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Experience the magic of the Island Carnivale cabaret show.

Our main event features a showcase of local indigenous dance, Australiana comedy followed by our spectacular journey through the Islands of the Pacific.

Show available on Thursday, Friday & Saturday Nights!

Sunday night features a magnificent solo acoustic artist, performing live throughout the evening

Cruising the Brisbane River on board the iconic Kookaburra River Queen paddle wheelers you will enjoy the most spectacular sunset and evening views of Brisbane.

On board you will enjoy an International & Seafood Buffet. And of course a full bar (with cocktails) is also available.

Please phone the office on 3221 1300 or book online

Island Carnivale Cabaret Show on Kookaburra Showboat Dinner Cruise Roving magician entertaining all on Kookaburra Showboat Cruises Live cabaret performances on every Dinner Cruise



  • Live Cabaret Show ~ Island Carnivale
  • Live entertainment before and after the main show
  • Dance floor
  • Evening cruise on the Brisbane River
  • International & Seafood Buffet featuring flavours from around the world




  • Solo acoustic artist
  • Dance floor
  • Evening cruise on the Brisbane River
  • A la carte three course menu


International & Seafood Buffet

A variety of garlic bread
(Gluten free option available, please advise on booking)

Cold Selection
Cooked King prawns, Spanner crab (G, D, N, H)
Mediterranean style chilled seafood salad, prawns, tender calamari, New Zealand half shell mussels, citrus vinaigrette (G, D, N, H)
Antipasto platter, char grilled vegetables, sundried tomatoes, olives, relishes (V, G, D, N, H)
Cold meat platter, Virginia ham, sliced turkey, Hungarian salami, rare roast beef (D, N)
American style seafood salad, prawns, scallops, crab meat, lemon aioli dressing (G, D, H)
Garden salad, tomatoes, cucumber, Spanish onion, mesclun greens (V, G, D, N, H)
Potato salad, spring onion, boiled egg, crispy bacon, seeded mustard mayonnaise (G, N)
Crispy beef salad with shredded cabbage, Lebanese cucumber, fresh herbs, cider vinegar dressing (G, D, N, H)
Mexican style bean salad, corn kernels, red chilli peppers, fresh herbs, diced tomato (V, G, D, N, H)
Pearl couscous ensalada with sand crab, prawns, spring onion, red peppers, spicy Spanish dressing (D, N, H)

Hot Selection
Oven baked fish of the day - Market fresh fish fillet, basil & lemon pesto (G, D, N, H)
Teriyaki chicken stir fry, hokkien noodles or Slow roasted chicken Maryland fillet with olive oil, tarragon, roasted garlic (G, D, N, H)
Jasmine rice with garden vegetables, fresh dill, parsley and thyme (V, VG, G, D, N, H)
Roast of the day: Honey glazed, double smoked roast ham or Slow roasted beef with Dijon mustard and port glaze (G, D, N)
Seafood mornay - Fresh selection of boneless reef fish, sand crab, prawns, calamari, creamy mornay sauce, gratinated Swiss cheese (N, H)
Roasted chat potatoes with rosemary, olive oil, sea salt (V, VG, G, D, N, H)
Medley of garden fresh green vegetables (V, VG, G, D, N, H)

Chef's ever changing dessert assiette share plate for two.

Vanilla bean crème brûlée, coconut panna cotta with berry compote, Chantilly cream brandy snap roll and double brie & cheddar cheese.

(G) Gluten Free | (D) Dairy Free | (N) Nut Free | (H) Halal | (V) Vegetarian | (VG) Vegan
Special Dietary Requirements - If you have a strict dietary requirement that is essential to your health and well being (i.e. food allergy), please ensure you advise us upon booking.



Three Course a la carte

Duo of dips with toasted Turkish bread
(Gluten free option available, please advise on booking)


Roast rockling fillets of fish served over a medley of glazed vegetables and a pesto butter sauce (G)

Pan fried chicken on carbonara risotto drizzled in garlic and herb butter sauce (G)
Slow braised pulled fillet of beef served on a green pea and potato puree with quail egg and Dijon hollandaise

Tarte tatin of wild mushrooms, topped with free range quail egg, pan-fried with capers, celery and a hint of mustard, nestled over seasonal vegetables and lemon beurre blanc (V)


Delicate layers of Frangelico and Kahlua sponge with mascarpone and a dusting of espresso and cocoa
Cold set cheesecake roulade with a honey glazed berry compote and Limoncello anglaise

Crème Caramel
Self-saucing crème caramel simply floating in a pool of orange and maple with mandarin segments (G)

(G) Gluten Free | (V) Vegetarian
Vegetarian option must be pre-ordered at time of booking.

Special Dietary Requirements - If you have a strict dietary requirement that is essential to your health and well being (i.e. food allergy), please ensure you advise us upon booking.

NOTE: Sample menus only. Subject to change.



Both alcoholic & non alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at the bar. View the beverage menu here.

As an optional cruise extra, a range of Beverage Packages are also available to purchase when booking.

Silver Beverage Package
Includes: Tea & Coffee, soft drink $15.00 pp

Gold Beverage Package
Includes local beer, house wine, soft drink, juice, tea & coffee $45.00 pp

Platinum Beverage Package
Includes selected spirits, local & international beer selection, our full wine list (excluding premium Champagne), Soft drink, Juice, tea & coffee $60.00 pp

Note: Beverage packages are to be purchased 'per table' & the same package per table applies. Beverage packages must be purchased at time of booking.


*Please notify our ticket office at the time of booking if you have wheelchair or mobility requirements. Click here for more

Book a Dinner Cruise - Sunday | Tuesday | Thursday

Boarding 6:30pm
Departing 7:00pm
Cruise Duration: 2.5 - 3 Hours
(subject to tides)


CHILD (4-12 years) $59.00
INFANTS (0-3 years) Free*

ADULT $89.00
CHILD (4-12 years) $69.00
INFANTS (0-3 years) Free*

ADULT $99.00
CHILD (4-12 years) $79.00
INFANTS (0-3 years) Free*

ADULT $69.00
CHILD (4-12 years) $49.00
INFANTS (0-3 years) Free*

*One free infant per adult. Concession applies to seniors & students. ID Required.

Sensational views from Kookaburra Showboat Dinner Cruise Kookaburra River Queens on the Brisbane River Cruise past Brisbane City icons with Kookaburra Showboat Cruises


Spoil a loved one

“A wonderful night on the river! We went on the cruise for my Dad's 50th birthday and Grandmother's 90th. We could not have asked for a better night. The staff were helpful and courteous, the food was good and the views from the river were wonderful!” 
Via Tripadvisor

Book a general dining cruise now!

Great way to see Brisbane

“Whenever we have overseas visitors, we take them on the Kookaburra River Queen. This time was no exception. We had a delicious meal with magnificent views. This is a great way to show off Brisbane and we get to enjoy our beautiful city like tourists do."
Via Tripadvisor

Book a general dining or cruise only option now!

Ideal cruising wedding venue

“Remarried my husband for the 2nd time on board the Kookaburra Queen II! It was an amazing night and all thanks to the professional staff that looked after us and our 30 guests. It is a beautiful magical cruise along the Brisbane River"
Via Tripadvisor,

Enquire about your function or wedding on the Kookaburra Queens now! 

A special night out

“An easy way to enjoy Christmas! No one had to slave for days cooking in the December heat. It was lovely rolling along the river with the nice breeze and changing view of the River City. Buffet food was tasty, varied and the desserts were particularly yummy!"
Via Tripadvisor

Book a special event cruise now! 

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