Ten of the best Brisbane bus tours and experiences
Brisbane offers an array of tours and guided experiences. Here are ten top options that will show you the best of the River City.
1. Brisbane City Sightseeing Tour (full day)
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.
Brisbane Full Day City Tour with River Cruise and Brewery Visit
Featured Guest Review:
I’m so glad that we were able to do this tour. Our expert driver took us to all major parts of the city. The tour is aimed at the sights and sounds of Brisbane with walks through the beautiful botanical garden, a river cruise, and an optional ride on the Wheel of Brisbane. The tour groups are small, which makes it pleasant and enjoyable. Mi Irû C (via TripAdvisor)
2. Gold Coast Day Tour with Canal Cruise and Lunch
The Gold Coast is a giant playground of stunning beaches and rainforest hinterland, famous theme parks, world-class cafes and restaurants, and so much more. Enjoy an exciting day out from Brisbane as you explore the ‘Goldie’ with a local guide.
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. 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.
5. 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!
6. 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.
7. 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 tour a winner.
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. Brisbane River Lunch Cruise
The Kookaburra River Queen paddle wheelers have been a familiar sight on the Brisbane River since Expo 88. Kick back and relax on a sensational two-hour lunch cruise, which includes a buffet of seasonal dishes and live music.
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