About this adventure
Soak up the sunshine and explore Brisbane’s most iconic landmarks, including the Story Bridge, Howard Smith Wharves and Southbank, all from your kayak on the river. After returning to shore get settled in one of our riverside marquees and enjoy a delicious grazing board of cheese, dips, crackers, marinated vegetables and more. Sip a glass of wine, chilled beer, or soft drink while taking in the best city views and enjoying quality time together. A lazy Sunday made perfect.
Things to look for
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are there any weight or height restrictions?
There are no height restrictions for this activity. Maximum weight for this activity is 100kg.
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, here.
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 here.
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.
- Kayak and all kayaking equipment
- Safety Briefing by trained adventure staff
- Personal Flotation Device
- Sunscreen, showers and change rooms
What To Bring
- Comfortable clothes (Something that you don’t mind getting wet)
- Sense of adventure
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.