This new $10-million floating bar is hosting parties on the Brisbane River.
Sarah Ward
Published on June 13, 2023


Brisbane will never get tired of finding things to do near, around, in or on its very own river, including hitting up overwater bars and hiring picnic boats. If there's one thing that the Sunshine State capital particularly loves when it comes to the Old Brown Snake, however, it's party vessels cruising down the waterway while pairing views, tunes and drinks. Now floating out of the City Botanic Gardens River Hub each weekend, Oasis is the latest — and your new excuse to temporarily say goodbye to dry land.

Oasis follows in The Island, Seadeck and Yot Club's slipstream. For this stint of ditching the shore for a watery jaunt, Brisbanites can hop onboard a $10-million steel-hull catamaran. And the soundtrack? It comes via DJ-backed gatherings by both day and night.

This vessel isn't small, stretching to 35 metres in length and accommodating 500 people across three levels. And, it's sticking around permanently, rather than cruising in and out seasonally. Oasis was also custom-designed for Brisbane's windy waterway, with Alex Zabotto-Bentley — who also did the honours for Seadeck and Sydney's Glass Island — taking care of the hues, fixtures and fittings.

The aim: to immerse partygoers in a Sicily and Capri vibe. Thanks to The White Lotus' second season, nodding to Italian islands is quite the vibe right now.

Taking to the water for weekly Saturday and Sunday festivities — and the occasional Friday-night special event — Oasis lets its passengers rove its trio of floors, each of which is decked out in its own way and provides a different experiences. They all come with their own bar, sound system, standing areas, and seating including VIP tables — but, the lower floor goes with copper, dark tones and a pressed tin ceiling, and the middle deck with greenery and wood aplenty.

Up on top, pink and white stripes are a feature, alongside tropical plants.

The boat's lineup of DJs and artists rotates weekly, and Oasis also serves up sips and bites to eat. And, if you want to book the whole place out for your own soirée, that's available Monday–Friday.


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