3 Days in Brisbane: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, December 2014

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Brisbane (Bris Vegas to the locals), on the northeastern coast of Australia, has really come into its own having morphed from a sleepy town to a progressive city renowned for its year-round sunshine, laid-back lifestyle and chock-a-block cultural calendar. This thriving arts capital sports a happening café scene and great nightlife, all within a stone's throw of some heavenly island getaways. Climate, culture and sandy relaxation? You've never had it so good! We've cherry-picked the best of Brisbane for this three-day itinerary.

Day 1: Viva Bris Vegas!

Brisbane is a great city to discover on foot. Start your day with the pick of the latest cafes by venturing to the city fringe and into Fortitude Valley, a bohemian, gentrified neighborhood of restaurants and boutiques. Once fortified, hit the streets, taking in Brisbane's historic buildings, churches, gardens and expansive, incredible Gallery of Modern Art. Give your feet a rest by taking a cruise along the lazy Brisbane River, then head to Mt. Coot-tha Lookout for a magnificent eyeful of the cityscape. Fancy a taste of the local produce? You can tour a scenic vineyard or take an indulgent dinner cruise once the sun goes down.

Day 2: Fun for the Whole Family

Brisbane is tailor-made for family holidays with endless beaches, the great outdoors and the Gold Coast theme parks just down the road. Dreamworld and WhiteWater World are great, splashy fun for kids. Get up close with crocodiles and tigers at Steve Irwin's ongoing legacy - Australia Zoo, or head to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island on a four-wheel drive eco day trip.

Day 3: Brisbane Day Trips

With weather as tropical and bright as Brisbane's, you can't wait to get outside. Luckily it's perfectly positioned for all kinds of day trips. You can get your glitz on at the unashamedly blingy beach area of Surfers Paradise. A day trip to the aptly named Sunshine Coast takes you shopping and dining at stylish Noosa Heads, and exploring Queensland's largest aquarium at Underwater World. Get zen at the old hippie enclave of Byron Bay (fancied up for café tastes) or get behind the wheel for some four-wheel drive touring and camping on Moreton Island.

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Brisbane River Dinner Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 155 Reviews

See the highlights of Brisbane from the water on a dinner cruise aboard a majestic wooden paddlesteamer. Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner that features fresh ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours

From USD $63.67

Hot Air Ballooning including Champagne Breakfast from the Gold Coast or Brisbane

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 28 Reviews

View a sunrise with a difference, whilst floating in a hot air balloon over the Hinterland. Breathe in the wide-open spaces and be amazed at the colorful ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast or Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $201.49

Dreamworld and WhiteWater World Gold Coast - World Pass

4 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Dreamworld and WhiteWater World Theme Parks provide a one stop shop for thrills, spills and family fun. It's triple the thrills and triple the fun with a ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $72.53

3-Day Great Barrier Reef Tour: Lady Musgrave Island and the Town of 1770

Dive into a 3-day guided tour of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend two nights at a beach resort located in the town of 1770, and take a day trip to Lady Musgrave ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $249.05

Stradbroke Island Day Trip from Brisbane

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.03

Tangalooma Resort Moreton Island Day Cruise with Optional Dolphin Feeding

4.5 star rating: Recommended 41 Reviews

Escape to spectacular Moreton Island for the day and relax on the beach at Tangalooma Resort. You'll cruise across Moreton Bay, and when you reach Moreton ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane or Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.40

Australia Zoo by Croc Express Coach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 66 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane or Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.16

3-Day Fraser Island 4WD Tour from Brisbane or the Gold Coast

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $321.58

Springbrook National Park Discovery Full-Day Bushwalk including Glow Worm Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 117 Reviews

Explore the World Heritage Rainforest of Springbrook National Park, featuring many waterfalls, rainforest walking (approx. 4.5km), great look outs and ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.97

Small-Group Gold Coast Beaches and Mt Tambourine Wine Tour

Enjoy the best of both the Gold Coast beaches and mountains. This small-group tour gives you the experience of enjoying beautiful beaches in the morning, lunch ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.09

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