Brisbane has so much to see and do, that the tourist can be forgiven for feeling just a little confused. You want to see the best sights without missing out on anything else of interest, but where do you begin? A great starting point would be to take a full day tour that has a little of everything. You can take a coach tour around Brisbane to see the sight, then go on a cruise and also see some good views and native Australian wildlife too.
The great tour does just that, encompassing all the best sights of Brisbane such as the oldest home, Newstead House where you will get the opportunity to stroll around the grounds and see the river. But prominent buildings such as City Hall, St John’s Cathedral and Parliament House are not forgotten either and they are all on the itinerary.
So what comes first? A coach tour through the city centre then morning tea at Breakfast Creek Hotel beside the Brisbane River. Afterwards you get to explore the grounds of Newstead House. Just imagine what it must have been like to live there all those years ago. Not so many building around then, but lots of bushes and trees.
From there you will board a river boat for the cruise section of the tour. Travelling up the river will give you a good idea why Brisbane is called the River City. You will see all the most prestigious homes, the sandstone buildings of Custom House and many more historic buildings. Your river boat will take you under the beautiful Story Bridge that spans the river and you’ll be able to see Kangaroo Point Cliffs before disembarking on the South Bank to sample all it has to offer. South bank is known as Mecca of Coffee shops where you can enjoy coffee flavours of all parts of the world. From there you could go to Brisbane Botanic Gardens which is adjacent to South Bank and entirely free for visitors. You can easily relax there and see some rare species of plants in the gardens. And that’s just in the morning!
The afternoon will bring even more delights with a visit to one of Australia’s biggest koala sanctuaries, Lone Pine. You will actually be able to cuddle a koala as these little creatures seem to be tame even out in the wild. Other Australian natives are there to see too; wombats, wallabies, kangaroos and more. You can also feed free roaming kangaroos here with your hands.
On the way home you will be taken to one of Brisbane’s most famous lookouts at Mt Coot-tha, for views that encompass whole tracts of land including the Great Dividing Range through to Moreton Bay and other islands This mountain is 287 meters above the sea level an is 6 km in the west of Brisbane. What a day! And you can be picked up and dropped off from many centrally located hotels, so finding your own way about will be no problem.