Brisbane tours and excursions
A ghost tour of Brisbane may not be as unusual as it sounds, considering the city has been voted the second most haunted city in the world by National Geographic. Prepare to be spooked on a 90 minute lantern-lit tour in which the haunted heritage of sights, including Brisbane Arcade, are bought chillingly to life. Be sure to leave horror masks and children under the age of 12 at home. Torches are provided.Tel: +61 7 3344 7265.
Brisbane is a wonderful city to discover on foot due to its size and relatively flat landscape. Brisbane Visitor Information Centre has a map with four self-guided walking tours emphasising different themes and areas (historical, art, city to South Bank and river loop). For something a little gentler, free guided walks of the City Botanic Gardens depart from the rotunda opposite the Albert Street gates, twice daily Monday to Saturday at 11am or 1pm.Tel: +61 7 3006 6290; +61 7 3403 2535.
Moreton Bay and islands
This marine oasis stretches for 125km (78 miles) from Bribie Island to Redland Bay, with Moreton Island anchored just 25km (16 miles) off Brisbane's coast. This island is the perfect destination to go snorkelling, sand boarding or four wheel driving. Whale watchers should head to Point Lookout on picturesque North Stradbroke Island or take an excursion on a charter boat to get up close to those mighty sea dwellers. The Moreton Bay region is 40 minutes from Brisbane city centre and can be reached by the Bruce Highway.Tel: +61 7 3408 9026.
D’Aguilar National Park
Located about an hour's drive from the centre of Brisbane, the park is divided into two distinct sections—South D’Aguilar section (formerly Brisbane Forest Park) and Mount Mee section (formerly Mount Mee State Forest and Forest Reserve). With eucalyptus woodlands and sub-tropical rainforests, the park provides the ideal surroundings for walks and picnics, or even horse and mountain bike rides. The first stop for visitors should be the Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre, where the staff can provide information and brochures.Tel: +61 13 74 68.