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How to Spend 2 Days in Brisbane

How to Spend 2 Days in Brisbane

Two days in the Queensland capital gives you time to see top city attractions such as Brisbane Story Bridge, as well as experience nature and wildlife at spots such as Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Customize your itinerary with a private tour, or combine several tours to match your interests. Here’s how to spend two days in Brisbane.

Day 1:  Explore Brisbane’s Neighborhoods

**Morning:**Get your bearings by joining a walking, bike, or Segway tour of top sights. Along the way, see City Hall, King George Square, and Cathedral of St. Stephen, and take in the views from Kangaroo Point Cliffs. To join a bridge climb at Brisbane Story Bridge, be sure to book in advance.

**Afternoon:**Take a walk through South Bank Parklands, which stretch along the Brisbane River, and browse the handicrafts markets (weekends only). Cool off with a swim at Streets Beach Lagoon, and visit a museum, such as the Gallery of Modern Art, the Queensland Maritime Museum, or the Queensland Museum and Science Centre.

**Night:**Stick around to watch the sunset along the river and take a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane to admire the glittering skyline. Afterwards, cross the river to the Fortitude Valley quarter where there are dozens of bars, pubs, live music venues, and nightclubs—a bar-hopping tour helps you find the best spots. 

Day 2: Mountain Views and Wildlife

**Morning:**Head just outside the city to Mount Coot-tha, which stands watch over Brisbane’s west side. Stretch your legs and enjoy a stroll through Brisbane Botanic Gardens. From the top, panoramic views span the entire city, reaching as far as Moreton Bay.

**Afternoon:**Spend the afternoon visiting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, where you can spot Aussie animals including koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, wombats, echidnas, and platypus. For the best value, opt for a tour from Brisbane with transport included—for a fun twist, it’s even possible to arrive by boat on a cruise down the Brisbane River. 

**Night:**On your final night, set sail along the Brisbane River on a romantic dinner cruise. Float past the city’s illuminated landmarks on a traditional paddle steamer while enjoying dinner and live music. Alternatively, join a night Segway tour or snap some final shots of the city on a night photography tour.

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise

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Take a leisurely river cruise from Brisbane to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to observe native Australian wildlife. This half-day tour departs from bustling Southbank and cruises along the Brisbane River with views of iconic landmarks on the way to Lone Pine. Upon arrival, enjoy ample time to meet the animals. Observe the platypus, and watch animal shows that feature sheepdogs and birds of prey. A great experience for animal lovers.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Brisbane River Lunchtime Cruise

Brisbane River Lunchtime Cruise

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View Brisbane from the river during a lunch cruise aboard a classic wooden paddlesteamer. This cruise has it all: the beauty of Brisbane River, fantastic food, and live entertainment for the weekend cruise. Your contemporary buffet lunch offers a selection of fresh produce. Keep your camera handy for great photo ops!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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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
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Best of Brisbane Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Best of Brisbane Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Spend a full day exploring Queensland’s vibrant capital city and see the best of Brisbane’s tourist attractions. Learn about historic buildings on a coach tour of the city center, get a waterside perspective with a cruise along the beautiful Brisbane River, and enjoy birds-eye views from at the Mt Coo-tha Lookout. This tour is also inclusive of a tour of the XXXX Brewery with a tasting at the end.
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  • 8 hours
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Brisbane Afternoon Tour to XXXX Brewery and Mt Coot-tha

Brisbane Afternoon Tour to XXXX Brewery and Mt Coot-tha

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Experience the subtropical charm of Brisbane on this afternoon tour showcasing the area’s natural and cultural highlights. Take in spectacular views of Moreton Bay and Queensland’s capital from atop Mt. Coot-tha. Then visit Queensland's oldest brewery, XXXX, on an interactive walking tour complete with a beer tasting session.
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  • 4 hours
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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
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Brisbane City Sights and South Bank Day Trip from Gold Coast

Brisbane City Sights and South Bank Day Trip from Gold Coast

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Take a break from Gold Coast beaches to discover the livable urban charm of Brisbane on a full-day tour that offers plenty of time to explore Queensland’s capital on your own. Take morning tea at a lookout atop Mt. Coot-tha or the Botanical Gardens, and see most of the main sights, including Kangaroo Point, King George Square, trendy South Bank, China Town, and more. Customize your day during free time to cruise along the Brisbane River, visit the Science Centre, or perhaps dine at one of downtime’s excellent restaurants.
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  • 8 hours
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