Looking for things to see and do during your visit to the captivating Queensland capital?
Here are ten top Brisbane tours and guided experiences that you should definitely consider doing. They will show you the very best of the River City and the surrounding region.
1. City Essentials Walking Tour
This three-hour walking tour is the perfect introduction to Brisbane. See King George Square, the famous Story Bridge, the City Botanic Gardens, Eagle Street Pier, the City Hall Clock Tower, and much more. You’ll also pick up tips for great bars, cafes and restaurants to return to during your stay in the city.
2. Brisbane Full Day City Tour with River Cruise and Brewery Visit
On this fabulous full day city tour by coach, you’ll travel in air-conditioned comfort and cover the majority of Brisbane’s key sights. The tour features live commentary and includes a river cruise with a Devonshire morning tea served onboard. You’ll also enjoy a guided tour and tasting at the iconic XXXX Brewery.
3. Whale Watching Cruise
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.
4. 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 hold a koala. A day out doesn’t get any more ‘Aussie’ than this!
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. North 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.
9. 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.
10. 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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