The Riverlife Adventure Centre, based in the old naval stores building at the base of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, is the place to go if you’d like to get active – and by that I mean abseiling, rock-climbing, kayking, stand-up paddleboarding, riding a Segway, cycling or rollerblading.
Hire your equipment if you’re experienced or take a lesson. Riverlife runs daily kayaking classes (for ages 8 and up) in which you will learn to launch the kayak, paddle, turn, stay out of the path of the CityCats. There are also night kayaking lessons after 6pm (for age 12 and older).
Rock-climbing and abseiling lessons – also great for families with older children over 8 or 12 – are held on the 20 metre high cliffs behind the centre. It’s also great just to watch.
A range of Segway tours are run daily, offering a new way of exploring parts of the riverfront and the city surrounds, including night tours that include dinner (prawns or a barbecue).
If you don’t fancy a tour, hire a bike, skates, scooter or kick-bike and set out on your own.
The centre is open 9am to 6pm daily. To get there, walk from the city centre over the Goodwill Bridge, turn left and follow the river to Riverlife. You can also catch the CityCat to the Thornton Street terminal, then turn right and walk 300 metres. If you’re getting around by car, leave it at your hotel – there’s no parking near Riverlife.