Here's what our visitors are saying
Alexandra Kwek, Singapore - "When I was in Brisbane last week, I had the pleasure of walking around the city with Greeter Tina, and I had a blast! Tina was so friendly and knowledgeable; she really made the city more rich and magical than I could ever have seen it on my own. Thank you so much Tina for sharing your love of your city with me, and for making my trip truly unforgettable!"
Jennis Neo, Singapore - "Special thanks to Bernadette for bringing my friend Rachael Lim and I around Brisbane yesterday morning. We never knew Brisbane is so much more interesting than we had imagined."
Cheryl Cartwright, Brisbane - "What a great afternoon yesterday with the amazing Blair. Kids had a blast and Carl and I loved the stories and interesting facts about Brisbane. Love it!"
Sophanie Yeung, Mauritius - "Thank you Tina for making our trip in Brisbane so memorable! Tina was very welcoming and friendly and brought us to places that we might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. Our day with her around Brisbane was one of the main highlights of our trip."
Visitor - "Excellent initiative! Couldn't praise this highly enough and will recommend to friends and business associates. As a single woman travelling alone, this tour increased my comfort in getting out about in this lovely city."
Visitor - "Extremely nice for spouse travelling with their husband/wife on business. Gives them reasons for sightseeing while their husband/wife is attending business meetings or conferences."
Visitor - "David and I thoroughly enjoyed our Greeters experience with our Greeter, not only with the information he gave us but his friendliness was like meeting up with old friends. Many thanks for your service."
Visitor - "The Greeter Program is excellent and our Greeter Sue did a great job. We felt proud to be Brisbane residents "showing off" our lovely city with the support of the Brisbane Greeters Program."
Visitor - "This was a very enjoyable tour. I have been to Brisbane many times but it’s amazing the things I have not seen before, loved the tour!"
Visitor - "Thank you for a very interesting tour of the city - I didn’t realise it had so much to offer. I will be returning to the art galleries and museums."
Visitor - "Thank you so much for Marilyn's amazing wonderful introduction about Brisbane. She has such enthusiasm, love, patience and a feeling of welcome and love to share everything about Brisbane."
Visitor - "The tour exceeded my expectations. She opened my eyes to a "new Brisbane" - so interesting, after living here for three years."
Visitor - "What a fantastic offering - allows visitors to experience Brisbane through the experienced eye of a local. Fantastic!"
Visitor - "We enjoyed a lovely afternoon with our Greeter. She was very helpful with suggestions of what to do and see during our time in Brisbane."
Here's what the media's saying
Daniel Scott, Australian Society of Travel Writers Travel Writer of the Year 2011:
Congrats Brisbane Greeters, you made the Sydney Morning Herald/Melbourne Age list of 50 things to love about travel right now in the new look Traveller! I've done many city tours in my twenty year career as a travel writer but this experience with Brisbane Greeters was honestly one of the very best. It represents one of the best ways of getting quickly under the skin of the rapidly evolving Queensland capital.
Lee Mylne, Australian Travel Writer:
Can a Canadian tell me anything I don’t already know about the Australian city I’ve called home for nearly 20 years? The answer is yes…if he’s Brisbane Greeter Blair Allsopp, who’s lived in Brisbane for 35 years “off and on” and who knows nooks and crannies, and alleys and arcades, and secret corners I’ve never explored. I recommend you take a Greeters tour of your own, whether you’re a visitor or a resident of this fine city.
Paradise Magazine, Nuigini Airlines:
Brisbane Greeters seems to have hit the right note. I shared a recent tour of inner-city Paddington and a trip on the river with a research pharmacist from Hyderabad; an insurance worker who had emigrated from Peru; a Brisbane radiologist; and two immigrants from Durban. None of them could believe this quality service was free.
Elizabeth Penrose, Style Magazine:
Although I’ve lived in Brisbane for years, I enjoyed taking the time to stroll through our unique city, The Brisbane Greeters provided an incredible insight into our vibrant city, pointing out its gorgeous features we so often take for granted.
John Wright, The Australian:
With Brisbane Greeters, informality is the key, underscored by a real passion for the city.