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.
Xmas in July is celebrated every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night during July, with the Kookaburra Queen paddle wheelers taking a scenic cruise along the river, and serving up delicious festive fare buffet-style. There's live entertainment onboard, with party favourites and Christmas classics in the mix.
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, Southbank 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.
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, Mothers Day and more.
Xmas in July Prices:
Thursdays - $69 adults, $59 snrs & students, $20 ch (4-12 yrs)
Fridays - $79 adults, $69 snrs & students, $30 ch (4-12 yrs)
Saturdays - $89 adults, $79 snrs & students, $40 ch (4-12 yrs)
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.
by Deb Lidster