Discover Brisbane's city sightseeing tours
Feast the five senses upon the most spectacular, breathtaking or just tucked away places in Brisbane. Joining a guided tour on foot, by motor or across the water will show you the best of the River City. Alternatively, you can DIY and just take yourself.
Get your heart racing and take leg day easy with these on-foot wanders.
Who would have guessed that Walk Brisbane hosts walking tours throughout the city? A City Essentials tour takes you for a wander around everything that’s quintessentially Brisbane, Sundowners in the City walks you through the perfect place to kick back with post-work beverage, and the Small Bars of the Valley adventure will give you a list of spots to return to on weekends.
Burn off the calories you’re about to chow down a Foodi tour around the city’s best food hotspots. Cocktail and wine tours are complemented by chocolate adventures, craft beer expeditions and healthy food affairs while safaris through iconic River City precincts will keep you fit and in the know.
This group of volunteers leads free greets to reveal the history and culture of Brisbane, from pre-settlement to now. You can’t miss the distinct red shirts or help but find their passion infectious. Opt for a classic Greet, or request one on a subject or area of your choosing.
For more on foot sightseeing, click through to find a list of walking tours around Brisbane.
Throw all the way back to the long-ago '90s (not that long, actually) with these motorised meanders.
Glide around Brisbane on these smart, eco-friendly machines and spend all your energy soaking up the sunshine and chatting away with friends. Bring a group for a great day out without having to worry about getting all sweaty in the subtropical weather. The dream.
Strap yourself into a segway for a nighttime adventure through South Bank with Kangaroo Segway Tours. Sights, sounds and the setting sun against the backdrop of the city, from the Promenade, all without having to move a muscle. Bring your cameras (or phone) to capture the perfection.
Cycle your way to a great time and a great tush with these bike tours through Brisbane.
Brisbane by Bicycle offers tours for locals, made by locals. These fun, easy-paced adventures wind through South Bank, New Farm and Teneriffe with a picnic lunch in the middle. They even shout you a beer at an iconic local bar afterwards – a perfect way to refresh and restore some of the calories you burned.
The beauty of an electric bike is that you’ll get anywhere you want to go, hilly, hot, or windy, with the same amount of energy. It’s not lazy – it’s smart exploring. eBike Hire Brisbane is just minutes from the Bicentennial Bikeway and is the best way to explore the riverside on two wheels. They even deliver bikes straight to you.
On the water
The river is central to the city – and not just because it runs right through the middle of everything.
The original sightseeing river cruise, River City Cruises runs hour-and-a-half guided tours with entertaining and informative commentary past some of Brisbane’s most iconic riverside locations. Tours depart at 10.30am and midday every day and you can even get a coffee onboard.
Step back in time with the iconic Kookaburra paddle-wheelers as they cruise down the river for lunch or dinner experiences. Spoil yourself with smooth jazz, indulge yourself in high tea or marvel at the sparkling city lights from the kind of boat that’s watched the buildings climb higher and higher.
Mirimar Koala and River Cruises are the perfect way to combine a day on the water with koala cuddling. Travelling to and from Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, you’ll sail down the western side of the river past the evolving West End after boarding and departing from the Cultural Centre.
Slide into a kayak or balance on a stand-up paddle board with Riverlife as you inevitably try to impress the beautiful person you’ve invited out on an adventurous date. Operating hours are subject to availability but these tours run most weekends and during school holidays.
Do it yourself
Take some initiative and guide yourself through some of the most iconic precincts in Brisbane.
The Cultural Centre concourse
Read and relax with a coffee in kuril dhagan at the State Library before you tackle one of the bigger museums. The Queensland Museum and Sciencentre is the best way to get hands-on with history and practical science while QAGOMA splits traditional and modern art across two venues – explore both for an up-to-date cultural conversation piece.
Fortitude Valley laneways
Wander through Winn Lane and Bakery Lane and indulge in specialty coffee, craft beer and international spirits before meandering down buzzing James Street. Something's always changing in this raw yet sophisticated suburb.
Botanic Gardens – both of them
Soak up fresh air and sunshine in one of the city’s two Botanic Gardens. Get that river breeze up at Garden’s Point and see if you can get a degree by osmosis. Otherwise, breathe deep the mountain air at Mt Coot-tha and wander through the Tropical Display Dome. Bring your camera for this one – #brisbaneanyday
South Bank sights
Meander along the concourse at South Bank for a river breeze complemented by the dizzying glint of CBD skyscrapers just across the water. Pose by the B-R-I-S-B-A-N-E sign, take a dip at Street’s Beach and just generally have a good time in the open air.