Top Day Trips from Brisbane

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Brisbane is one of Australia’s most captivating destinations, with its waterfront parks, renowned art scene, and prime location for exploring sunny Queensland’s beaches, hinterlands, and islands. From hiking in the rainforest to cruising along the coast, here are our favorite day trip tours from Brisbane. 


Gold Coast — 49 miles (79 km) south

Gold Coast is a city built on a bedrock of sun and surf, and this veritable playground offers no shortage of fun for the whole family. Take a full-day tour to spend a day swimming and sunbathing along the area’s beautiful beaches; treat the kids—and your inner kid—at theme parks like Dreamworld, Sea World Gold Coast, and Warner Bros. Movie World; take a surf lesson in Surfers Paradise; or escape the coast and take a hike in the Gold Coast hinterland.


Australia Zoo — 52 miles (78 km) northeast

You’ll need a full-day tour to take in all the attractions at the Australia Zoo, home of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. At the world-famous zoo you can visit its hundreds of animal residents, including kangaroos, koalas, dingoes, Tasmanian devils, and, of course, crocodiles. 


Moreton Island — 52 miles (84 km) northeast

Discover the third-largest sand island in the world, Moreton Island, where popular activities include stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), snorkeling, sea kayaking, and beach Segway tours. Set sail on a Moreton Island day trip by luxury ferry and spend the day relaxing at the Tangalooma Island Resort, scuba diving at the Tangalooma Wrecks, or sandboarding in “the Desert.”


Stradbroke Island — 56 miles (90 km) east

The largest of the many islands between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Stradbroke Island—or Straddie, as it’s known to locals—is an idyllic retreat and just a short boat ride from Brisbane. Take a scenic cruise through the dolphin-filled waters of Moreton Bay to North Stradbroke Island, where you can hike through the bush, explore miles of white-sand beaches and swimming lakes, and visit the towns of Dunwich and Amity. 


The Sunshine Coast — 65 miles (105 km) north

Head north of Brisbane to discover the sandy beaches and dramatic dunes of the Sunshine Coast. A full-day sightseeing tour leaves enough time to visit the popular beach resort of Noosa, browse the stalls at the famous Eumundi Markets, tour the world’s largest ginger factory, and admire the natural wonders of Great Sandy National Park.


Lamington National Park — 65 miles (105 km) south

With an incredible 50,900 acres (20,600 hectares) of woodlands, rainforests, and mountains, the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Lamington National Park is one of Queensland’s most remarkable natural landscapes and it’s the ideal escape from city life. Take a day tour of the national park from Brisbane, and enjoy highlights like the views from Mt. Tamborine and the thrilling treetop canopy walk at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.


Springbrook National Park — 65 miles (105 km) south

Explore the wild landscapes of Australia’s Gondwana Rainforests in Springbrook National Park, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Opt for a full-day tour from Brisbane and also see the waterfalls and glowworm caves of neighboring Tambourine National Park.

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Springbrook and Tamborine Rainforest Tour Including Natural Bridge and Glow Worm Cave

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 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 19 participants, ensuring a more personalized experience.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Australia Zoo by Croc Express Coach

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 6 hours of free time to browse the fantastic mammal, bird and reptile exhibits. Watch supervised educational demonstrations by animal handlers.
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Moreton Island Snorkel and Sandboarding 4WD Day Trip from Brisbane

Try out Moreton Island's most popular activities — sandboarding and snorkeling — on an adrenaline-fueled small-group tour from Brisbane. Spend a full day exploring the island by sea when snorkeling through the Tangalooma Shipwrecks, and on land when sand boarding on giant sand dunes and visiting pristine beaches. Snap photos of the gorgeous scenery and learn from your guide about the abundant animal life. Travel in a small group that is limited to 16 people for a more customized experience with your guide.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Stradbroke Island Day Trip from Brisbane

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 13 people, which ensures a more personalized experience with your knowledgeable guide.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Moreton Island Day Trip from Brisbane or the Gold Coast Including Kayaking and Sandboarding

Spend a blissful day on Moreton Island exploring the beaches, snorkel sites and enormous sand dunes during this full-day tour from Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast or the Gold Coast. Travel with an experienced guide in a rugged 4-wheel drive vehicle, going from sea to sand as you snorkel at the Tangalooma Wrecks and kayak around the coral reef, then head inland to try sandboarding on the dunes. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach and soak in the tropical scenery of Moreton Island on this fun-filled tour.Please note: An additional cost of AU$50pp is to be paid in cash to your driver prior to departure to cover national park and ferry fees during this tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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O'Reilly's Lamington National Park and Treetop Canopy Tour

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!
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Classic Day Cruise to Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island

This cruise to the Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island is the easy way to spend a day in nature from Brisbane. Choose between sand tobogganing, a wildlife-spotting cruise, snorkeling, or a jet-boat tour for a fun-filled day. You can also use the facilities at the resort, such as the pool and bar if you’d rather just relax. This day trip is ideal for families.
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Sunshine Coast Hinterland and Noosa Day Trip from Brisbane Including Eumundi Markets and Ginger Factory

This tour is ideal for travelers who want to see a lot of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in one day. Get out of the city and travel with a small-group to see a ton of highlights including iconic beaches, markets, one of the world’s largest Ginger Factories, and artisan villages.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Moreton Island Day Trip from Brisbane

Explore Moreton Island on a full-day tour that travels to Tangalooma Island Resort from Brisbane on a luxury ferry. Depending on the option you select, explore activities such as snorkeling at Tangalooma Wrecks, stand-up paddle-boarding, taking a beach Segway tour, or scuba diving.  A luxurious morning ferry cruise to and from the resort awaits for your adventure.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Brisbane Day in the Country Full-Day Small-Group Tour with Lunch

Soak up the natural beauty of Queensland’s Scenic Rim area on this small-group day trip from Brisbane. Enjoy a classic Devonshire tea, walk to Queen Mary Falls, admire panoramas over Condamine Gorge and the Scenic Rim mountains, and enjoy a wine tasting and kangaroo-spotting on route back to Brisbane. Your tour includes Devonshire tea, lunch, National Park fees, wine tasting, and air-conditioned transport with hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Eumundi Markets and Sunshine Coast Day Trip from Brisbane

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.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Gold Coast, Canal Cruise and Burleigh Heads National Park Day Trip

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Moreton Island 1 Day Scenic Tour

Spend a day exploring beautiful Moreton Island on this hassle-free day tour, which includes ferries and four-wheel drive travel. Get out into lesser-explored corners of the island that can only be reached off-road, such as hidden beaches and lakes. An ideal trip for travelers who want to explore wild Australian nature with the convenience of a local guide.
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Australia Zoo and Sunshine Coast Day Trip from Brisbane

Leave busy Brisbane for a full-day tour to Australia Zoo and Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Have about four hours on your own at the Australia Zoo — made famous by Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and one of Queensland's top attractions. Afterward, continue to Montville for a stroll about town, then into Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve for an optional guided rain forest walk. Enjoy the fresh air of the mountains and learn about the plants of this subtropical zone before returning to Brisbane in the late afternoon.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Premium Dolphin Feeding Day Cruise to Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island

Explore Moreton Island’s spectacular natural environment on this all-day adventure at Tangalooma Island Resort. After boarding a dolphin cruise in Brisbane, travel to the resort and check out a desert-safari tour with sand tobogganing, a marine-discovery cruise, a snorkeling tour, or a jet-boat tour. Enjoy access to the resort’s pools, lounges, eco center, and dolphin experience included in your visit.
  • Duration: 1 day
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You Choose the Tour: Brisbane Private Chauffeur Driven Personal Tour

Make the most of your time in Brisbane with a private tour that is fully customized to your needs and interests. In addition to navigating, your private chauffeur provides morning and afternoon tea and recommends destinations loved by locals, from Byron Bay to Mount Tamborine. Round-trip hotel transport and morning and afternoon tea are included for your comfort and convenience.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Brisbane City Sights Scenic Views and Botanic Gardens Half Day Tour

This half-day tour is ideal for travelers short on time in Brisbane who want to see the must-see sights without the hassle of finding them all independently. The tour includes visits to beautiful old buildings, scenic view points, and the lush, sprawling botanic gardens. Also enjoy plenty of well-planned photo stops in the best places to capture memorable shots.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Dolphin Viewing Day Cruise to Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island

Enjoy a hassle-free day trip to Moreton Island and spend time doing your choice of activities with the Tangalooma Island Resort as your base. Toboggan down sand dunes on the desert-safari tour, look out for dolphins on the marine-discovery cruise, explore underwater shipwrecks on a snorkeling experience, or speed across the water on a thrilling jet-boat tour. Round-trip transport from Brisbane included.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Brisbane City Sights and South Bank Day Trip from Gold Coast

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Small-Group 4WD Springbrook National Park Day Trip from Brisbane

Hiking through Springbrook National Park is nice, but it won’t take you as close as possible to its canyon waterfalls, divine swimming holes, and ancient trees. With this tour, get access to parts of the Gondwana Rainforests World Heritage Area that other tours simply can’t get to by traveling on a 4X4. Plus, you’ll get a chance to spot a platypus.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Tangalooma Island Resort Classic Whale Watching Day Cruise

Spot one of the most incredible creatures of the ocean on this whale watching cruise off Moreton Island. Your vessel is Australia’s largest purpose-built whale-watching boat, and it’s a comfortable base from which to watch these enormous creatures in their natural habitat. Have lunch on board, before enjoying a stop at Tangalooma Island Resort for some beach time.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Tangalooma Island Resort Premium Dolphin Feeding Day Cruise with Whale Watching

Add a resort day to your Brisbane itinerary with a full day pass to Tangalooma Island Resort with round-trip transfer from Holt Street Wharf. Your pass includes access to all resort facilities, including pools, restaurants, bars, and lounges. A lunchtime whale watching tour and opportunity to feed dolphins with conservation experts make this a popular choice for families with children.
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Full Day Small Group Luxury Tour to Tamborine Mountain

Explore Tamborine Mountain’s food, wine, and high-end boutiques on this luxurious outing. After a convenient hotel pickup, admire picturesque views of the Gold Coast, wander Tamborine Mountain’s shopping district, enjoy a delicious lunch—it’s included in the tour price—and choose four complimentary activities ranging from a winery visit to a rainforest walk.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
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Small-Group 4WD Lamington National Park Day Trip from Brisbane

Travel by 4-wheel drive (4WD) on a small-group tour to Lamington National Park from Brisbane. See the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, and get a close look at the forest during a visit to O'Reilly's Tree Top Canopy Walk. Go off road during the 4WD section of the journey, and keep your eyes peeled for native Australian wildlife. Your informative guide leads this small-group tour for a maximum of six people, with morning tea, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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