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How to Spend 1 Day in Brisbane

How to Spend 1 Day in Brisbane

With just one day in the capital of Queensland, planning ahead will help you maximize your time. Choose a Brisbane tour that covers all the top sights—you don’t want to waste time queuing or getting lost—stroll the South Bank, and more. Here’s how to spend your one day in Brisbane.

Morning: Walk, Bike, or Segway

A half-day city tour is a good way to get your bearings. Explore downtown sights on a walking tour, or travel further on a bike or Segway tour. Stop to see landmarks such as City Hall, King George Square, and Cathedral of St. Stephen; browse the shops and Brisbane City Markets (weekends only) around Queen Street Mall; and take a stroll through idyllic City Botanic Gardens. Continue along Brisbane River's scenic waterfront, with views from Kangaroo Point Cliffs lookout. Follow the waterfront gardens to Story Bridge, one of Brisbane’s most photographed landmarks—adventurous travelers can challenge themselves to a guided bridge climb.  

Afternoon: Strolling the South Bank

The South Bank district (on Brisbane River's southern shore) is the city’s main cultural precinct, and there’s plenty to see and do. Cool off with a swim at Streets Beach, Australia’s only inner city beach; ride the Wheel of Brisbane for a view over the city; and visit landmarks such as the Nepalese Pagoda and Bougainvillea Arbour. Some of Brisbane’s most important museums are also located here, including the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Maritime Museum, and Queensland Museum and Science Centre. 

Night: Sunsets and Sundowners

Set sail along the Brisbane River on a traditional paddle steamer and watch the sunset along the riverfront. Enjoy on-board dinner and live entertainment as you cruise under the Story Bridge and past the glittering city skyline. Back in Brisbane, head to the Fortitude Valley quarter, just north of the Story Bridge, where you find a buzzing nightlife scene, full of bars, pubs, live music venues, and nightclubs that stay open well into the early hours.

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Brisbane Segway Sightseeing Tour

Brisbane Segway Sightseeing Tour

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Zip around Brisbane on a fun, self-balancing Segway. Cruise past Brisbane’s riverside sights, glide around the Southbank Parklands, and enjoy dramatic views of Kangaroo Point Cliffs. Choose from multiple tour durations and departure times to suit your schedule and budget. Best of all: full instruction and practice time is provided and there’s no experience necessary, so anyone can give it a go! This tour is limited to small groups, ensuring a personalized experience that you'll remember.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.78
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Brisbane Story Bridge Adventure Climb

Brisbane Story Bridge Adventure Climb

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Take your adventurous spirit to new heights on a Brisbane Story Bridge Adventure day or night climb. After a safety briefing, follow an experienced climbing guide from the central platform to the summit, then cross the width of the Story Bridge. Hear audio commentary about Brisbane's surroundings and enjoy panoramic views of the Brisbane River, Moreton Bay, the Glass House Mountains, distant Mt. Coot-tha, and Lamington National Park. Bonus: one complimentary group photo of your climb!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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XXXX Brewery Tour

XXXX Brewery Tour

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In Queensland, XXXX means beer, but how did this iconic brew get its name? Find out on a fun and fascinating guided tour of the XXXX Brewery. Walkthrough the heart of the production area, check out how the brews are created, observe the brewing process up close, then pour the perfect pint after learning from the pros. Includes tastings of XXXX Brewery’s delicious beers and a voucher to the souvenir store.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Brisbane City Essentials Walking Tour

Brisbane City Essentials Walking Tour

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Get acquainted with Brisbane’s top attractions and landmarks on a 3-hour walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Stroll through the city’s streets, parks and laneways to see landmarks such as City Hall and its iconic clock tower, King George Square, the City Botanic Gardens, and the Cathedral of St Stephen — the oldest church in Queensland. Stop by Eagle Street Pier and view Story Bridge, which spans the Brisbane River near the CBD. Your guide shares stories about the history of Brisbane, the perfect introduction to this dynamic Australian city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Arrival Transfer: Brisbane Airport to Hotel

Private Arrival Transfer: Brisbane Airport to Hotel

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Enjoy a hassle-free arrival in Brisbane with this private transfer service. Meet your driver at Brisbane Airport, and relax on the journey to your hotel in the city’s central business district. These private, luxurious vehicles can accommodate up to three passengers.
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$37.72
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Brisbane Like a Local Customized Private Tour

Brisbane Like a Local Customized Private Tour

Get to know the city through the eyes of a passionate local. With no set itinerary, you can customize the tour or leave it up to the local for an insightful introduction to the city. Make travel about the people you meet not just the places you see.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Price varies by group size
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