Brisbane River Lunchtime Cruise

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  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    Boarding begins at 12 noon for departure at 12:30pm
  • Departure Details :
    Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Glide along the Brisbane River aboard a majestic paddlewheeler for a lunchtime cruise with a great perspective on Brisbanes waterfront. Get unobstructed views of the city's riverside highlights and dine on a delicious contemporary buffet lunch, with a selection of fresh produce, plus tasty sides and desserts. The weekend cruise option features live entertainment for your enjoyment with a buffet lunch. This cruise has it all: the beauty of Brisbane River, fantastic food and fine entertainment.


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Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

Fully narrated tour

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Marvel at the fine craftsmanship of the wooden paddlewheeler as you walk on board for your lunchtime cruise. The friendly staff welcome you to your table and review the cruise schedule. Once you have been oriented to the boat, stroll the deck for unobstructed views of the Brisbane river waterfront. Informative commentary shared by the crew details the development of Brisbane and the sights that you pass.

Your contemporary buffet menu is served as your boat glides along the river. Choose the dishes you like from an extensive selection of delicious hot and cold offerings, with a menu that features fresh Australian produce, accompanied by gourmet breads, rice, pasta, and tempting desserts. On the weekend the cruise includes sparkling, Great Northern beer, Hahn Premium Light, Soft Drink and juice. Drinks are available for purchase at the full bar.

After your meal, sway along with the lively beat of the music as you take in the sights of Brisbane from your vantage point on the river.

The design of the famous paddle boats on the Mississippi River shaped the design of this vessel. Carefully crafted from Queensland timber, including ironbark, spotted gum and white beech, Brisbane river paddlewheelers have become an icon of the Brisbane river, enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

After a 2-hour cruise, your tour ends when the paddlewheeler returns you to the dock.


Sample Contemporary Buffet Menu

• Selection of house baked bread
• Crispy golden fried chicken wings
• Chef’s signature confit beef, slowly cooked for a minimum of 18 hours, in red wine jus
• Herb spiced free range chicken on romesco sauce
• Oven baked Reef fish in butter, sea salt and salsa verde
• Sticky pork belly with honey soy and ginger
• Sea salted crunchy pork crackle
• Market fresh vegetable lasagne topped with béchamel
• Cucumber and red onion salad with toasted barley
• Fresh tomato salad with basil, shredded feta and lemon vinaigrette
• Broccoli salad with flaked almonds and pumpkin seeds
• Japanese style onion salad with fresh coriander, buck wheat and lime dressing
• Potato salad with green peas, spring onion, egg and crispy fried shallots
• Glazed roast pumpkin with honey, cumin and caraway seeds
• Roasted chat potatoes with rosemary olive oil and sea salt
• Glazed carrots with sea salt, butter and sunflower seeds
• Green pea salad with carrot, onion and lemon vinaigrette topped with crispy shallots
• Sauces include traditional gravy, mushroom sauce and hollandaise

•  Decadent chocolate delice
•  Baked lemon cheesecake topped with passionfruit
•  Sticky Date Banana Cake with gooey caramel topping
•  Golden puff pastry filled with crème patisserie and fruit
•  Vanilla panna cotta slice layered with sponge cake and berriesMenu subject to change without notice


Two-hour river cruise

Lunch - Buffet lunch

Live commentary on board Thursday & Friday

Live entertainment on Saturday & Sunday


Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)



Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Minimum age is 18 years to consume alcohol

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Limited Wheelchair access - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer.

Please advise if you have any mobility requirements. We have stairs on every vessel. We have limited access for wheelchairs. We can accommodate wheelchairs up to 63cm only. Motorised scooters are prohibited on board any cruise. Please contact our office and advise of any mobility issues prior to your cruise i.e walking frames, cannot navigate stairs, wheelchairs or guide dogs and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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  • 13-Feb-2020

    Thoroughly enjoyed the lunch and music. The cruise was very relaxing. We are looking at doing the afternoon tea cruise at a later date.

  • 13-Jan-2020

    Arrived in Brisbane from the US in the morning and need something to do until we could get into our hotel. This cruise was perfect! Got a nice overview of the city as we sailed the Brisbane river. Beautiful views of the many miles of river front. The food was wonderful. Nice variety and everything was delicious! All you could eat buffet with unlimited soft drinks, wine and beer!

  • 23-Sep-2019

    A special group of 75 retirees were given priority boarding and there was quite a bit of confusion in the boarding line. Once on board, we were seated beneath window level. The staff seemed overwhelmed and the service was slow. We had to leave our table and ascend to the upper deck so as to enjoy the views. The buffet lunch was actually very good but we were literally the last table allowed to proceed to the buffet table. I recommend a smaller tour group and boat if you desire to enjoy the Brisbane river views.

  • 02-Sep-2019

    My wife and I booked a lunchtime river cruise on the Brisbane river with Kookaburra cruises. Boarding at 12:00 midday with a smorgasbord lunch containing Salt and Pepper chicken pieces, Roast chicken, several salads, slow cooked angus beef and pork belly, fish, etc. Deserts were cheesecake, chocolate slice and panacotta.
    The staff were all very friendly and helpful with special mention for Pippa, Maz, Saxon, Chloe and our entertainment MC Peter. The atmosphere was relaxed with birthdays and aniversaries to be celebrated with singing of songs all around (I use the word singing losely) :-)
    The customer base was mixed but the majority were more mature pirates. I believe the dinner cruises are more for the younger generation with holding of hands, kissing and all that icky stuff. Highly recommend this attraction.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    The 2 hr. experience on the cruise boat was excellent.
    The service was great.
    The food was excellent.
    Great value for money!!

  • 04-Mar-2018

    Pleasant way to see Brisbane. Stuck inside boat rather crowed and ok food.

  • 24-Feb-2018

    Although the rain didn't make boarding easy, once on board we were directed to a table for 2. The buffet lunch was impressive and well organised so no long queues. Drinks are reasonably priced and the table service was excellent. The boat is well presented and a trip to the bridge and a chat to the captain was encouraged! Although it was raining we thoroughly enjoyed this cruise and recommend it as it is good value.

  • 13-Jan-2018

    Trip was great apart from the last few hours, which finds us stranded in Brisbane because Newcastle airport is closed due to bush fresh therefore we can't get how, jetstar are quite useless!

  • 20-Oct-2017

    A thoroughly enjoyable Cruise. I chose this Cruise as a way to see Brisbane, and as I was alone for the day, thought this would work well. I was not disappointed. The Staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, and the lunch was lovely. The dialogue was informative and fun, but not over powering. The views were amazing. It really was enjoyable and as a first time visitor to Brisbane, this Cruise really was value for money. Do it!

  • 20-Aug-2017

    A real treat. Food was very good better than you would expect for a buffet and service was excellent. The commentary was thorough and tells you about the history of the city and its highlights.
    We were able to chat with the captain about the flood a few years ago and heard very interesting stories about the city and its people. Brisbane is a beautiful, very livable city and the best way to enjoy it is of course from the river.

    I certainly recommend this tour.

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