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New ways to spend a day on Brisbane River

They don’t call Brisbane the River City for nothing. Brisbane is centred around the longest river in south east Queensland which makes for endless opportunities for exploration, adventure and relaxation. The next time you’re in Brisbane, step away from the beaten path and discover the magic of the iconic river in new and exciting ways. Whether you’re indulging in a cruise, gliding along the water in a kayak, picnicking on the surrounding banks or exploring the boardwalks, there are activities for everyone to enjoy. Read on for new ways to spend a day on the Brisbane River.

Cruise along the river

Brisbane’s public transport system is vast and well-connected, but by far the best and most affordable form of transport for the river city is the CityCat and ferries. Not only are they efficient and comfortable, but they offer beautiful views of the riverside areas. Brisbane’s ferries connect the city by river as far north as Hamilton and as far south as St Lucia.

For extra special Brisbane River experiences, you can indulge in a luxury river cruise. River City Cruises provides relaxing and informative tours on a boutique timber vessel. There’s several cruise options to choose from, including different times of day and the opportunity to dine on board.

Kayak under the Story Bridge

Experience the tranquillity of Brisbane River by paddling your way through the gentle currents. You can hire a kayak from Riverlife Aventure Centre and opt for a guided tour or venture out on your own. From the water you’ll get to see some of Brisbane’s most iconic attractions – and can even kayak directly under the Storey Bridge!

Picnic beneath the trees

There’s no shortage of picnic spots along the banks of Brisbane River. New Farm Park is a local favourite for riverside picnics, with all of the facilities you need including free barbecues, tables and chairs, bathrooms and playgrounds. At the City Botanic Gardens you’ll find picnic tables and seats in shaded areas along the riverbank. Another popular picnic spot with iconic river views is River Quay at South Bank – you can BYO picnic or even pick up a picnic hamper from the nearby River Quay Fish.


Stroll along the banks

Brisbane is home to an abundance of riverside walks, many of which are connected, making them one of the more accessible activities. The picturesque Clem Jones Promenade at South Bank Parklands offers view of the river and city skyline. Kangaroo Point River Walk has varied trails with sculptures, historic relics, mangroves and viewing platforms. The Teneriffe boardwalk sits over the river in front of apartments and woolstore buildings, and offers some of the best sunsets for the ultimate in Brisbane River experiences. In the CBD you can access the Brisbane Riverwalk that will take you from the City Botanic Gardens, along to Eagle Street Pier and ending at the historic Howard Smith Wharves.

Pedal the pathways

Brisbane is highly walkable, but if you want to see the Brisbane River at speed then bike is your best bet. The scenic riverside bike paths can take you along many different routes depending on which suburbs you want to explore. The plentiful cross-river bridges mean that you can experience Brisbane River from both sides, from Kangaroo Point, around to New Farm and Teneriffe, over to South Bank and West End, and around to Toowong.

Sip and dine at Howard Smith Wharves

One of the most iconic Brisbane River experiences is a drink and meal beneath the Story Bridge at the coolest precinct in the city, Howard Smith Wharves. This modern waterside development is nestled right on the river below the New Farm Cliffs, with 180-degree views of the Brisbane River and city skyline. Choose from 13 bars, restaurants and cafes all serving delicious food and offering stunning views of the river.


Getting to your Brisbane River activities

There are endless Brisbane River experiences to enjoy, and Airtrain can help you get there on time and in comfort. Our reliable and comfortable service bypasses unexpected delays and helps make travel easy.

Our services run express from Brisbane Airport and stop at Fortitude Valley, Central, Roma Street and South Brisbane stations.

When you’re travelling to your Brisbane River activities you can get around with ease using a go card – the fast and convenient way to travel on all Translink transport, including Airtrain.

Translink’s Smart Ticketing system offers more ways to pay, for a more convenient journey. Smart Ticketing allows you to pay with your Visa, Mastercard and American Express debit and credit cards.  

To help plan your next Brisbane River adventure, check out the Translink Journey Planner.