Past Event

9 - 23 Sept

Brisbane's Art Boat:
South Bank to Northshore Cruise

Brisbane's Art Boat:  South Bank to Northshore Cruise

A floating art experience hitting the water this September.

Brisbane Festival and Northshore present

This wondrous floating art experience will travel from South Bank to Northshore, Hamilton, immersing audiences in a glowing world to experience the Brisbane River in a new light. 

Landing on Brisbane’s Art Boat for the first two weeks of the Festival is art and technology studio ENESS’s installation, Airship Orchestra, before it makes way for Sky Castle in the final weeks.

Brisbane’s Art Boat features a lively bar and performances, as well as an evening soundscape by Tribal Experiences Managing Director and Yuggera and Turrbal man, Shannon Ruska

Performers on the South Bank to Northshore cruise include: William Barton and Véronique Serret (16 Sept), House of Alexander (18 Sept) Sahara Beck (9 Sept), beatboxer Tom Thum (11 Sept) at Briefs Factory (23 Sept).

To confirm if your cruise is proceeding and on time, please refer to the Program Updates page here.




Thu 7:30pm
Sat 8:45pm


1 hr and 45 min


Wheelchair access

Important Info

Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure

Whilst we endeavour to run on time, mooring Brisbane's Art Boat is subject to the prevailing conditions. In the event of short delays, we ask for your patience.  

Suitable for all ages

Children under 12 months are free, but must be booked via QTIX on 136 246

If you wish to bring a pram please phone QTIX on 136 246

Dates in September
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

#Cruising with us

Weather policy

In the event of inclement weather, check the Program Updates page of the website for current advice.

This is an outdoor event and you are advised to dress appropriately for the conditions on the day. Cruises will proceed in light rain, where it is safe to do so.

The safety of audiences, artists and staff is the highest priority for Brisbane Festival, and the event may be cancelled, delayed or postponed in extreme weather at the sole discretion of the Festival.

If your event is cancelled by the Festival, you will be contacted and given a full refund.


You are required to arrive a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the ticketed departure time.

This is to ensure sufficient time for boarding and safety procedures.

It is a requirement to check-in via QR code on boarding the boat.

Patrons arriving within 30 minutes of the ticketed departure time are not guaranteed entry to the boat. Please allow enough time to park, and explore the on-land installation prior to your departure.

Food and Drink

There is a food outlet and a bar on-shore selling a range of pre-cruise meal and snack options.

The on-board bar offers a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and light meals. You are not permitted to bring any food, drinks or alcohol on board.


Toilet facilities are available both on-shore and on board.

#South Bank Map

Meet at Brisbane’s Art Boat, moored in front of the Beach/Pool (Boat Pool) area at South Bank. It is just down from BOQ Festival Garden which is riverside, in front of South Bank Piazza.

410 Stanley St,
South Brisbane QLD 4101

#With guest appearances from

Sahara Beck

Sahara Beck

One of Queensland's most powerful voices, Sahara Beck writes straight-up full pelt pop, but with a twist, and always brings fierce energy.

Briefs Factory International

Briefs Factory International

Inspired by circus, drag, dance, burlesque, music, comedy and the ever changing world around them, Briefs Factory are dedicated to developing and touring their brand of award winning, genre defying, political party punk around the world.

Tom Thum

Tom Thum

Beatboxer Thum appears to have not only a symphony orchestra, but a jazz band, techno DJ, 80’s synth pop group and several exotic instruments in his throat.

William Barton

William Barton

Composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist; William Barton is widely recognised as one of Australia's leading didgeridoo players and composers.

Véronique Serret

Véronique Serret

A violinist and composer whose repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary classical, folk, rock and improvisation.

#Artist timetable

9 Sept

Sahara Beck

11 Sept

Tom Thum

16 Sept

William Barton and Véronique Serret

18 Sept

Opera Queensland

23 Sept


#Stay COVID Safe

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How to get there

Meet at BOQ Festival Garden,
South Bank ›

410 Stanley St,
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Getting Here

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