The Best of Brisbane Day Tours For A Great Day Out in 2024

Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, Australia’s Sunshine State is a popular destination for Australians and overseas visitors. Not only has it one of the best climates in Australia it has so much to offer the traveller. If you have chosen to visit Brisbane, you have chosen well.

From Brisbane river cruises to a Brisbane crime tour, Brisbane winery visits and Brisbane brewery tours we have included something for everyone to do.

Whether you are in Brisbane for a few days or a week or two there is plenty for you to do with an array of Brisbane Day Tours on offer that are just not your run of the usual tours on offer.

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Brisbane River Cruises

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

The Lone Pine Sanctuary is on 5 acres of land and it is the oldest and largest koala sanctuary in the world.

You will board your cruise at Southbank for your 5-hour tour that includes:

  • spending 3 hours at the Sanctuary visiting the koalas
  • watching the shy platypus in their own Platypus House
  • watch the eagles, owls and kites soar above you at the Flight Raptor Show
  • at the sheep dog show watch the sheep dogs doing what they know best
  • you can feed and spend time with over 100 kangaroos and wallabies

There are various options to enjoy your day tour to Lone Pine Sanctuary by River Cruise:

Option One: Koala and Return River Cruise – With Entry Included

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Option Two: Koala & River Cruise One Way to Lone Pine with Entry Included

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Cruise St Helena Island Moreton Bay

Moreton Bay Queensland
Moreton Bay Queensland

St Helena Island was once a penal settlement but now it is a National Park, just 21 km from Brisbane.

The tours are aboard the Cat-o-Nine-tails 55-foot Catamaran.

Prison Life Experience

A 5-hour journey that will take you back in time where you sail across the bay to learn about the Aboriginal beginnings and the 19th-century prison settlement of St Helena Island brought to life by multi-skilled performers.

Enjoy a picnic that is included in the price before sailing home.

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Secrets of St Helena Roving Theatre

This is taken directly from the tour description (read it if you dare):

You have been sentenced to spend an evening at the St Helena Island Prison. The nature of your crime?


You will be subjected to a hearty meal. On disembarkation, you will march to the dramatic ruins where in the spooky gloom experience the colourful stories of those who never left the island. Then prepare yourself for the unexpected at the island’s cemetery.

On your release from St. Helena Prison partake in the dessert with tea and coffee.  Then just sit back and enjoy the nightscape. Any other night out is dull by comparison!

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Brisbane’s Crime Tour

Brisbane at night
Brisbane at night

Brisbanes True Crime Tour

Another night tour where you will need to have your wits about you.

Take a deep dark walk on the dark side and learn about Brisbane’s brutal and bloody past. Up alleyways, past Brisbane’s historical buildings and as you wander you will learn about those brawlers, fraudsters and those infamous men you would not want to meet in a dark alley. This Brisbane local tour will surely be memorable!

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Winery Tours

Winery tours Brisbane
Winery tours ex Brisbane to Mount Tambourine

Vino Bus – Full Day Winery Tour from Brisbane

The Vino Bus collects you in the morning (designated pick-up points) and transports you to Tambourine Mountain outside Brisbane.

During your full day tour you will:

  • visit 3 award-winning wineries
  • a distillery
  • a gourmet two-course lunch
  • scenic look out if the weather permits
  • snacks and water on board
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Full-Day Mount Tambourine Winery Tour from Brisbane


– Premium Experience
– Guided Tastings at each venue
– Cheese tasting* (Optional)
– Fudge tasting (Optional)
– A two-course gourmet lunch by an award-winning chef at a winery
– Scenic Lookouts along the way
– Photos of your day
– Newest vehicles
– Eco Friendly
– Door-to-door Service*
– Premium Cheese Platter – Premium Package
– Glass of Wine with lunch – Premium Package
– Hand made Chocolates – Premium Package

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The Ultimate Distillery and Gourmet Tasting Experience from Brisbane

 All Inclusive Bespoke Experience designed just for your group
– Guided Tastings at Local Providores in the region

– A Guided Tour of a Distillery, brewery or winery – your choice (we can replace this with another activity for non drinkers)

– Gourmet tastings as we travel through the region

– Food Pairings

– Gourmet Lunch

– Scenic Lookouts along the way

– This tour is personalised to suit your group

– All dietary requirements are catered for.

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Best of Brisbane Brewery Tour

Brewery tours Brisbane
Brewery tours around Brisbane

6 hours of beer tasting in Brisbane with lunch at either Milton Common or Sea Legs Brewery. But before you can think about lunch you will enjoy a guided tour and tasting at the Newstead Brewing Co followed by more beer tasting and if cider is on tap at the Green Beacon Brewing Co.

After lunch, there is one more brewery stop before you head back home.

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Dash of Brisbane Tour

If you haven’t got time for a 6-hour beer-tasting experience the Dash of Brisbane tour is just for you and it is only 4 hours long. You will enjoy the delights of beer tasting at three of the best breweries in Brisbane.

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We hope you have enjoyed our unique day tours from Brisbane article. Have you done any Brisbane day tours yet? We would love to know what was your best day trips from Brisbane.

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