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“Wonderful views, nice cream tea, good commentary...”
Review of River City Cruises

River City Cruises
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Owner description: 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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“Wonderful views, nice cream tea, good commentary...”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

You really cannot go wrong with this river trip as a great introduction to seeing what Brisbane is all about.

From the moment you board, the welcome is warm with pots of tea and coffee and a large plate of scones with jam and cream beckoning you at the back of the vessel. You can take a seat in the covered upstairs terrace or indoor downstairs.

The trip lasted 1.5 hours which was plenty and covered all the key sites along the river, through the skyscrapers of the downtown, the pretty marinas all along the river, the converted wool warehouses and power station, through to the residential areas where stunning new and tradional old cottages line the river banks.

The commentary along the way was interesting and informative, and half way through the trip a member of staff came round offering the last of the scones and more tea and coffee.

This is an excellent value trip that I would not hesitate to recommend! Enjoy!!

If it's a nice day and you want to sit out on the covered terrace upstairs, do get in the queue early to secure your place upstairs.

Visited December 2012
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“Nice Relaxing way to see Brisbane from the water”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

Took this trip on a Sunday afternoon. The boat looks old but it floated fine.

The cruise down river was nice and narrated by a pre-recorded tape. This was fine but it was a bit behind so you were always looking back over your shoulder. Information provided was enough to give you some information but not over burdon you. Which meant you still had time to look around and enjoy the scenery.

The cruise back up river was a live braodcast by the captian. It was very informative giving an insite to the old river workings, some building history, flood damage etc. It was in my opinion much better and more informative.

Food and drink is available on board at a reasonable cost. I did neither but the meals I saw served looked fine.

If you take the eariler 10am cruise you can get off at Breakfast Creek and explore and pick up the boat when it returns for the second cruise. (Only 2 cruises per day 10am 12:30pm).

Overall a very good cruise, well priced ($25.00) and a different way to see brisbane.

I suggest you do it.

If you dont have sea legs, the boat is rocked from time to time by ferries passing but nothing that would knock a drink over.

Visited December 2012
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“Fantastic service! A "must do"”
Reviewed November 29, 2012

This costs $25 per adult which includes scones/jam/cream tea with coffee or tea, lovely. We were on the boat during an awful thunderstorm. They lost electricity but the boat chugged on safely despite the river looking like a stormy ocean! The storm passed on the return trip and it is a great way to see the city. The staff are lovely and we felt well looked after, especially in the challanging weather. There is commentary to listen to which is good also. Highly recommend to everyone!

Visited November 2012
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“A must do”
Reviewed November 16, 2012 via mobile

Excellent cruise with friendly helpful crew. Informative and interesting commentary. Complimentary tea and coffee and cream scones a very welcome extra. Well worth the $25. I would say it was a must do if in Brisbane.

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carolyn t, Owner at River City Cruises, responded to this review, November 18, 2012
Thank you so much for your feedback - we appreciate your kind comments.
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“Money Well Spent!”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

It was well worth the money. The best $25.00 I've ever spent on sightseeing. Worth every cent! The commentary was both informative and interesting. M V Neptune was in excellent condition. The staff were very helpful and friendly. Thanks for a fun time. A definite must do when in Brisbane City. Thanks so much :)

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