The Brisbane River
The Brisbane River
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The Brisbane River is perfect for adventure, leisure and recreation. Go kayaking, stand up paddleboarding or take a trip on a City Cat. Celebrate the Brisbane River at a Riverfire function or just have a picnic in the riverside parkland. The Kangaroo Point Cliffs are a great vantage point to see the Brisbane River, or go rock climbing or abseiling with Riverlife Adventure Centre. Try Story Bridge Adventure climb, cycle, rollerblade or go for a jog. Dance with the local aboriginal tribe, Mirrabooka or visit South Bank. However you look at it you can't visit Brisbane without experiencing the River. Then cruise out to Tangalooma Island Resort for a must do experience. Enjoy!
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Malcolm W
Coffs Harbour, Australia277 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The river cats and walking the riverbanks are a great way to get a view of this lovely modern city, without having to spend much. Use the Go-cards to travel on local transport, $10 deposit then top the card up, anything left on the card and your deposit refunded to your credit card when you hand them in. Can't be bad.
Written 2 April 2020
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Susan
Brisbane, Australia25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Not green, grey and greasy, like the Limpopo, nor Old Man River, although it is also a Big Muddy, the Brisbane River is the heart and definition of the city, which clings to its banks.
On both sides of the river are lovely walks and gardens and often events as well; there are many wonderful restaurants, places for children to play, and even a city beach (swimming pool) as you dare not go into the river itself.
It is deep, with dangerous currents of great strength and, if tales be true, bullsharks as well.
While it ebbs and flows with the tides, the change in height is not as dramatic as the Thames, with which it can be compared in many ways.
Written 3 January 2020
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SAB5859
Banff, UK4,716 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The two days we visited Brisbane we spent a good bit of time walking along it’s banks and on the city hopper ferry.
There are some many busy hubs along the river to visit.
We really enjoyed our walk across the Goodwill Bridge then along the South Bank.
There are no shortage of restaurants along the river accessible on foot of by boat.
The river is what makes Brisbane a special place to visit.
Written 23 February 2020
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Carol R
Brisbane, Australia50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
This river meanders around through the city, and is an asset for the city. Views from the city's many City Cats are simply beautiful and changing, with views ranging from the many high-rise buildings in the city area, to vast grasslands, to the South Bank area, then into the suburbs. Certainly worth a trip to see just a glimpse of some of these highlights.
Written 26 January 2020
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Peter U
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The Brisbane River is its greatest asset - and probably has been since it provided a home and food source for the local indigenous tribes.
It has played a key role in the development of the city and Queensland and remains an active port taking very large container vessels and cruise ships.
Beyond that traditional, maritime, role it provides a key transport route for city residents and visitors alike, speeding catamarans carry you from bank to bank and along the twisting length of the waterway.
In that way it unites South Bank culture and leisure with North Bank offices and shops, university with docks, and visitors with locals.
Written 13 January 2020
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Jo1232016
Auckland Central, New Zealand76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
You can walk (or bike, or scooter or run...) for miles and miles up and down the river on both sides. Great facilities (toilets, water fountains, playgrounds, exercise areas) and you are by the water. It is not the prettiest river (brown!!) but is well used by boats and ferries so there is always something to see. Taking a ride on a ferry is fun too and you get a different perspective of the the city.
Written 9 January 2020
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Christine M
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Such a lovely river. Whether you walk along river walks or enjoy a lunch with views or take the city cat or various boat trips it is a beautiful river to enjoy. Excellent for tourists and locals alike.
Written 14 March 2020
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christoskontas 🇬🇷
Thessaloniki, Greece6,369 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We really enjoyed the river cruise on our friend's boat a night before New Year's Eve. Beautiful pictures of the cityscape and the wider area of Brisbane. Brisbane's visitor can choose from a few private companies that run up and down the river, some of which offer cruises with meals (lunch or dinner) or just drinks. Even with the public boat transfer, City Cat or City Hooper (with no cost) every tourist can easily have a satisfactory view of the river and the city. You can see from the river some of Brisbane's main attractions. Nice sunsets and illuminated nights. Many restaurants, bars and nightclubs are by the river.
Written 31 March 2020
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lily5555
Yamba, Australia412 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Solo
Great cycling and walking facilities along the river. It took me 45 mins to walk the 3km from Auchenflower to Southbank. Well used and safe. Lotsa young joggers and cyclists Water available along the way and city cat stops. Well signposted for exits to Roma St parklands, Wesley Hospital etc. Great initiative.
Written 17 March 2021
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia8,395 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We enjoyed walks along the promenade on Southbank and also walks along the City Botanical Gardens pathway and then New Farm, nice areas to view the river and some of the parks and infrastructure adjacent the riverbanks. We agreed that the best experience is on the river, either by City Cat, City Hopper or a River Cruise with commentary. Fascinating history, the river explored by Lieut. John Oxley in 1823 when capturing escaped convicts from the Sydney colony and named after Sir Thomas Brisbane, governor of New South Wales. Plenty to interest on the riverbanks with merchant buildings dating to the early 1900's and the more modern structures of housing, apartments and high rise office blocks. For a more static view we enjoyed a stroll across the Goodwill Bridge with multiple pauses to see the traffic on the river. The river levels from the 2011 floods are highlighted in various places, and the replacements pontoons and walkways and the stories behind them are interesting.
Written 9 November 2021
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