Explore Brisbane by river

Paddle boarders on Brisbane River

With Brisbane’s sunny climate and beautiful riverside destinations as a backdrop, a trip along the river should be a “must do” on your summer holiday itinerary! Not only is it low cost but the river shore is packed with accessible public transport and facilities to get you there.   

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. From the live music offerings of West End and nearby Riverstage and comedy shows at the Brisbane Powerhouse to foodie fun at Eat Street Northshore, there’s more to see and do when exploring Brisbane by river.

Almost forget you’re in the middle of the city and relax in the City Botanic Gardens or you can also enjoy free events like Gigs & Picnics, Riverside Markets or a high-energy box fit classes.

Get active

Brisbane has one of the best outdoor climates, so why not take advantage of our blue skies and explore the city on foot, CityCycle or even Segway? Swap land for water and hire a kayak or stand-up paddle board at Riverlife, take in the panorama by abseiling or rock climbing the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, or workout at the free outdoor gym with a view at Orleigh Park, West End. With more to see and do along the river, getting active and healthy outdoors has never been easier!

Enjoy the river

If you enjoy experiencing the river first-hand, new recreation hubs along the river mean you will soon be able to kayak, paddleboard or boat to New Farm, West End, City Botanic Gardens and Dutton Park. There’ll be short-term storage facilities for small boats, yachts and jet skis, so you can stop for a coffee on your morning jaunt or take in a nearby market. The New Farm Park River Hub is the first one to open in early 2019.

Dinner with a view

If fine dining is more your speed, depart your vessel at Riverside and take a leisurely walk to the newly opened Howard Smith Wharves (keep up to date on the future Howard Smith Wharves ferry terminal). Chill on the green or enjoy views of our iconic Story Bridge while sampling the inspired menu from Mr Percival’s. Dine on the deck or swing by later for live music and spritz style cocktails.

If a little Southern Charm is more your style, stay aboard your CityCat until you reach New Farm Park and stroll a few hundred metres to Brisbane Powerhouse’s newest dining destination, Proud Mary. Delivering a menu of American-French influence, this is a soul food trend we’re willing to get on board with.

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Date posted: Tuesday, 27th November, 2018
Last updated:23 April 2019
Topics: things to do