South Bank Tours

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South Bank is, as the name suggests, located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River in Queensland’s capital city. Covering 42 acres (17 hectares), South Bank is home to lush parklands, restaurants, cafés and bars, and many, many events. The boardwalks and promenades threading their way along the riverside are popular with joggers and cyclists, and ideal for catching city views across to the CBD.

South Bank is perfect for a relaxing day out. The gardens are a mixture of rainforest, grassed areas, water features and plazas, leaving plenty of places for picnics in the many habitats. The river promenade is the main attraction, including the Grand Arbour covered in flowering bougainvillea, the Nepal Peace Pagoda, the open air amphitheatre of the Courier Mail Piazza, and many retail spaces. The most popular attraction of South Bank however, is the Wheel of Brisbane. A giant, almost 200ft (60m) tall Ferris wheel sitting on the banks of the Brisbane River, the Wheel of Brisbane gives visitors expansive, birds eye views over the city. On weekend evenings browse home wares, jewelry and collectibles at the South Bank Lifestyle Market.

Streets Beach is a main attraction of South Bank. A large, man-made beach covering 1.2 square miles (2 square km), Streets Beach is comprised of a huge lagoon, rocky creeks, and exotic plants, creating a mini-oasis in the center of Brisbane. The lagoon is also chlorinated and patrolled by lifeguards every day, making it one of the safest places for children to swim around the city.

Practival Info

South Bank is located directly opposite the city, and is connected to the city center by Victoria Bridge. Goodwill Bridge, in the south, also offers access across the river. South Bank is open from 5am until midnight daily, though individual attractions have their own operating hours.
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Day or Night Brisbane Segway Tour

See the top sights of Brisbane on a Segway sightseeing tour led by an entertaining and knowledgeable guide. After learning to operate your Segway, follow your guide past sights along the Brisbane River such as Kangaroo Point cliffs, Story Bridge, the City Botanic Gardens and the South Bank Parklands. Learn about Brisbane’s history, landmarks and architecture and get insider tips for places to visit at your leisure. Have a choice of Segway tour lengths and even the option to end with a gourmet barbecue or prawn dinner on weekend nights.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Brisbane Mini Segway Tour

Explore the heart of Brisbane's beautiful river city and South Bank Parklands on a 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. 
  • Duration: 1 hour
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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 see koalas and other Australian wildlife.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Brisbane Segway Sightseeing Tour

Zip around Brisbane on a fun, self-balancing Segway. Cruise past Brisbane’s riverside sights, glide around the Southbank Parklands and enjoy dramatic views of Kangaroo Point Cliffs. Choose from a 1 or 2-hour sightseeing tour, by day or night, or opt for a Joy Ride experience instead and enjoy maximum riding time to concentrate on honing your Segway skills. Best of all: full instruction and practice time is provided and there’s no experience necessary, so anyone can give it a go! This tour is limited to small groups, ensuring a personalized experience that you'll remember.
  • Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
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Brisbane River High Tea Cruise

Indulge in a delicious afternoon tea as you float down the Brisbane River on a traditional paddle wheeler. Sip sparkling wine and tuck into a delicious spread of savory rolls, scones, sweet treats and handmade chocolates, accompanied by live music. Pass landmarks like the Story Bridge, Kangaroo Point Cliffs and the Wheel of Brisbane on a romantic 2-hour cruise, and spot attractions like the Brisbane Botanic Gardens and the Queensland Maritime Museum.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Brisbane City Tour and River Cruise from the Gold Coast

Discover the rich history and creative heart of Brisbane on this full-day tour from the Gold Coast, including hotel pick-up. Admire architectural gems like Parliament House and Newstead House; stroll around the South Bank Parklands; and take a scenic 45-minute boat cruise down the Brisbane River. After an indulgent morning tea break, soar high over the city as you ride the Wheel of Brisbane, then spend the afternoon exploring independently.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Brisbane Sightseeing Tour and Brisbane River Cruise

Get a fantastic introduction to the history and attractions of Queensland’s charming capital with this 3-hour Brisbane sightseeing tour. See city highlights like Parliament House, Treasury Casino, China Town and St John’s Cathedral on a coach tour. Enjoy a refreshing morning tea while onboard your cruise along Brisbane River.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Brisbane Bike, Rollerblade or Scooter Rental

Rent your own wheels while in Brisbane for a fun spin around the city that lets you set your own pace. Choose to rent a bike, rollerblades or scooter from the friendly staff at the Kangaroo Point shop. Get pointers on good bike paths and routes through town, whether you want to make a short 1.5-hour jaunt to nearby hot spots such as South Bank, the City Botanic Gardens or New Farm Park, or keep your wheels for a full day or longer in order to see more.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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