River to Bay is the result of a long- held dream to connect the people of Brisbane and the city’s visitors to river and the attractions of Moreton Bay and its islands. In years past this connection was provided by old tour boats, but as the old vessels retired, the concept of a day out on the bay disappeared. Brisbane grew rapidly as a city that turned its back on the river, and to a large extent also Moreton Bay.
Then, a great thing happened to our city.
The arrival of World Expo in 1988 forced us to look once more to the river as an asset, and the Southbank development inspired a shift in attitude. Since that time, there has been an increasing development of tour attractions along the Brisbane River and into the bay. These developments have been well supported by both the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.
As participants in a number of waterfront businesses, the founders of River to Bay – along with everyone else – could see that the biggest hurdle to maintaining this impetus of tourism growth was a lack of connection between Brisbane CBD and the bay attractions. In an effort to bridge this gap, River to Bay entered a partnership with the Queensland Government to build a fleet of fast tour boats. Large enough to provide safety and comfort but small enough to travel the river at high speed with minimal impact to the environment and other river users.
The initial fleet ranges in length from 10.0 metres to 12.5 metres in length have a capacity for up to 37 passengers. Each boat is equipped with high-powered horsepower Yamaha outboard motors, driving them at a maximum of 40 knots with a high economical cruising speed of 27 knots.
River to Bay is locally owned and operated. Robert Friedler – a well known tourism industry veteran – is our General Manager. We have a capable team of skippers, deckhands, dive instructors and tour guides that ensure whatever adventure we take you on, it’s safe and enjoyable.
We are proud and excited to bring this fantastic product to the people of Brisbane and our visitors. Hopefully, from the River to the Bay, we can unlock a world of wonder and adventure to a whole new generation of people.