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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 River Cruise and Koala Sanctuary Visit

3. 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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Broadwater Adventure + Helicopter Tour Combo

4. Broadwater Adventure + Helicopter Tour Combo

Experience Paradise Jet Boating's Broadwater Adventure ride early in the morning and receive a discounted price! Paradise Jet Boating’s Broadwater Adventure rides are famous for their unique combination of thrills & adventure mixed with stunning scenery & sightseeing. Experience 360° spins, high speed drifting and other exciting manoeuvres.... while exploring the beautiful Gold Coast waterways.  Paradise Jet Boating are ECO Tourism Australia accredited for the Broadwater Adventure ride and are Australia’s first jetboat company to achieve this status. In addition to this, they T-QUAL Tick endorsed – this recognises the high quality of experience and level of customer service. The Broadwater Adventure jetboat rides are 55 minutes of authentic jetboating action through 35km of beautiful waterways. Being the only jetboat operator that departs directly into the Broadwater, the slow zones that the other operators travel through are missed – this then allows Paradise Jet Boating to travel further into the Broadwater, being the only jetboat to travel around Sovereign Island. With approved access to the exclusive National Marine Park, allows the opportunity to spot Dolphins, Wallabies and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Then experience amazing sightseeing past Sovereign Island’s spectacular multi-million dollar mansions. Ride in the most advanced jet boats in Australia and enjoy the highest level in safety, performance and passenger comfort aboard our first class, purpose-built boats. Reaching 80km/hr these jetboats are FAST, manoeuvrable and agile, allowing exciting spins, fish tails and of course their famous adrenalin pumping 360° spins! Safety is number one priority on our tours. Their highly trained, professional skippers have your safety as their priority and all passengers wear lifejackets on our tours. These jetboat tours are suitable for passengers from four years of age and rides depart on the hour every hour between 9am to 4pm. Operating from the marina ‘Adventure Terminal’, you are provides secure storage, undercover/comfortable waiting areas, full-length rainwear, tea & coffee facilities, in-house photography and free parking. The friendly team will ensure you have a memorable experience from start to finish! Afterwards, get onboard and go for a majestic helicopter ride of 5 minutes above the area. See the Gold Coast from above, an experience you will never forget!

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From Brisbane: Stradbroke Island Day Tour

5. From Brisbane: Stradbroke Island Day Tour

Take a day trip from Brisbane to Stradbroke Island and discover Queensland's most popular island and its National Park. The park is almost completely controlled by the aboriginal Quandamooka people. At almost 40 kilometers long, Stradbroke Island is the second-largest sand island in the world. Located just off the coast from Brisbane, it has beautiful beaches, a rugged coastline and forests that are home to large numbers of kangaroos and koala bears. The crystal clear waters are safe to swim in year round. Following your transfer from Brisbane, enjoy a memorable experience where the waters teem with large schools of dolphins, manta rays and turtles. All of these creatures can be seen from Point Lookout. The lookout is considered Australia’s best land-based vantage point for spotting migrating humpback whales in the winter. During the tour, you will enjoy a 40-minute cruise across Moreton Bay, visit Cylinder Beach, where you are free to swim if you want and walk the North Gorge to admire the rugged views.

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Brisbane: Whale Watching Cruise with Gourmet Lunch

6. Brisbane: Whale Watching Cruise with Gourmet Lunch

See the amazing humpback whale and enjoy an onboard gourmet lunch on this exciting, 5-hour whale watching cruise near Brisbane. Marvel at the magnificent humpback whale in one of the world’s best whale watching destinations, Moreton Bay. Enjoy a gourmet lunch aboard the Eye-Spy catamaran whilst watching the whales - an experience you're unlikely to forget in a hurry!

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What people are saying about Brisbane

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!

The captain of rhe vessel and all the crew were super helpful and friendly and got out of the way when it was time to relax and have fun.

Awesome tour guides, shout out to Isaiah and Josh! great activities and much fun all around.

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