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  • Location:Brisbane or Gold Coast, Australia
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Best of Brisbane Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Spend a full day exploring Queensland’s vibrant capital city and see the best of Brisbane’s tourist attractions. Learn about historic buildings on a coach tour of the city center, get a waterside perspective with a cruise along the beautiful Brisbane River and enjoy birds-eye views from atop the Wheel of Brisbane and Mt Coo-tha Lookout. Visit the renowned Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, where you can cuddle a koala, go nose-to-nose with a dingo and get an up-close view of the elusive platypus. 


  • Full-day sightseeing tour of Brisbane
  • Coach tour of Brisbane's city-center architectural highlights
  • Cruise along the Brisbane River
  • Cuddle a koala at Lone Pine, Australia's oldest koala sanctuary
  • Scenic city views from Mt Coot-tha Lookout
  • Pickup and drop-off from all Brisbane or centrally located Gold Coast hotels

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Best of Brisbane Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Best of Brisbane Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

From its roots as a penal colony, Brisbane has evolved into a modern, vibrant city and the much-visited capital of Queensland. Your full-day itinerary begins with pickup at your Brisbane or Gold Coast hotel and a sightseeing coach tour through Brisbane’s historic center. Hear tales from the city’s past and listen to commentary from your driver-guide as you cruise by urban attractions like City Hall, St John’s Cathedral, Treasury Casino and Parliament House.

For an aquatic perspective, board a riverboat at the lovely Newstead Gardens and enjoy a cruise along the Brisbane River. Glide under Story Bridge and past waterfront attractions like Customs House and Kangaroo Point Cliffs. 

When you arrive at the city’s energetic South Bank, take a spin around the giant Wheel of Brisbane in an enclosed passenger pod (own expense). Take in panoramic aerial views of the city, river and surrounds from this observation wheel that reaches almost 200 feet (60 
meters) above ground. 

In the afternoon, visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the first and largest of its kind in the world and home to more than 130 koalas. Learn about other species native to Australia, such and dingoes, kangaroos, echidnas and birds of prey through live feedings and shows. For a truly immersive experience, purchase one of the sanctuary’s wildlife encounters, such as an unforgettable koala cuddle! Get an insider’s look at the sanctuary’s conservation efforts and have your photo taken while snuggling one of these adorable fur balls (not included). 

After leaving the sanctuary, stop at Mt Coo-tha Lookout for inspiring views of the Great Dividing Range and Moreton Bay. Your full-day tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

James M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Absolutely brilliant


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Mt cook and river cruise was good.. brisbane is beautiful but highlight of this trip is kangaroo feeding and cuddly koalas.. tour guide was good, jolly and friendly but less updated, I asked him few questions about city he asked me to google it as he didn't knew the answers.

Robert W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great introduction to a beautiful city. Our guide, David, was highly informative about the history and the description of all that we saw. Of course, the highlight was the visit to the Koala Sanctuary. We highly recommend the tour to all.

Richard G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The city tour is like any other city tour, general information about monuments and local events. The windmill was facinating, the highlight was the trip to the Koala Sanctuary, where I saw kangaroos, kookaburras, Platypus and Koalas.

Ron S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great way to spend the day! I was only in Brisbane for a couple of days, and there was only one thing I knew I wanted to see the Koala sanctuary. This tour allowed me to see what I wanted, and several things I wasn't aware of. Our guide and driver was very knowledgable and friendly. This tour definitely made me want to go back to Brisbane.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

My son and I thoroughly enjoyed the sightseeing tour especially in the company of our driver Henry who was extremely knowledgeable. We had an extensive tour of Sidney and its suburbs with an enjoyable harbour and lunch cruise midway. To be recommended.

Ian R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great day

Estelle C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was fantastic. our Guide Bob was very informative. I would recommend this tour to everyone


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing! Knowledgeable, funny and friendly tour guide

Amanda C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great tour guide Bob, well organized, great service and beautiful sites! Would recommend this trip to anyone!

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