One of the most overlooked attractions of the Brisbane area is its stunning mangrove-fringed river. While it can be seen winding its way down the city centre, there is more to this water feature than first meets the eye.

Pop in your car hire in Brisbane and head down to the river to see what kind of fun and exhilarating delights you can partake in.

Climbing

The opportunity to scale a bridge of this kind is only offered in two other places worldwide, making it a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed out on.

Start from Kangaroo Point where you can learn about the city's history as well as that of the bridge and river itself. Once you reach the top of the superstructure you will not be disappointed.

Look out over the city and river. On a clear day, you will also be able to spot Moreton Bay and nearby mountain ranges. 

Why not kick start your day with this activity? There is no better place in the entire city for watching the day dawn, with expansive views just waiting for you.  

Alternatively, opt for the sunset adventure. Top this all off with a cold drink in the historic hotel located underneath the bridge. This was once a World War II bomb shelter, giving this pub a unique point of difference.

Abseiling

If the thrill of climbing up a superstructure is not enough to quench your thirst for adventure, why not give abseiling a try?

You can scale the cliffs of Kangaroo Point and check out the spectacular views of Brisbane and its river. Once you reach the pinnacle of the 20 metre high cliffs, abseil down for an experience you won't forget.

There are groups for everyone from the most experienced to beginners, so there's no reason to miss out on the action.

Kayaking

Hire a kayak and prepare to take in some stunning views, whether you choose to enjoy this activity during sunlight hours or decide to check out the sparkling skyline from below.

The subtropical climate makes this city the perfect spot to go for a paddle. You could join a canoeing or kayaking tour to get expert advice from qualified instructors who can lead you through the process, no matter your level of experience.

A lunchtime tour could be ideal to take a tour of the city from an unexpected location. Just make sure you pack plenty of sunscreen. You can get a great view that provides a snapshot of Brisbane's historic and modern features, from older wooden buildings to glass skyscrapers and expansive green spaces.

River-level adventure

Brisbane's river offers plenty of other delights for those wanting a more relaxed experience. You could join the throngs of locals cycling, roller-blading or enjoying a stroll down the riverwalk.

This is a 20km network of floating pathways located around the river. Here you can stop to admire artistic sculptures or take some time to relax on riverside parks.

Pack a picnic lunch into your car rental in Brisbane and enjoy it in a beautiful setting, such as the Botanic Gardens on the north bank of the river. There are plenty of mangroves and macadamia trees to give you some shelter.

The other side of the river also holds plenty of delights, such as a marketplace where you can spend time browsing for treasures.

You could also dine alfresco, an experience that will allow you to take in all the sights of the river while you enjoy a delicious meal.

Or, take a cruise along the river on a historic wooden paddle steamer or golden gondola. This will provide you with some much needed rest and relaxation, while still making the most out of the beautiful river location.