Brisbane, Australia

Once considered the "country cousin" among Australian cities, Brisbane is today the nation's third-largest metropolis - and one of the most desirable places to live in the country. Lying on the banks of the meandering Brisbane River, this cosmopolitan city boasts elegant 19th-century sandstone buildings, a lively cultural scene and superb parklands. Brisbane is also your gateway to uniquely Australian adventures, be it the theme parks of the Gold Coast or Queensland's dazzling beaches.

The beaches south of Brisbane form Queensland's Gold Coast. Travel tip: Brisbane is pronounced "Bris-bin."

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Points of Interest

  • Gold Coast
  • Australia Zoo
  • Mt. Tamborine
  • Rainforest Skywalk
  • Stradbroke Island
  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Brisbane River
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  • Gold Coast

    With 26 miles of beaches, resort hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, a casino, luxury homes and golf courses, the Gold Coast serves as both Australia's vacation and retirement capitals.

  • Australia Zoo

    Founded by the late Steve Irwin, TV's "Crocodile Hunter," this 70-acre zoo is home to exotic wildlife, such as fresh and salt-water crocodiles, koalas, kangaroos and giant pythons.

  • Mt. Tamborine

    Lying inland from the famous Gold Coast, this volcanic plateau is a fertile landscape of national parklands, rainforests, and groves of macadamia nut, kiwi fruit and avocado.

  • Rainforest Skywalk

  • Stradbroke Island

    This is one of Brisbane's jewels and offers the opportunity for a day at the beach. Combining spectacular scenery, relaxing beaches and an exciting 4WD off road adventure, this is sure to be a great way to spend the day.

  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

  • Botanic Gardens

  • Brisbane River

    A popular cruise tour venue, this river runs through Brisbane and is the longest in southeast Queensland. It was named after Governor of New South Wales, Thomas Brisbane in 1823.

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Brisbane & Botanical Gardens

5 hours | Brisbane | BNE-216

Tour historic Brisbane, passing Parliament House, the Treasury Building, City Hall and the Old Customs House.

Watch for the city's Cultural Centre which combines the Art Gallery, the Performing Arts Complex, the Museum and Public Library-all landmark properties.

The gentle Brisbane River flows through green, inner-city parks, past an unusual blend of historic and modern architecture not to be missed. From the top of Mt Coot-tha, enjoy spectacular views over Brisbane (weather permitting).

The nearby Botanic Gardens are a living museum of plant collections, displaying early heritage specimens through to present day exotic and native plantings. This facility is considered to be one of the most important non-indigenous cultural landscapes in Queensland and is recognized for its natural and historic values. In addition to the plant collection, there are a number of significant heritage features.

Take time to enjoy a stroll through these magnificent gardens and learn about the plants.

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Panoramic Brisbane

5 hours | Brisbane | BNE-226

Take a self-guided tour of two of the most significant heritage sites in Brisbane, Old Government House and the Botanical Gardens of Mount Coot-tha. Located within the grounds of Queensland University of Technology's Gardens Point Campus, Old Government House is one of Queensland's most significant heritage buildings. It was the site of many key events in Queensland's early history and architecturally it remains as a vital link to the states colonial past. Completed in 1862, it was the home of Queensland's governors until 1910. The House successively became the University of Queensland's inaugural building, then the lecture rooms of Queensland University of Technology and the office of the National Trust of Queensland. It was the first building in Queensland to be heritage listed in 1978. Several rooms now house interpretive displays telling the story of the House and of those who lived and worked here. Next, visit the Brisbane Botanical Gardens Mount Coot-tha, opened in 1976, this modern botanical garden complex at the foot of Mount Coot-tha features over 5,000 species of plants from around the world. Enjoy free time to explore the Tropical Display Dome, the famous Japanese House and the popular Fern House Gardens. Enjoy a photo stop at the Mount Coot-tha lookout for amazing views of Brisbane.

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Transfer to the Gold Coast Beaches

7 hours | Brisbane | BNE-590
  • Gold Coast

The Gold Coast, approximately 48 miles from Brisbane, is home to some of Australia's most famous beach resorts, and your transfer today will take you to the most famous of them all-Surfers Paradise.

The perfect swimming beach here is a hive of activity for sun-worshippers and fun-seekers.

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

5 hours | Brisbane | BNE-240
  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Head out to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, winner of many Australian Tourism Awards. Cuddle a koala, hand-feed the kangaroos and encounter a large variety of Aussie wildlife, in a beautiful setting.

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Panoramic Brisbane

4 hours | Brisbane | BNE-225
  • Botanic Gardens

Take a self-guided tour of two of the most significant heritage sites in Brisbane, Old Government House and the Botanical Gardens of Mount Coot-tha. Located within the grounds of Queensland University of Technology's Gardens Point Campus, Old Government House is one of Queensland's most significant heritage buildings.

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Gold Coast Highlights

8 hours | Brisbane | BNE-205
  • Gold Coast

Join us for a day to experience the best of the Gold Coast. Your guide will take you on a panoramic drive of this beautiful beachside city, finishing in the heart of the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise.

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Mt Tamborine, Glow Worms Cave & Gold Coast

8 hours | Brisbane | BNE-230
  • Gold Coast
  • Mt. Tamborine

A panoramic drive will take you to Mt Tamborine, with spectacular views along the way.
Stroll along the famous Mt Tamborine Gallery Walk with its many local arts and crafts, collectibles and gift shops.
Re-board your coach and head to Cedar Creek Winery for a visit to the glow worm caves and a wine tasting before traveling to the Gold Coast for free time to explore this exciting area.

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Brisbane Sights & Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

4 hours | Brisbane | BNE-235
  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Tour historic Brisbane, passing Parliament House, the Treasury Building, City Hall and the Old Customs House.
You will also pass the city's Cultural Centre, which combines the Art Gallery, the Performing Arts Complex, the Museum and Public Library beside the serene Brisbane River. From the top of Mt Coot-tha, enjoy spectacular views over Brisbane.

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The Best of Brisbane

5 hours | Brisbane | BNE-210
  • Brisbane River

Experience the sights and sounds of Brisbane on a narrated drive through the city centre before boarding a classic paddlewheel boat for a leisurely lunch cruise along the Brisbane River.

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Local Connections: John Pene Fonmosa

7 hours | Brisbane | BNE-985

This educational and family friendly experience is hosted by John Pene Fonmosa, a respected and talented artist, raised in the Bundjalung Nation of Northern NSW. His first-hand knowledge of the area, its history and traditions of Australia's first peoples add to the fun and adventure. After a transfer to the iconic 940-foot-tall Mt. Coot-tha, Brisbane's highest vantage point, you'll meet John who will lead you on a trek along a well-worn path. Along the way, you'll learn about the medicinal uses of plants, examine First Peoples artifacts and learn how they were made. You'll be entranced as he shares tales of his ancestors, Aboriginal language maps, and traditional arts and crafts. Try your hand at throwing a Boomerang and discover the meaning behind ancient symbols and the legends they contain. Lunch and the opportunity to try native bush foods add to the day's excitement.

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Local Connections: Wine Tasting & Wine Making at Mt. Nathan Winery

5.5 hours | Brisbane | BNE-980

Enhance your visit to Brisbane with a journey to the family owned and operated Mt. Nathan Winery for a tour and tasting. But you don't have to be an oenophile to enjoy the experience. The sprawling plantation based in the picturesque Gold Coast Hinterland offers something for everyone in the family. From the pier, it's just a relaxing 45-minute drive south into the hinterland to the boutique winery. Once you arrive, you'll meet Paul Gibson, whose grandfather and father established Mt. Nathan in the 1970s. Enjoy the mountain scenery from the large outdoor terrace, feed the sheep and alpaca that laze under the shade trees, view the hardworking honey bees and sample a variety of wines. Your small group exclusive experience with the Wine Maker also includes bottling your own wine that you'll take home complete with your very own photo on the bottle!

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Australia Zoo & the Sunshine Coast for Small Groups

7 hours | Brisbane | BNE-999
  • Australia Zoo

Experience the Australia Zoo, founded by the late Steve Irwin of Crocodile Hunter fame, and home to some of the world's most exotic wildlife. See fresh and salt-water crocodiles, feed the kangaroos, cuddle a koala and have your photo taken with a giant python. There are 14 free wildlife shows daily and four shopping outlets on the grounds. You'll have approximately two hours to explore the park at your own pace. At Montville, a charming mountain village, stroll along the Victorian cottages and browse the storefronts for artwork, gifts, jewelry and other souvenirs. Lunch is on your own. Enjoy your choice of cafés and restaurants offering artisanal dishes made from fresh, local produce and ingredients. Finally, you'll head back to the pier. Relax on your ride as you relish the memories created on this full-day excursion.

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CRIKEY! It's Australia Zoo

7 hours | Brisbane | BNE-195
  • Australia Zoo

Travel to Queensland's Sunshine Coast and pay a visit to Australia Zoo, founded by the late Steve Irwin. Enjoy free time to explore the complex and attend a dramatic animal performance.

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Sirromet Winery, Glow Worms & Rainforest Skywalk

8 hours | Brisbane | BNE-320
  • Rainforest Skywalk

Partake in the ultimate wine experience that you'll remember long after the last glass. Sit back and enjoy the relaxing journey to Queensland's largest and most highly awarded winery. Settle down to sample different wines within the estate's world-class wine tasting area. As part of the package, a complimentary bottle of Vineyard Selection wine is yours to take home.

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RIVER CRUISE & CITY SIGHTS

6 hours | Brisbane | BNE-220
  • Brisbane River

Experience the city of Brisbane aboard a Mississippi-style paddle steamer, a unique way to see the city and its scenery.

At the boat pier, you will board the grand timber Mississippi style paddle wheeler for a cruise along Brisbane River, through the heart of Brisbane and the Wharf Area. Listen to the informative commentary that will introduce you to the city's landmarks, its culture and people. View the multimillion-dollar mansions on the river at Norman Park, the historic building of Shafston House at Kangaroo Point and the Story Bridge. Marvel at the eclectic mix of historic and modern architecture, and travel past the extensive South Bank Parklands, developed on the site of 1988 World Expo. Savour a 3-course lunch as you experience the ambience and atmosphere aboard this majestic paddle wheeler.

Before returning to the ship, a brief coach tour of Brisbane's in-land sights will complete your overview of this fascinating city.

Essential information. There is a walk of 500 yards from the coach to the paddle steamer and approximately 3 steps to board the vessel. If you wish to access the sun deck a further 10 steps will need to be negotiated.

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Brisbane by Private Vehicle - Car Class Half-Day (With Guide)

4 hours | Brisbane | BNE-915

Vehicles with an English-speaking guides are generally offered on a half-day (morning or afternoon) or full-day basis. No deviations to duration, departure or return time can be made. This is a private arrangement those accompanying you are the family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of passengers to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles are extremely limited reserve early. These tours are ordered per vehicle. One person in your party places the order for the vehicle the entire cost of the vehicle is charged to that person's shipboard account and cannot be divided among the party. Once onboard, you will receive a letter requesting details about your travel plans. Please complete this information and return to the Tour Office as soon as possible.

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Brisbane by Private Vehicle - Van Class Half-Day (With Guide)

4 hours | Brisbane | BNE-910

Vehicles with an English-speaking guide are generally offered on a half-day (morning or afternoon) or full-day basis. No deviations to duration, departure or return time can be made. This is a private arrangement those accompanying you are the family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of passengers to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles are extremely limited reserve early. These tours are ordered per vehicle. One person in your party places the order for the vehicle the entire cost of the vehicle is charged to that person's shipboard account and cannot be divided among the party. Once onboard, you will receive a letter requesting details about your travel plans. Please complete this information and return to the Tour Office as soon as possible.

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Brisbane by Private Vehicle - Car Class Full Day (With Guide)

8 hours | Brisbane | BNE-905

Vehicles with an English-speaking guide sare generally offered on a full-day basis. Deviations to duration, departure / return time or locations to be visited can be made onboard in advance but will incur an additional charge. This is a private arrangement those accompanying you are the family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of passengers to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and guides are extremely limited therefore reserve early. These tours are ordered per vehicle. One person in your party places the order for the vehicle; the entire cost of the vehicle is charged to that person's shipboard account and cannot be divided among the party. Once onboard, you will receive a letter requesting details about your travel plans. Please complete this information and return to the Tour Office as soon as possible.

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Brisbane by Private Vehicle - Van Class Full Day (With Guide)

8 hours | Brisbane | BNE-900

Vehicles with an English-speaking guide are generally offered on a full-day basis. Deviations to duration, departure / return time or locations to be visited can be made onboard in advance but will incur an additional charge. This is a private arrangement those accompanying you are the family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of passengers to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and guides are extremely limited therefore reserve early. These tours are ordered per vehicle. One person in your party places the order for the vehicle; the entire cost of the vehicle is charged to that person's shipboard account and cannot be divided among the party. Once onboard, you will receive a letter requesting details about your travel plans. Please complete this information and return to the Tour Office as soon as possible.

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