you enjoyed our tour. Thank you for your feedback, our Skipper talks mainly about the views from the river so our guests can visually see what he is talking about, we do go to lengths to let guests know...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Brisbane river cruises are a good way to see some of the sights of Brisbane without being held up in traffic, the view from the river lets you see some of the riverside homes you otherwise would miss

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank JohnD7569
carolynt838, Owner at River City Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for touring with us John :)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely relaxing trip down river with commentary in the main on one bank going one way and the other bank in the return. Cooler under the canopy! Interesting to see the boardwalks fir cycling and walking and the many different bridges.

Date of experience: January 2019
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carolynt838, Owner at River City Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are pleased you enjoyed our tour Judith and hope your stay in Brisbane was just as relaxing!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This tour was informative and not overpriced. We enjoyed lunch nearby first, had a great time on the tour, then spent the rest of the day at South Bank. It was a really lovely day.

Date of experience: June 2019
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carolynt838, Owner at River City Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are glad River City Cruises was part of a wonderful day in Brisbane for you Carly! Take care :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful cruise a great way to foll in a morning,staff were very friendly and commentary was great. Morning tea was good too

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank 216mandym
carolynt838, Owner at River City Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review - all the best!

Reviewed June 13, 2019

Everything was perfect! The skipper and crew were first class! We loved going to the Breakfast Creek Hotel to help spike the wooden keg. Everyone was so kind and friendly. Thank you to Fiona and Becky. We took a 24 layover from LA to Brisbane...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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carolynt838, Owner at River City Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

The two Hannah's we absolutely LOVED having you both on board with us and are thrilled you enjoyed your layover in beautiful Brisbane. It was wonderful to meet you both and we hope to see you again in the future! Enjoy Bali :D

Reviewed June 12, 2019 via mobile

It was a nice experience and quite informative (the explanation given). A choice of coffee and tea was served with scones as well... Crews are nice and polite... Enjoyed ourselves so much. Get to see lots of magnificent buildings along the river as well.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank KayneLee
carolynt838, Owner at River City Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are so pleased you enjoyed yourself on our tour KayneLee, we love showing off our beautiful city :)

Reviewed June 11, 2019

Great way to spend the morning. The staff were friendly, and the the commentary gave excellent information about the points of interest. Having morning tea included was the icing on the cake.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Steve S
carolynt838, Owner at River City Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for joining us Steve S, good to hear you enjoyed the morning tea!

Reviewed June 10, 2019

Relaxing morning cruise down Brisbane River. Commentary on important sights but thankfully NOT 'information overload'. Captain and crew polite, friendly and helpful which added to the enjoyment (special mention to Becky). Morning tea (scones and tea/coffee) provided and available throughout the 90minute cruise. Alcoholic and...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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carolynt838, Owner at River City Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for cruising with us canttakeatrick2016, it's great to hear you had such a good time on board with us! We have passed word onto Becky for her fantastic service :D Wishing you all the best!

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Wendy P
April 5, 2018|
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Response from biancag658 | Reviewed this property |
Yes she can bring her walker but she would need to be able to walk down a couple of steps to be able to sit down for the cruise.
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LPHDK
September 27, 2017|
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I agree with earlier reply. The person doing the commentary had plenty of interesting information to impart both there and back. But it is a relaxing option. We had had a busy few days so were only to pleased to take it a... More
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Blossomzaw
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Response from Catherine S | Reviewed this property |
About 12 noon. If you hop off for lunch, if they get my message to inform their travellers to hop off for lunch, they are supposed to pick you up at 1.15 and return you to Southbank by 2.00 pm. Hope that helps. Catherine.
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