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The Sunshine State capital has something for everyone, from city beaches to modern galleries and koala sanctuaries.

Our most recommended things to do in Brisbane

Brisbane: Story Bridge Adventure Climb

1. 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.

Brisbane: Sightseeing River Cruise with Morning Tea

2. 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. Board the MV Neptune at the City Botanic Gardens River Pontoons. These are located on the river at the City Botanic Gardens. Access off Alice Street through the gates at either Albert St or Edward St. 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.  

Brisbane: Moreton Island Return Ferry & Adventure Day Pass

3. Brisbane: 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 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 arrive at the wharf in the late afternoon.

Brisbane: River Cruise with Lunch

4. 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.

From Brisbane: Tangalooma Day Cruise with ATV Quad Bike Tour

5. From Brisbane: Tangalooma Day Cruise with ATV Quad Bike Tour

Head out on a day trip of adventure and exploration on Moreton Island. Receive full resort access, lunch, Eco Ranger experiences, a dolphin presentation and get your adrenaline pumping with an ATV quad bike ride at Tangalooma. Check in at the wharf, then travel from Brisbane to Moreton Island on a scenic boat ride. You may choose to enjoy a complimentary beverage either on the boat ride over or the return journey. Arrive at beautiful Moreton Island after a 75-minute boat journey. Experience the thrill of riding an ATV quad bike along the beach and through the bushland at Tangalooma, regardless of your experience. Receive basic beach track training to handle the best dedicated ATV quad bike tracks in Australia. Learn from a dedicated team of Eco Rangers about conservation and the surrounding ecosystems. Throughout the day, you’ll also have full access to the resort facilities including pools, restaurants, and bars. You can also enjoy the 'Discover the World of Dolphins' presentation at the Eco Centre. Head back to the jetty to depart on a relaxing journey back to Brisbane.

Brisbane: Midday River Sightseeing Cruise

6. Brisbane: Midday River Sightseeing Cruise

Discover Brisbane on a fun city cruise and learn all about the area from a local guide. See the highlights of Brisbane and snap great photos along the way. Depart from the City Botanic Gardens River Pontoons onboard an MV Neptune and enjoy a 1.5-hour guided tour of Brisbane by boat. Enjoy 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. The commentary will tell you some of the history of Brisbane and point out the historical and contemporary landmarks of the city.

From Brisbane: Tangalooma Day Trip with Whale Watch Cruise

7. From Brisbane: Tangalooma Day Trip with Whale Watch Cruise

Start your day with check-in at the wharf, and travel from Brisbane to Moreton Island on a scenic ferry ride. Choose to enjoy a complimentary beverage either on the boat ride over or the return journey. Arrive at beautiful Moreton Island after approximately 75 minutes and make a short stop at the resort before heading out on the whale watch cruise at approximately 12:00 PM. Board a smooth-sailing comfortable catamaran, the perfect vantage point to spot whales in the water. Enjoy full commentary about the habitats and behaviors of these amazing creatures. Sit down for a light lunch and refreshments served on board. Then, if you choose, enjoy the Discover the World of Dolphins presentation at the Eco Centre at 3:15 PM. Throughout the day, enjoy full access to the Tangalooma resort facilities including pools, restaurants and bars. Depart from the Tangalooma jetty at 4:00 PM and return back to the Brisbane wharf at 5:15 PM.

From Brisbane: Tangalooma Cruise with Wrecks Snorkel Tour

8. From Brisbane: Tangalooma Cruise with Wrecks Snorkel Tour

When you check in at the wharf, the staff will advise all tour times of the day to guests. You will then travel from Brisbane to Moreton Island on a scenic boat ride. Enjoy a complimentary beverage on the boat ride there, or to relax on the return journey. Arrive at beautiful Moreton Island after a beautiful 75 minute boat journey. Included in your day trip is a snorkelling tour. The snorkelling experience takes you to one of Australia's best snorkelling locations, The Tangalooma Wrecks, which is home to a large variety of reef fish, coral formations and marine life. Throughout the day, you will also have full access to the resort facilities, including pools, restaurants and bars. You can also enjoy the 'Discover the World of Dolphins' presentation at the Eco Centre at 3:15pm. Head back to the jetty to depart for Brisbane at 4:00pm for another relaxing boat journey. You will arrive back in Brisbane at 5:15pm.

Brisbane: True Crime Tour

9. 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.

Brisbane: Four X Beer Brewery Tour & Beer Tasting

10. Brisbane: Four X Beer Brewery Tour & Beer Tasting

Discover the secret to Castlemaine Four X on a 1.5-hour tour of the brand’s famous brewery in Brisbane, and travel through more than a century of beer brewing history. The tour covers all aspects of the iconic brand, from how it got its name to how it is made. You will even get to see what it tastes like when poured fresh at the brewrey! Learn the origins of beer and brewing, and how to pour a perfect glass for yourself. Start in the Four X Brewery Visitor Centre, and then walk through the heart of the heritage listed site. Discover what raw ingredients are needed for the brewing process, before tasting a couple of fresh beers in the Brewery Restaurant to end your tour.

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What people are saying about Brisbane

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,569 reviews

We have had a wonderful day on the Mountain with PJ. Best wine tour that I have been on. Great group of people, mixed ages. I highly recommend. The Vino Bus. Thank you PJ for a fantastic day. Lesley.

The crew were amazing and were happy to help with anything. Fantastic commentary. Very funny and personal. I would recommend to everyone. Well worth the money.

It was great day kayaking and snorkelling There were plenty of activities and it was great to use the resort pool as well Great value

Awesome activity! The tracks are well designed for all levels of experience. Highly recommend

crew very helpful regarding number of steps to be negotiated to access Breakfast Creek Hotel