Join a city tour of the key sights or enjoy the fabulous Koala River Cruise up the Brisbane River to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. The popular day cruise to historic St Helena Island on Moreton Bay offers an informative day out, while day trips to the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and North Stradbroke Island will show you the best of the region. Wine tours to Mount Tamborine are popular.
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Ten top Brisbane tours & experiences
Looking for things to see and do during your visit to Brisbane?
Here are ten top Brisbane tours and experiences to consider.
City Segway Tour
Time to take in more of Brisbane’s inner-city sights on a guided Segway tour. This is seriously the most fun you can have on two wheels and pretty much anyone can master it. It’s all about weight transfer. Easy! Zip your way around the Botanical Gardens, South Bank Parklands, the Story Bridge and many more Brissy icons. Small group sizes and a personal approach make this 2+ hour tour a winner.
Full Day City Tour
On this fabulous full day city tour, you’ll travel in air-conditioned comfort and cover the majority of Brisbane’s key sights and experiences. The tour features live commentary, and includes a river cruise with a Devonshire morning tea served onboard, and a visit to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to meet the furry locals.
Whale Watching Tour
There’s perhaps no better place to observe the mighty humpback whales on their annual migration than on the clam waters of Brisbane’s Moreton Bay. Enjoy a gourmet buffet lunch as you watch these gentle giants breach, blow and play – sometimes within metres of your boat! Pick-up from Brisbane is included.
Koala and River Cruise
A cruise up the mighty Brisbane River to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary has been a cherished favourite with locals and visitors to the River City for several decades. Much of Brisbane’s history has played out along the banks of the river and the commentary on board the cruise gives a compelling account of the facts and mysteries over the years.
Lone Pine is one of the few places in Australia where it’s legal to cuddle a koala! A day out doesn’t get any more ‘Aussie’ than this.
Mount Tamborine Winery Tour
Beautiful Mount Tamborine, located half-way between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, offers lots of delicious delights, not least of all a burgeoning wine scene. It could well be the region’s best kept secret, so join a full day grape grazing tour to find out more. This tour includes tastings and lunch.
City Lights Dinner Cruise
Experience the magic of the Brisbane city lights on board the iconic Kookaburra Queen paddle wheelers. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner as you cruise past many of Brisbane’s most popular landmarks lit up, including the breathtaking Botanic Gardens, Kangaroo Point cliffs, Maritime Museum, South Bank precinct, Story Bridge and many more.
Stradbroke Island: Day in Paradise Tour
Unspoilt sandy beaches, warm clear water, lazy lunches and a relaxed vibe are all part of the quintessential Queensland island lifestyle, but sometimes you don’t have to travel too far to find yourself in paradise. Enjoy a day of discovery on North Stradbroke Island in Brisbane’s beautiful Moreton Bay, including lunch at the iconic Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel. Highlights on these ‘Straddie’ tours include a visit to Brown Lake and a stroll on the pristine sandy beach at Amity Point.
Prison Life Experience on St Helena Island
While Brisbane is Australia’s third oldest capital city (by year of settlement) behind Sydney and Hobart, evidence of colonial heritage is not as easy to find here – unless you know where to look. St Helena Island in Moreton Bay is a fascinating time capsule of the region’s early history. Explore the island with your hosts in colonial period costume and character. A picnic lunch is included.
Rustic Italian Cooking Class
When it comes to cooking up a storm, no-one comes close to Melanie Townsend at Vanilla Zulu Culinary Adventures in Brisbane. This cooking class with Chef Mel will take you on an inspiring culinary adventure and reveal the secrets of great Italian cooking.
Sunday Jazz Cruise
The Kookaburra River Queen paddle wheelers have been a familiar sight on the Brisbane River since Expo 88. Kick back and relax on this sensational afternoon Jazz Cruise, including a seasonal buffet lunch and live jazz band.
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