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Our most recommended Brisbane Canoe & kayak tours

Moreton Island: Dolphin and Tangalooma Wrecks Day Cruise

1. Moreton Island: Dolphin and Tangalooma Wrecks Day Cruise

Discover Moreton Bay Marine Park and learn about marine life from an onboard marine naturalist on this cruise. Go on a guided snorkeling tour of the Tangalooma wrecks and keep an eye our for the dolphins, dugongs and sea turtles that call this glamour area home. Choose from a tour where you meet the boat at the Rivergate Marina or with pickup from the Gold Coast or Brisbane. Throw your swimwear into a bag and set sail to uncover miles of unspoiled white sand beaches. Departing daily from Brisbane, cruise in luxury to Moreton Bay Marine Park aboard the modern, air-conditioned catamaran Spirit of Migaloo II. Here enjoy the freedom to do as much or as little as you please with all activities included and no local fees. Dive in and snorkel the fifteen shipwrecks that have been deliberately sunk just off the coastline with an abundance of spectacular coral formations and colorful marine life that needs to be seen to be believed. No experience is required and all equipment and water safety items are provided. Afterwards, join our naturalist guides in a fish-feeding session with the 200 species that frequent the area. Satisfy your appetite with a gourmet tropical buffet featuring ocean king prawns, and quench your thirst with a glass of local wine, craft beer or frozen cocktail. Take the time to relax, enjoy free island time on the pristine white-sand beach. Kayak on sheltered crystal-clear waters, join a game with complimentary beach sporting equipment, or simply kick back and soak in the serenity. Watch out for some of Queensland’s best marine wildlife in this area that is home to one of the largest populations of bottlenose dolphins in Australia. Feel the joy of seeing them jump and play in turquoise waters. Search for six of the world’s seven species of sea turtles and herds of shy and gentle dugongs in one of the world’s remaining strongholds for this species. Get help from the onboard marine naturalists that have been working with these incredible animals for over a decade and have the experience to give you the closest wildlife encounters possible.

From Brisbane or Gold Coast: Moreton Island Full-Day Trip

2. From Brisbane or Gold Coast: Moreton Island Full-Day Trip

Enjoy a day on Moreton Island on this full-day trip from Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Relax on the cruise on the way, enjoy a delicious lunch, then take part in fun outdoor activities like kayaking and sand tobogganing. Be picked up from a centrally-located meeting point in Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Sit back and relax on the air-conditioned drive to the boat's departure point. Board a spacious boat with an outdoor area and a covered seating area. Enjoy ocean views as you cruise across Moreton Bay. Discover a vibrant underwater world as you follow your guide on a snorkeling tour around shipwrecks. Have the chance to spot turtles, fish, and rays. Stop to savor a sandwich lunch on the beach before taking a guided tour in a glass-bottom kayak. View the underwater wonders of the Tangalooma Wrecks as you paddle over crystal-clear water. Explore the area on the island that is known as "The Desert." Ride in a rugged 4X4, and experience the exhilaration of sand tobogganing at speeds of over 40 miles per hour. Admire the Gheebulum Coonungai National Park that covers most of Moreton Island.

Brisbane: Moreton Island Return Ferry & Adventure Day Pass

3. Brisbane: 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: Guided River Kayak Tour

4. Brisbane: Guided River Kayak Tour

Discover the city of Brisbane from the water with a river kayaking tour, no matter if you are a first-timer or an experienced kayaker. Get to grips with your kayak with a full instructive introduction by staff before heading out onto the water with your guide. Then explore the city for 1.5 hours with a local guide leading the way down the Brisbane River. Pilot your own kayak and paddle your way past landmarks such as the Story Bridge or South Bank while listening to all sorts of anecdotes about the city. With sunscreen and all equipment included, all you will need to worry about is taking in the sights and enjoying the adventure with your kayaking group.

From Brisbane: Moreton Island 2-Day Explorer Tour

5. From Brisbane: Moreton Island 2-Day Explorer Tour

Get back to nature on a 2-day tour of Moreton Island in the Coral Sea. Take part in exciting activities, such as nighttime kayaking and sand tobogganing. Day 1: (L, D) Cruise across Moreton Bay in air-conditioned comfort, and relax on the beach at Tangalooma Ship Wrecks. Marvel at the marine life and magical coral gardens as you snorkel with your guide. Look for turtles and dolphins in their natural habitat. View shoals of fish from a clear-bottomed kayak, and then reach speeds of up to 70km/h as you toboggan across sand. Cross the rugged terrain by 4WD “Tough Bus” and watch a beautiful sunset over Moreton Bay. Enjoy dinner at the rustic Castaways, your home for the night. Go on an optional nighttime kayak to look at the colorful fish and coral floodlit by underwater lights. Alternatively, roast marshmallows around the camp fire and enjoy drinks with your new friends. Day 2: (B, L)</em) Go for a swim in the natural Champagne Pools of Eastern Surf Beach. Stop along the way at romantic Honeymoon Bay and North Point. Continue your off-road adventure to the stunning Cape Moreton Lighthouse and museum. Look for turtles, dolphins, sharks, manta rays, and whales in season. Get spectacular views of Moreton Island and the Eastern Beach, and swim in the breathtaking Blue Lagoon freshwater lake. 

Brisbane: Illuminated River Night Kayak Tour

6. Brisbane: Illuminated River Night Kayak Tour

Discover the city of Brisbane from the water with a river kayaking tour, either if you are a first-timer or an experienced kayaker. Get to grips with your kayak with a full introduction by staff before heading out onto the water with your guide. Explore the city for 1.5 hours with a local guide leading the way down the Brisbane River. Pilot your own kayak and paddle your way past landmarks such as the Story Bridge or South Bank while listening to all sorts of anecdotes about the city. With all equipment included, all you will need to worry about is taking in the sights and enjoying this epic night kayaking adventure with your group!

Brisbane: Stradbroke Island Adventure

7. Brisbane: Stradbroke Island Adventure

After being collected from your North Stradbroke Island accommodation, your tour of the island will begin. On Stradbroke you will discover that the waters are calm, and the area is a favorite place for spotting dolphins and pelicans. The town of Amity is great for kayaking, or if you love fishing, “putting the tinny in”. You will also be welcome to trying your luck at throwing a line in from the jetty. If that catch of the day eludes, you don’t worry, there’s plenty of seafood to be had in Amity from Seashells Café or Rufus King Seafood. Later on in your island tour, you will venture to the Brown Lake and Point Lookout, which provides some of the best waves on the island. At the conclusion of your Amity experience, you will be safely returned to your point of origin.

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What people are saying about Brisbane

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 163 reviews

Loved this day out! The crew were amazing, we had perfect weather - so many animal sightings; the local dolphin pod, the turtles, star fish, and loads of tropical fish while snorkelling. Fully recommend this day trip, it was one of the most enjoyable things we did on our Australia trip!

The weather was not perfect but still wonderful on the day. The currents were a bit strong but not enough to stop me from snorkelling the wrecks. The walk down the wrecks is a hike so just be ready for that.

If you are in Brisbane, don't hesitate to come and spend a day on Moreton Island. The day is exactly as described, the island is super beautiful, quiet with restaurants!

A great day from start to finish. My teenagers highlight of our trip. Lunch was lovely, snorkeling was great, boat itself nice. Friendly staff.

Nice staff and great experience doing snorkeling kayak and surfing in the desert! Recommend