Brisbane River Lunchtime Cruise

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Brisbane River Lunchtime Cruise
from AUD $64.90
Glide along the Brisbane River aboard a majestic paddlewheeler for a lunchtime cruise with a great perspective on Brisbane’s 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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In Brief

Brisbane City, Australia
1 hour 30 minutes
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Instant Confirmation
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Fully narrated tour
Important InfoInfo
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.


  • Two-hour river cruise
  • Lunch - Buffet lunch
  • Live commentary on board Thursday & Friday
  • Live entertainment on Saturday & Sunday
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Restroom on board


  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


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

Departure Point

Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • 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.

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

Once booked, this trip is fully non-refundable

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

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.
• Submitted 02 Sep 2019
The 2 hr. experience on the cruise boat was excellent. The service was great. The food was excellent. Great value for money!!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
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.
• Submitted 24 Feb 2018
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!
• Submitted 20 Oct 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.
• Submitted 20 Aug 2017
This activity was well organized and most enjoyable. The meal was nice and the staff were pleasant and helpful. We recommend this trip.
• Submitted 05 Aug 2017
excellent cruise/dinner
• Submitted 06 Apr 2017
Lovely trip. We think that the best way to see Brisbane is from the river. The food was really good, the staff friendly and overall very good value.
• Submitted 19 Mar 2017
It was outstanding! Our guide was great. The views were wonderful. And, most surprisingly, the food was excellent! Our experience is that food on these kinds of trips are usually just an add-on. This meal was great! We'd highly recommend it!
• Submitted 06 Oct 2016
fantastic trip, entertainment, food and staff, highly recommend it
• Submitted 02 Oct 2016
Service was fantastic as was the scenery and very informative commentary ! Oh and the food was delicious ! !
• Submitted 09 Sep 2016
This was a wonderful experience. Total value for money. To get a 3 course meal and trip was amazing. The food was out of this world, service excellent and very good commentry. To hear the story about a tug boat captain and what he did to save a disaster after the 2011 floods was amazing but to then find out he was our captain on the day made it even more memorable. Took the opportunity to buy the book and go up to the bridge to get it personally signed by a true hero and gentleman with proceeds going to the local children's hospital. My husband is still raving about this cruise. When in Brisbane again will probably do the night cruise. Thank you for a memorable lunch11 out of 10.
• Submitted 31 Jul 2016
Lovely trip with a lovely lunch. They moved us and put us on a table they set up outside as we had been seated away from a window....most accommodating. Really glad we took the cruise.
• Submitted 01 Jun 2016
What a surprise we had when we arrived at the riverside. A paddleboat with a lovely crew who welcomed us on board. The meal was fantastic. Everything about this trip was exceptional. The Jazz Band were also very friendly. A lovely time to spend a lunchtime in a beautiful city. Thoroughly recommend.
• Submitted 03 Apr 2016
Excellent day with an exceptionally delicious luncheon. The weather was perfect and the scenery from the boat was wonderful. I have recently been on a similar cruise on Sydney Harbour which didn't go anywhere near this one. The organisers there could learn a thing or two from this one!
• Submitted 14 Mar 2016
• Submitted 01 Mar 2016
We are from the UK and have visited Brisbane many times, this tour was on our 'wish list', we decided to have lunch aboard the Kookaburra Queen 2. The food was very good, staff were pleasant, service efficient, commentary very knowledgeable, drinks reasonably priced. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable afternoon on the Brisbane river. Thank you
• Submitted 05 Feb 2016
This Brisbane River Cruise is really worth the money,really enjoyed the views,staff were very friendly and food was great.Highly recommended we are from England and loved the experience.
• Submitted 21 Jan 2016
Excellent service, great food and a beautiful experience for my husband's birthday. Thanks!
• Submitted 19 Nov 2015
The whole trip was great. I have only one small criticism which was that my main course was only lukewarm when it arrived. However it still tasted good and was well presented and I ate all of it.
• Submitted 29 Jun 2015
This was a very relaxing afternoon with great service by all the staff, live entertainment and fabulous food. Fully recommend it.
• Submitted 26 Jun 2015
Awesome trip down the Brisbane River! Amazing meal and wine, great entertainment, gorgeous views : HIghly reccomend it!
• Submitted 17 Jun 2015
We had a fabulous time thanks
• Submitted 10 Jun 2015
Very enjoyable cruise, buffet was magnificent, staff very organised and friendly, the highlight was the jazz duo, which certainly provided great music. we would certainly do the cruise again and highly recommend it. 10 out of 10.
• Submitted 10 Jun 2015

In Brief

Brisbane City, Australia
1 hour 30 minutes
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Instant Confirmation
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Fully narrated tour