Brisbane Day Trips & Day Tours
Brisbane is a great jumping off point to explore south east Queensland and beyond. Just an hour away is the world famous beaches of the Gold Coast, stunning National Parks or come face to face with crocodiles at Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo. A little further away you can explore Byron Bay or travel in the opposite direction up the Sunshine Coast to the warm waters of Noosa Heads. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride!
Fraser Island offers visitors a wonderful eco tour which will give you access to the attractions on this World Heritage listed sand island. There’s multi day and 1 day tours to Moreton Island where you can discover the quiet waters of Moreton Bay and visit Tangalooma where you will have the opportunity to hand feed wild dolphins.
Day Trips in the Brisbane Region
Explore the diversity of the Gold Coast on a day trip that includes the sights of Surfers Paradise, a cruise along the canals to see the luxury waterfront homes and journeys into the cool rainforests of the Springbrook National Park.You'll see it all on this full-day trip departing either from Brisbane or the Gold Coast and be amazed by the numerous contrasting experiences you can squeeze into just one day.
Experience the natural beauty of World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park on a day trip from Brisbane or Gold Coast. You’ll visit an alpaca farm, see unparalleled views from Mount Tamborine, watch for colorful birds, and enjoy a variety of rainforest activities at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, including a treetop canopy walk.
Spend the day at Australia Zoo, Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's living legacy. With return hotel transfers from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, you'll travel on the air-conditioned Croc Express coach service and enjoy plenty of time exploring this fabulous wildlife theme park.
Explore Stradbroke Island by 4WD on a day trip from Brisane. Seeing dolphins, manta rays, turtles and whales in season (from June to November) is always a treat. With pickup and drop-off from your hotel in Brisbane included, this tour has no stress attached to it. You'll enjoy morning tea at Brown Lake and a BBQ on the beach for lunch. Visiting all the hot spots and fantastic viewing points, you will take home many lasting memories of your visit with you.
Enjoy an adrenalin-filled adventure including two of Moreton Island's most popular activities on a 4WD day trip from Brisbane. Your action-packed day includes sand boarding on the island’s sand dunes, as well as snorkeling amongst the Tangalooma Shipwrecks, home to one of Queensland's most diverse marine ecosystems. Throughout the day, you’ll also enjoy Moreton Island's amazing scenery, pristine beaches and abundance of bird and marine life. This tour operates with a maximum of 16 people, ensuring you’ll enjoy a small-group experience with your expert guide.
Explore Springbrook National Park with an expert guide on a full-day tour from Brisbane. The park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, and boasts waterfalls, subtropical and temperate rainforest and stunning lookout points. Enjoy a rainforest walk and picnic lunch within view of Purlingbrook Falls, plus time to take a dip in the natural freshwater pools. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included on this small-group tour that operates with a maximum of 15 people, ensuring a more personalized experience with your guide.
Travel in a small group of 6 (max) in a 4WD and be treated as friends with tours run as a conversation, not a commentary by your experienced and knowledgeable guides. Visit Lamington National Park and see the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, which includes the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world, most of the world's warm temperate rainforest and nearly all of the Antarctic beech Nothofagus moorei cool temperate rainforest. Once we head back enjoy the excitement of a real 4x4 adventure on the drive home keep a lookout for Australias wildlife you never know what my be out and about on this trip. Every tour is focused on giving you an experience that you will never forget, catering for your every need, with morning tea and a delicious lunch included
Travel in a small group of 6 (max) in a 4WD and be treated as friends with tours run as a conversation, not a commentary by your experienced and knowledgeable guides. Dominating the Gold Coast's western skyline, Springbrook's cool forests and mountain streams offer views of impressive landscapes and stunning walks among subtropical and temperate rainforest, open eucalypt forest and montane heath. If you like to take photos then this is the trip for you, spectacular waterfalls and cascading and tumbling creeks are dominant features in this Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Every tour is focused on giving you an experience that you will never forget, catering for your every need, with morning tea and a delicious lunch included.
Explore all there is to offer on Moreton Island with this choose-your-own-adventure tour of paradise. Travel to Moreton Island by luxury catamaran departing from Brisbane's Holt Street Wharf at 7am. Enjoy a day on Tangalooma Island Resort spending the day as you choose. The catamaran will depart Tangalooma Island resort at 4pm, arriving back at Holt Street Wharf at approximately 5:30pm. If you are booking the dolphin viewing adventure pass, you will travel back to Brisbane on a later ferry, arriving at 9:30pm at the latest.
Escape the city and be guided through the scenic hinterlands of Greater Brisbane tasting award winning liqueurs, spirits and wine! Indulge on a gourmet two course meal at one of the wineries and discover delicious, locally produced cheese with a cheese tasting at Witches Chase Cheese Factory! The tour includes all tasting fees, a two course meal, snacks and cold drinks on the bus with door to door service.
Experience the best that Surfers Paradise has to offer on this day trip from Brisbane. Cruise the canals and see the homes of the Gold Coast's rich and famous. Watch humpback whales at play from your purpose built, whale watching vessel. After your cruise, there is some time (45 mins) for your own exploration of Surfers Paradise before returning to Brisbane.
Discover the beaches and wildlife of Queensland on a guided day trip to North Stradbroke Island, just a short hop from Brisbane. Famous for its natural attractions, including a resident population of kangaroos and koalas, the island also offers walking tracks, marine wildlife viewing, and a relaxed atmosphere in small townships. Swim in the surf or freshwater lakes, take a short guided hike, and have free time to explore. This tour operates with a maximum of 13 people, ensuring you’ll enjoy a small-group experience with your expert guide.
This day trip from Brisbane combines two national parks in South East Queensland: Springbrook and Tamborine. Located in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area, the parks feature rainforest walks, waterfalls, glow worm caves and mountain views. Enjoy a winery lunch, free time to explore arts and craft shops, and a cave tour as you discover the rare fauna and diverse wildlife of the Springbrook plateau and Numinbah Valley. Small-group tour, limited to 13, ensures personalized attention from an informative guide.
Travel to Moreton Island from Brisbane or the Gold Coast for a full day of fun in the sun. Your guide takes you by 4WD vehicle along the sands to Tangalooma Wrecks, where you'll see incredible coral reefs on snorkel and kayak outings. You'll also go inland for an exhilarating sandboarding experience on massive sand dunes. This action-packed tour includes a picnic lunch on the beach and time to soak up the scenery of lovely Moreton Island, the third largest sand island in the world.
Check out Australia's biggest arts and crafts market on a full-day tour from Brisbane that also takes you to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. At the Eumundi Markets, peruse wares from more than 600 local vendors before taking off to explore the charming mountain town of Montville. Later at the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, snap photos of the Glass House Mountains and take an optional guided walk through the rain forest. Love the ocean? Upgrade your trip to include a visit to Noosa, famous for its gorgeous beach, high-end shops and restaurants.
Take a day trip from Brisbane to Noosa Heads, one of Australia’s favourite holiday getaways. Spend over an hour and half enjoying beautiful Noosa including famous Hastings Street, stroll the boardwalk of the stunning Noosa Beach and take in the spectacular scenery of the national park and Laguna Bay. In the afternoon tour the ranges to Montville for views of the Glass House Mountains! Included is a ferry trip along the beautiful Noosa River to the heart of Noosa.
Journey north from Brisbane to visit the Australia Zoo and Sunshine Coast Hinterland on a full-day tour that showcases some of Queensland's top attractions. Check out the animal exhibits at the Australia Zoo, made famous by Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, then head to the cool mountains to explore Montville and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Learn about the plants of this subtropical zone during an optional guided rain forest walk that wraps up the day.
Brisbane Multi-Day Trips — For a longer experience
Explore Australia's east coast at your own pace with a Brisbane to Cairns travel pass. With this pass you'll travel with a small-group on guided hop-on hop-off tours, traveling by bus and train with all the well-known highlights of Noosa and Magnetic Island combined with unique, authentic experiences such as an indigenous rainforest camp and an Aussie farm experience. The pass is valid for up to 12 months from your date of departure. You can hop on and off anywhere at any of the overnight or key activity stops for the total validity of the pass. All trips are guided by locals. The driver is the guide on your own bus sections; the guides travel with you on other transport. They are there to help you get the most out of your trip – point you in the right direction, find wildlife, teach local dance move.
See Glow Worms, Sugar Gliders, Whirring Treefrogs, Marbled Frogmouths and other remarkable flora and fauna on this 2-day trip to the UNESCO-listed Lamington National Park from Brisbane. Enjoy bush walks through lush rainforest, discover pristine waterfalls and overnight at the historic O'Reilly's Rainforest Guesthouse. O'Reilly's is situated in the center of the cool, quiet rainforest of Lamington National Park, with spectacular panoramic views. Soak up a wide selection of sightseeing activities and an included dinner before returning back to Brisbane.
This Tweed Coast overnight surfing getaway provides a 2-day surf camp experience as you discover this section of the Australian coast. Surf all day, make new friends, spend the night camping, and enjoy provided meals, including an Aussie barbecue. Select your pickup location when booking; several locations are available from Brisbane to Gold Coast to Byron Bay.
Departing from Brisbane, enjoy this 10 day Australian surfing adventure giving you an experience you will hold on to for a lifetime! Travel from Brisbane to Sydney and learn how to surf with friends whilst checking out some of Australia's best coastline. You'll visit must see attractions, national parks and hidden gems along the way.
Explore Moreton Island in two-days. Travel by 4WD from Brisbane, enjoy pristine beaches, snorkeling ship wrecks, sand tobogganing on giant sand dunes and overnight camping. This Moreton Island 4WD camping tour is pure fun and will leave you with plenty of memories. This tour operates with a maximum of 16 people, ensuring you’ll enjoy a small-group experience your expert guide.
This overnight Fraser Island camping adventure covers the islands greatest attractions, including Lake McKenzie. With all equipment supplied including sleeping bags and mattress, with tents erected at the camp site all year round there is no hassle upon arrival. Evening meals, breakfast and lunch are provided and prepared fresh in a permanent camp kitchen with log timber seating, tables, fridge and gas cooking facilities.
3-Day Fraser Island Tour with Kingfisher Bay Resort Stay from Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Rainbow Beach
Enjoy a small-group tour with a maximum of ten guests giving you a more personalized experience. Discover the beautiful sites on Fraser Island, including Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek and the Maheno shipwreck before relaxing in your hotel room and taking advantage of everything Kingfisher Bay Resort has to offer.
Explore the best of Moreton Island as you cruise Marine Park, sand board the desert, and visit Cape Moreton Lighthouse. Spot sharks, turtles, stingray and whales (in season). Enjoy a fresh picnic lunch including cold drinks, fresh fruits and cakes. Swim and relax at Blue Lagoon fresh water lake and spend the afternoon enjoying free time at Tangalooma Resort before feeding the wild dolphins under supervision from trained professionals.
Experience the ultimate Aussie surf lifestyle as you travel from Brisbane to Melbourne via Sydney on this 14-day tour! Become a surfer and cruise the Australian coast in search of waves and fun in the sun. The great Australian surf trip awaits. You and your new surf companions will tour the coast visiting iconic destinations where you'll surf, explore, party and chill out. Your tour takes fun loving travelers on a true Australian surf trip. All tours are flexible enabling clients to surf the best waves, when they are at their best, whilst still ensuring clients experience Australia’s beach culture, landmarks, wildlife, nightlife, and a guided tour at every new location. All tour guides are qualified surf instructors, taking beginners and intermediates from the foundations to stoked capable surfers. Make your dream to see Australia, and surf Australia a reality.
Surf, party and explore Australia on this 7-day surfing trip from Brisbane to Sydney. Become a surfer and cruise the Australian coast in search of some of the best waves and fun in the sun. The great Australian surf trip awaits. You and your new surfy mates will tour the coast visiting iconic destinations where you'll surf, explore, party and relax. Your tour takes fun loving travelers on a true surf trip of Australia. All tours are flexible enabling clients to surf the waves when they are at their best whilst still ensuring you experience Australia’s beach culture, landmarks, wildlife, nightlife, and a guided tour at every new location. All tour guides are qualified surf instructors, taking beginners and intermediates from the foundations to stoked capable surfers. Make your dream to see Australia, and surf Australia a reality.
Spend your days exploring Queensland’s wild treasures, and your nights at beach resorts, on a guided 5-day tour to Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef. On Fraser Island, embark on nature walks through rain forests and along rocky coastlines, and splash around the waters of Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Swim in an area known for its turtles and visit the world's largest turtle research center (April to October), enjoy the Mon Repos Turtle Centre conservation talk (November to March), and spot humpback whales (June to November). The second half of your trip takes you to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkeling, with optional upgrade activities such as scuba diving and deep-sea fishing. Most meals, round-trip transport, and accommodation make it easy to immerse yourself in Australia’s natural beauty.
Adventure seekers and outdoorsy people can enjoy a 2-day guided tour to spectacular Fraser Island with a stop at Cooloola Recreation Area on the way. Walk through rainforest at Pile Valley, Central Station, Wanggoolba Creek and dip in the clear waters of Lake Birrabeen, Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Ride in a 4WD vehicle down Seventy-Five Mile Beach to the Maheno Shipwreck and spend the night at a beach resort. Join a fun and informative guide to find adventures and natural beauty on this stunning island.
Spend several days exploring the natural wonders of Fraser Island with an expert guide, including a visit to Cooloola Recreation Area on the way. Enjoy guided walks through the rainforest at the Hammerstone Sandblow, Pile Valley, and Wanggoolba Creek; splash in the pristine waters of Eli Creek, Lake Birrabeen and Lake Wabby; and zip along Seventy-Five Mile Beach by 4WD vehicle to see Pinnacles and the Maheno Shipwreck. Stay at a beachside resort on this adventure to an island paradise.
Enjoy this 3-day guided tour of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend two nights at a beach resort, and take a day trip to Lady Musgrave Island for a slice of paradise on the southern section of the Great Barrier Reef. Visit the world's largest turtle research center (April to October), experience Mon Repos Turtle Centre's conservation experience (November to March), or try to spot humpback whales (June to November). Take part in optional activities such as scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, and surfing on this trip to one of the world’s natural wonders! Round-trip transport from Gold Coast, Brisbane or Sunshine Coast is included.
Visit Moreton Island for an amazing 2-day experience of diverse activities on one of the largest sand islands in the world. With an experienced guide, you'll explore the island, from the surreal Tangalooma Wrecks to the oldest lighthouse in Queensland at Cape Moreton. Enjoy an adrenaline-packed sandboarding experience, and admire the beauty of Honeymoon Bay, North Point and the Champagne Pools. Plus, you have the chance to add on an incredible nighttime kayaking tour in a transparent kayak with LED lights that illuminate the ocean. Meals are included; transportation is available from either Brisbane or the Gold Coast; three options of accommodation are available to suit your budget.
Spend five days getting to know Cunnamulla and surrounding districts with fellow travellers. Prepare to be amazed at the untouched nature and wildlife as you experience true outback Australia. Tour includes round-trip bus transfer from Brisbane.
This Outback Exploration tour has been designed for adventure travellers and backpackers wanting to get in touch with the real soul of the Australian outback. Over 9 glorious days you will get up close and personal with nature, wildlife, outback characters get off the beaten track to explore and experience real life in the outback with this hands on adventure of a lifetime. Departures are available from both Brisbane and Sydney so you don’t have to backtrack and can experience more of the outback.
8-Day Authentic Outback Adventure Tour of Cunnamulla Including Round-Trip Air Transfer from Brisbane
The outback in Australia is the perfect holiday location to become one with nature & wildlife. There’s no better way get in touch with real Australians, real wildlife and nature than immersing yourself into the outback. There’s no need to rough it we provide luxury, quality and authentic outback fun all the way.This all-inclusive trip includes round-trip air transfer from Brisbane, hotel and farmstay accommodations, as well as meals and activities.
Uncover Australia’s precious national gemstones in the outback. Opal mining is tough work but will get your adrenalin pumping as you fossick for that perfect Yowah Nut. Yowah is the only place in the world you can find this type of opal, which is encased in ironstone. Join the adventure and experience this unique outback tour with the locals.
Experience first hand life on a farm in the outback surrounded by nature and wildlife. Australia has some harsh and rugged land in the outback that comes alive with the outback characters and wildlife.
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