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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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Moreton Bay: Best of Moreton Bay 3 Island Day Tour

3. 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 River Cruise and Koala Sanctuary Visit

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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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From Gold Coast: North Stradbroke Island Sunset Tour

8. From Gold Coast: North Stradbroke Island Sunset Tour

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 Gold Coast at 8:30 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 Gold Coast is about 7:30 PM. See less

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Cycle Brisbane Valley Rail Trail & Hike Scenic Rim Trail

9. Cycle Brisbane Valley Rail Trail & Hike Scenic Rim Trail

Ride, hike, taste, and savor the sights and trails of south east Queensland. This is a fully guided tour, with quality accommodation, new bikes, experienced guides, gourmet meals, wine tastings, and transport all included. Sit back, cycle, hike, and enjoy this exclusive and unique experience. On the first day, you will arrive at your accommodation in Brisbane. Enjoy your first group meal, where you will meet your guide and get to know your fellow guests. The next morning, you will begin the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT). On day three, you continue on toward Ipswitch. Keep an eye out for wildlife including koala, echidna, and emu. The incredibly well restored rail stations on route make great photo opportunities. You will be transferred to the luxurious Hidden Vale Resort, complete with beautiful natural surrounds in the Lockyer Valley. On day four, after an early breakfast, commence with a gentle uphill hike. Keep your eyes peeled for wallabies as you cross open woodland forest to Spicers Canopy. A warm welcome from your Camp Host awaits you along with freshly made afternoon tea or cold beverages. There is now time to unwind, take a dip in the hot tub, and have a hot shower before your chef prepares an evening meal. After dinner, enjoy an outdoor fire as you gaze up to the amazing night sky. The next day, you will set out on a path that has only been travelled by a select few. You’ll have the opportunity to look for goannas, wedge tail eagles, wallabies, and the endangered Glossy Black Cockatoo. You will continue climbing, as you break above the tree line and are rewarded with panoramic views of the Great Dividing Range. There is one final push before lunch, using a support rope to climb up to where the trail leads from a drier grass tree plateau. Enjoy a well-deserved lunch before pushing on for the last 2 hours of the hike. Finally, you will arrive at the luxurious Spicers Peak Lodge, where refreshing towels and beverages will be waiting for you. You are all transferred back to Spicers Canopy to enjoy a celebratory dinner and another night under the stunning stars in our luxury camp. On day six, you head back to Brisbane via Sirromet Winery, where you can enjoy a ‘Behind the Scenes’ winery tour and tasting followed by lunch on the Tuscan Terrace.

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What people are saying about Brisbane

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 70 reviews

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.

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.