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WELCOME TO RIVER CITY CRUISES

Hop on board mv neptune for a magnificent tour of brisbane by water., explore queensland’s capital on a boutique timber vessel with a relaxing and informative tour of the city of brisbane from the river is one of the best things to do in brisbane. during the cruise you will be entertained by an informative commentary that provides insight into the history of brisbane and the river today. perfect for both locals and visitors.

Our Daily Cruises

PLEASE NOTE DEPARTURE LOCATION

We depart from the Cultural Centre Public Pontoon, South Brisbane Qld 4101. This is located on the river outside the Cultural Centre, about 100m upstream from the Victoria bridge and 300m upstream from the Brisbane Wheel. Please Note: Unfortunately M V Neptune is not equipped for wheelchair access and refreshments are available for purchase on board by card only.

Morning Tea Cruise

Sunset river cruise.

  • Friday & Saturday

2hr Sightseeing Cruise From Powerhouse Pontoon

Afternoon cruise, midday cruise, newstead to southbank cruise, south bank combo pass, cruise to lunch package, city lights dinner cruise.

  • Thurs Fortnightly

Coming Soon Trivia Night Cruise

Riverfire 2024.

  • Saturday 31st August

New Years 2024 Cruise

Groups & Charters

Seniors groups, youth or school groups or just want to arrange a private function then we can provide a great outcome.

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Senior Groups

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School Groups

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Special events

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Catering available

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Brisbane’s Best Tour

Hop on board the MV Neptune for a magnificent tour of Brisbane by water. This remains Brisbane’s best value tour. During the cruise you will be entertained by an informative commentary that provides insight into the history of Brisbane and the River today. Enjoy an ice cold beer or wine from bar as you marvel at the historical landmarks and the homes of the rich and famous. Perfect for both locals and visitors!

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Departure/Return Point:

Cultural centre public pontoon at southbank on the river in front of the cultural centre., [email protected].

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If you’ve cruised with us in the past we’d love to hear your feedback!

River city cruises is a family-owned queensland business proudly operating since 2002., copyright © 2023 – river city cruises, policy's and terms & conditions of bookings, our cancellation policy, privacy policy, responsible service of alcohol.

As the licensee, the Operator is bound by the QLD Liquor Act and must abide by the guidelines for the responsible service of alcohol. Please note that it is an offence for individuals to either carry liquor onto the vessel on arrival or from the vessel on disembarkation

Functions Terms and Conditions

DEPOSITS & PAYMENT – Confirmation of a booking is not until a deposit has been paid. A deposit of $500 is payable upon booking, with the balance to be paid 3 weeks prior to travel. If a booking is made less than 21 days from cruise date, full payment is required on confirmation.

Brisvegas Cruises | Brisbane's Best River Cruise & Floating Party Venue

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BRISBANE'S BEST RIVER CRUISE

Brisbane's Best party Venue

Brisvegas Cruises provides Brisbane’s best river cruise and party venue for many reasons. Where else can you go and have the view of the river changing every second. The whole boat is yours, you can have from 30 to 130 of your best friends and family all together with no other groups to interrupt your event. We specialise in birthdays, corporate events and Xmas parties, but our super friendly and experienced crew can make any party one to remember on The amazing Brisbane river.

All you need to do is call 1300 791180 and let us know what type of event you are planning and we can take all the worries away. We will offer the best boat hire fee we can and make suggestions from the thousands of parties we have hosted.

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21st Birthdays with a difference.

Let Brisvegas Cruises host your special 21st birthday celebration. Your booking with us is an “Exclusive Boat Charter” so you have the entire boat to yourself – no unwelcome gatecrashers. You can also choose your own times and location for guest pick up and departure. As it is your exclusive night, you are welcome to decorate the boat to suit your party theme. And remember … nothing to clean up afterwards.

When it comes to entertainment you are welcome to bring on board your own band or DJ or ask us about our special entertainment packages suitable for all occasions. The “Lady in Red” or the “James Cavill” have a capacity for 130 guests with a fantastic chill out area, best views in Brisbane, easy to access bar, full size toilets and smoking permitted on the rear deck.

We cater for all budgets you can select from our range of delicious menus or keep things very simple. Bar tabs or pay as you go, its up-to you but no BYO is allowed as we are fully licensed.

30th Birthdays With Brisvegas Cruises”

Let Brisvegas Cruises host your special 30th birthday celebration. Your booking with us is an “Exclusive Boat Charter” so you have the entire boat to yourself.

You can also choose your own times and location for guest pick up and departure. As it is your exclusive night, you are welcome to decorate the boat to suit your party theme.

And remember … nothing to clean up afterwards.

When it comes to entertainment you are welcome to bring on board your own band or DJ or ask us about our special entertainment packages suitable for all occasions. Both our boats have a capacity for 130 guests, a fully stocked bar, great sound and lighting system with smoking permitted on the rear deck.

We cater for all budgets, you can select from our range of delicious menus and drink packages. Or it ken be kept very simple and guest can pay for their drinks with cash or card. As we are a fully licensed venue no BYO is allowed.

Let Brisvegas Cruises take care of your Bucks or Hens party

Imagine cruising down the Brisbane river with your best friends for your bucks or hens party. We can offer a private cruise for 3 hours with 2 hot platters and a $1000 bar tab for $2750

This can be a very affordable way to have a special private river cruise.

You can choose our great package deal or we can customise one to suite your needs. Please call our friendly staff or make an enquiry through contact us.

THE 10 BEST Brisbane Boat Rides & Cruises

Boat rides & cruises in brisbane.

  • Scuba & Snorkeling
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  • Dolphin & Whale Watching
  • Fishing Charters & Tours
  • Shark Diving
  • Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
  • Waterskiing & Jetskiing
  • Water Sports
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  • Swim with Dolphins
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  • Up to 1 hour
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  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles & up
  • 3.0 of 5 bubbles & up
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  • Likely to Sell Out
  • The ranking of tours, activities, and experiences available on Tripadvisor is determined by several factors including the revenue generated by Tripadvisor from these bookings, the frequency of user clicks, and the volume and quality of customer reviews. Occasionally, newly listed offerings may be prioritized and appear higher in the list. The specific placement of these new listings may vary.

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1. Brisbane River Cruise with entry to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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2. Moreton Island Day Trip (Kayak, Snorkel & Sandboard) frm Brisbane or Gold Coast

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3. All-Inclusive Dolphin & Tangalooma Wrecks Day Cruise Brisbane

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4. 90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour

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5. Brisbane River Cruise 12.30pm

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6. Sunset River Cruise

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7. City Lights Dinner Cruise in Brisbane with Dinner

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8. Whale Watching Cruise from Redcliffe, Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast

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9. Ultimate 10 Hour Jetski Adventure from Gold Coast to Tangalooma

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10. North Stradbroke Island Private Tour with Pickup

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11. Sailing Curlew Escape on Moreton Bay

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12. 3 Hours Jetski Tour and Lunch in Brisbane City

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13. 4 Hour Jetski Adventure to the Top of South Stradbroke Island

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14. North Stradbroke Island Cultural Boat Tour

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15. Brewery Tour River Cruise in Brisbane

Keep the fun going with other experiences in the area.

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2.5hr Gold Coast Kayaking & snorkelling tour

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Gold Coast 1.5-Hour Sightseeing River Cruise from Surfers Paradise

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Gold Coast Buffet Dinner Sightseeing Cruise

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Buffet Lunch Sightseeing Cruise

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Sunset Sailing Cruise includes snacks & drinks

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Moreton Island Eco Marine Safari Cruise and Snorkel

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The Original 1-Hour Mooloolaba Canal Cruise

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2 Hours Dolphin Kayaking & Snorkeling Tour on the Broadwater

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Aquaduck Gold Coast 1 hour City and River Tour

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Gold Coast Quack'rDuck Amphibious Tour from Surfers Paradise

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Surfers Paradise Sunset Cruise

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Seafood Lunch Cruise

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Aquaduck Sunshine Coast - 1hr Mooloolaba Amphibious Tour

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Tweed River and Rainforest lunch Cruise

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Sunset Tour with Live Music

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THE 10 BEST Brisbane Boat Rides & Cruises

Boat rides & cruises in brisbane.

  • Scuba & Snorkeling
  • Kayaking & Canoeing
  • Dolphin & Whale Watching
  • Fishing Charters & Tours
  • Shark Diving
  • Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
  • Waterskiing & Jetskiing
  • Water Sports
  • Speed Boats Tours
  • Swim with Dolphins
  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding
  • Up to 1 hour
  • 1 to 4 hours
  • 4 hours to 1 day
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles & up
  • 3.0 of 5 bubbles & up
  • 2.0 of 5 bubbles & up
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • The Brisbane River
  • River City Cruises
  • Story Bridge
  • Trident Jetskis
  • Likely to Sell Out
  • The ranking of tours, activities, and experiences available on Tripadvisor is determined by several factors including the revenue generated by Tripadvisor from these bookings, the frequency of user clicks, and the volume and quality of customer reviews. Occasionally, newly listed offerings may be prioritized and appear higher in the list. The specific placement of these new listings may vary.

boat trips on brisbane river

1. Brisbane River Cruise with entry to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

boat trips on brisbane river

2. Moreton Island Day Trip (Kayak, Snorkel & Sandboard) frm Brisbane or Gold Coast

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3. All-Inclusive Dolphin & Tangalooma Wrecks Day Cruise Brisbane

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4. 90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour

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5. Brisbane River Cruise 12.30pm

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6. Sunset River Cruise

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7. City Lights Dinner Cruise in Brisbane with Dinner

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8. Whale Watching Cruise from Redcliffe, Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast

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9. Ultimate 10 Hour Jetski Adventure from Gold Coast to Tangalooma

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10. North Stradbroke Island Private Tour with Pickup

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11. Sailing Curlew Escape on Moreton Bay

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12. 3 Hours Jetski Tour and Lunch in Brisbane City

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13. 4 Hour Jetski Adventure to the Top of South Stradbroke Island

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14. North Stradbroke Island Cultural Boat Tour

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15. Brewery Tour River Cruise in Brisbane

Keep the fun going with other experiences in the area.

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2.5hr Gold Coast Kayaking & snorkelling tour

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Gold Coast 1.5-Hour Sightseeing River Cruise from Surfers Paradise

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Gold Coast Buffet Dinner Sightseeing Cruise

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Buffet Lunch Sightseeing Cruise

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Sunset Sailing Cruise includes snacks & drinks

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Moreton Island Eco Marine Safari Cruise and Snorkel

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The Original 1-Hour Mooloolaba Canal Cruise

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2 Hours Dolphin Kayaking & Snorkeling Tour on the Broadwater

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Aquaduck Gold Coast 1 hour City and River Tour

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Gold Coast Quack'rDuck Amphibious Tour from Surfers Paradise

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Surfers Paradise Sunset Cruise

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Seafood Lunch Cruise

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Aquaduck Sunshine Coast - 1hr Mooloolaba Amphibious Tour

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Tweed River and Rainforest lunch Cruise

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Lunch Cruise sailing the Brisbane River

When: Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday departing 1pm • Inclusions: Brisbane River cruise, Seasonal contemporary buffet, Live Entertainment

  • Duration: 150 Minutes (approx.)

High Tea Cruise sailing the Brisbane River

High Tea Cruise sailing the Brisbane River

When: Every Saturday departing 1:00pm • Inclusions: Brisbane River cruise, 3-tier High Tea stand with sweet & savoury delights to share & Live entertainment

Dinner Cruise sailing the Brisbane River

Dinner Cruise sailing the Brisbane River

When: Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday • Departing 6:30pm on Thursday & Sunday and Departing 7pm on Friday & Sunday • Inclusions: Brisbane River cruise, seasonal contemporary buffet & live entertainment

  • Duration: 2 Hours (approx.)

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Boat Tours - Brisbane

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Brisbane River Cruise

Experience Boat Tours in Brisbane

Exploring the sunshine city : A river cruise will be a great way to get into the Brisbane way and spot a few attractions you’ll want to head back and visit in more detail. For starters, there's Mt Coot-tha and the beauty of the botanical gardens. For some historical perspectives, there’s the Museum of Brisbane. And even in the city, the South Bank Parklands, Roma Street Parkland and Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park offer much-needed fresh air.

Autumn breeze : For the best of Brisbane, you find that autumn is the time to go. That’s March to May, the Southern Hemisphere’s autumn. It’s when the temperatures hover between the 50s and mid-80s, and as a bonus, there is little rainfall. As a note, Summers are hot and uncomfortable.

Getting around : You’ll find Brisbane a very accessible destination, with several options available to you. The public transport system is efficient and includes buses, ferries, trams and trains. A sightseeing cruise or bus tour is another convenient way to get around.

• The central business district is more than just a central hub of business and commerce. The area has a defined grid of streets, running diagonally from northwest to southwest and are named after female royals, including Elizabeth. Those streets running perpendicular are named after male royals, Edward and George among them.

• You may well come across the beach South Bank. It’s actually an artificial one and is found in the middle of the city centre.

• Listen out and you may well hear locals refer to Brisbane as Brissy or Brizzy, maybe even River City. All popular nicknames.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: dinner and a cruise.

You will find there are several Brisbane lunch and dinner cruise options available. Check the individual tour details for the menu and the options available.

Q: Do Brisbane Boat Cruises offer free Wi-Fi onboard?

We realise you want to capture those destination hotspots on your tour. Many operators do offer free Wi-Fi on board, but you will need to check with the individual operator.

Q: Do Brisbane Boat Cruises run throughout the year?

Yes, but be aware that there is a high season (April to September) and Low Season (October to March). Check the tour details for timings.

Q: Can you give me some alternative tours to your cruise and boat tours?

Brisbane is a region full of attractions and experiences to enjoy and immerse in. Check out our Brisbane Tours by visiting isango.com

Q: What is the duration of the Brisbane Boat Tour?

Each tour is different, but in general, they will have a duration between 1 to 2 hours. Make sure to check the specific tour for timings.

Q: What time do Brisbane Boat Tours operate?

Boat tours will run at different times of the day, especially if you are booked on a lunch or dinner cruise. Make sure to check the tour details for a full listing of times.

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  • Club Paradiso

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Cruising every weekend, a brisbane river experience like no other, tickets selling fast, don't miss out, autumn events, brisbane’s favourite lifestyle vessel, oasis., private charters, corporate events.

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An unforgettable voyage on oasis, making waves with memorable events, 01 cruising every weekend, 02 private charters, 03 corporate, 04 vip booths, next oasis events.

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CHANGE THE BEAT – Friday 12th April- New Farm Park River Hub BOARDING @ 6:30PM

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Private events & functions, cruising every weekend, & many more, plan your next event at oasis.

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Aria Cruises

Sail Moreton Bay

A fun and affordable way to experience and explore brisbane's coastline, come with us for a trip that you’ll remember forever.

Seize every moment and make a lifetime of breath taking memories with Aria Cruises.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tzu, Philosopher

Imagine this: You hop onto the boat, eager to set sail. Soon we head out into all things blue with endless views. For the next few hours, you can escape to another world, visit an island, look for marine life, go paddle boarding, eat delicious food, and watch a sunset like no other.

Brush aside your other weekend plans as our day and sunset cruises are an experience you don’t want to miss.

Catamaran boat cruises: Taking you on a memorable journey of the Redlands Coast

Brisbane’s awe-inspiring coastline is best seen from the water aboard our purpose built vessel Aria.

Whether it is a casual day out with your family, quality time with friends or to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, engagement, and any other special occasion – we have a cruise for you.

While each experience is different for each guest, you can enjoy everything the magnificent Moreton Bay has to offer with Aria Cruises.

  • A fun and affordable way to explore Moreton Bay
  • An incredible time for first-timers and seasoned day-trippers
  • We bring the stories of this lesser-known region to life
  • Specially curated activities including boom netting, paddle boarding, beach cricket, island visits, aqua mats, and more
  • Indulge in delicious food, which is included
  • A variety of sailing options to suit everyone -private charters, sunset cruises, North Stradbroke Island day tour, and Moreton Bay and Brisbane River cruises
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  • Learn all about the culture and history of the local lands and marine life
  • We ensure a welcoming and inviting atmosphere that is unforgettable

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This is what our Aria Cruises voyagers say ★★★★★

This was a memorable experience for our family. A half day (5 hrs.) sailing cruise on a beautiful catamaran boat. Captain Rob and his crew member Adam were friendly and were so easy and pleasant to deal with. Not only did they provide amazing customer service and entertainment they also acted as a tour guide giving us info on the island (Peel Island) amongst other things. What we liked best about our trip was that it had an easy going vibe and also the scenery and the many activities Aria Cruise offered. It was a fun and also a relaxing day and was a memorable experience for us as a family. Thank you Rob and Adam and Aria Cruises for this experience. We will definitely be back again with our friends and family!

Six members of my family, including a 1x 13 year old boy, and I had an absolutely amazing day on the water and on Peel island this week.The Captain and deckhand were lovely, the boat was fantastic, and the experience was something money could not buy. My family from Victoria were visiting us , and we don't often get together as much as we would like. A day out with Aria Cruises was an absolutely wonderful way of making lifetime memories. Thank you so much. We will definitely be returning and spreading the good word about our experience with Aria Cruises.

My team booked our work Christmas Party onboard Dream On and all I can say is it was one of the best parties we have had in a long time. The crew onboard added to the experience and looked after us. Amazing experience and will definitely book again and recommend Aria Cruises to the rest of our company for their teamparties.

This is the second year we have used Aria Cruises for our end of year Xmas work function. It is a fantastic get away from work as the Aria Cruises team look after everything. Food, boat, location. It's a very simple and easy step on step off work function to arrange and use. If you have less than 20 staff or can split days between departments this is a perfect option for a short work getaway.

We got this for my mum and her boyfriend as a Surprise for Christmas. They went yesterday and they can't stop raving about how good it was. My mum even got a photo with the skipper. I'm pretty sure they'll be back. This was one present that definitely did not disappoint.

Jacob was a wonderful Captain, we thoroughly enjoyed our day. The catamaran was a good size and our family had everything we needed. We especially loved the boom net on the way home. Nothing was too much trouble for the delightful crew. We are definitely going again.

We have cruised with Aria several times previously so knew what to expect. This time we were with friends and family and it was, as always, spectacular. On this occasion, Jacob was the skipper and Reuben was the deckhand. Both were fantastic!! We have all agreed to make this an annual event over the Christmas period.

Brisbane boat cruises: It’s for everyone and every occasion

  • Various departure times to suit your timetable
  • Seasonal sailing cruises available all year round
  • Shore excursions to local islands
  • Plus plenty of extras onboard

Book your next day trip out to Stradbroke Island, Peel Island, and St. Helena Island and set sail today.

Ready to set sail? Let’s go!

River To Bay

River To Bay River Tours

Brewery tour, cruise down the river with a beer in hand.

Brisbane Brewery Tour

Experience the best Brisbane has to offer in the way of beer with River to Bay’s Brisbane Brewery Tour. Departing from Northshore Harbour, Hamilton, we take you on a high speed boat ride along the river to soak in the city sights before arriving at 2 iconic Brisbane breweries.

The first stop is Sealegs Brewery in Kangaroo Point where you can have a few drinks, get meal and you have a chance for that iconic photo on Kangaroo Point beach with the Story Bridge in the background. From there we get back on the boat and head to Brew Baron in West End for a few more drinks. The tour ends with a difficult choice to make – Get dropped off at Howard Smith Wharves to kick on for the rest of the night and ride back to Northshore Harbour. The choice is all yours!

  • 3.5 – 4 hour guided brewery tour
  • Visit some of Brisbane’s best local breweries*
  • Priority entry and seating at the venues
  • Free drink on board
  • Discounts & deals at select venues
  • Cruise the Brisbane River and city skyline
  • Don’t love beer!? Each venue also offers wine, cocktails and basics. 

*Limited to 2 breweries and subject to change due to capacities and weather.

*The Day Brewery Tour ends at either Howard Smith Wharves or back where you began at Northshore Harbour. The choice is yours. Guests are also welcome and encouraged to stay at any of the venues to attend throughout the tour to support Brisbane breweries

Brewery Tour Itinerary

* PLEASE NOTE: If you choose to get dropped off at Howard Smith Wharves, this is the final stop. You will not be able to continue on the return trip to Northshore Harbour. Please consider catching an uber for the beginning of this tour if you intend on staying at HSW at the end of the tour.

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The Brew Baron Beer Company is an Australian family-owned and operated business that strives to offer its customers great tasting craft beer and food. All of their craft beers are either brewed in-house, or they source them from one of a select few Australian craft breweries. Regardless of your tastes and preferences, you’ll be sure to find the most flavoursome beer and food to whet your appetite. Whether you try one of the gourmet pizzas or fresh salads, you are sure to enjoy the experience.

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Sealegs is a quality brewery and an excellent venue. You will get special service from the Sealegs team. The food is outstanding and the atmosphere is warm. Ask about the cocktail range and the beer paddle.

Responsible Service

We adhere to strict Responsible Service of Alcohol protocols. If you arrive at the tour visibly intoxicated we reserve the right to refuse you access to the tour.

Are you booking on behalf of a Bucks or Hens group? Please keep in mind that the venues we visit are family friendly. So please: ✗ Don’t wear anything that could be considered offensive ✗ Watch your language ✗ Don’t write yourself off

Our tours are designed for those that share a genuine interest in craft beers and do not encourage gross consumption of alcohol.

WHAT DO I BRING?

  • Proof of Age
  • Appropriate footwear – please be aware that some stops require a beach landing so if you choose to wear high heels you may need to remove them when walking along the sand. We recommend more sensible shoes for this tour.
  • Your confirmation email.
  • An Umbrella (weather dependant).

WHERE DO I MEET MY BOAT?

  • Our Brewery Tour starts at Northshore Harbour, Hamilton, 4007.
  • The tour will end at your choice of either Howard Smith Jetty OR Northshore Harbour. However, guests are also welcome to stay at the final venue if they want.
  • PLEASE NOTE: If you choose to get dropped off at Howard Smith Wharves, this is the final stop. You will not be able to continue on the return trip to Northshore Harbour. Please consider catching an uber for the beginning of this tour if you intend on staying at HSW at the end of the tour.

ARE FOOD AND DRINKS PROVIDED?

  • All guests receive a complimentary drink on board and our partner venues offer a number of deals and/or discounts in the venue
  • We do not allow BYO however, you may purchase drinks onboard

IS THERE PARKING AVAILABLE?

  • There is ample parking near Howard Smith Wharves

WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE?

  • In order to keep to our schedule, we ask that guests arrive 15 minutes prior to their pick-up time.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

  • We recommend bringing your ID, appropriate footwear (for the boat and venues) and an umbrella pending the weather.

ARE THERE TOILET FACILITIES ON THE BOATS?

  • Yes, our boats are equipped with a toilet. All of our partner venues also have toilets and we advise guests to use them as they are more comfortable.
  • Please let the crew know if you need to go while we are underway.

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE EVENT OF RAIN?

  • River to Bay seeks to run all its tours as planned. Our Boats are fully contained and we will do our best to ensure that passengers do not get wet whilst on the boat.
  • We do recommend, however, bringing an umbrella whilst travelling to each venue. If you do not wish to travel due to the weather we can reschedule you or provide a gift voucher that is valid for up to 3 years. However, any cancellations within 48 hours prior to a tour will incur a 100% cancellation fee. Guests requesting a reschedule 48 hours prior to a tour will incur a 50% cancellation fee as per our T&Cs.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE CANCEL?

  • In the event of a cancelled tour, we will do our best to reschedule you to a more suitable date. If there is not one immediately available, we will supply a gift voucher that is valid for 3 years.

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Far North Queensland tour operators wait to reopen after ex-Tropical Cyclone Jasper flooded Barron River

Warren Clinton stands on a muddy riverbank where his jetty and pontoon once stood.

He recounts his recent tribulations while they are still fresh in his mind but is frequently interrupted by the sound of his mobile phone ringing.

Each caller wants to take the riverboat tour of the mighty Barron River in Far North Queensland's rainforest mountain village of Kuranda.

Each time, Mr Clinton disappoints his caller — he does not know when he will be able to get back on the water.

"It's been very mentally draining, that's the most difficult part of it," he said.

Man in blue shirt, denim shots, woman in dark shorts, printed top, stand arm in arm on a riverbank, looking away seriously.

Operators still waiting

More than three months have passed since the ex-Tropical Cyclone Jasper caused Barron's largest flood in more than a century.

Far North Queensland is heavily reliant on the tourist dollar, with one in five people employed in the industry, according to Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

But some tourism operators, including Warren and Melissa Clinton, are still not back on their feet.

An aerial image of a bridge over a flooded river full of muddy water, greenery on either side.

The business owners managed to save their boat from destruction in the flood, but the sheer deluge of water washed away their pontoon and a nearby weir.

"I've blocked out [tours] on our online booking system into May," Ms Clinton said.

"Because it's just taking so long and the weather is against you, getting the riverbank fixed and the weir fixed."

Peak season approaching

Governments have been encouraging tourists to go to far north Queensland ever since tropical cyclone Jasper struck in December, with discounted flights and accommodation packages .

Almost a three-hour drive north of Cairns is Cape Tribulation, a spot world famous for being the juncture of the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.

A small river jetty and pontoon with a moored covered tour boat, red flags, greenery.

Businesses there only opened to visitors in March for the first time since December, in time for the Easter weekend.

Café owner Lawrence Mason could not hide his relief at being able to work again.

But he is realistic about the "massive amount of repair work" still to be done on the road into his northern community.

A $10 million grant program to rebuild infrastructure will close mid-April.

Applicants are also waiting to find out whether they will receive a share of money set aside to support those who've lost income.

Tourism Minister Michael Healy said he hoped to advise all 119 applications of the outcome "in coming days".

Wildlife recovering

Tourism Tropical North Queensland chief executive Mark Olsen said it had been a "very stressful time".

"This is typically the launch pad for our main season but many of these businesses are coming in with very little cash flow," he said.

"So, we're hoping that in the next couple of days, we start to see those grant announcements coming through."

A riverboat cruises a wide river, viewed from above.

The Clintons expect it wil be at least five or six weeks before they can show people the wonders of the Barron again.

The visitors who make it there will see a very different landscape but the wildlife has shown signs of recovery.

"It's sort of helped clean the river, bring it back to its original wild state, I think," Mr Clinton said.

"The wildlife has been here longer than us, so they're used to this river flooding.

"It's amazing every year we go back after a flood, and the same fish are still there and the same crocodiles are still there."

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