Past Event

9 - 23 Sept

Brisbane's Art Boat:
Northshore to South Bank Cruise

Brisbane's Art Boat:  Northshore to South Bank Cruise

A floating art experience hitting the water this September.

Brisbane Festival and Northshore present

This wondrous floating art experience will travel from Northshore, Hamilton to South Bank, 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 Northshore to South Bank cruise include: William Barton and Véronique Serret (16 Sept), House of Alexander (18 Sept), Emma Dean (23 Sept), Sahara Beck (9 Sept) and beatboxer Tom Thum (11 Sept). 

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


$40 one-way, $55 return


Thu 3:45pm
Sat 5pm

Return trips:
Thu return 7:30pm
Sat return 8:45pm


1 hr and 45 min


Board Brisbane's Art Boat at
Northshore, Hamilton ›

89 MacArthur Avenue,
Hamilton QLD 4007

Disembark at South Bank


Wheelchair access

Important Info

Note: departure point is not the public ferry terminal. Look for the giant finch in a party hat at 89 MacArthur Avenue!

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

#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.

Emma Dean

Emma Dean

Emma Dean is a Brisbane-based singer, songwriter, dreamer, arranger, choir mama, show-maker and creative coach.

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

Emma Dean

#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.

#Stay COVID Safe

We want you to enjoy the Festival and stay safe. Please follow COVID Safe practices when attending Festival events, and if you are unwell stay at home

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How to get there

Northshore, Brisbane ›
Maritime Green
147B MacArthur Ave,
Hamilton QLD 4007

Getting Here

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