BEFORE YOU HIRE
This is not a guided experience so it is important that you are aware of the risks involved. We absolutely encourage first timers to give this activity a try. While we supply safety equipment such as life jackets it’s important that you:
- MUST be able to swim and be confident in water, OR have previously kayaked OR be accompanied by someone with experience
- Be aware that we offer single kayaks ONLY available
If you aren’t a confident swimmer or are uncomfortable with doing this activity unaided we offer guided kayak tours where they can teach and supervise you throughout the entire experience.
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!
Whether you are a first-timer or an experienced paddler, 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!
If you are looking for a Canoe hire in Brisbane our sit on top kayaks are a great alternative. You go faster than in a canoe, have more control and still get to soak up all the sunshine and fresh air. If you are looking for a guided canoe tour in Brisbane you should check out our guided kayak tours.
Kayak hire available all day – last hire departs at 3pm
- 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!
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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