Tourist in my Town: Kookaburra Queen

The Brisbane River winds its way through the city, showcasing the glimmering skyscrapers of the CBD, the iconic South Bank and the leafy inner-city suburbs. There are quite a few ways to see the sights along the water — bike riding on City Cycles, hiring a Lime Scooter, going on a ferry ride, or simply taking a walk along the bank. Among the most sophisticated ways to experience it is on the Show Boat Cruises Kookaburra Queen Paddlewheeler, which has been cruising through Brisbane for over 30 years.

There are several different cruises to choose from including Lunch, Dinner, and High Tea — perfect for a celebration or special occasion. The High Tea Cruise leaves every Saturday and Sunday lunchtime and goes from Eagle Street Pier down to Dutton Park and then up to Hamilton. Once you have been welcomed on board the boat and shown to your table, the friendly staff offer you a drink and give you a chance to settle in before the boat sets sail.

With all drinks, food, entertainment and table service included, you just have to sit back and enjoy the ride. Watching the lively banks of the Brisbane River pass by as you enjoy live music is the perfect way to spend the afternoon. The high tea is served on a traditional tiered cake stand with scrumptious sandwiches, scones, cakes and sweet treats — equal parts impressive looking and delicious. If you can tear yourself away from the flowing bubbles and the signature blooming tea, it is well worth going for a walk on the deck to see the paddlewheeler at work and take in the refreshing river breeze.

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