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Brisbane River Dinner Cruise

Brisbane River Dinner Cruise

By Kookaburra Showboat Cruises
Step aboard a traditional wooden paddlewheel boat to see Brisbane's top sights from the water on an evening dinner cruise. Book your cruise ahead of time to avoid the disappointment of sold-out nights and to have your vacation planned in advance. While on the boat, enjoy live onboard entertainment, unobstructed waterfront views, and a buffet meal of local Australian products and drinks.
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Ages 0-100, max of 20 per group
Duration: 3h
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  • Cruise on a traditional paddlewheel boat constructed of Queensland timber
  • Contemporary buffet dinner of meat, salads, desserts, and drinks
  • Unobstructed views and photo ops of the Brisbane skyline at night
  • Enjoy an evening of live music and dancing

  • Seasonal Contempoary Buffet (with seafood on sundays)
  • Live entertainment
  • Dance floor
  • Classic cocktails (Mojito, Margarita, Fruit Tingle, Strawberry Daquiri & Aperol Spritz), Basic Spirits, Australian wines, Selected Beers, Soft drink, Juice, tea and coffee
  • Restroom on board
  • Explore the decks, meet the Captain in tne Bridge and steer the vessel
  • Brisbane river view and city night light
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All other alcoholic drinks (available to purchase on board)

Arrive at Eagle Street Pier in time to board your dinner cruise. Step aboard the traditional wooden paddlewheel boat, crafted from Queensland timber, and find a comfortable seat on deck for unobstructed views of the Brisbane skyline as it lights up at night. Enjoy the ambiance of a peaceful river cruise as you sit down to a buffet dinner of contemporary dishes that showcase Australian produce and other local products—dishes such as confit beef, oven-baked fish, potato salad, green pea salad, and desserts such as lemon cheesecake and panna cotta (see Itinerary for sample menu). You can also enjoy soft drinks, juice, sparkling wine, spirits, Australian wine, and beer included with your dinner. After dinner wraps up, listen to live classical music and modern favorites as you hit the dance floor. Then, head back to Eagle Street Pier; the rest of the evening is yours.

Departure details
  • Kookaburra River Queens, Eagle Street Pier, 1 Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia Departure Point: Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane Address: Eagle Street Pier, 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane Directions: Please exchange voucher for boarding pass at the ticket office Dates: Thursday, Friday and Saturday Return point: Returns to original departure point
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3974DINNERCRUISE

  • Limited Wheelchair access - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer.
  • Mobility issues: The stairs on each of our vessels can be an issue for some people with mobility issues. 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.
  • Please advise our office of any dietary requirements prior to your cruise. We can accommodate for Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Halal, Vegetarian and vegan on request. Please advise of any dietary requirements prior to your cruise and we will do our best to accommodate you.
  • Minimum age is 18 years to consume alcohol
  • We can cater to Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free and Dairy Free only
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note that no refunds are available
  • Changes to your booking:
  • 14 days or greater: Date changes or changes in passenger numbers to your booking can be made 14 days or more prior to your travel date (so if you are booked in on Thursday October 1st 2020, changes to your booking can be made up until close of business Thursday September 17th 2020). Should you wish to cancel your booking, we can only offer you a date transfer or credit voucher.
  • Less than 14 days: within 14 days of your cruise departure no changes can be made to your booking.
  • Missed Departures:
  • Unfortunately refunds, transfers or credit vouchers are not permitted due to a missed departure. We strongly recommend that you check travel/traffic conditions on the day of your departure, in particular when there are special events (e.g. public holidays, Marathon, Anzac Day parade) as these can often cause traffic delays.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3974DINNERCRUISE

About the operator

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The worst company I have dealt with.
18th January 2022 I booked and paid in full for 9 adults and 2 children to celebrate a mile stone birthday for m
Utterly shameful and appalling treatment by Kookaburra Queen. April 2022. Won't ever book with this company and st
natalie c
natalie c
Kookaburra cruises, Brisbane, shameful service, non refund policy is theft
We had a cruise booked for Saturday 5 March, which we were expected to pay up front for and were asked to accept a
Jacqueline L
Jacqueline L
Total rip-off from Kookaburra Queen
We were booked for a dinner cruise on the Kookaburra Queen, unfortunately it was cancelled because of flooding. Whe
Theft by refusing a refund when also refusing to give the service paid for.
I would NEVER encourage my family or friends to book with these people. They refused a refund for a service they al
Beautiful lunch with amazing views
Was a beautiful day and cruise was very relaxing. Food was great and the service by the staff was exceptional.
Not acceptable
Whilst the cruise was enjoyable and the lunch nice the desserts were terrible. All the cakes were as dry as a deser
A delightfully delicious afternoon.
I love high teas and have been to several. The food today was exceptional. So much nicer than the finger sandwiches
Must do in Brisbane even for locals
Fantastic way to see Brisbane - the service was above & beyond from moment checked in to the merry Christmas when w
Thoroughly enjoyable cruise and highly recommend the experience
We are from SA visiting our daughter in Brisbane. We had a wonderful time on the river cruise. Our daughter booked
Kookaburra Queen lunch cruise
We had a lovely time. The food/buffet was very tasteful. There were a huge variety of food to choose from. Everythi
Great Day Out
Superb. We all enjoyed it. The staff were very efficient but really friendly, the food was great and there was enou
The lived expirience enjoyed to the fullest.
On this occasion we were celebrating my fife Gloria's birthday, we had a wonderful time, what a competent staff, al
Julie H
Julie H
A wonderful lunch with beautiful views.
Went on the lunch cruise (table of 9) & had the best time. Food was great & lots of it. Entertainment enjoyable. B
We enjoyed the cruise very much. All staff were great and Curtis is certainly the right person for the job. The foo
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Popular mentions

60 reviews
Very good

Maria S
Brisbane, Australia7 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
What an incredible charter it is; We had the best party time while viewing from the top deck the incredible view of our city and the river fire- fireworks show. The food was delicious and the staff were friendly and very well informed. We would definitely recommend it to anyone without a second thought -. thank you again.
Written 28 September 2021
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Brisbane, Australia2 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
Our favourite part of our romantic evening was Jean who hosted our table for two. Jean made sure we had a great time, always checking in, serving amazing cocktails, beautiful buffet and the best birthday cake & celebration that made us feel totally special. Jean & the crew are delightful, we’ll be back again for our anniversary.
Written 28 March 2021
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Brisbane, Australia22 contributions
Oct 2020
We joined the first dinner cruise outing following the COVID shutdown and thoroughly enjoyed our night and dinner. We chose the Ultimate dinner cruise which includes all your drinks and buffet dinner/desserts. Everything was very nice - the staff were friendly and helpful (especially Jean who was particularly lovely - thank you Jean!)
Obviously the new COVID restrictions mean that things have had to change, like the buffet is now served by the chef (not self serve) and the drinks have to be ordered at your table and brought to you instead of ordered at the bar. The food was very good and desserts also very nice. All staff worked very hard on the night to cater for the changes. My only criticism would be that the drinks orders took too long to arrive, but I’m sure this will be ironed out in no time. Thank you for a memorable dinner cruise!
Written 3 October 2020
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Hi Jennifer Thank you very much for your lovely feedback and I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed our first cruise back (after 6 months of shutdown). I will definately pass on your comments to our lovely Jean. I'm so sorry about the delay in drinks service, with a full cruise and all-new Covid requirements we did experience some delays and thank you for your patience and understanding. We will get better. Stay in touch, we have a new vessel coming to Brisbane soon and we'd love to have you on board. Kind Regards Natasha
Written 11 October 2020
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Sunshine Coast, Australia5 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We booked online and paid a month in advance to go on the kokuburra paddleboat for a special dinner. 2 days we where advised that there was no space on the paddleboat we asked to move to the following week but they where already booked (later we discovered that was not case).
They said we had to go on the voyager vessel. I was advised there was definately an outside viewing areas on both levels at the back of the boat. So we would still have the same experience.
This vessel was not at all the same experience. Also we could not go outside at the back of the boat as upstairs was as a private function. We were not allowed to out the back on our level either they didn't say why. The only area we could go was at the front of the vessel (See pics) This was clearly marked as crew only with a 2 foot high treshold you had to step over and on desk alot of things to avoid like anchours. We paid extra for a window seat and was cramed into a corner infront of the doors that everyone was going in and out if constantly to get to outside. There where people smoking outside the staff did nothing to stop it, we could smell it during our meal.
The experience was dissapointing to say the least and not at all described on there website. I wrote to complaint but they have not even bothered to respond. I called and advised its against the ACCC to not include on there website the voyager vessel pictures and experience as it is very different. This was 3 months ago. There has been no changes.
1 day after the cruise our credit card was full of fraudulant activity and this was the only thing the card had been used for.

If you are after a budget party boat experience that is what this is. It is not a nostalic romantic experience like on there website at all.
Beware do not book online. See some pic.
Written 12 February 2020
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Palmerston North, New Zealand2 contributions
Amazing food and hospitality really enjoyed our night out, food was amazing. Especially top marks to Hailey who was a
Superstar made sure we were
Always looked after and we were comfortable. Everything ran a smoothly and to top it off it was Australia Day so we got to watch fireworks.
Written 26 January 2020
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Nelson, New Zealand2,851 contributions
Jan 2020
We enjoyed the sights of Brisbane at night on this harbour cuise, which had dinner included.

The food was of a good quality, help yourself, had a reasonable selection, and the free wine etc was good.

It was reasonably full the night we went, and the singers were great.

All in all a good experience, and very relaxing
Written 2 February 2020
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Jim V
Chippewa Falls, WI23 contributions
My wife and chose the river cruise as a way to see Brisbane at night. We were not disappointed. The cruise includes a buffet meal. I would consider the meal to be a typical buffet. There was beef, pork and fish as well as a vegetarian option. It was a good meal. The night scenery along the river was beautiful. There was live entertainment during the entire cruise. Some took advantage to dance to the music. My wife and I were not enthralled with the entertainer.
Written 8 March 2020
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1 contribution
Jun 2021 • Family
A big thank you to all the staff on the Kookaburra Queen. Especially to the waitress Helen, she made sure our experience that night was exceptional. The food was amazing. Dining with 3 children 2 years old and under can have it's draw backs, however, they were settled and enjoying the boat and entertainment. Thanks everyone for a great experience
Written 24 June 2021
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Sandy M
24 contributions
Jun 2021
Please read the terms and conditions before booking.

I tried to book a dinner cruise for our trip to Brisbane, after reading the terms and conditions i called to ask if this was correct! the lady who i spoke with was quite rude & abrupt and basically told me If they cancel your booking they will NOT give you a refund only a credit note, so basically if you are an interstate traveler you are stuffed. You'll have a credit for a boat cruise in Brisbane that you wanted to go on but they cancelled on you and wont give you a refund...
Written 8 June 2021
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Llisa H
3 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Terrible customer service. We were the last table of 12 to be served. They pretty much said hurry up desert is coming even though we just got our mains. They forgot 4 vegan deserts. The waitstaff couldnt tell us about the alcohol. We have been every year for 7 years never again. This was a horrible experience and the nanager was awful.
Llisa and family
Written 5 December 2021
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