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Messing About In Boats

One of the most relaxing, yet interesting things to do in Brisbane is jump on a  ferry and watch the world go by.

Summer or winter, Brisbane’s CityCat and CityHopper ferries are cruising up and down the river with visitors and commuters alike onboard.  

The ‘red one’ – the CityHopper – is a completely free service that chugs between the main inner city stops. This sweet little ride winds around the river between Southbank and New Farm via the CBD, every thirty minutes between 6am and midnight every day. Stops along the way include South Bank, the Maritime Museum, Kangaroo Point, Eagle St Pier and Kangaroo Point. Hard to go wrong.



If you’d like to go faster or further, ‘the blue one’ – the CityCat – is for you. It’s mainly a commuter ferry but is fantastic value for visitors who don’t need a running commentary.

The CityCat runs every 20 minutes from Hamilton to the University of Queensland via the CBD, and for $5.60 (if you don’t get off, half price for children) you can tour for around two hours, sitting down inside or out, and not getting lost. There’s no food to purchase on board but there is a water vending machine.

Give it a miss between 7 and 8:30am and again between 5 and 6pm when it’s busy with office workers.

The CityCat is a great trip for kids as it can get quite speedy on some stretches.  Tickets can be purchased on board.

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