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Kayak Hire

Go your own way with a Riverlife Kayak hire! Take your time and see the city on your terms at your pace. Don’t worry – our Riverlife Instructors will always give you a safety briefing to make sure that you are on top of things!

From $45


From 90min

Tues - Sun


Available from 9am to 3pm

About this adventure

Get out and discover Brisbane’s beautiful river city from a new perspective; under inner city bridges and through luminous reflections of the city on the water while you glide along… on a Kayak!! Riverlife’s kayaking hire lets you take in the sensational city views while enjoying the iconic Brisbane River with your friends or family!

Come soak up the sunshine and enjoy the fresh open air!

Kayak hire available all day – last hire departs at 3pm

Please note: This option is best enjoyed by adventurers with prior kayaking experience. You don’t need to be of Olympic standard, but you do need to be confident on the water (or kayak with someone who is!).

If you feel this option is not suitable for you, please get in touch with our friendly staff who will be happy to advise, or book one of our awesome guided tours HERE.


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

Safety while 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 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.

What to Look Out For: Visual Highlights When Kayaking The Brisbane River

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. 


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.


What is the minimum age?
The minimum age for hiring kayaks is 8 years old. 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. The maximum weight for this activity is 120kg. However, this is flexible depending on your balance and coordination.

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, but you are welcome to bring water shoes.

How long does the hire last?
This is a 2-hour activity. Please note, if you are late to arrive, you may not be able to enjoy the full two hours.

What happens if I fall in?
Whilst unlikely, people do capsize from time to time. This isn’t a problem! Our friendly staff will teach you how to re-enter your kayak before you start your session. 

Do I need to know how to swim?
Though you will be wearing a Personal Floatation Device (lifejacket), all participants hiring kayaks must be able to swim.

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, here

Where do I meet for the activity?
Kayakers will depart from Riverlife’s pontoon at Riverlife Adventure Centre, Naval Stores, Kangaroo Point. However, you will need to check in with us at the Adventure Centre first. Find directions and parking here

What is the maximum group size?

We accept groups of 10 or less for kayak hire. For larger groups, we recommend our guided tours, which can be booked here.