I’ll assume that, as a tourist, you rank seeing Brisbane at its best as importantly as “just getting there”. For reaching many of the interesting sights, it’s hard to beat the “Citycat” service. The “Citycat” service runs upstream from the city as far as the University of Queensland and downstream as far as the Hamilton Reach, where cruise liners berth. Between those points, many stops have parks or other features of interest, most notably the Southbank and the old Botanic Gardens.
My key point is that between the stops, it is pleasant to look at the changing city skyline, the river and its other users such as moored cruising yachts. I highly recommend just hopping on and doing the full trip up and down the river. The Citycat service runs from 0530 to 2230 daily.
Main photo: Citycat seen from Southbank
Second photo: Brisbane city skyline and paddle steamer
Third photo: Brisbane and its river.
This is a fun thing to do in Brisbane, not only that, but its relativly cheap, and its public transport.
Hop on to a City Cat at on of the many river stops and do the round trip.
This can be done both day and night (as with the lights at night its kinda spectatucalar, and by day very scenic.
a big PLUS - With the current Brisbane City Link Fare structures, a full day pass will only cost you $5.20 for the day, even cheaper if you use off peak times. Not only that but it can be used on all public transport, (City Cat, Ferry, Train, Bus,) as long as it is within zones 1 & 2 till midnight. There are some time restrictions with an off peak ticket.
One thing you should definitely do in Bris-Vegas is go on the City Cat! If you catch it in central Brisbane and take it upstream, you'll be heding towards the West End and the University of Queensland which is set in very beautiful grounds. Then if you take it back down stream you'll go back past Southbank (where they have a 'fake' beach and markets and entertainment on the weekend), Kangaroo Point Cliffs, the Riverside and City Centre (where there are also markets on a weekend), past New Farm Park (which is a huge park full of fig trees), Teneriffe, Bulimba and then finally to Bretts Wharf.
The round trip will cost you about $4 and take about and 1-2 hours if you don't get off. But see if you can get off at the University, maybe New Farm Park (which, if you walk through it to the other side, has great shops and food delis), Bulimba is also similar to New Farm (except for the park) and Bretts Wharf is at the end of Racecourse Road - quite a nice (and a bit snobby) street lined with cafes, shops and ending with Eagle Farm Racecourse.
I am a Brisbane local and I love the City Cat!
There have always been ferries servicing the city of Brisbane. In 1996 a new service using catamarans was started. It has become very popular with visitors as a great way to see and get around the city.
A zone 1 & 2 ticket will allow you to get on and off as often as you wish to visit places like Southbank Parklands, Eagle Street Pier and the Regatta Hotel for a great meal.
The comfortable sleek city cats operate from 5.30am until 10.30pm - and cruise the Brisbane River, from Bretts Wharf at Hamilton to the University of Queensland at St Lucia. There are 14 stops along the way, including New Farm Park, Kangaroo Point, Queensland University of Technology (inner city), Southbank Parklands, West End and Toowong.
These stops all have interest and attraction to tourists, and this is a nice, relaxing way to see the inner parts of this beautiful city.
You'd have thought I'd have had enough of cruisin' hey :o) Oh well, we were a bit tired after our lunch cruise and stroll through the little markets on the foreshore, so decided to catch the Cat back to the city. Lazy hah!! :o)
An inexpensive day out in Brisbane, jump in and out on the CityCat ferry for a cruise up and down the river. The CityCat is a high-speed catamaran that travels the length of the Brisbane River, gliding the 19th of river, from Hamilton to St. Lucia stopping regularly to pick up and set down passengers over 14 stops. Travel all day with unlimited stops. Picnic facilities, historic sites, shopping and restaurants can be found at various stops or, if preferred, passengers can simply enjoy the round trip cruise that takes approximately two hours. Call for timetable and route information.
No need for more expensive cruises unless you really want to spend the money.
CityCats are the best way to explore the Brisbane River and riverside suburbs.
The Brisbane River can be done on a proper Tour boat where you will be given a commentary, OR
The other way, and the cheapest by far, is to catch a Citycat river Ferry.
These are modern and glide along the River, making many stops along the way. You can sit inside behind tinted windows, or go outside to get a good clear view and to take photos.
You are charged by the zone you are travelling in. Most people travel in zone 1, but there is zone 2 which is on either side of zone 1.
Make sure you pick up the FREE BOOKLET "Riverfront Revival Citycat tour,' as this is numbered with important sights along the river, that way it's as good as a commentary.
You pay on board, they like correct change if possible, and you can use your go-card. Wheelchairs are able to get on and off the ferry easily.
Time-tables are displayed at each of the Ferry terminals, or pick up the brochure once on the Ferry.
FREE WIFI is available on board.
It is a great way to have another view of Brisbane.
Great way to see Brisbane and surrounds. Costs about $5 each adult ticket for all day travel (train, bus, ferry and cat) within 2 zones of Brisbane. For a little more, you can obviously travel further.
It isn't really expensive, especially if you have purchased a Daily Card (land and water transport modes included)...so why not hop on a CityCat ferry while you are at it, max out your card, and easily fish out the best way to navigate the river. Claim that you had floated on Brisbane's source of life while grabbing some quick impressions of the city along the way.
There are several piers along the river where you can hop on and off, with or against flow of the river.
I hopped on at Riverside Centre (where there is a Sunday Market apparently) and literally, went round a bend, gazing as the City Botanical Garden fell behind me. Raised my head as darkness fell, fleetingly as I found myself under Captain Cook Bridge, and before I even could pinpoint myself on the map, the ferry hit the Southbank, where there were a couple more of stops before finally hopping out at North Quay, just before Victoria Bridge. The entire journey was just a mere 15-20 minutes, but if the weather is good and clear, it's a good way to spend 15-20 minutes!
Go onboard a CityCat for a cruise on the Brisbane River.
A relaxing, fascinating, easy and cheap way to discover Brissie.
AU$ 5 for a ful day ticket all sailing zones.
City Cats operate from 5:50AM until 10:30PM every day.
no.these are not the cats roaming around the city.but fast modern ferries that run along the brisbane river.
they are used for public transport as we are a river city, with the river running through the city and suburbs.
good value for money and a very pleasant way to see the city sights.
Take a ride of City Ferry or City Cat and cruising along Brisbane River. It's an excellent way to save time and take in the spectacular sights of the great city.
As compare to other transportation, I usually prefer to take a City Cat to get down to the town. The journey takes less than 20 minutes from UQ terminal.
We parked the car at St Lucia and caught the cat to Southbank. It was a beautiful sunny day and was so peaceful. I can imagine this being a lovely way to get to and from work everyday.