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Top Brisbane Day Trips & Excursions

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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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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Noosa and Sunshine Coast Hinterland Day Trip from BrisbaneDay Trips

Noosa and Sunshine Coast Hinterland Day Trip from Brisbane

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Discover the sun-bronzed shores and fashion-forward streets of Noosa Heads, one of the most famous towns of Australia’s Sunshine Coast, on this full-day tour from Brisbane. Browse the shops along lively Hastings Street, walk the seafront promenade along Noosa Beach and enjoy a ferry cruise along the Noosa River. After lunch (not included), explore the arts and crafts village of Montville and enjoy a short hike through the Mary Cairncross Park, taking in dramatic views of the Glass House Mountains.
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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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World Heritage Springbrook National Park Tour Including Natural BridgeDay Trips

World Heritage Springbrook National Park Tour Including Natural Bridge

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Journey into the hinterlands on this 5-hour afternoon tour of the Springbrook National Park from the Gold Coast. Explore the UNESCO-listed Goondawanna rainforests by coach, stopping to walk through the jungle, peek into ancient caves and enjoy views of Mount Warning from the Best of All Lookout.  Visit natural wonders like Purling Brook Falls, Numinbah valley and Rainbow Falls, and soak up the scenery from the Canyon Lookout. This small-group tour is limited to 16 people for a personalised experience, and includes hotel pick-up and afternoon tea.
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  • 5 hours
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Stradbroke Island Day Trip from BrisbaneDay Trips

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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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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Springbrook Full Day TourDay Trips

Springbrook Full Day Tour

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See the towering waterfalls, ancient rain forest, and natural beauty of Springbrook National Park on a full-day tour from Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Experience the forest up close on a moderate hike to Twin Falls Circuit, and soak in views of the Gold Coast Hinterland from lookouts along Springbrook Scenic Rim. Your tour includes morning tea, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Dear Byron & BangalowDay Trips

Dear Byron & Bangalow

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Come with us on a relaxed full day out and discover why Byron Bay is only a small town but has over 2 millions visitors per year! Byron and Bangalow are laid back destinations, so they are best enjoyed with an unhurried, free spirit. We like to go with the flow of the day, spending time where needed and moving along when it's necessary. It’s a day trip away, we love it and you will too.
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Sunshine Coast Hinterland and Noosa Day Trip from Brisbane Including Eumundi Markets and Ginger FactoryDay Trips

Sunshine Coast Hinterland and Noosa Day Trip from Brisbane Including Eumundi Markets and Ginger Factory

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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.
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No Extra Cost | Dolphin & Tangalooma Wrecks CruiseDay Cruises

No Extra Cost | Dolphin & Tangalooma Wrecks Cruise

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Throw your swimwear into a bag and set sail to Moreton Island, a world-renowned destination for encountering dolphins, dugong, and turtles. Located just 75 minutes from Brisbane, this full-day tour features an eco-cruise, tropical buffet lunch, island beach time and guided snorkel tour at the famous Tangalooma Wrecks. Board the brand new AUD 4mill vessel, the Spirit of Migaloo II, and you’ll soon discover that there’s more to Moreton Island than meets the eye.
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Tour Springbrook and Mt Tamborine Day Trips

Tour Springbrook and Mt Tamborine

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We take smaller groups, so no big buses or noisy passengers, explore at your own place. Relax and enjoy the passing countryside take some pretty photos of our gorgeous hinterland. Hang out with a local who will go over and above for you! Don’t just be a number! Meet the locals, spend the day out in the sun and explore real nature with bums on seats. See Kangaroos, Bush Turkeys, Alpacas, Cows, Sheep and Chickens. This tour is a fantastic day out for all ages!
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Moreton Island Snorkel and Sandboarding 4WD Day Trip from BrisbaneDay Trips

Moreton Island Snorkel and Sandboarding 4WD Day Trip from Brisbane

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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.
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Full-Day Byron Bay and Crystal Castle Day Tour from BrisbaneDay Trips

Full-Day Byron Bay and Crystal Castle Day Tour from Brisbane

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Across the state line from Brisbane and the Gold Coast is Byron Bay, a coastal town with popular beaches and ocean views. Save time spent on booking rental cars and planning your itinerary with this day trip down the coast to Byron Bay. Visit Cape Byron Lighthouse and try and spot dolphins or turtles in the South Pacific Ocean and then explore the Crystal Castle and Shambala Gardens, filled with massive crystals and tropical flora.
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Gold Coast Lamington National Park and Tamborine Mountain 4WD EcotourDay Trips

Gold Coast Lamington National Park and Tamborine Mountain 4WD Ecotour

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Explore the World Heritage-listed rain forest of the Gold Coast hinterland on this full-day tour to Lamington National Park. Rumble along remote tracks in a 4WD vehicle, soak up spectacular views from the summit of Tamborine Mountain and explore the subtropical rain forest on a guided nature walk. At O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, get a closer look at native plants, birds and even koalas on an elevated treetop walk. A traditional Aussie barbecue lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off from Gold Coast complete this fantastic eco-adventure.
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Deluxe Winery Tour to Tamborine Mountain, includes gourmet two course lunchDay Trips

Deluxe Winery Tour to Tamborine Mountain, includes gourmet two course lunch

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Taste award-winning liqueurs, spirits, and wine on this tour of the Mt. Tamborine area, which also includes a gourmet lunch. Taste the bounty of the Great Brisbane region, including locally produced cheese from Witches Chase Cheese Factory, spirits from Tamborine Mountain Distillery, and vintages from multiple wineries. All tastings, snacks, and beverages provided means a seamless, belly-filling experience.
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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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Full Day Mount Tamborine Winery Tour from Gold CoastDay Trips

Full Day Mount Tamborine Winery Tour from Gold Coast

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Explore the Mount Tamborine wine region on this all-day tour. After a convenient hotel pickup, board a private minibus on the Gold Coast. Travel through picturesque valleys with scenic mountain views while learning about the area’s wine-making history from an informative guide. Then, stop at four wineries and either a brewery or distillery, enjoying multiple tastings at each. A delicious two-course lunch, snacks and water are also included.
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No Extra Cost | Dolphin & Tangalooma Wrecks Cruise incl. Gold Coast TransfersDay Cruises

No Extra Cost | Dolphin & Tangalooma Wrecks Cruise incl. Gold Coast Transfers

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Throw your swimwear into a bag and set sail to Moreton Island, a world-renowned destination for encountering dolphins, dugong, and turtles. Located just 75 minutes from Brisbane, this full-day tour features an eco-cruise, tropical buffet lunch, island beach time and guided snorkel tour at the famous Tangalooma Wrecks. Board the brand new AUD 4mill vessel, the Spirit of Migaloo II, and you’ll soon discover that there’s more to Moreton Island than meets the eye.
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Moreton Island Day Trip (Kayak, Snorkel & Sandboard) frm Brisbane or Gold Coast Day Trips

Moreton Island Day Trip (Kayak, Snorkel & Sandboard) frm Brisbane or Gold Coast

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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.
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Premium Dolphin Feeding Day Cruise to Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton IslandDay Cruises

Premium Dolphin Feeding Day Cruise to Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island

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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 a supervised dolphin feeding experience is included in your visit.
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Full Day Brisbane Day Tour: Three Unique Experiences in One DayDay Trips

Full Day Brisbane Day Tour: Three Unique Experiences in One Day

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Experience Brisbane’s impressive nature and rich culture on this all-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, learn about Aboriginal history from a local elder and play a didgeridoo before heading to Sirromet Winery for a tasting and lunch (included in the tour price). Finish with a visit to an animal sanctuary and capture memorable photos of koalas, kangaroos, cockatoos, and other distinctive Australian wildlife.
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Whale Watching and Surfers Paradise Day Trip from BrisbaneDay Trips

Whale Watching and Surfers Paradise Day Trip from Brisbane

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Visit Surfers Paradise and take a whale-watching cruise on the Pacific during this day trip from Brisbane. Start with the cruise onboard a custom-built boat for spotting marine life. Glide along the Spit, and then look for humpback whales at play during their annual pilgrimage to the coast of Australia. Before the return drive to Brisbane, you have free time to explore Surfers Paradise.
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North Stradbroke Island 4WD Beach Safari - Gold Coast-Brisbane PickupDay Trips

North Stradbroke Island 4WD Beach Safari - Gold Coast-Brisbane Pickup

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Take in the highlights of North Stradbroke Island with ease on an all-inclusive full-day tour from the Gold Coast or Brisbane. Cross Moreton Bay by car ferry, then visit top destinations including Brown Lake, Main Beach, and Flinders Beach. Have time to swim and snorkel, climb sand dunes, take nature walks, learn about Aboriginal traditions, and go off-roading on sandy tracks. You’ll also have a barbecue on the beach.
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Classic Day Cruise to Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton IslandDay Cruises

Classic Day Cruise to Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island

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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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