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Moreton Island Shipwreck, Sand Dune & Kayak 1-Day Adventure

1. Moreton Island Shipwreck, Sand Dune & Kayak 1-Day Adventure

Cruise across Moreton Bay by ferry on this full-day Moreton Island trip. Join a guided snorkeling experience. Enjoy a fully-guided tour around to shipwrecks and spot turtles, fish, and many other marine animals. After a sandwich lunch, paddle a transparent kayak to take in the hidden underwater wonders of the Tangalooma Wrecks. Later, explore the area known as The Desert in a rugged 4X4, and then experience the exhilaration of sand tobogganing at speeds of over 40 miles per hour.

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Moreton Island: Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise Adventure

2. Moreton Island: Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise Adventure

Meet the skipper and crew at the Rivergate Marina Brisbane where you’ll be welcomed on board your vessel to begin a 1-day Moreton Island adventure! The modern, purpose-built whale and dolphin-friendly vessels feature large viewing decks, guaranteeing all guests a rail-side position on this ultimate marine discovery cruise. Visit the magical world of the Moreton Bay Marine Park, home to bottlenose dolphins, dugongs and giant loggerhead turtles. The park is also home to humpback whale between June and October. A marine naturalist on board will provide insightful commentary, blending aspects of marine mammal behavior with the interesting history of the Moreton Bay islands. You’ll enjoy a guided snorkeling tour around the 14 scuttled ships of the Tangalooma Wrecks as well. There is a kiosk on board where you can purchase additional snacks and drinks, and there is also a licensed bar.

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Brisbane: Story Bridge Adventure Climb

3. 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.

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Brisbane to Moreton Island Return Ferry & Adventure Day Pass

4. 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 at 7:00 AM 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 at 4:00 PM and arrive at the wharf at around 5:15 PM.

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Brisbane: River Cruise with Lunch

5. 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.

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Brisbane: True Crime Tour

6. 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.

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Brisbane: Midday River Sightseeing Cruise

7. Brisbane: Midday River Sightseeing Cruise

Depart from South Bank Parklands at 12:30 PM on board MV Neptune and enjoy a 1.5-hour guided tour of Brisbane by boat. You’ll be entertained by the 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.

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Moreton Bay: Best of Moreton Bay 3 Island Day Tour

8. Moreton Bay: Best of Moreton Bay 3 Island Day Tour

Set sail on your very own island adventure with a River to Bay island tour. Visit 3 of Moreton Bay’s islands and see historic ruins, snorkel, and go for a bushwalk all in one day. Discover the underwater paradise of Moreton Bay as you snorkel the Tangalooma Wrecks. Spot native wildlife and marine life while on the 1-hour snorkel. Afterward, enjoy a scenic tour of the Dunwich beaches. After snorkeling at Tangalooma Wrecks, you’ll head to Stradbroke Island. Once at Stradbroke Island, you’ll enjoy lunch at the Little Ship Club before heading to St. Helena Island for a bushwalk. Along the way, you’ll learn about the nature, history, and culture of St. Helena Island. After your bushwalk, you’ll start the journey back to Northshore Harbour, where your tour will come to an end. You’ll arrive at Northshore Harbour at around 4:00 PM.

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Brisbane: Sightseeing River Cruise with Morning Tea

9. 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. 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.  

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Brisbane River Cruise and Koala Sanctuary Visit

10. Brisbane River Cruise and Koala Sanctuary Visit

Board Mirimar Cruises from a convenient departure point in the heart of Brisbane city and embark on a relaxing cruise to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. On this 5.5-hour program you’ll enjoy informative commentary from your captain as you glide along Brisbane’s waterfront, passing from the bustle of the city to leafy suburbs with waterside mansions. Indulge in homemade morning teas, meals and snacks that you can purchase from the on-board café. After around 70 minutes of cruising you’ll arrive at Lone Pine, where you’ll have 3 hours to explore the world’s largest koala sanctuary that’s home to more than 130 of these adorable marsupials. You can cuddle a koala, have photos taken (at your own expense) and perhaps catch a talk by the koala keepers. Visit the Platypus House, where you may be able to see the shy platypus, a native to Australia. Owls, kites and sea eagles soar above you at the popular Birds of Prey show. You can also feed the kangaroos and wallabies: more than 100 of them live in a 5-acre reserve at Lone Pine. Along with koalas and kangaroos, Lone Pine hosts a sheepdog show where you see the hardworking dogs round up a herd of sheep, responding to their master’s whistles, calls and hand signals. After your time at the park, you’ll head back to the boat to enjoy a relaxing return trip to the city, listening to Australian music and sipping on a local Australian wine or beer.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,735 reviews

We had Rio as our tour guide and he was amazing. The tour was so worth it. Brown Lake is a natural delight, Cylinder beach is beautiful (I recommend BYO lunch as we had to wait a long time for our lunch here) and the walk at point lookout was fabulous. Highly recommend for an accesible and not exhausting day trip.

Amazing moment with the Team, which is helpful, funnyand experienced. We've spent a wonderful journey on Moreton Island snorkeling, kayaking and sansboarding. By the way if you're doing sandboarding wear socks or shoes cause the sand is really hot on sunny days Thank you very much Sunset safari

Great to experience such a beautiful part of the world! The day tour was an ample adventure, entailing sandbording, kayaking and snorkelling. The guides were informative, friendly and fun, and everyone on the tour happy and friendly. Highly rate this little adventure!

Enjoyable day out. Professional and friendly staff, great boat and gear and lunch. Excellent intro to the best of Moreton Bay!

Friendly guides, fun day, snorkeling was amazing ... so many fish.