Tour Description

Beautiful Brisbane Stayput

Eight Days: 22nd – 29th May 2021

Prices to be advised

Included in the tour:
  • Home pick-ups & set downs (most metro areas – please contact us for details)
  • Picnic-style morning teas & all meals as per the itinerary
  • All accommodation & admissions to all attractions
  • Experienced & informative tour driver/guide.

 

The subtropical capital of Queensland, Brisbane is situated on a river that curves its way through the city and suburbs. Australia’s third largest city, it offers a diverse and vibrant lifestyle and we get an ‘insiders view’, as we take personalised tours with a local guide to discover all that Brisbane has to offer. From beaches to lush tropical forests, and rivers to mountains, this tour offers it all, as we cruise the waterways in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, visit the Skywalk at Mount Tamborine, explore the markets at the Botanic Gardens and take in some of the best views the area has to offer. We unpack once, staying in one place for the duration of the tour, making for a more relaxed holiday and the ideal way to escape winter.

 

Day One – SATURDAY 22 MAY 2021

(includes light lunch and two course dinner)

After being picked up from our homes (limited areas*) we are taken to the Adelaide Airport. On arrival we are met by an Endeavour Tours representative who assists us with our group check-in and helps us through the security procedures and to the gate, ready to board our direct flight to Brisbane.

Located on the Brisbane River and claiming to have close to 280 days of sunshine a year, Brisbane is the perfect winter getaway with temperatures rarely falling below 20°C.

When we arrive at Brisbane Airport a guide meets us to assist with luggage collection, and takes us to the Endeavour Tours minicoach, ready to discover this spectacular city and surrounds.

From the airport it is only a short distance to our accommodation at the Brisbane International Virginia in the suburb of Boondall. As we will be staying here for the entire tour, we can unpack and really get settled in before coming together for a delicious dinner and the chance to get to know our fellow travellers.

Day Two – SUNDAY 23 MAY 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

In the heart of the Brisbane CBD is the City Botanic Gardens. Brisbane’s original botanic garden, established in 1855, it is now the venue for the popular Riverside at the Gardens Market. An eclectic market which has been going for over 30 years, it was traditionally on the waterfront and moved to the gardens in 2015. We visit the market this morning which boasts a varied mix of stalls including arts and crafts, fashion, plants, opals, coffee, baskets, hats, cold drinks, jewellery and international cuisine. There is also live music in the rotunda and we can enjoy morning tea at our leisure as we wander through these impressive gardens.

After lunch we visit the largest city hall in Australia! Brisbane City Hall was built between 1920 and 1930 and is seen as the heart of Brisbane, being the backdrop to many cultural, social and civic events. Heritage listed, City Hall was once the tallest building in Brisbane with the 92 metre high clock tower being the most iconic feature. The clock face is almost five metres in diameter with three metre long minute hands. The chimes are known as Westminster or Cambridge and consist of four bells weighing over three tonnes that chime every 15 minutes and a 4.3 tonne striking bell that marks the hour. We enjoy a guided tour and have the option to take the lift to the observation platform located 76 metres up the tower. The tour concludes in the Museum of Brisbane, which explores seemingly ordinary people and places of Brisbane and uncovers unexpected and fascinating stories.

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Brisbane is Mount Coot-tha. Being the highest peak in the city, the lookout here offers magnificent panoramic views. While touring, we will visit Mount Coot-tha during the day, but it is also worth taking a trip to the lookout one evening after dinner to view the city lights.

Day Three – MONDAY 24 MAY 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

Brisbane is one of the oldest cities in Australia, originally established as a penal settlement and opened to free settlers in 1842. We will discover more about the heritage and culture of this wonderful city when we are joined by John Donaldson from Personally Yours Tours, a local who has been guiding visitors around Brisbane for over 20 years. As we drive, we explore the CBD, inner suburbs, Mount Coot-tha and South Bank Parklands, a pristine haven of natural beauty situated right on the Brisbane River. The river was actually named after the NSW Governor at the time, just one of the interesting stories we discover as we tour. We see many significant buildings and sites, including St John’s Cathedral which has a four manual pipe organ, the largest cathedral organ in Australia.

Following lunch we spend some time at South Bank, the cultural hub of Brisbane. It boasts a variety of world class performance venues, galleries, including the Queensland Art Gallery, and museums. It is also home to a number of peaceful outdoor spaces including an award-winning, one kilometre long Bougainvillea Arbour that is wonderful to stroll through. Distinct features to be enjoyed are a rainforest walk and The Nepalese Pagoda, a treasured attraction from World Expo ‘88. Another unique feature of South Bank is Australia’s only inner city beach, complete with lifeguards!

While at South Bank, there is the opportunity to take a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane, one of the most exciting additions to the city skyline. Taking us almost 60 metres above the ground in the safety and comfort of a fully enclosed air-conditioned capsule, this giant observation wheel offers a spectacular 360 degree panoramic view of the City and across the river.

We return to our accommodation with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Day Four – TUESDAY 25 MAY 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

Today we travel to Surfers Paradise, a seaside resort on the Gold Coast, known for its high-rise skyline and the very popular Surfers Paradise Beach. We enjoy our morning tea on arrival before taking a drive around this popular Australian holiday destination.

The Gold Coast is famed for its elaborate system of inland canals and waterways, so a visit would not be complete without a cruise to see this unique city from the water. On board, we pass famous local landmarks such as Sea World, Marina Mirage and Palazzo Versace, Australia’s only “six star” hotel. While cruising, we listen to entertaining commentary and indulge in a lunch of fresh produce, including local trawler prawns.

After disembarking, we head to the SkyPoint Observation Deck which is located on the 77th and 78th floors of the towering Q1 building, one of the tallest residential towers in the world. Soaring well above the surrounding cityscape, we can take in the spectacular 360 degree panoramic views from the surf to the hinterland and beyond. On a clear day it is possible to see for 80 kilometres, so be sure to bring your camera! We return to ground level and drive back to Boondall for dinner and a good night’s rest.

Day Five – WEDNESDAY 26 MAY 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

This morning, John, our local guide, joins us again to show us Brisbane from a different perspective. The Port of Brisbane is one of the faster growing in the country and it boasts a colourful and significant history. We’ll learn more about this area on our exploration with John, as well as stopping at the Observation Café, for morning tea. Situated at the Port it provides stunning, panoramic views of the bay and its islands.

Later, as we drive around the bay side suburbs, we come to Manly where Brisbane’s only bay-side village, Manly Harbour Village, sits right on the edge of Moreton Bay. This charming seaside precinct overlooks the largest boat harbour facility in the Southern Hemisphere and while we are near the water, it makes sense that we enjoy local fish and chips for lunch!

In the afternoon our discovery of Brisbane continues as we tour some of the lesser known sites of this stunning city to gain a complete understanding of not only how Brisbane has been shaped by history, but also how the people and culture make Brisbane what it is today.

Day Six – THURSDAY 27 MAY 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

After breakfast we set off south for Mt Tamborine, a thriving region of boutique wineries, award-winning restaurants, art galleries and sweeping coastal views. The highest point on Mt Tamborine is about 600 metres above sea level and is home to the third oldest national park in the world. The park includes areas of rainforest with distinctive palm groves, wet eucalypt forest, open forest with bracken fern and woodland that provide essential habitats for wildlife. The Tamborine Mountain escarpment is home to 85 percent of all fauna species and 65 percent of all flora species in the Gold Coast area.

Our first stop is at the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, a spectacular elevated static steel walkway that winds through the canopies of the rainforest. We enjoy morning tea, before exploring the walkway which gradually descends to the lower canopy. The path follows points of interest including rock pools and waterfalls, a butterfly lookout and local history enclosure, with plenty of sheltered rest areas along the way. There is also an amazing Cantilever, a 40 metre long span soaring 30 metres above the valley with breathtaking views over the creek and the rainforest canopies below. Finally, the walk returns along the rainforest floor to the Centre.

We’ll take the short journey into the village of Mount Tamborine to enjoy our lunch at a local café before taking some free time to stroll along the famous Gallery Walk, also referred to as a “shop-a-holics” paradise. Situated on Tamborine Mountain, it is the premier art and craft centre of South-East Queensland. This area boasts over 70 cafes and galleries providing a variety of art, craft, jewellery and woodwork, including the fascinating German Cuckoo Clock Nest, built in the tradition of a German Bavarian Chalet. With an authentic waterwheel, this has become one of the most famous tourist attractions on Tamborine Mountain.

We sit back this afternoon, taking in the spectacular views as we descend the mountain, enjoying the scenic route back to our accommodation in Brisbane.

Day Seven – FRIDAY 28 MAY 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, picnic lunch and two course dinner)

After breakfast, we board the popular River City Cruise to explore Brisbane by water. As we journey along the scenic waterway, we enjoy morning tea on board and listen as the Captain shares his expert knowledge of his hometown. We see everything from modern mansions and historic Queenslander homes along the riverfront, to a unique inner-city colony of fruit bats hidden among the mangroves.

Following the cruise we return to the Mount Coot-tha Precinct this time to visit the Botanic Gardens. After several major floods damaged valuable plant collections at the City Botanic Garden due to its location on the river, Mount Coot-tha was chosen as a flood-free alternative for a second garden. Opened in 1976 this subtropical garden displays distinctly different garden themes, featuring approximately 5000 species of plants from around the world. This is the perfect venue to enjoy a picnic lunch before taking time to look around the various gardens including a fragrant garden, lagoon and bamboo grove, Japanese Garden, waterfalls and the largest collection of Australian native forest trees in the world.

Also located in the Precinct is the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, home to the Cosmic Skydome— a 12.5 metre diameter projection dome. Here we take a tour of Brisbane’s night sky with one of the astronomers and explore the Planetarium’s display zone.

On arrival back at our accommodation we have time to relax before reflecting on our tour highlights during our last dinner together in Brisbane.

Day Eight – SATURDAY 29 MAY 2021

(includes cooked breakfast and light lunch)

After packing up our belongings, we farewell our hosts today and set off on a scenic drive, to explore some of the beachside suburbs. We enjoy the coastal views at Scarborough, Brighton and Shorncliffe stopping along the way for morning tea.

Continuing to Brisbane Airport, a guide will assist us through the group check-in process, and lead us to the departure area ready for our direct flight to Adelaide.

Upon arrival at the Adelaide Airport, we are met at the gate by an Endeavour Tours representative who guides us to the baggage collection and assists in reclaiming our luggage.  We are then taken to our chauffer car and returned home after a winter escape enjoying the beauty and climate of Brisbane and surrounds.