• Location: Brisbane or Gold Coast, Australia
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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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.


  • Full-day sightseeing tour of Brisbane
  • Coach tour of Brisbane's city-center architectural highlights
  • Cruise along the Brisbane River
  • Cuddle a koala at Lone Pine, Australia's oldest koala sanctuary
  • Scenic city views from Mt Coot-tha Lookout
  • Pickup and drop-off from selected Brisbane or centrally located Gold Coast hotels

What You Can Expect

Best of Brisbane Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Best of Brisbane Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

From its roots as a penal colony, Brisbane has evolved into a modern, vibrant city and the much-visited capital of Queensland. Your full-day itinerary begins with pickup at your Brisbane or Gold Coast hotel and a sightseeing coach tour through Brisbane’s historic center. Hear tales from the city’s past and listen to commentary from your driver-guide as you cruise by urban attractions like City Hall, St John’s Cathedral, Treasury Casino and Parliament House.

For an aquatic perspective, board a riverboat at the lovely Newstead Gardens and enjoy a cruise along the Brisbane River. Glide under Story Bridge and past waterfront attractions like Customs House and Kangaroo Point Cliffs.

When you arrive at the city’s energetic South Bank, take a spin around the giant Wheel of Brisbane in an enclosed passenger pod (own expense). Take in panoramic aerial views of the city, river and surrounds from this observation wheel that reaches almost 200 feet (60 meters) above ground.

In the afternoon, visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the first and largest of its kind in the world and home to more than 130 koalas. Learn about other species native to Australia, such and dingoes, kangaroos, echidnas and birds of prey through live feedings and shows.

After leaving the sanctuary, stop at Mt Coo-tha Lookout for inspiring views of the Great Dividing Range and Moreton Bay. Your full-day tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Maritza C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This tour was amazing!

Elena G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour was amazing!

Nancy K USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Full day of sightseeing. Cruise was nice. Loved Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Tour guide very knowledgeable. Would recommend to everyone.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Great way to see and experience Brisbane in one day.

Lynda H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

The city tour, the tea on the boat and the river cruise was fantastic. The Koala sanctuary was amazing. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Eva L Hong Kong

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

It was great to have visited the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Gotta take a photo with a Koala.

Irene S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

I enjoyed the different segments of the tour. First, a very interesting city tour by bus. The tour leader had wonderful stories to share. Then the delightful cruise, along with delicious tea and scones. Fun to explore South Bank I especially was impressed by the beautiful Nepalese temple. Best of all was the visit to Lone Pine Sanctuary. We got there in time to see the feeding of the koalas and Tasmanian Devils. Getting up close to the kangaroos and wallabies was thrilling.

George K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Loved it

Carol C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This full day Brisbane trip was wonderful. We enjoyed every minute of it. Our tour guide Bob was extremely personable and very knowledgeable. I definitely recommend this tour of the city.

Michelle C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

This was a great day of sightseeing. I was by myself but felt perfectly safe. Hotel pickup was on time. Transferred to central bus station. A quick ride around the city and lots of information given. Had a stop at the botanic gardens which were beautiful. Drove to Kangaroo Point Park to take pics of Brisbane from the other side of the river. Then on to the Breakfast Creek Hotel with the bar with the most expensive rum in the world no time to eat or drink unfortunately. We met the river tour boat, had tea and cake, and took a leisurely ride down the river to the Southbank Parklands next to the ferris wheel. There was a little time to eat/drink there before heading off to the Lone Pine Koala sanctuary. This alone was worth the price of admission. You can hold a koala and get a picture taken and feed kangaroos and wallabies. There is a little grocer there so you can get snacks/drinks if you choose. The next and last stop was Mt. Coot-tha summit lookout, which had nice views of the city. The bus dropped me right back at my hotel. If you have a day to burn and want to see a lot, I recommend this tour. I should mention that I've been on other tours by other vendors in other parts of AUS who listed koala sanctuaries, but this was the first one where I actually got to hold one, not just pet it.

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