3 Days in Brisbane: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, April 2015

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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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Dreamworld and WhiteWater World Gold Coast - World Pass

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 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 $79.72

Brisbane River Dinner Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 190 Reviews

See the highlights of Brisbane from the water on a dinner cruise aboard a majestic wooden paddlewheeler. Enjoy live entertainment and three course a la carte ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours

From USD $57.78

Australia Zoo by Croc Express Coach

4.5 star rating: Recommended 88 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 $101.66

Brisbane Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

Discover the highlights of Brisbane on a hop-on hop-off tour aboard an open-top double-decker bus. See attractions including the heritage-listed City Hall; ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 24 or 48 hours

From USD $29.26

Springbrook National Park Discovery Full-Day Bushwalking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 125 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $101.66

Australia Zoo and Sunshine Coast Day Trip from Brisbane

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

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. ...  Read more

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

From USD $98.74

Eumundi Markets and Sunshine Coast Day Trip from Brisbane

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $69.48

Convict and Crime Walking Tour of Brisbane

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Explore a darker side of Brisbane on this walking tour that reveals its crime-ridden past. An entertaining guide takes you to see convict-built buildings on ...  Read more

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

From USD $30.72

XXXX Brewery Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Take a guided tour of Queensland’s famous XXXX Brewery to learn about its history and sample some of its best beers. See the raw ingredients that make up the ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.40

Brisbane Beer and History Walking Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Explore Brisbane with a beer aficionado who leads you to some of the best pubs and bars for craft beer and cider tastings. Mix drinks with history as you learn ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $38.03

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