Things to do in
Brisbane

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Brisbane: Story Bridge Adventure Climb

1. Brisbane: Story Bridge Adventure Climb

The Story Bridge Climb provides the best 360-degree panoramic view of Brisbane city from the heart and soul of Brisbane’s most iconic landmark – the Story Bridge. Your adventure begins at base camp, directly under the Story Bridge itself. After a quick pre-climb brief, you’ll depart the base and ascend a spiral staircase that leads to the start of the suspended walkway directly beneath the Bradfield Highway (Brisbane's shortest highway). You’ll start your journey along the suspended walkway to the base of the southern pylon, learning about the colorful history of the Story Bridge and Brisbane as you go. From here - it’s climb time! Start to venture up through the inner Eastern bridge arm, climbing level with one of Brisbane’s busiest commute points, and then ascending straight up the south-eastern cantilever arm that stretches over the Brisbane River and reaches up into the sky. Before you know it you’re celebrating with your climb group on the summit platform, where you’ll get your bearings and hear some fun facts about the amazing 360 panoramic view before you. See Brisbane and its surroundings, including the Glass House Mountains, Moreton Bay, and the Scenic Rim. Venturing further along you’ll explore the bridge from a different angle, traveling approximately halfway across the river below before returning to the top platform for a final climb group photo before your descent back to base camp. Every climb to the top includes a group photograph, with additional individual photographs available for purchase afterwards - once your adrenaline has calmed down! See the glittering nighttime lights of Brisbane below - a unique vantage point for such a view with twilight option.

Brisbane to Moreton Island Return Ferry & Adventure Day Pass

2. Brisbane to Moreton Island Return Ferry & Adventure Day Pass

Experience the stunningly beautiful Moreton Island from multiple perspectives with a full-day trip. Catch the ferry from Holt Street Wharf in Brisbane and head on to the white sandy beaches of Tangalooma Island Resort. Revel in a kayak or a stand-up paddleboard session along the calm crystal-clear waters of Tangalooma. Snorkel around the shipwrecks to meet the island’s marine life. Enjoy convenience, as all guests have full access to the resort’s facilities and amenities which includes 2 swimming pools which are perfect for guests who are not fond of the sandy shores. Showers, toilets, and lockers are readily available, plus restaurants and cafés for your hungry stomachs. Play a variety of games such as beach volleyball or cricket with friends and family or just relax and chill by the beach. Return to Brisbane arrive at the wharf in the late afternoon.

Brisbane: Sightseeing River Cruise with Morning Tea

3. Brisbane: Sightseeing River Cruise with Morning Tea

Experience the original sightseeing cruise on the Brisbane River, as you sip your morning tea. During this 1.5 hour guided tour, you will be entertained by informative commentary, while taking advantage of  fantastic photo opportunities. Board the MV Neptune at the City Botanic Gardens River Pontoons. These are located on the river at the City Botanic Gardens. Access off Alice Street through the gates at either Albert St or Edward St. Cruise past Brisbane’s most iconic sights, including the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, the city center, and the Story Bridge.    Enjoy this interesting, cost-effective, and informative tour of Brisbane’s distinctive river scene, ideal for both locals and visitors. Available year-round, you don’t want to miss out on this beautiful and relaxing tour.  

Brisbane: River Cruise with Lunch

4. Brisbane: River Cruise with Lunch

Discover Brisbane from the water with this river cruise complete with lunch at one of the city's most popular eateries. Departing from South Bank, set out on a 1.5-hour cruise to explore some of Brisbane's most important sights. During your cruise, see sights such as the South Bank Parklands, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Story Bridge, New Farm Park, and the Brisbane riverside homes. The sights will be accompanied by an informative commentary about the region as well as a morning tea to satisfy your onboard cravings. The morning cruise will last for 45 minutes until you reach your first port of call. After a short walk from the landing dock, arrive at the Breakfast Creek Hotel where you can enjoy a delicious meal. Choose from a range of dishes such as rump steak, panko calamari, and Caesar salad. From here, you will once again board the boat to cruise back to the dock at South Bank within the luscious Parklands.

Brisbane: Tamborine Wine & Distillery Tour + 2 Course Lunch

5. Brisbane: Tamborine Wine & Distillery Tour + 2 Course Lunch

The Vino Bus will pick you up from your home or holiday accommodation at approximately 09:00. From there, you will be driven in comfort to Tamborine Mountain in an air-conditioned mini bus while absorbing the spectacular views of rainforest and picturesque landscapes. You will visit 4 award-winning wineries plus Tamborine Mountain's famous distillery. Each venue will conduct guided private tastings for the group, which will allow you to try between 6 -10 varieties at each venue. You are welcome to switch one of the wineries for a brewery on the day if you feel like finishing the tour with some beer.  A delicious two-course lunch at one of the mountains top wineries is included in your tour, as well as all of your tasting fees. Snacks and water are also inclusive and available on the bus. The Vino Bus’s entertaining and knowledgeable guide will ensure you have an extremely fun and unforgettable experience, while teaching you a thing or two along the way. Relax on the drive home, or chat to the new friends you’ve made, and then at 16:30 you will be dropped back at your pick-up point.

Brisbane: 1.5 Hour River Sunset Cruise

6. Brisbane: 1.5 Hour River Sunset Cruise

Board your boat for the evening at 5:45 PM and set off along the scenic Brisbane River at 6:00 PM. Purchase a drink from the onboard bar, then sit back and relax as you gaze at the city skyline. Gently cruise along the river, admiring the many bridges along the way, including the impressive Story Bridge. Marvel at the beautiful Kangaroo Cliffs, and watch the city be transformed with color as it lights up at night. Along the way, listen to relaxing music, take in the sights of the city, and soak up the memories of this unforgettable experience. The cruise ends at 7:30 PM, back at the dock.

Brisbane: True Crime Tour

7. Brisbane: True Crime Tour

Uncover Brisbane's macabre criminal past as you take a stroll through one of Australia's oldest settlements. Over 1.5 hours, be enthralled by stories from your expert guide and discover the mysteries that lie beneath the streets of historic Brisbane. Set off from the meeting point and amble through some of Brisbane's hidden alleyways and nooks, enjoying incredible photo and sightseeing opportunities along the way. Learn about fascinating true crimes stories that never made it into the official history books.  Join an investigation into a dark and crime-ridden history, and see if you can piece the facts together for yourself.

Brisbane: Midday River Sightseeing Cruise

8. Brisbane: Midday River Sightseeing Cruise

Discover Brisbane on a fun city cruise and learn all about the area from a local guide. See the highlights of Brisbane and snap great photos along the way. Depart from the City Botanic Gardens River Pontoons onboard an MV Neptune and enjoy a 1.5-hour guided tour of Brisbane by boat. Enjoy informative commentary of your guide while taking advantage of the fantastic photo opportunities.  Cruise past Brisbane’s most iconic sights including the city center, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, New Farm Park, and the Story Bridge. The commentary will tell you some of the history of Brisbane and point out the historical and contemporary landmarks of the city.

From Brisbane: North Stradbroke Island Day Trip with Sunset

9. From Brisbane: North Stradbroke Island Day Trip with Sunset

Spend the day on North Stradbroke Island with a guide. Enjoy scenic walks, beautiful lakes, and relaxing beaches as you learn about the island's history, culture, and wildlife. On the way back to the mainland watch as the sun sets into the sea. Start your morning with a departure from Brisbane at 9:30 AM. After a 45-minute drive to the ferry port, have the chance to purchase breakfast at the port or on the ferry during the crossing. Arrive at North Stradbroke Island and deboard the ferry to head to your first stop, Brown Lake. On the way there your tour guide will talk about the island as well as the historic and cultural importance of the Quandamooka people. Refresh and reenergize with the fresh and beautiful water of the lake. From there and after a quick stop at Myora Springs, your guide will take you to the northwest side of the island, a perfect lookout spot to take pictures and go for a walk at Cylinder Beach. Then head for one of the main attractions of the day, the Gorge Walk. On this 40 - 45 minute walk, take in views of the Coral Sea and its incredibly rich marine life, from manta rays, turtles, to dolphins and more. After the Gorge Walk, take a break to have lunch at Point Lookout. Following your lunch break, the tour will head to Amity Point. Your tour guide will take you on a walk to search for koalas in the wild. Optionally, if koala-spotting is not your thing, spend even more time at the beach instead. Conclude your day with a ferry ride back to the mainland in time to watch the sunset from the sea. Your expected arrival time in Brisbane is about 7:30 PM.

Moreton Island Day-Trip to Scuba Dive and More

10. Moreton Island Day-Trip to Scuba Dive and More

An island adventure awaits you in beautiful Australia! This full-day tour departs less than 20 minutes from the Brisbane CBD and takes you to majestic Moreton Island. Depart from Brisbane's Holt Street Wharf and travel across Moreton Bay on your luxury catamaran transfer. This takes roughly 75 minutes. Whether you're an experienced diver or not, you can scuba dive in Moreton Island! Choose introductory for beginner divers and certified for licensed divers and check out the Tangalooma Wrecks up close! There is an abundance of marine life that lives within the delicate ecosystem of the Tangalooma Wrecks. this is really the best way to experience it up close. Whilst you are on the island, enjoy access to various bonus activities including beach sports, tennis, snorkeling, full use of 1 and 2 person kayaks as well as use of the resort facilities including pools, showers and toilets. There are cafes, bars and restaurants on the island to enjoy at your own cost. You will then depart Moreton Island at 4:00 PM to return back to your original departure point in Brisbane.

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I enjoyed some much the adventurous tour. The places around Moreton Island are so beautiful. The tourist guys were super friendly. Special thanks to Chris who found my GoPro, lost in the ocean somewhere around Moreton Island, after 12 days. Incredible honest guy

Cannot recommend this enough! We did the night time tour and it was incredible! So much fun. Bit scary at first for first time riders, but had an absolute ball

Matt the tour guide was excellent, had fun with like minded small group, would highly recommend this tour to friends

excellent boat and cruise. Very knowledgeable learnt new things I never knew, been in Brisbane for over 40 years!

It was an amazing experience! Our guide Shaun did an amazing job! Would love to do this again! :)