Here on The Big Bus tour and travel guide you can choose from many amazing Brisbane tours, guided activities and experiences, with no booking or credit card fees*.

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 is an informative day out, while day trips to North Stradbroke Island or wine tours to Mount Tamborine will show you the best of the region. The majority of our top Brisbane tours offer a small group size of 14 guests or less.

If you find the same tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply**.

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Top Brisbane day tours: South Bank. Image: Bigstock

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.

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Morning City Tour

Get the most from your time in Brisbane by covering all the key sights in one fabulous morning! Join this fully guided tour in air conditioned comfort, with eight stops across the city and informative live commentary. Highlights include the Old Port Office, Newstead House, Government House, South Bank Parklands, Mt Coot-tha, Suncorp Football Stadium, Chinatown and the Kangaroo Point cliffs.

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Top Brisbane tours

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.

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Top Brisbane tours: Go whale watching.

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.

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Top Brisbane tours: Cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

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.

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Top Brisbane tours: Mount Tamborine Winery Tour

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.

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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.

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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.

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Top Brisbane tours: Step back in time on St Helena Island.

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.

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Top Brisbane tours: Kookaburra Queen

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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**Applies to tours available on The Big Bus tour and travel guide website and does not apply to tours offered via affiliate websites, including Viator. If you find the same tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. To claim, please call our booking line on 1300 330 189 or email info@thebigbus.com.au. The tour must be available for booking on the date you have selected on the competitor’s website. We do not offer the guarantee where a discount or promotional code from the competitor has been applied.

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