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Tides of Brisbane Boat Tour

We’re heading upstream for a brand new historical tour that will splash into the stories of our past.

Hop on board a historical boat ride around the riverbend that dives deep into the history of Brisbane and the many stories that have helped shape our city. Following our team’s many months of extensive research, guests on MoB’s exclusive Brisbane history boat tour will delve into stories from our city’s past, including:

• First Nations lives and experiences around the river
• Early colonial impressions on the area, convict history and early migration stories
• Contemporary and historical buildings of significance that played a part in the urban development of our city
• The Story Bridge as a major crossing point and economic boost for Brisbane during difficult times
• Flood stories throughout the history of the river
• Personalities and places linked to the river
• And more…

As well as soaking up the many fascinating stories from Museum of Brisbane’s professional tour guides, guests will experience unforgettable views of Brisbane from the river and enjoy a pit stop at Sea Legs Brewing Co, one of the city’s top local breweries, operating under the iconic Story Bridge.

Starting from the lush oasis of the City Botanic Gardens pontoon, join us as we meander past convict-built structures, historic landmarks and incredible feats of engineering. Make the most of our city’s sensational summer weather and bask in the river breeze on this 3-hour tour like no other!

All aboard, Brisbane!

Duration of tour: 3 hours
Difficulty: This tour is suitable for all fitness levels. Please note, there is a short walk through the Botanic Gardens.

Please note, your ticket does not include food or drink. You are welcome to purchase lunch, coffee or a drink at the pit stop.

  • Date & Time
    11:00am - 2:00pm
    3:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Tickets
    $120 Adults
    $115 MoB Members
  • Location
    City Botanic Gardens River Hub
    Cnr Edward and Alice Sts, Brisbane City

About the boat

River to Bay is locally owned and operated. They have a capable team of skippers, deckhands, dive instructors and tour guides that ensure whatever adventure they take you on is safe and enjoyable.

River to Bay is proud and excited to bring this fantastic tour to the people of Brisbane and its visitors in collaboration with Museum of Brisbane.

Photo: Robert Friedler. 


Where does the boat tour depart from?

Please meet the boat at the City Botanic Gardens River Hub located 147 Alice St, Brisbane City QLD 4000. To ensure a timely departure, please give yourself plenty of time to park and walk to the River Hub.

How long does the boat tour go for?

Dependent on the weather and group size, the tours run for approximately 3 hours.

Can the weather impact the boat tour?

Tours will go ahead unless you are informed of a cancellation. If there is a severe weather warning, we will notify participants of cancellation and organise an alternative date. If showers or extreme heat are predicted, the tour guide may modify the route and the length of the tour.

What do I need to bring?

Bring a small backpack or the like as storage space is minimal.  You’ll need comfortable, casual clothes and sensible footwear is strongly recommended as there is a small walk from the beach at Kangaroo Point to Sea Legs Brewing Co. Lunch is served at an additional cost, so please bring your preferred payment method on the day. We also recommend you bring a hat and sunscreen.

What time should I arrive?

In order to keep to our schedule, we ask that you arrive at the pontoon at least 15 minutes before the scheduled pick up time.  If we arrive early, we’ll start boarding immediately.

Is there toilet facilities on the boat?

Yes, the boats are equipped with a private toilet.

Do you cater for accessibility needs?

This tour begins with a short walk through the Botanic Gardens.

The boats are fitted with a variety of seating options to cater for various needs.

If you require more information, please call reception on (07) 3339 0800 or email bookings@museumofbrisbane.com.au.

Do you serve food or beverages?

The tour includes a stop at Sea Legs Brewing Co. for food and beverages.