Kookaburra River Queens


Brisbane’s iconic Kookaburra River Queens are one of Brisbane's Must Do experiences for locals and visitors alike. Launched in 1986 and 1988, the River Queens were based on Mississippi paddlewheelers; the first to be built in Australia, crafted from Queensland timbers including ironbark, oregon, spotted gum and white beech. Popular during Expo 88, the riverboats have retained their nostalgic charm and offer a unique dining experience for tourists and locals alike.

This Australia Day 2019, why not enjoy the fireworks from a front row seat on the iconic paddlesteamer or spend a lazy afternoon cruising the river. See below for details.*

Over the past 30 years the iconic Kookaburra Queen paddle wheelers have filled the river with old-world charm while showcasing Brisbane’s best sights; including the beautiful Botanic Gardens, Kangaroo Point cliffs, Maritime Museum, South Bank precinct and the Story Bridge just to name a few. Day or night, you will enjoy the most spectacular views of Brisbane from the water.

For Lunch and Dinner guests enjoy a seasonal contemporary buffet featuring slow-cooked Angus beef, 12-hour confit pork, chicken cacciatore, market-fresh fish, oysters, prawns and more. Weekend lunch cruisers can also enjoy free-flowing bubbles, beer & soft drinks.

Kookaburra River Queens

High tea is also a popular choice, with the menu featuring sweet & savoury treats, free-flowing blooming tea, bubbles, beer, soft drinks and juice. Visit the website for a full list of cruise inclusions and options.

The Kookaburra River Queens operate all year round with special cruises on holidays such as Christmas, New Years Eve, Mother's Day and more.

Kookaburra Showboat Cruises

Australia Day

Lunch Cruise

Indulge in a seasonal buffet and take in the awesome city views, with live entertainment, best dressed competition and lucky door prizes. 1pm -3.30pm. A$65, Conc $61, Child (4-12yrs) $20.

Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a night cruise aboard the iconic paddlesteamer with a seasonal contemporary buffet, sensational fireworks views, live entertainment, competitions for best Aussie costume and lucky door prizes, 7-10pm. A$89, Conc $85, Child (4-12yrs) $40.

Need to know - Boarding time is from an hour before departure and times may vary according to tides.

Nice to know - Children aged 0-3yrs cruise and eat for free.


Kookaburra Showboat NYE

Need to know: Wilsons parking offer Kookaburra Showboat Cruises customers a discounted Night & Weekend rate of $10 at 12 Creek Street (Blue Tower). To redeem, you will need to ‘Book a Bay’ at wilsonparking.com.au and use the promo code Showboat. This discounted rate is available at 12 Creek Street (Blue Tower). Note, this offer only applies to Night and Weekend parking. Showboat is not accountable for any third-party services.

Kookaburra River Queens are a valued partner of Must Do Brisbane.com

Kookaburra River Queens

Eagle St Pier


12-2:30 lunch 

7-9:30 dinner 


3221 1300


Eagle St Pier Brisbane

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