Live out your wildest dreams rock climbing the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, taking a Segway spin under the majestic Story Bridge or gliding down the river in a nighttime kayak with the dazzling city lights as your backdrop. Riverlife offers an unbeatable range of exciting adventures that will make your day unforgettable. But when it comes to your own special event or function, Riverlife can help you dream big and create a little bit of magic. Give your guests an occasion to remember with one of Riverlife’s 5 spectacular riverside venues. Our incredible location with its stunning views of Brisbane city will astonish your guests as they indulge in an exquisite menu prepared by our head Chef.
Riverlife also boasts some of Brisbane’s biggest and best annual events. Dance the night away to the sounds of Brisbane’s hottest bands and DJs, or relax with a boutique beer on a gloriously lazy Sunday afternoon down by the river. Whatever you’re looking for, Riverlife is one of Queensland’s must-do experiences.
Riverlife was founded in 2005 by Adventurer and Tourism legend, John Sharpe. John had a unique vision to bring his passion for adventure right into the heart of Brisbane city, to give tourists and locals alike an incredible experience that is unmatched by anywhere else in Brisbane. With its unparalleled location on the river, in the historic, heritage-listed Kangaroo Point Naval Stores, Riverlife has easily become one of the top 4 attractions in Brisbane as voted by the public. Riverlife is a dynamic adventure and events company dedicated to creating unforgettable experiences that are the perfect expression of Queensland’s sun-drenched lifestyle.
Naval Stores History
Riverlife is rich in history thanks to its unique setting within the heritage-listed Kangaroo Point Naval Stores. The Naval Stores were constructed in 1886 after genuine fears were expressed that Australia could possibly be attacked by the Russian Empire as a result of the Panjdeh incident the previous year. As the situation between Russia and Britain reached a crisis point, defensive preparations for the Australian colonies were discussed. The colony of Queensland established a navy with the purchase of two gunboats from Scotland: HMQS Gayundah and Paluma. As the gunboats were based in Brisbane, the Naval Stores were built to house the spare parts and other equipment necessary to keep the boats in service. In 1903, the Gayundah performed the first ship-to-shore radio transmission in Australia to a receiver located in the yard of St Mary’s Church on top of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs above Riverlife. The Naval Stores were used by the Royal Australian Navy until 1959, when they were then transferred to the Army until 1984. After being purchased by the Brisbane City Council, Riverlife successfully opened this historic landmark to the public in 2005. The Naval Stores were partially submerged by the three great floods of 1893, 1974 and 2011. The exterior of the Naval Stores building has fixed markers indicating the height of each flood.