There is nothing as tranquil as kayaking in open water, the sound of your paddle breaking through the water creating a soft rhythm beside you. Brisbane is a particularly great place for this, as the Brisbane River wraps itself around the CBD and inner suburbs giving you spectacular views of the city skyline.
But don’t take my word for it, try it out yourself! The Riverlife Adventure Centre offers a guided tour on the Brisbane River for $66, making it super easy to have an amazing kayaking experience whether you’re a complete beginner or seasoned kayaker. During your 90-minute excursion you will get an up-close-and-personal view of some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, from the comfortable seat of your rented kayak.
Spend the afternoon gliding along South Bank or catching a glimpse of the iconic Story Bridge as you paddle underneath. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, with a little guidance from your local tour guide, you can even attempt paddling while standing up (gondola-style, no less). It’s not as easy as it looks, but with some practice, you’ll soon be cruising along like a pro.
Of course, safety is a top priority on any guided tour, and the organizers have you covered. Your ticket includes all necessary equipment, from the kayak and paddle to a life jacket to keep you safe in the water. Plus, with a local guide leading the way, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.
The best part? You’ll be the captain of your own kayak, and can take control of your 90-minute journey. Have fun exploring at your own pace and take in the beauty of Brisbane, while also trying your hand at some seriously cool kayaking maneuvers.