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Brisbane: True Crime Tour

1. 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

2. 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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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. 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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Express Segway Tour of Brisbane

4. Express Segway Tour of Brisbane

Meet your friendly guide who will first check you in, fit your helmet and deliver the all-important safety brief. Segways are very easy to learn how to ride, you don’t have to balance, the segway balances you. After 15 minutes of fun training on how to safely operate the Segway, you’ll explore Brisbane with your friendly tour guide. You will zoom past the wildlife, birds, beautiful gardens and iconic landmarks of Brisbane. The friendly, local guide will help you to get to know the real Brisbane. Travel 8 km and visit Kurilpa Bridge, South Bank Parklands and the Goodwill Bridge on the 1-hour tour. Add on the City Botanical Gardens on the 1.5-hour tour.

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Brisbane River: Half-Day Classic Pubs Boat Tour

5. Brisbane River: Half-Day Classic Pubs Boat Tour

Nothing beats a fresh, cold beer and having a laugh with friends at an iconic Australian pub. River to Bay’s Classic Pubs Tour will take you on a cruise down the Brisbane River stopping at some of Brisbane’s favourite pubs. As a guest of River to Bay, you can enjoy priority entry and exclusive offers at each location. From the comfort of one of our custom-built vessels, enjoy views of the city skyline as you hop-on and hop-off at three of Brisbane’s most-loved venues. First stop is the Breakfast Creek Hotel – where if you’re lucky, you may be chosen to spike the keg. Then, hop back on board to cruise down to the Story Bridge Hotel. We’ll stop right on the beach under the Story Bridge (the perfect place for a photo opportunity). Your final stop will be at either the Port Office Hotel (Friday and Saturday tours) or the Stock Exchange Hotel (Sunday tours only).

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Brisbane: City Highlights Self-Guided Smartphone Tour

6. Brisbane: City Highlights Self-Guided Smartphone Tour

Explore the sights in Brisbane with a smartphone audio tour. Use the unique navigation function to help you custom build walking routes to suit your interests. Listen to the audio commentary to hear the history behind different sites.  Dive into the culture and history of the city, as you see iconic landmarks. Hear the story behind how Story Bridge was built. Stroll through the riverside City Botanic Gardens. View the old quarry cliffs Kangaroo Point park.  Have the freedom to start or stop the tour whenever you wish. Pinpoint your favorite sights and source the best photo hotspots.

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Best of Brisbane: Night or Day Segway Adventure Tour

7. Best of Brisbane: Night or Day Segway Adventure Tour

Meet your friendly guide who will first check you in, fit your helmet and deliver the all-important safety brief. Segways are very easy to learn how to ride, you don’t have to balance, the segway balances you. After 15 minutes of fun training on how to safely operate the Segway, you’ll explore Brisbane with your friendly tour guide. You will zoom past the wildlife, birds, beautiful gardens and iconic landmarks of Brisbane. The friendly, local guide will help you get to know the real Brisbane. See iconic Brisbane sights such as The Story Bridge, Eagle Street Pier, City Botanical Gardens, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Kurilpa Bridge, South Bank Parklands and the Goodwill Bridge. There will be times for your tour guides to snap photos of you as you enjoy the tour. 

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From Brisbane: Bribie Island 4WD Nature Adventure

8. From Brisbane: Bribie Island 4WD Nature Adventure

Your guide begins the adventure by letting the tires down on the 4WD and hitting the surf beach. Make your way towards Fort Bribie WWII Bunkers along the sand. Stop to view wildlife and the various lagoons along the way. After an informative, historical tour of the WWII bunkers, this is when the real adventure begins! The scenery changes from rugged Australian bush to open forests, swampy wetlands and dirt roads, all in the blink of an eye as you head inland and hit the 4WD tracks of the Bribie Island National Park. Following a stop for lunch, enjoy the opportunity to see local kangaroos, goannas and other wildlife at Poverty Creek. Next enjoy the serenity and the stunning views of The Glass House Mountains. After a picnic lunch and group photo in front of the Pumicestone Passage, continue along the 4WD track to White Patch.

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Brisbane: Stradbroke Island Adventure

9. 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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Gold Coast: Spirits of the Red Sand Aboriginal Show & Dinner

10. Gold Coast: Spirits of the Red Sand Aboriginal Show & Dinner

Experience an evening of powerful storytelling and Aboriginal rituals, served with a hearty chargrilled feast! Board a bus for transfers from select locations on the Gold Coast, and listen as the guides tell an interactive story en-route to Beenleigh Historical Village.  Mingle with other guests and your hosts on arrival, and purchase drinks from the bar before the show starts. Follow the creation myths of the Dreamtime, and journey through time as the show takes you up to the 1800s. Be mesmerized by an Aborigine storyteller and cast of direct descendants of the story you’ll be walking. Marvel as chapters of a moving story about three Aboriginal brothers is brought to life as you move through a typical 19th-century village. Admire the different stage sets, including a church, and outside jail. Then, feast on a dinner of hearty Australian food and mingle with the cast.

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What people are saying about Brisbane

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 58 reviews

Not something I would usually do, but very glad we did. Relaxing way to travel along the river. My wife enjoyed the scones and coffee while I enjoyed a beer. Staff were very friendly and informative. Would definitely do this again.

Excellent guide, very clear and spoke very well, we enjoyed the tour and would recommend it, you also get to see parts of the city you might not have seen

dint want it to end...... brissi is the best city n this is th best way to see it....hope they may do a longer more expansive tour one day

great walking tour of Brisbane, Guide was very knowledgeable and very entertaining

We had a great night, guide knowledgeable and able to answer our questions.