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Kayak Tours

Fiesta de Kayak Riverlife

Friday Night fiesta de Kayak

$139PP | Fri | 90 Minutes

Bringing together the ever-popular guided kayak tour at twilight and returning to deliciously prepared Mexican food and a margarita or two.

Day Kayak Adventure

$75PP | Tues-Sun | 90 Minutes

Enjoy a Day Kayak Tour and experience Brisbane like never before and take in all the sights the river city has to offer. See the Story Bridge up close from a whole new perspective.

Friday & Saturday Night Twilight Kayak 

$99PP | Fri & Sat | 90 Minutes

Take in the Brisbane CBD sunset skyline from the Brisbane River and enjoy the sunset from the back of your own kayak. Brisbane has never looked better.

Fiesta de Kayak Riverlife

Sunrise Kayak and Coffee *SPECIAL OFFER – LIMITED TIME ONLY*

$99PP | Sat| 90 Minutes

Back due to popular demand! Join us for a paddle on the Brisbane River at Sunrise. There’s nothing more magical than the Brisbane city skyline at sunrise!

Private Group Adventures

We also operate private adventure sessions. Get in touch with our Adventure team to organise a private session for your team.

All Enquiries

  • Ballpark Figures are fine (e.g: 60-100pax)
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Things to look for

Kayaking the Brisbane River is a great way to see some of Brisbane’s most iconic attractions including the below.

See 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 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!

The 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! 

Other Landmarks

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.

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.

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.


  • What is the minimum age?
    The minimum age for Day kayaking tours is 8 years old. Children 12 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult. The minimum age for Twilight Kayaking tours is 12 years old and children 16 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Are there any weight or height restrictions?
    There are no height restrictions for this activity. Maximum weight guidelines for this activity is 120kg. Please speak to a Riverlife staff member for further information regarding this.
  • What do I wear?
    Wear clothes that are comfortable, e.g. activewear, and that you do not mind getting wet. Showers and change rooms are available onsite. Kayaking is a barefoot activity.
  • How long does the tour run for?
    Our guided kayak tours run for 1.5 hours along the Brisbane River.
  • Do I need any experience?
    No! Our highly-qualified kayaking instructors will guide you through your entire experience making sure you are confident on the water.
  • What happens if I fall in?
    Whilst unlikely, if you fall in do not panic. One of your guides will assist you in getting back in your kayak using the instructions given during your safety briefing.
  • Do I need to know how to swim?
    While useful, you will have a Personal Flotation Device (Lifejacket) to ensure you are floating if you fall in. Your instructor will be nearby to assist you.
  • Do you have tandem kayaks?
    We only have single kayaks at our Riverlife location, however, our Walkabout Creek Adventure property has tandem kayaks available for hire,
  • Where do I meet for the tour?
    Kayak tours depart from Riverlife’s pontoon at Riverlife Adventure Centre, Naval Stores, Kangaroo Point. Find directions and parking
  • Can I book at a time that’s not advertised?
    Yes! We accept private group bookings (6 pax minimum) at any time of your choosing during opening hours.
    Book this here.

What's Included

  • 90-minute guided kayak session with a qualified instructor
  • Kayak and all kayaking equipment
  • Safety Briefing by trained adventure staff
  • Personal Flotation Device
  • Sunscreen, showers and change rooms
  • Illuminated kayak and all equipment
  • Lockers available for hire for personal belongings

What To Bring

  • Comfortable clothes (Something that you don’t mind getting wet)
  • Hat
  • Sense of adventure
  • We usually kayak barefoot, however feel free to bring water/reef shoes if you would like something on your feet. Extra points if you commit the ultimate fashion crime and wear ‘Crocs’!

Safety While Kayaking

  • 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 that’s okay! Just please ensure you have booked a guided experiences. That way, our fully-qualified instructors can help you along the way.

    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 are no option for rescheduling or refunds. However, if you are looking to have a drink afterwards, we have alcoholic beverages available.