Things to do from Brisbane



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Being the capital city of Queensland and centrally located in the middle of the south east corner, Brisbane is the perfect location to use as your base to explore the region.

Within an hour’s drive you can be walking the beaches of the Sunshine Coast, surfing the waves of Surfers Paradise or exploring boutique wineries and cheese factories in the either the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast hinterlands.

Don’t forget, Brisbane city with its riverfront restaurants and attractions makes for a great day out exploring cultural icons such as the Queensland Museum, Southbank parklands or the newly developed foodie hotspot of Howard Smith Wharves where your meal comes with an amazing riverfront location and views of the city.

If a trip south of the border is on your ‘things to do’ list, it’s only a little over a 1 hour drive down the Pacific Motorway to cross the border into NSW. In no time at all you will be eating fish and chips watching local street buskers or surfers in the world-famous Byron Bay.


Things to do from Brisbane

Once you have settled into your hotel room or Airbnb in Brisbane and you have spent some time getting to know the city, you will likely find yourself wanting to explore other things to do around the area. This is where Brisbane Day Tours can help. Brisbane Day Tours is operated by Southern Cross Day Tours on the Gold Coast and they offer a variety of options for you to experience the best tours & activities that the Gold Coast has to offer, without the need to book a hotel on the coast. These include the following activities:

Gold Coast Beaches, Surfers Paradise & Cavill Ave 

Brisbane Day Tours provide several options that allow you to spend a few hours discovering the heart of the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise.

Famous for its amazing and very popular golden beach with the shopping & entertainment of Cavill Avenue only metres away. This is worth the drive from Brisbane on its own, just to get a picture under the Surfers Paradise sign, with our world-famous beach in the background.


Brisbane Day Tours Logo
Brisbane Day Tours Brochure Cover
Surfers Paradise

Gold Coast Hinterland, Springbrook & Mt Tamborine

Brisbane Day Tours have three different tour options taking you to the breathtaking Gold Coast Rainforests, known as “The Hinterland”. You can choose from tours that take you to Springbrook National Park, Natural Bridge, Tamborine Mountain, Lamington National Park, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and more.

You will see waterfalls, treetop walks, plenty of native Australian wildlife, beautiful scenery, boutique shopping and have the opportunity to experience wine tasting including the option to add-on lunch if you’re feeling peckish.

If you’re looking for a convenient, stress free way to explore the Gold Coast Hinterland under the expert guidance of a local, Brisbane Day Tours tick all the boxes.


Travelling to the Gold Coast from Brisbane for the day means a commute in each direction which can leave you short on time. This means that if you wanted to do a city tour and a river cruise most of your day would be gone. If this is you, then a ride on the famous Aquaduck is perfect for you.

Aquaduck provides an amazing and unique tour. The Aquaduck is an amphibious vehicle touring through the main areas of Surfers Paradise and Main Beach, before driving straight into the water and turning into a boat.  This 1-hour tour spends approx 20mins on land and 40mins in the water.

There is a tour guide providing a full English commentary and an on-board audio guide in 7 other languages.

Southern Cross Day Tours
Aquaduck Gold Coast


Whether you’re a local or just visiting, one of the best ways to immerse yourself into the Surfers Paradise environment and Gold Coast culture and lifestyle is through one of Australia’s favourite past-times, surfing.

Learning to surf is easy with Get Wet Surf School who have providing surf lessons since 2004. Andrew and Kerri Jekyll pride themselves on providing their lessons where the locals learn. They run their lessons in the safe waters of Main Beach just north of Surfers Paradise, the very same area they taught their own three children to surf. Don’t worry if you don’t have a car as a free courtesy shuttle is available from the centre of Surfers Paradise. 

Your experienced and knowledgeable instructor will have you up on the board and hanging ten in no time.

Indoor Skydiving

Have you ever wanted to know what it feels like to skydive, but are not crazy enough to jump out of a perfectly good plane? Well now you can without spending an absolute fortune, or without hurtling towards the earth hoping that your parachute is going to open.

Indoor skydiving with iFLY Surfers Paradise makes this safe & fun for the whole family.

4 kids learning to surf
IFLY indoor Skydiving

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast offers the best priced hot air balloon ride on the Gold Coast. So, if you’ve always wanted to tick off this bucket list experience, come and fly with Hot Air and experience Australia’s favourite hot air balloon ride. 

A spectacular balloon inflation display is just the start of your morning ballooning with Hot Air. Meet the friendly and fun crew, float up to watch the sunrise over the rolling hills of the majestic Gold Coast hinterland and enjoy sweeping views of Tamborine Mountain, Lamington National Park with the tall towers of the Gold Coast skyline shimmering on the eastern horizon.

Jet Boating

A fun Jet Boat ride with Paradise Jet Boating is the best way to see the Gold Coast waterways and local Marine Park & we even throw in a few splashes of thrills, excitement & adventure as well.

This is our website and our blog and we don’t want to sound biased, but if you can only do one thing on this list then it should be a jet boat ride Paradise Jet Boating… because we are the best and you have earned it. ? 

Hot Air Balloons on the Gold Coast
Customers having fun and getting wet on a jet boat in mid spin with blue sky

For some of the top activities within the Brisbane area check The Travelling SOUK.