Brisbane, the third largest city in Australia, is the state capital of Queensland and the most populous city of Queensland. The settlement grew from an original penal colony, established in 1825. Free settlers were permitted in 1842 and Queensland was proclaimed a separate colony in 1859. Due to its growing live music scene, Brisbane was nominated as one of the Top 5 International Music Hotspots by Billboard magazine in 2007.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
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Brisbane is the capital city of the Australian state of Queensland and is the country's third largest city. The original settlement began as a penal colony, and during World War II, served as the South West Pacific Headquarters for General Douglas MacArthur. It was only after the war that it gained its prominence as an important urban center. Your tour will give you a glimpse into this relaxed, friendly city and all it has to offer, beginning with a view of historical Brisbane.
As you travel through this beautiful city situated alongside the curving banks of the Brisbane River, you'll see sights such as the Parliament House, the Treasury Building, City Hall and the Old Customs House. Your route also takes you past the splendid riverside setting of the impressive South Bank Parklands and Cultural Centre. This is adjacent to the location where the 1988 World Expo was held. Today, the center houses the State's Art Gallery, Performing Arts Complex, a Museum and library, bearing witness to Brisbane's vibrant cultural community.
Leaving the city behind, you will next proceed to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary for a self guided visit. This is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary, and allows you the opportunity to get close to over 130 free roaming koalas in a beautiful, natural setting. While the Sanctuary is home to kangaroos, wallabies, sheep dogs and other unusual animals such as the emu, Tasmanian devil, wombat, dingo and kookaburra, the endearing koalas remain the main attraction. You also won't want to miss the opportunity to have a souvenir photo taken cuddling one of the Sanctuary's adorable koalas. This photo is optional and not included in the tour cost.
At the conclusion of your tour, your motor coach will return you back to the ship.
Please note: Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended. The order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.
Boarding your coach at the pier, you will first be treated to a brief tour of Brisbane's highlights before leaving the city behind and traveling along winding roads to the base of Lamington National Park and the beautiful surroundings of the Gold Coast hinterland.
A picturesque drive through the lush countryside brings you to your first stop, the Rainforest Skywalk and Eco Discovery Centre. Upon arrival you will have free time to explore the center and gallery and choose from a variety of walks through the luscious rainforest. Begin the adventure on a spectacular elevated walkway through the beautiful middle and upper canopies of the rainforest. The walkway is a stable, high-tech steel structure enabling you to explore these canopies in a safe and secure way. It descends gradually to the lower canopy and follows points of interest that include rock pools and waterfalls, a butterfly lookout and local history enclosure. There will be sheltered rest areas along the way until reaching the amazing Cantilever, a 131 ft. long span that soars 98 feet above the valley, with spectacular views over the creek and the rainforest canopies below. Finally, the walk returns along the rainforest floor to the Center.
Next up is a visit to St. Bernard's, one of the most popular and historic pubs in the area. Boasting an absolutely spectacular view over the valley, take in the beautiful sights of the rainforest before being treated to lunch at the pub. Don't look for starched linen tablecloths at this establishment. This is truly an authentic Aussie Pub, full of old-world charm and hospitality, where diners have the opportunity to relax and enjoy one another's company in a casual, laid-back atmosphere.
Following lunch, you will transfer a short distance to Gallery Walk at Eagle Heights. This famous artistic center boasts a variety of craft shops and galleries, as well as numerous cafés and food stall where you can purchase a tasty treat or refreshment. Whether you are looking for a special gift or something unique to take home as a memento, you'll no doubt find it here in one of the delightful shops. From here, your coach will next make its way to a local winery for a wine tasting.
Included in your tour is the amazing scenery of Tamborine Mountain. This area is home to seven National Parks, totaling over 900 acres. Marvel at the Macrozamia Palms towering overhead and the verdant green valleys unfolding before you, as you wind your way through a landscape dotted with farms and quaint tea houses. As you travel through this magnificent National Parks region, you will be afforded spectacular panoramic views of the Gold Coast and brilliant blue Pacific Ocean. Following a full day of remarkable scenery and memorable experiences, sit back and relax in the comfort of your coach as you make your return to Brisbane via the modern Gold Coast Freeway.
Please note: The sites on this tour are not wheelchair accessible and therefore, it is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Caps and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.
Travel by coach for a delightful tour of Brisbane and its surrounding areas. You will no doubt notice that beneath Brisbane's country-like charm, there is a big city's vitality. The Capital of Queensland, Brisbane is also the state's historic and cultural capital, seat of government and a major seaport. The city has also served as host for World Expo 1988 and the Goodwill Games in 2001. Brisbane was destined to become one of the bright stars of Australia's colonization and today, with a population of more than one million, it is the third largest of Australia's cities. Enjoying a semi-tropical climate, this lovely city is lushly landscaped with jacarandas, flame trees, bougainvilleas and numerous other flowers and shrubs.
Your tour will take you past the Parliament House, the Treasury Building, the old Customs House, the Cultural Centre, the magnificent Botanical Gardens and many other historical and landmark sites. You may notice that Brisbane has the look of a city that has recently grown up. Much of the old areas of the city have been bulldozed and replaced with glittering glass and concrete towers, hotels and paved shopping malls. The meandering Brisbane River, the lush inner city parks and the unusual blend of historic and modern architecture make this a truly unforgettable city.
Making your way beyond the metropolitan and urban areas, your coach will climb nearly 755 feet above sea level for an unparalleled panoramic view over the city from the Mt. Coot-tha lookout. A brief stop will be made here, giving you the opportunity to capture some memorable photos of the sleek skyscrapers and picturesque suburbs that comprise Brisbane today. Leaving the lookout, your coach will return you to the pier.
Please note: The order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.
This tour affords you a full day to spend exploring the greener side of Australia, accompanied by expert guides. During your tour, you will view waterfalls cascading into cool mountain streams while driving through mountainside forests along secluded 4WD tracks.
Your 4WD vehicle will be waiting at the pier and soon you will be on your way to the rural shire of Beaudesert to embark on an off-road adventure following an original bush track built by pioneers. Native wildlife, including koala, kangaroos and reptiles are often seen while traversing these trails.
After a morning break served at one of the attractive picnic areas in the National Park, you'll enjoy a guided walk through the rainforest before being given time to stroll along Gallery Walk. Known as the artistic center of Tamborine Mountain, this utterly charming enclave has many galleries dedicated to local arts and crafts as well as cafés and stalls offering confectionary delights. If you are looking for a special gift or something unique to take home as a memento, you'll no doubt find it here in one of the colorful shops.
The next stop along your route will be at the country hideaway Quamby. Here, tucked away in the Aussie bush beside a crystal clear creek, you'll get to experience true old-fashioned hospitality while partaking in a traditional Aussie barbecue lunch that includes local beer, Australian wines, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Enjoy this rest period while being entertained with a whip-cracking demonstration and boomerang throwing. On a hot summer's day, the nearby cool waters and rock pools provide a welcome opportunity for a refreshing swim so you may want to bring along a swimsuit.
Your afternoon program also includes a visit to a local winery for a tasting of fine Australian wines before heading back to the ship. Arriving back in Brisbane, you will be given a brief city sights tour before being returned to the pier.
Please note: This tour travels along 4WD tracks for approximately 90 minutes and navigates over rocky and uneven terrain. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair, pregnant women or guests with heart, back, or neck ailments, or those with mobility concerns. Cancellation due to weather conditions is at the discretion of the operator, and the above itinerary is subject to change without notice due to weather conditions, if roads are impassable, or if there are safety concerns. Guests taking part in any swimming activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. The pools visited are natural rock and sand formations and may be slippery and sharp. The consumption of alcohol before any water activity is strongly discouraged and not recommended.
Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed; the order of sights visited may vary or the itinerary may be reversed. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.
What better way to gain the most from your Brisbane visit than to see an exciting crocodile show!
Boarding your coach, you will travel approximately one hour from Brisbane for a visit at Australia Zoo, home to TV's late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, and often referred to as the ultimate zoo experience. As you arrive, friendly staff from Australia Zoo will greet you and escort you to the star attraction and highlight of the Zoo, the famous Croc Show. This show will entertain as well as educate you to the ways of the Crocodile, all in a manner that will be sure to have you laughing, clapping and hollering "Crikey!"
Plenty of free time will be provided to further explore the zoo and its inhabitants at your own pace. Perhaps you'll want to hand feed the red and grey kangaroos in their open range encounter, or spend time at the koala enclosure getting to know these cuddly creatures up-close. A photo taken with an adorable koala will no doubt serve as a lifelong memento of your visit. Kangaroo feed and Koala photo are optional and not included in the tour price.
Please note: Comfortable walking shoes, sun hat, sun glasses and sun screen are recommended. The Crocodile show is a scheduled performance. The order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.
When people think of Queensland, they often refer to it as Australia's Sunshine State. Renowned for its dazzling white sand beaches, surfing, swimming, shopping and relaxing atmosphere, your tour will take you to perhaps what is the most famous stretch of beaches in Queensland - the Gold Coast.
Boarding your coach at the pier, you will drive directly to the Gold Coast. Upon arrival at Tiki Village Wharf you will board a sightseeing boat and start a relaxing, approximately 1-hour cruise in calm waters, at Surfers Paradise and the Broadwater. Enjoy a tasty snack while viewing the beautiful homes and lifestyles of the rich and famous, and some of the world’s most beautiful high-rise apartment buildings and ever-changing Surfers Paradise skyline.
Following your scenic cruise, you will transfer to Q-Deck for the best bird's eye view of the Gold Coast and one of the world’s fastest lift rides. Australia's only beachside observation deck, Q-Deck takes you to the highest point above the Gold Coast and provides stunning 360 degree views from the surf to the hinterland and beyond. Rising 770 ft. into the sky, the observation deck is located on level 77 of the iconic Q1 residential tower.
After a morning of sightseeing, you will have nearly 2-hours of free time which will give you ample opportunity to enjoy what the area has to offer on your own, at your own pace. Sun lovers will no doubt want to take advantage of sunning on one of the world-famous beaches before enjoying lunch (at own expense) at one of the local cafés. There is also a wide variety of shops available where you may purchase some souvenirs or casual wear. Perhaps you'll simply want to take advantage of the unhurried pace of the day by finding a comfortable spot to relax and do some people-watching; the choice is entirely yours to make. Before disembarking the coach, your guide will advise you of the time and location to meet for the return.
On your way back to the ship, enjoy a brief orientation drive through Brisbane.
Please note: Tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair and are able to make their own way on and off transportation. Guests must be self-sufficient or if assistance is required, they should travel with a companion who can provide this. The beach has accessible toilets and viewing platforms. Amount of walking and level of exertion during free time is at guest’s discretion. Guests wishing to swim should wear a swimsuit under clothes and bring a towel from the ship. There are public restrooms and showers along the beach. Guests taking part swimming activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. Guests who are not back to the meeting point on time may be left to make their own way back to the ship, at their own expense. Weather appropriate clothing, adequate sun protection and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.