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Brisbane: River Cruise with Lunch

1. 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: 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: City Highlights Self-Guided Smartphone Tour

3. 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

4. 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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The Best of Brisbane Bicycle Tour

5. The Best of Brisbane Bicycle Tour

Take a 2 or 3.5-hour guided bicycle tour from South Bank Parklands, and ride to historic Kangaroo Point. Continue over the iconic Story Bridge to the charming suburb of New Farm. Ride down tree-lined streets and into New Farm Park, a lovely site with riverside picnic spots, cycling paths and playgrounds. Stop here for a picnic tea break, and to enjoy the river view. After the break you’ll head to the inner suburb of Teneriffe to see the many heritage sites that are being revitalized. Gradually you’ll wind your way back along the waterfront, where some of Brisbane's finest riverfront restaurants are located.  Pedal through the City Botanic Gardens, and see the outdoor sculptures and an impressive collection of native and exotic plants. The tour ends back at the starting point in South Bank Parklands. The total biking distance may vary depending on the riding skills and interests of your group.

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Brisbane: Personal Southeast Queensland Tour

6. Brisbane: Personal Southeast Queensland Tour

After being collected from your accommodation, you'll begin your personal tour allowing your group to experience Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast, Toowoomba, and everywhere in between on your own terms. You can feel free to put together your own itinerary, or can instead opt for your guides to suggest some locations to suit your needs. Visit the historic sites of Brisbane, including the Brisbane Powerhouse, Petrie Terrace, Paddington, and Red Hill; or take a food-and-wine tour on the Sunshine Coast. Depending on the season you can visit Toowoomba during the Carnival of the Flowers, or choose to visit the tourist sites on the Gold Coast which are available year round. You will be in charge for the duration of your tour, with Southeast Queensland at your group's disposal. As your tour concludes, you will be dropped off at your hotel or another designated point to enjoy the rest of your day.

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Essential Brisbane: City Walking Tour

7. Essential Brisbane: City Walking Tour

This 3-hour city tour covers all the main sights in the city center and takes you where the buses can’t go. See King George Square, the Story Bridge, the City Botanic Gardens, the oldest church in Queensland, Eagle Street Pier, the City Hall Clock Tower and lots of hidden secrets along the way. Your local tour guide will even point out the best bars, cafes and restaurants. As it is a small group tour you'll get to meet everyone and feel really welcome. The tour is based on the best aspects of travel and includes a balance of interesting sites, recommendations of the best and newest places to eat and drink, a few laughs and a bit of exercise.

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Brisbane: Themed Adventure Game

8. Brisbane: Themed Adventure Game

Be immersed in the story of the Brisbane Burglar as you take part in an adventure game starting and finishing at Reddacliff Place in Brisbane's CBD. Have up to two hours to complete the case with your team collecting points for every correct answer from challenges, riddles and eventually guessing the Brisbane Burglar's identity. Detective Watson will provide a case briefing and hand out the essentials to solve the case; a detective bag, gamebook, and map. It's not always the fasted team that wins, have you been paying attention along the way? Your gamebook continues on from your case briefing, introducing you to the suspects and providing riddles to guide you to your first challenge. The challenges are hands-on activities using the tools in your detective bag and the local buildings to help build an evidential case. Write your answers on the provided sheet and debate among your team who you think the Brisbane Burglar is. Once you have all the answers, make your way back to the Detective to see how well you went.

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Brisbane: Art and Design Walking Tour

9. Brisbane: Art and Design Walking Tour

Discover a mix of 40 works created by over 30 artists on a walking tour. Your guide will show you the best sculpture, design, murals and architectural features in the city center of Brisbane. See a mix of contemporary commissions, historical sculptures, rogue street art, and building facades. Hear the story behind each piece and pick up some great tips on eating, drinking, and art galleries to visit during your stay in the city. Finish the tour at the internationally renowned Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art just in time for you to grab lunch and enjoy the rest of your day! Alternatively, your guide will accompany you on the 10-minute walk back to the Queen St Mall.

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What people are saying about Brisbane

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Excellent staff. Very interesting talk about history of the river. Enjoyable morning scones and coffee on boat, and lunch at the breakfast creek hotel. I would recommend this trip highly.

My wife and I were the only two participants on the tour. We received great instruction and an informative and fun tour by our guide, Sarah.

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

A very informative, comfortable cruise with delicious scones, friendly staff and clean surroundings

Awesome experience, probably the best way to see Brisbane