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Tours and what to do in Brisbane

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Brisbane has an amazing variety of things to do, besides the usual city things like museums, historic buildings, art galleries etc. there is a whole range of tours that take you out to natural attractions on Brisbane's doorstep.
How many cities do you know that can offer you the whole range of whales, historic buildings, dolphins, crocodiles, winetasting, 4WD safaris, dingoes and beaches?

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Annual events

If you're in Brisbane at the right time you can catch some of the annual events and festivals;

Brisbane Festival - held in October, more info....

Ekka - Annual Royal Queensland Show, held in August, more info....

River Festival - Held late August this festival includes some impressive fire works, more info....

Blokes World Live Expo - Aussie Culture at its best!! This amazing event was held on October 1 and 2, 2005 at the Queensland raceway in Ipswich after Brisbane Council did not want this to take place in their city. Chicks, tattoos, fast and loud cars, utes, dogs, and alcohol, all the essential ingredients for a great weekend out. Entry to 18+ only. Click on the banner to find out this year's dates...

Byron Bay

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Byron Bay Lighthouse

Hop across the border into New South Wales and visit Byron Bay on a daytour! Journey to the most easterly point of Australia, where the mainland makes a desperate attempt to reach out into the jeweled waters of the Pacific… Take in the scenery, the wildlife and the peaceful atmosphere on a Tweed River cruise. Experience the beautiful beaches of Byron Bay and learn about the traditional uses of Australia's native flora. More info....

Climb the Brisbane harbour bridge

Crocodile hunter

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Steve Irwin - Australia Zoo
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Go and visit Steve Irwin, the famous crocodile hunter! He lives close enough to Brisbane to visit on a daytour. Book on the Sunshine Experience daytour and experience the Sunshine Coast , from its alluring beaches to the ascent into the Glasshouse Mountains. Australia Zoo, home of the Crocodile Hunter, has much excitement to offer, with a live Crocodile Feeding Show and the opportunity to have your photo taken with a snake or kangaroo. More info....

You can also go directly to and from Australia Zoo, the home of Steve and Terri Irwin (The Crocodile Hunter) and their global documentaries. You will have time to experience the best of Australia Zoo. This wildlife 'Theme Park' is too good to rush. Spend almost 5 hours seeing the many shows and demonstrations including crocodile feeding and snake handling. The Zoo has a team of over 200 who believe in 'conservation through exciting education', who will ensure you have a wildlife experience you'll never forget. More info....

Day tour of the city highlights

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Contrast of historic buildings and new buildings in Brisbane
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Discover why so many people love to call Brisbane home! This fast growing city attracts many with its relaxed lifestyle and beautiful scenery.
In the morning this tour takes in the main sights of a vibrant centre, visits historic locations and heritage homes and the popular South Bank. In the afternoon travel to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the first and largest Koala sanctuary in the world, and travel through leafy suburbs to Mount Coot-tha lookout, the best point from which to view Brisbane. More info....


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Ride the Cyclone
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Want to experience Australia's favorite family park? This package will give you this plus a lot more - interested... Come and ride on the world's tallest and fastest rides, see tigers and cuddle an Aussie Koala. You won't want to miss enjoying an Aussie BBQ lunch & take home a souvenir photo with a Koala. More info....

Eating & drinking in Brisbane

Brisbane has a thriving cafe, restaurant and bar scene, mainly around Fortitude Valley, these are some places that our readers have recommended;

Restaurant Montrachet - 224 Given Terrace - (07) 3367 0030

The Gun Shop Cafe - good place for breakfast - 53 Mollison Street, West End - (07) 3844 2241

Wine bar Anise - 697 Brunswick Street, Newfarm - (07) 3358 1558

Cru Bar and Cellar - 22 James Street, Fortitude Valley - (07) 3252 1744

Jamie's Expresso Bar - good place for coffee - corner of James and Robertson Streets, Fortitude Valley - (07) 3257 1010

Asian House - authentic Cantonese food - 165 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley

If you can recommend any bar or restaurant let us know and we can post it here. Or if you own a business in this area contact us and advertise!

Fraser Island

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4WD adventure on Fraser Island
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Rainforest and sand don't usually go together but the World Heritage listed Fraser Island is an enigma. Fraser Island is a giant sand island famous for its dingos, wildlife, native birds, rainforests, creeks, lakes, fishing, and scenery. It attained its World Heritage Listing in December 1992 in recognition of the island's exceptional sand dune systems, its rainforests on sand and its beautiful freshwater lakes.Its natural beauty and purity will touch you like few other places can. Stroll along sandy beaches and through unique rainforest. Swim in incredible freshwater lakes. See wild dingos in their natural habitat. This is an amazing day in an amazing place! More info...
You can also spend a few days exploring this magnificent natural wonderland by 4WD and overnight at the famous eco-resort, Kingfisher Bay. More info....

See the full range of Fraser Island tours here..

Go for a walk

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Brisbane has many historical buildings

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Brisbane at night

Pick up a map at the Brisbane Tourist Information in the centrally located Queen St. Mall and go for a walk to explore the many historic buildings. You can also see the Queensland government in action at Parliament House. Currently Queensland politics are pretty calm, it used to be livelier when Joh Bjelke Petersen or Pauline Hanson were around, or maybe in the future Jodie Moore might liven things up again, (find them on our amazing politicians page).

Gold Coast

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Gold Coast Beach
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The Gold Coast is Australia's favorite holiday playground boasting endless white sandy beaches, theme parks and a host of activities. This tour enables you to discover the excitement of the Gold Coast at your own pace. Included is a tour on the 'Adventure Duck' through the streets and canals of Surfers Paradise. Spend the day shopping precincts of Harbour Town or Pacific Fair, both of which are close by. Stroll along the beach, try bungee jumping or parasailing. If you're feeling adventurous, rent a moped and cruise along the Esplanade. More info....

More Gold Coast tours and activities...

Lamington National Park

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Tree Top Walk
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Escape the city and experience the natural beauty of the World Heritage area of the Lamington National Park. Enjoy spectacular views from Mount Tamborine, all the way to the coast. Wander through lush rainforest and listen to the birdsong of Bellbirds, Rosellas and Parrots. Take a tree top walk through this World Heritage forest. A day of amazing wilderness in the 'Green Mountains'. More info....
There is also a two day tour that overnights in the Lamington National Park. More info....

Moreton Island and dolphins

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Dolphin Feeding
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Take a couple of days to visit beautiful Moreton Island and meet Bess, Echo, Freddy, Lefty and the other wild dolphins of Tangalooma… Cruise from the mainland to Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort and overnight on the island. Hand feed the wild dolphins when they visit in the evening and explore Moreton Island National Park. More info....

Sunshine Coast and Underwater World

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Underwater World
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Brisbane may be lacking a bit in the beach department but the Sunshine Coast makes up for it. Its magnificent beaches, relaxed yet sophisticated lifestyle has also made it a magnet for international visitors. This tour showcases the diversity and beauty of the Sunshine Coast. Visit the Big Pineapple, Noosa Heads and Hastings Street before following the coast to Mooloolaba. Mooloolaba is derived from the aboriginal word meaning 'Schnapper Fish' and has its own attractions and atmosphere with numerous sidewalk cafes, bars and of course Underwater World. More info...

Whale watching

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Majestic Creatures of the sea
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Spend a day out with the magnificent humpback whales of Moreton Bay. Watch them as they play in the crystal clear turquoise waters off Moreton Island. They frequent this area between the months of June and October, as they migrate between the Antarctic wilderness and the Great Barrier Reef. More info....

Wine tasting

Sirromet Winery - Mt Cotton
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Sirromet is one of Queensland's most prestigious wineries. The product of 5 years of research and planning, this premier winery opened its doors in July 2000 and has since gone on to win industry awards such as Best Queensland Tourist Restaurant, Best Winery Restaurant and Best New Tourist Development. Here, you will enjoy tasting various wines such as the, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Cabernet Merlot and Shiraz varieties, in the tranquil surroundings of Mt Cotton. More info...



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