Brisbane Star Cruises a delightful experience on the river

THE Brisbane River is delightful at any time of year, any season.  It is especially beautiful in November/December when the jacarandas are in full lavender bloom.

To enjoy the river at a leisurely place, take a cruise with Brisbane Star Cruises.

Newly owned and operated by husband and wife team Grant and Lee Heffernan, Brisbane Star Cruises offer a variety of cruises along the river, many of the especially suitable for seniors.

Grant and Lee have lengthy experience in the hospitality, service and marine industries and know how to offer comfort and interest.

They spent many years together as crew working for the rich and famous on private luxury yachts all over the world.

Grant is a qualified yacht Captain and has worked in the yachting industry for 30 years. 

He grew up in and around boats as his family owned and operated a small marina in Sydney.

   Lee worked as a Chief Stewardess in the yachting industry and also as a wedding planner in Port Douglas.

"We are excited to be able to take on the Brisbane Star and to have the opportunity to restore her to her former glory," Lee said.

"We will be calling on our years of experience to create happy memories for people."

As well as party, history and corporate cruises, Brisbane Star operates a Seniors Cruise.

 "The Brisbane Seniors Cruises start at 9.30am from Southbank and return around 1.30pm," Lee said.  "Morning tea (scones, jam, cream) and a light lunch (sandwiches) are served."

The Brisbane Seniors Cruises offer The Mandalay Cruise, the History Tour to Fort Lytton, the Brisbane River Moreton Bay Cruise and the new Newstead House Tour.

  Although Brisbane Star can take 100 passengers, Grant and Lee like to cap the number at 60 to give guests plenty of room to move about on the boat.

"The Brisbane River is just beautiful," Lee said.  "The ever-changing scenery when you are on a boat is fascinating.  The landscape keeps changing.  It's so different from being in a function room somewhere.  You are moving about the river.  It's gorgeous."

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