Explore Brisbane by river

With Brisbane’s sunny climate and beautiful riverside destinations, a trip along the Brisbane River should be on your must-do list as a weekend or school holiday activity.

Make a date with a CityCat

Leave the car at home and make the most of Brisbane’s riverside destinations with our CityCat and SpeedyCat services. Catch a CityCat to get to live music venues in West End, a concert at Riverstage, free events in the City Botanic Gardens, a show at Brisbane Powerhouse, or the ever-popular 'foodies delight', Eat Street Northshore (open on Friday nights and weekends). 

Get active

Brisbane has one of the best climates in Australia, so take advantage of our great weather and explore our river city on foot, or by CityCycle, scooter, bike or Segway

Swap land for water and hire a kayak or stand-up paddleboard, abseil or rock climb at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, or workout in a free outdoor gym along the Brisbane River.

Join a free or low-cost active and healthy class in a riverside park, with activities including tai chi, cycling, yoga, fishing and more. Check out our What's On calendar to find a class to suit you.

Enjoy the river

New recreation hubs along the river mean you can now kayak, canoe, paddleboard, jet ski, or launch a boat from our river and recreation hubs at Brisbane City (City Botanic Gardens), Dutton Park, Murarrie, New Farm and West End. With short-term use facilities available, stop at one of our hubs to grab a coffee, head to a cafe or restaurant, or explore a park. Our River Access Network is another way Council has improved access to the Brisbane River for residents and visitors.

Dinner with a view

If you enjoy waterside dining, head to our newest inner-city precinct, Howard Smith Wharves, on the New Farm end of Brisbane City. It fronts the Brisbane River and sits under the iconic Story Bridge. Choose from hip restaurants, cafes and bars, or take a picnic and chill on the green and enjoy live music at Weekends on the Lawn. Take a walk along the City Reach Boardwalk after your meal, or if you don't feel like walking, hop on a CityCycle at the new Howard Smith Wharves CityCycle station.

For dinner with a view, you could also catch a CityCat to New Farm Park and stroll to Brisbane Powerhouse for more dining and entertainment options. Take a stroll before or after dinner through heritage-listed New Farm Park.

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This blog was originally posted in November 2018. It was updated in January 2020.

Date posted:
Last updated:15 July 2020
Topics: things to do