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15 Things To Love About The Brisbane River

The real beauty beyond the murkiness.

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1. The bridges.

Sure, the traffic might be horrendous, but all of those bridges sure are pretty to look at.

2. The CityCats.

Sail right past those suckers stuck on Coro Drive.

3. The potential activities. / Via

Whether you're paddle boarding or canoeing, if you end up in the river, there's only a 50% chance you'll get eaten by a bull shark.

4. The scenic running routes.

Judging by the number of Instagrams at dusk, the river boardwalk is a popular route for runners.

5. The fireworks.

Because it would be pretty hard to have Riverfire without the river.

6. The north-south rivalry.

Northside versus southside: one of the hottest arguments any Brisbane local can get into.

7. The gardens and parks.

Some of Brissy's best greenery is set along the river, including the City Botanic Gardens and New Farm Park.

8. The South Bank precinct.

The gorgeous river view of the city nearly makes up for Brisbane's lack of an actual beach.

9. The Story Bridge climb.

Climb a bridge for less than half of what you'd pay in Sydney!

10. The party boats.

Although The Island is sadly now defunct, you can still hire a party boat and cruise on down the river.

11. The perfect spots for easy date nights.

You don't need to make your own romance. Wine and dine that special someone riverside, then finish the night with a moonlit stroll down the boardwalk.

12. The abseiling.

Just turn around while you're backing down the Kangaroo Point Cliffs for a fantastic view of the river. On second thoughts... wait 'til you finish.

13. The Great Brisbane Duck Race. / Via

If your duck crosses the line fine, you win a car. Plus it raises a heap of money for cancer research.

14. The Regatta Hotel.

No river = no Regatta. It's super classy now - but you can't call yourself a true Brisbanite unless you have a Regretta story.

15. The fact this river is the heart of the city.

The Brisbane river is part of what defines Brisbane, and it's so very loved.

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