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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.

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

2. The CityCats.

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Sail right past those suckers stuck on Coro Drive.

3. The potential activities.

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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.

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

5. The fireworks.

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

6. The north-south rivalry.

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

7. The gardens and parks.

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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.

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

9. The Story Bridge climb.

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

10. The party boats.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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