Start your full-day tour with morning pickup in Brisbane by climate-controlled minivan. Travel about one hour north to reach the legendary Australia Zoo.
Disembark at the Australia Zoo and enjoy about four hours on your own. Animal handlers show animals at scheduled times, giving you the opportunity for an up-close encounter. Options for other encounters include the chance to hand-feed kangaroos, pat a koala, meet Outback stars like the dingo, wombat, lemur and tortoise, and watch a Birds of Prey show. Check the zoo's daily schedule for details.
Get a close look at Sumatran felines in the Tiger Temple, and see crocodiles emerge from clear water pools during the Crocoseum show. The exhibit 'Africa' features spacious plains modeled on the African Savannah, inhabited by rhinos, giraffes, cheetahs, zebras and other exotic animals.
After approximately four hours, meet your guide at the designated spot and reboard your coach. Drive for 30 minutes through the Sunshine Coast Hinterland where you find beautiful mountains and a cooler climate. Visit the town of Montville, which sits at 1,310 feet (400 meters) above sea level. Stroll through streets lined with art galleries, wineries, restaurants and eye-catching architecture. Have time to browse the boutiques for handmade cheese, candy and artisan goods.
Next, drive to nearby Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve for an optional walk with your guide through the rain forest. Admire the towering trees, abundant plant life and views of the Glass House Mountains and Coral Sea.
Return to your starting point in Brisbane in the early evening at the end of your 9-hour tour.