Adventure on the Brisbane River

Don't be deceived by the wide, mangrove-fringed Brisbane River winding leisurely through the Brisbane city centre. This scenic, serene waterway is the backdrop for a whole range of exhilarating outdoor adventure. Kayak past Brisbane's glittering sky-line at night or take in the breathtaking panorama of the city and its surrounds from the top of the Story Bridge. Climb or abseil the sheer cliffs at Kangaroo Point or walk, bike ride or rollerblade over the floating walkways of Brisbane Riverwalk. Afterwards, take an adrenalin break in the City Botanic Gardens or the lush riverside parks of South Bank. Adventure on the Brisbane River
Adventure on the Brisbane River
Site Requires Javascript - turn on javascript!

Adventure on the Brisbane River

Kayak the Brisbane River, abseil Kangaroo Point cliffs and scale the Story Bridge.

Don't be deceived by the wide, mangrove-fringed Brisbane River winding leisurely through the Brisbane city centre. This scenic, serene waterway is the backdrop for a whole range of exhilarating outdoor adventure. Kayak past Brisbane's glittering sky-line at night or take in the breathtaking panorama of the city and its surrounds from the top of the Story Bridge. Climb or abseil the sheer cliffs at Kangaroo Point or walk, bike ride or rollerblade over the floating walkways of Brisbane Riverwalk. Afterwards, take an adrenalin break in the City Botanic Gardens or the lush riverside parks of South Bank.

With its warm, sub-tropical climate, gentle river and string of riverside sights, Brisbane is a perfect place for a paddle. The canoeing and kayaking tours are all run by qualified instructors, so you don't even need experience. Slap on some sunscreen and head out on a lunchtime tour past the tangled green parks, glass skyscrapers, old wooden homes and historic buildings. Or experience the lit-up magic of the city - including the bejewelled silhouette of the Story Bridge - at evening or dusk.  Afterwards, enjoy a seafood dinner, riverbank barbeque or late-night cheese platter as part of your tour.

Story Bridge Climb, Brisbane, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland

Story Bridge Climb, Brisbane, QLD

Once you've seen the iconic Story Bridge from beneath, why not tackle the 80 metre climb to its top?  It's an exhilarating experience that's one of only three of its kind in the world. Start from Kangaroo Point and learn about the history of the city, bridge and river as you traverse the superstructure. At the top, your exertion is rewarded with a breathtaking panorama over the city, river, Moreton Bay and islands and nearby mountain ranges. See the city sharpen in dawn's pink light, enjoy the most expansive view during the day or get a top-of-the-bridge perspective of Brisbane at twilight or night. Afterwards, continue your adventure with a cold drink in a bar that was once a World War II bomb shelter. It's one of the unique attractions of the historic hotel beneath the bridge.

Kangaroo Point is also the place to join the climbers and abseilers scrambling up and down the 20m high cliffs. Scale the sheer weathered walls on a rock-climbing tour, where dizzying views over Brisbane and the river await you at the top. Or learn to abseil on a daunting downwards journey- the first scary step will be one you won't forget. Experienced instructors lead tour groups for all skill levels, from beginner to expert, so you're sure to find a tour to suit.

For river-level adventure, join cyclists, roller-bladers, walkers and joggers on the palm-fringed Brisbane Riverwalk, a 20km network of floating pathways. Stop to admire the artistic sculptures or relax in the riverside parks. Picnic beneath the mangroves and macadamia trees of the wild City Botanic Gardens on the river's north bank. On the other side, Riverwalk leads past the lagoon and sprawling gardens of South Bank. Here you can break up your day's adventure by browsing the markets, dining alfresco or catching a performance of dance or theatre in the Queensland Cultural Centre. Alternatively, cruise the Brisbane River on a golden gondola or historic wooden paddle steamer. After all the pulse-racing activity, you might just be ready for some river relaxation.

Make sure an adventure on the Brisbane River is a part of your holiday planning in Brisbane!

More Holiday Ideas

See what else there is near here to inspire your holiday planning

Brisbane

Brisbane

Brisbane

Combine art and outdoor adventure in Brisbane, where South Bank's cultural institutions and restaurants meet riverside gardens and a lagoon. Take a paddlesteamer or ferry down the Brisbane River, abseil Kangaroo Point cliffs and bike ride through the City Botanic Gardens. Day trip to Moreton Island or add Noosa, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast hinterland to your itinerary.

View more information

Add to your dream trip
Three Great Days in Brisbane

Three Great Days in Brisbane

Three Great Days in Brisbane

Make the most of your holiday in Brisbane - a sunny, sophisticated capital on the winding Brisbane River. Along with lush parks and laid-back locals, this is a city with serious cultural credentials and first-class wining, dining and dancing. Shop up a sub-tropical storm on Queen Street, then check out the city's historic buildings. Dine out along South Bank's sandy lagoon and explore its storehouse of cultural attractions. Pick out Brisbane's landmarks on a leisurely river cruise or from Mt Coot-tha Lookout. Listen to live music in Fortitude Valley or lose yourself to nature in the sandy adventure playground of Moreton Island.

View more information

Add to your dream trip
Queensland Diving

Queensland Diving

Queensland Diving

As an adventurous traveler, you might just be eager to don a mask and flippers and take this assignment on. It's not a bad one, when you consider the silent, technicolour paradise awaiting you under the sea. Whether you are an experienced diver or have never taken an underwater breath, you'll love this secret agent scenery: a kaleidoscope of reefs, shoals, coral cays and shipwrecks teeming with tropical marine life. However when planning your mission, keep in mind that visibility is said to be best from June to August and you may need to protect yourself from stingers between November and May.

View more information

Add to your dream trip
Tangalooma

Tangalooma

Tangalooma

The Moreton Island National Park covers around 98% of the island. White sandy beaches line the island's ocean side which are ideal for swimming, surfing and fishing. The sheltered western edge is more relaxed, with crystal clear blue water gently lapping against the beach. The three island settlements are all located on the western side, at Kooringal in the south, Cowan in the middle and northern Bulwer.

View more information

Add to your dream trip