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From Brisbane: North Stradbroke Island Day Trip with Sunset

1. From Brisbane: North Stradbroke Island Day Trip with Sunset

Spend the day on North Stradbroke Island with a guide. Enjoy scenic walks, beautiful lakes, and relaxing beaches as you learn about the island's history, culture, and wildlife. On the way back to the mainland watch as the sun sets into the sea. Start your morning with a departure from Brisbane at 9:30 AM. After a 45-minute drive to the ferry port, have the chance to purchase breakfast at the port or on the ferry during the crossing. Arrive at North Stradbroke Island and deboard the ferry to head to your first stop, Brown Lake. On the way there your tour guide will talk about the island as well as the historic and cultural importance of the Quandamooka people. Refresh and reenergize with the fresh and beautiful water of the lake. From there and after a quick stop at Myora Springs, your guide will take you to the northwest side of the island, a perfect lookout spot to take pictures and go for a walk at Cylinder Beach. Then head for one of the main attractions of the day, the Gorge Walk. On this 40 - 45 minute walk, take in views of the Coral Sea and its incredibly rich marine life, from manta rays, turtles, to dolphins and more. After the Gorge Walk, take a break to have lunch at Point Lookout. Following your lunch break, the tour will head to Amity Point. Your tour guide will take you on a walk to search for koalas in the wild. Optionally, if koala-spotting is not your thing, spend even more time at the beach instead. Conclude your day with a ferry ride back to the mainland in time to watch the sunset from the sea. Your expected arrival time in Brisbane is about 7:30 PM.

Rainforests and Glow Worm Cave: Day Tour from Brisbane

2. Rainforests and Glow Worm Cave: Day Tour from Brisbane

On this full-day program from Brisbane you’ll explore the rainforests of Springbrook and Tamborine national parks. Admire the beautiful waterfalls set in a natural forest, take a walk surrounded by towering rainforest trees, and spot forest wildlife including the shy pademelons, brush turkeys, goanna, and water dragons. See the unique natural bridge with a waterfall plunging into the cave below. Tamborine offers a chance for a break to explore the arts and craft district Gallery Walk (free time). There is a choice of establishments where lunch can be purchased or bring your own. The afternoon includes a guided tour of the award-winning glow worm caves at Cedar Creek. Finish the day with a rainforest walk to Curtis Falls. A 50-minute drive will have you back in Brisbane late afternoon.

Springbrook National Park and Tamborine Rainforest Day Tour

3. Springbrook National Park and Tamborine Rainforest Day Tour

Discover the diverse wildlife of South East Queensland when you travel to the Springbrook plateau, Numinbah Valley, and Mt Tamborine on this full-day tour from Brisbane. Enjoy an opportunity to stroll the street of Gallery Walk and then adventure over to the amazing Skywalk attraction. Take a leisurely walk through Springbrook National Park to see the Natural Arch and Glow Worm Cave. Hike past rock pools and take time to relax and enjoy the waterfalls and rainforest on this small-group tour with numbers limited to 12 participants, ensuring a more personalized experience. You will take a guided tour through the man-made Glow Worm Caves, enjoy a lunch break, and some time for shopping, before finishing the day at the picturesque Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk attraction.

Brisbane: O'Reillys Tree Top Walk

4. Brisbane: O'Reillys Tree Top Walk

After being collected from your Brisbane CBD accommodation, you will depart for O'Reilley's. Once having arrived, you'll begin with a visit to the Gallery Walk Retail Precinct. From there you can do the famous O'Reillys tree top walk, and can also visit the Kamarun Lookout. You will see natural flora and fauna, which will allow you to really experience the feeling of a natural rainforest. You can feel free to add some stops along the way of your choosing, with your itinerary flexible according to your interests. At the conclusion of your experience, you can choose to be dropped off back at your accommodation or another location of your choosing.

From Sydney: 21-Day East Coast Tour to Cairns with Lodging

5. From Sydney: 21-Day East Coast Tour to Cairns with Lodging

Travel by private coach from Sydney to Cairns, so you can see more, do more and have the best experience the East Coast has to offer! There are lots of stops along the way for walks, waterfalls, quirky towns and to spot wildlife where it should be - in the wild. Stay in amazing boutique resorts, safari tents, hostels and eco-lodges. A variety of meals are included as well as some incredible activities such as a 3 day 4WD Safari on K'Gari (Fraser Island), 2 nights sailing in the Whitsunday Islands, local food and wine tastings, and an Aboriginal cultural experience where we give back to the local community.Y You’ll travel with a local guide (who will share their insider knowledge) and a bunch of like-minded travellers (who will become lifelong friends) and explore everything that Aussie has to offer in style!

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What people are saying about Brisbane

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 56 reviews

We had Rio as our tour guide and he was amazing. The tour was so worth it. Brown Lake is a natural delight, Cylinder beach is beautiful (I recommend BYO lunch as we had to wait a long time for our lunch here) and the walk at point lookout was fabulous. Highly recommend for an accesible and not exhausting day trip.

It was an amazing experience.. Rio was very professional, knowledgeable and accommodating... although all the locations were breathtaking, my favourite parts was the brown lake and the lookout point. The views were simply stunning!!! I'm so glad I took this tour

Everything was well organised and ran smoothly. Brian is very knowledgeable about all we saw in the Rainforest and made it a very interesting tour. Highly recommend this tour for sure.

A very well planned day tour of North Stradbroke Island by our tour guide, Orlando. Although it rained on and off, we had a relaxing and a great day from start to finish.

All the travel sights in this tour only require short driving distance and the atmosphere of the rainforests are beautiful and cozy to walk