Brisbane Kayak Hire

2 Hour Kayak Hire For $25 | Pick-Up or Delivery

With COVID-19 restrictions easing from the weekend of May 2nd, we are getting back on the water with our Brisbane Kayak Hire! Switch off the TV, put on your activewear and get down to Riverlife for a social-distancing approved outdoor adventure. Kayak hire is available Monday – Friday at 9am – 3pm (last hire at 1pm) and Saturday – Sunday 6am – 5pm (last hire at 3pm). Come soak up the sunshine and enjoy the fresh open air!


Brisbane Personal Training Kayak Session

Personal Training Kayak Session (Small Group) | $49 $25| SAT-SUN 11AM

You’ve never had a PT session quite like this… Get your heart racing and kick-start your fitness journey on our small group kayak physical training sessions. Hit the water with our highly qualified (and lovely) personal trainer and kayaking instructor, Emma, and start burning off those quarantine calories! These small group PT sessions are a great way to catch up with friends in a safe and healthy environment. With only 9 spots available per session, get in quick before they all book out!


What’s Included:

  • Kayak and all kayaking equipment
  • Safety Briefing by trained adventure staff
  • Personal Flotation Device
  • Sunscreen, showers and change rooms

Health & Safety Precautions

  • All equipment is cleaned and sanitised between uses
  • 1.5m social distancing barrier is still in place
  • Safety briefings and PFD will be provided by trained staff
  • If you are feeling unwell, please stay home

Brisbane Attractions and Sights To See

Hiring a kayak to explore the Brisbane River is a great way to see some of Brisbane’s iconic attractions. Rediscover Brisbane now that social distancing restrictions are beginning to lift. Check out these 8 iconic sights and structures you can see when you hire a kayak at Riverlife.

The Story Bridge

Opened in 1940, the Story Bridge if one of Brisbane’s most iconic landmarks. This engineering masterpiece ferries thousands of cars, pedestrians and cyclists to and from the city daily. For those thrillseekers out there, you can even climb the bridge from morning to night with Story Bridge Adventure Climb.

The Myora Shipwreck

Built in 1890, the Myora, a steamship, was used for general services, fishing, and pleasure cruises. In 1956, it was left to sink. Now only visible when the tide is low enough, Myora has survived two major floods and is now one with the shore, with mangroves anchoring it to the river bank.

Howard Smith Wharves

A versatile community space alongside the Brisbane River with breathtaking views of the Story Bridge. Grab a beer at a local brewery, experience waterfront 5-star dining, sip cocktails with your friends or grab takeaway fish and chips to enjoy in the park with the kids. 

Kangaroo Point Cliffs

The Kangaroo Point Cliffs are a natural landmark that dominates the inner-city suburb of Kangaroo Point. Quarried from 1829 – 1976, the well-maintained 25m cliff face is the perfect spot for a picnic or BBQ. Or for those more daring, the cliffs are publicly available for use to climb and abseil!

Queensland Maritime Museum

The Queensland Maritime Museum is home to a whole host of historical ships. The HMAS Diamantia is one of the last World War II River Class frigates in the world. In fact, the Diamantia is one of the world’s two remaining ships to have hosted surrender ceremonies. The only other surviving ship is the USS Missouri, which is on display at Pearl Harbor.

The Channel 7 Wheel Of Brisbane

This iconic landmark is unmissable along Brisbane’s Southbank. The Wheel Of Brisbane allows visitors to see Brisbane from new heights with a 360-degree panoramic view of the river city. 

BRISBANE Sign

Originally temporarily installed as part of the 2014 G20 Summit, this popular tourist spot is now a permanent display or Brisbane’s unique culture and story. Grabbing a photo in front of the sign is a must for any visitor! 

Goodwill Bridge

Spanning the Brisbane River, the Goodwill Bridge is a pedestrian and cyclist bridge connecting Southbank to Brisbane’s City Botanic Gardens. This busy thoroughfare also has a coffee cart at halfway to enjoy with the view.

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Safety When Kayaking at Riverlife

We are dedicated to showing you a great time kayaking on the river, but safety is always our priority. Before every session, we will provide a full safety briefing. We will cover everything that you need to know in this briefing, however, here are a few things you can be aware of before getting started:

Please Do Not Cross The River At Any Point Whilst Kayaking At Riverlife

The Brisbane River is a fully operational transport hub, unlike other areas you may have kayaked before. That means there are plenty of larger and faster crafts than kayaks on the water. Please stick to the passive craft lane, which your guide will point out to you.

If You Fall Out Of Your Kayak, Don’t Panic! 

Every Riverlife kayaking participant is given a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). The first thing to remember, if you do fall in, is do not panic. There are simple and safe techniques for getting back in which are demonstrated in your safety briefing. If you can’t swim our kayak hire is not for you and we ask that you please keep an eye out for when our kayak tours begin again.

Zero Tolerance Policy

Riverlife operates with a Zero Tolerance Drugs & Alcohol Policy for all activities. Because of this, if found to be in breach of this policy, you can not participate in the adventure. Should you arrive intoxicated, there is no option for rescheduling or refunds. However, if you are looking to have a drink afterwards, we have alcoholic beverages available.