The Kookaburra Queen
Before she lowers her paddlewheels into the river to take passengers on a cruise along the Brisbane River.
The vessel is aptly named bacause the Kookaburra is a native Australian bird that is never seen to drink water – a prophecy that all boat owners would hope to emulate!
Confident that Brisbane was ready for "something nostalgic, old-fashioned and different” the Kookaburra River Queens were born. She was the first wooden paddlewheeler built in Australia in the last century. Launched in 1986 and 1988 respectively, the Queens were crafted mainly from Queensland timbers, the 100 foot keels from ironbark, the sheathed hulls planked with oregon and spotted gum and the decks made from white beech.