Riverbend Tours carries out a number of special unique river tours over the course of the festival.

Normal sunset cruises are operated on Friday June 14, 2019 and Sunday June 16, 2019, departing the boat ramp at 5pm.

Image courtesy of South Cape York Cathments

Image courtesy of South Cape York Cathments

Botany Cruise

Friday June 14, 2019

11am - 1pm

Explore the harbour and nearby creeks of the Endeavour following in the footsteps of Banks and Solander and guided by the experts. Join Darryn Crane  from the James Cook University Botany department on board Riverbend Tours for a journey through Australia’s first ever Botanical collection.

Driftwood Café is offering a special 10% off either a pre cruise breakfast or post cruise lunch for guests on board this one. Ask for details when booking.

Cruise includes a light morning tea.

Cost: $59.00 adults

$30.00 kids (7-14 YOF)


North arm adventure cruise

Saturday June 15, 2019

7am - 11am

For the early birds keen for adventure. For this one we explore uncharted territory right up into the upper reaches of the Endeavour River as far as we can go with 4 hours on the water. The landscape changes from a wide mangrove lined system and on up into the beautiful rainforest pockets of the North Arm. This is country we rarely explore and holds endemic species of plants and animals unique to the Endeavour. Keep your eyes open for the chestnut breasted cuckoo as we pass by towering Livistona Palms . It is rare to find either of these anywhere else in Australia. Be warned. This is croc country.

A light breakfast and tea and coffee is included. Back in time for lunch followed by the afternoon street parade at midday.

A special offer of 10% off at Driftwood Café for either breakfast (from 6am) or lunch is included here. Ask for details when booking.

Cost: $80.00 adults

$40.00 kids (7 - 14 YOF)

Image Courtesy of Teila Winton Imagery

Image Courtesy of Teila Winton Imagery

Fireworks dinner cruise

Saturday June 15, 2019

7pm - 9pm

We begin by exploring the harbour after dark with the town lights as a backdrop before weaving our way into some of the nearby mangrove lined creeks under spotlight. This is a magical and atmospheric way of experiencing the Endeavour River. Shortly before the fireworks are launched from a barge in the harbour we will take up a front row position for the big event. Inclusive is a light finger food dinner with a Gallo cheese and fruit platter to follow. Table service provided.

BYO alcohol. Wine glasses and ice filled eskies supplied.

Cost: $75.00 adults

$39.00 kids (7-14 YOF)