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How to Spend 3 Days in Brisbane

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How to Spend 3 Days in Brisbane
Australia’s third-largest city has plenty to see and do. Three days gives you ample time to tick off the highlights and explore Brisbane’s beaches and hinterlands. To make the most of your time, look for tours that combine multiple attractions or choose a custom tour to create your perfect itinerary. Here are some ideas.

Day 1: Sightseeing in the city
Kickstart your trip with a half-day city tour that covers the main attractions and a few Brisbane neighborhoods. Choose between walking, cycling, or riding a Segway, and then cross the Brisbane River via the famous Story Bridge and climb up to Kangaroo Point for sweeping city views. Stop along the way to admire landmarks such as King George Square, the Cathedral of St. Stephen, and City Hall, and browse the shops around Queen Street Mall. 

In the afternoon, escape the downtown crowds at the summit of Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane’s closest mountain. Tours of Mt Coot-tha often stop at the nearby Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, where you can spot Australian animals such as koalas, kangaroos, and Tasmanian devils. 

Continue sightseeing into the evening hours with a dinner cruise on the Brisbane River, during which you’ll see Brisbane’s illuminated skyline reflected in the water.

Day 2: Explore the Sunshine State
With the Sunshine Coast to the north, the beaches and theme parks of the Gold Coast to the south, and mountainous hinterlands just next door, Brisbane has a day trip option to suit every traveler type. 

Beach lovers can set sail for Stradbroke island, where you’ll spend the day swimming, snorkeling, and spotting sea turtles, dolphins, and manta rays. Hikers can explore Springbrook and Tamborine national parks, while naturalists can look for wildlife in O’Reilly’s Rainforest. Australia Zoo is a great choice for travelers with kids in tow. 

Another popular choice is a day trip to the Gold Coast. Tours transport you between seaside towns such as Burleigh Heads and Surfers Paradise with ease, and typically include a cruise and shopping time at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. Alternatively, a trip to the Sunshine Coast visits the famous Eumundi Markets, the world’s largest Ginger Factory, and the Glass House Mountains. 

Day 3: Markets and Museums 
Spend your final day discovering why Brisbane is one of Australia’s coolest cities; Fortitude Valley, full of boutiques, hip bars, and music venues, is one of the best places to do so. Head there to browse the Valley Markets (weekends only), enjoy Australian-style brunch, and stroll around Chinatown. 

In the afternoon, head across the river to South Bank to take a swim at the Streets Beach lagoon, ride the Wheel of Brisbane, and explore the South Bank Parklands, which hosts open-air festivals and events all through summer. Some of Brisbane’s best museums are also here, including the Gallery of Modern Art, the Queensland Maritime Museum, and the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre. 

End the day with a visit to the Eat Street Markets, where you’ll find some of Brisbane’s best street food—take a walking or cycling tour of the markets for the inside scoop on where and what to eat. 
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Australia Zoo by Croc Express CoachDay Trips

Australia Zoo by Croc Express Coach

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Observe amazing animals from Down Under and around the world at the famous Australia Zoo—Home of the Crocodile Hunter! The legacy of Steve Irwin and his family, this conservation center aims to educate visitors about wildlife and help preserve endangered species for the future. Ride to the zoo from your Brisbane or Gold Coast hotel in an air-conditioned Croc Express coach, and enjoy hours of free time to browse the fantastic mammal, bird, and reptile exhibits. Watch supervised educational demonstrations by animal handlers.
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North Stradbroke Island Day Trip from BrisbaneDay Trips

North Stradbroke Island Day Trip from Brisbane

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Leave busy Brisbane for a full-day tour that showcases the natural beauty of North Stradbroke Island. Swim in the surf or freshwater lakes, take a short guided hike, view whales and other marine animals from the beach and coastal lookouts, visit small towns including historic Dunwich and Amity, and go in search of the island’s population of wild kangaroos and koalas. Your small-group tour has numbers limited to 21 people, which ensures a more personalized experience with your knowledgeable guide.
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Springbrook andTamborine Rainforest Tour Incl Natural Bridge and Glow Worm CaveDay Trips

Springbrook andTamborine Rainforest Tour Incl Natural Bridge and Glow Worm Cave

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Discover the diverse wildlife of South East Queensland when you travel to the Springbrook plateau, Numinbah Valley and Mt Tamborine on a full-day tour from Brisbane. Your guide leads a leisurely walk in Springbrook National Park to see two stunning waterfalls, Natural Bridge and a glow worm cave. Have time to relax and enjoy the waterfalls and rainforest on this small-group tour with numbers limited to 21 participants, ensuring a more personalized experience.
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O'Reilly's Lamington National Park and Treetop Canopy TourDay Trips

O'Reilly's Lamington National Park and Treetop Canopy Tour

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Explore the natural bounty of Queensland on this full-day tour to Lamington National Park from Gold Coast or Brisbane. Soak up spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean from atop Mt Tambourine, and create your own adventure at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. Encounter flocks of king parrots and other native bird species on a treetop canopy walk, and try your hand at bird feeding on a ground-level bush walk. Visit a local alpaca farm for a furry finish to the day!
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Eumundi Markets and Sunshine Coast Day Trip from BrisbaneDay Trips

Eumundi Markets and Sunshine Coast Day Trip from Brisbane

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Travel from Brisbane to the Eumundi Markets and Sunshine Coast Hinterland for a full day that includes shopping and walks in picturesque towns and the rain forest. Australia's biggest arts and crafts market, Eumundi Markets features more than 600 local vendors selling all sorts of goods — a great place to find unusual treasures. Then head to the mountain town of Montville and nearby Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Upgrade to include a visit to Noosa, famous for its gorgeous beach, high-end shops and restaurants.
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Gold Coast City Sights Tour with Crab Catching CruiseDay Cruises

Gold Coast City Sights Tour with Crab Catching Cruise

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Discover the natural and cultural attractions of Australia’s Gold Coast on this packed full-day tour departing from either Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Browse through the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Learn how to catch a crab and enjoy a seafood lunch, visit Burleigh Heads, a world renowned for its spectacular surfing conditions and drive through the Gold Coast Region to Varsity Lake, Robin and Advance Town. Enjoy the diverse experiences of the Gold Coast all in one day.
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Brisbane Afternoon Tour to XXXX Brewery and Mt Coot-thaAttraction Tickets

Brisbane Afternoon Tour to XXXX Brewery and Mt Coot-tha

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Experience the subtropical charm of Brisbane on this afternoon tour showcasing the area’s natural and cultural highlights. Take in spectacular views of Moreton Bay and Queensland’s capital from atop Mt. Coot-tha. Then visit Queensland's oldest brewery, XXXX, on an interactive walking tour complete with a beer tasting session.
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Brisbane Mini Segway TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Brisbane Mini Segway Tour

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Explore the heart of Brisbane's beautiful river city on self-balancing, two-wheeled robo-gliders. Cover lots of ground as your guide talks you through spectacular views and sights. You will have an abundance of photo opportunity along the way and become a master at maneuvering through the streets. You can choose between a 30-minute tour for a snapshot of the city, 45-minute tour to see more of the sights, 60-minute experience to see full highlights of the Brisbane city. If you are a night owl, book a 75-minute night tour. 
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Brisbane Like a Local Customized Private TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Brisbane Like a Local Customized Private Tour

Get to know the city through the eyes of a passionate local. With no set itinerary, you can customize the tour or leave it up to the local for an insightful introduction to the city. Make travel about the people you meet not just the places you see.
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Brisbane City Art and Design Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Brisbane City Art and Design Walking Tour

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Experience Brisbane’s art and architecture on this half-day walking excursion. After meeting up with your guide at the Queen Street Mall, explore sites like Kurilpa Bridge and Wintergarden, admire skyscrapers and historic architecture, search for hidden street art, stroll around the Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, and discover the story behind a work of art that took three years to carve into a famous building.
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Brisbane City Sights and South Bank Day Trip from Gold CoastDay Trips

Brisbane City Sights and South Bank Day Trip from Gold Coast

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Take a break from Gold Coast beaches to discover the livable urban charm of Brisbane on a full-day tour that offers plenty of time to explore Queensland’s capital on your own. Take morning tea at a lookout atop Mt. Coot-tha or the Botanical Gardens, and see most of the main sights, including Kangaroo Point, King George Square, trendy South Bank, China Town, and more. Customize your day during free time to cruise along the Brisbane River, visit the Science Centre, or perhaps dine at one of downtime’s excellent restaurants.
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