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Moreton Island: Dolphin and Tangalooma Wrecks Day Cruise

1. Moreton Island: Dolphin and Tangalooma Wrecks Day Cruise

Discover Moreton Bay Marine Park and learn about marine life from an onboard marine naturalist on this cruise. Go on a guided snorkeling tour of the Tangalooma wrecks and keep an eye our for the dolphins, dugongs and sea turtles that call this glamour area home. Choose from a tour where you meet the boat at the Rivergate Marina or with pickup from the Gold Coast or Brisbane. Throw your swimwear into a bag and set sail to uncover miles of unspoiled white sand beaches. Departing daily from Brisbane, cruise in luxury to Moreton Bay Marine Park aboard the modern, air-conditioned catamaran Spirit of Migaloo II. Here enjoy the freedom to do as much or as little as you please with all activities included and no local fees. Dive in and snorkel the fifteen shipwrecks that have been deliberately sunk just off the coastline with an abundance of spectacular coral formations and colorful marine life that needs to be seen to be believed. No experience is required and all equipment and water safety items are provided. Afterwards, join our naturalist guides in a fish-feeding session with the 200 species that frequent the area. Satisfy your appetite with a gourmet tropical buffet featuring ocean king prawns, and quench your thirst with a glass of local wine, craft beer or frozen cocktail. Take the time to relax, enjoy free island time on the pristine white-sand beach. Kayak on sheltered crystal-clear waters, join a game with complimentary beach sporting equipment, or simply kick back and soak in the serenity. Watch out for some of Queensland’s best marine wildlife in this area that is home to one of the largest populations of bottlenose dolphins in Australia. Feel the joy of seeing them jump and play in turquoise waters. Search for six of the world’s seven species of sea turtles and herds of shy and gentle dugongs in one of the world’s remaining strongholds for this species. Get help from the onboard marine naturalists that have been working with these incredible animals for over a decade and have the experience to give you the closest wildlife encounters possible.

Noosa: Afternoon Cruise through the Noosa Everglades

2. Noosa: Afternoon Cruise through the Noosa Everglades

Climb aboard an eco safari vessel and travel to the Noosa Everglades on this group tour. Experience one of the two everglade systems on the planet. Travel over the calm reflective waters that are known as the river of mirrors. View Queensland's most stunning natural landscapes. Sip a glass of sparkling wine or beer as you cruise the waterways and keep a lookout for wildlife. Upon returning, try to spot one of the many grey Kangaroos that inhabit the Habitat Ecocamp.

From Rainbow Beach: Fraser Island Tour with Lunch

3. From Rainbow Beach: Fraser Island Tour with Lunch

Start your day from the convenient meeting point in Rainbow Beach and travel through the Toolara Forest and Great Sandy National Park as you travel toward Fraser Island. Board the ferry from Inskip Point over to the island, looking out for marine life along the way. Then drive along the beach highway to a freshwater creek where you'll enjoy morning tea with a view. Following that, it will be time to make your way through the inland tracks to experience a 4WD adventure. Journey through the forest to Lake McKenzie, a highlight for many due to the beautiful white sandy beach and perfectly blue waters.  You can cool off with a swim, enjoy fantastic photo opportunities, or relax on the beach before tucking into an authentic and healthy Aussie picnic-style lunch. Following lunch, you'll walk through the ancient rainforest of Central Station and Pile Valley, which is home to many unique and exciting species. Wander alongside the crystal clear Wanggoolba Creek as you take in the sights and smells of the tallest rainforest growing out of the sand.  It will then be time to start making your way back toward Rainbow Beach. 

Dolphin View Kayak and Great Beach Drive Tour from Noosa

4. Dolphin View Kayak and Great Beach Drive Tour from Noosa

Begin your 6-hour program with a Great Beach Drive in Great Sandy National Park. Head to Double Island Point for views of Fraser Island and the colored sands of Rainbow Beach. Head out on a kayaking tour around the headland and admire the beauty of your surroundings and the Double Island Point Lighthouse from a unique perspective. Bottlenose dolphin pods are often seen in the area, feeding on large schools of fish. They’re usually as curious about you as you are about them, so be prepared for an experience of a lifetime! In addition, see local and migrating wildlife, including humpback whales (June-November), turtles, manta rays, stingrays, and migrating sea birds.

Noosa: Everglades Explorer Cruise with Optional Canoeing

5. Noosa: Everglades Explorer Cruise with Optional Canoeing

Cruise or canoe the tranquil waterways of Australia's only Everglades on this tour with shuttle transfers from Noosa. Enjoy spectacular photo opportunities as you immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this unique ecosystem where 44% of Australia’s bird species reside.  Be picked up at select meeting points in Noosa and relax on the transfer aboard a climate-controlled bus. Soak up the atmosphere of the Everglades over a hot cup of morning tea.  Take in the Noosa River system from aboard an eco-boat or transfer to the canoe launch site and hop aboard a canoe and paddle your way through the pristine wilderness.  Uncover how pure freshwater pulses out of the Cooloola Sandmass and filters through the tea tree-infused ecosystem into this unique river system, creating the most spectacular reflections.  After your Everglades experience have the chance to buy lunch at the onsite bar and bistro where you can order craft beer from the micro-brewery. Return to your meeting point in Noosa at the end of your tour.

From Brisbane: Australia Zoo Entry Ticket and Koala Cuddle

6. From Brisbane: Australia Zoo Entry Ticket and Koala Cuddle

Experience the Australia Zoo in its entirety with entry tickets, round-trip transportation, and the chance to cuddle the friendly koala bears. Get up close to the range of exotic animals housed in the zoo, and take a peek inside the on-site Wildlife Hospital. Enjoy comfortable transportation from your hotel in Brisbane to the Australia Zoo. Spend the day discovering the amazing animals on display, from the tiniest lizard to the tallest giraffe. Learn about Australia's native wildlife and how the zoo is helping to conserve and protect it. Then, head to the koala habitat to meet and cuddle the friendly creatures. Learn all about the koalas and their eucalyptus diet, and get a picture with the most iconic Australian animal. Finally, make sure to stop by the Wildlife Hospital, where you'll see vets and nurses at work from a dedicated viewing area.

Noosa Heads: Ocean Rider Dolphin Safari

7. Noosa Heads: Ocean Rider Dolphin Safari

Departing from Noosa Marina, Captain Nathan will take you on a relaxing scenic cruise down the Noosa River and around the headland. Soak up the amazing views of Noosa, and admire the iconic sights, including Hells Gate. Once at sea, these amazing mammals will come out and play. Get up close and personal with these beautiful dolphins as they feed and socialize. Look out for the varied species of birds before finishing with a relaxing cruise back to Noosa Marina.

Gold Coast: Australia Zoo Ticket and Roundtrip Transfer

8. Gold Coast: Australia Zoo Ticket and Roundtrip Transfer

Expereince the world-famous Australia Zoo which was founded by the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and his family on this day trip from the Gold Cost. Avoid the stress of driving to the zoo and relax on the air-conditioned coach ride from and to your Gold Coast hotel. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from selected hotels in the Gold coast. Sit back on the drive in a comfortable and spacious coach. As you drive, soak up scenic views of the Glass House Mountains and the pineapple farms along Steve Irwin Way. Arrive at the Australia Zoo, which is dedicated to conserving wildlife through education and research. Have 6-hours of free time to spend at the zoo. Walk among exhibits housing impressive mammals, birds, and reptiles. Have the opportunity to view outback and bush species like Tasmanian devils, wombats, dingoes, and kangaroos. View animals from around the globe at the new African savannah exhibit, like giraffes, rhinos, and zebras. Learn about impressive endangered species and breeding programs that the Australia Zoo is involved with. Make your way to marvel at the animals that made the Crocodile Hunter famous like snakes, crocs, and free-flight birds, or watch the Wildlife Warriors show in the Crocoseum. Hop aboard the coach and return to your hotel in the Gold Coast at the end of your tour.

From Brisbane: Australia Zoo Ticket and Roundtrip Transfer

9. From Brisbane: Australia Zoo Ticket and Roundtrip Transfer

Explore the world-famous Australia Zoo which was founded by the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and his family on this day trip from Brisbane. Skip the stress of driving to the zoo and relax on the air-conditioned coach ride from and to your Brisbane hotel. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from selected hotels in Brisbane. Relax on the drive in a comfortable and spacious coach. Along the way, soak up scenic views of the Glass House Mountains and the pineapple farms that line Steve Irwin Way. Stop at the Australia Zoo, which is dedicated to conserving wildlife through education and research. Have 6-hours of free time to spend at the zoo. Stroll among exhibits housing impressive mammals, birds, and reptiles. Have the chance to view outback and bush species like Tasmanian devils, wombats, dingoes, and kangaroos. See animals from around the globe at the new African savannah exhibit, like giraffes, rhinos, and zebras. Choose to learn about impressive endangered species and breeding programs that Australia Zoo is involved with. Make your way to view the animals that made the Crocodile Hunter famous like snakes, crocs, and free-flight birds, or watch the Wildlife Warriors show in the Crocoseum. Board the coach and return to your hotel in Brisbane at the end of your tour.

Sunshine Coast: SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Entry Ticket

10. Sunshine Coast: SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Entry Ticket

Take part in animal conservation activities on Australia’s Sunshine Coast Aquarium with access to the SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast in Mooloolaba, approximately 1-hour from Brisbane. Learn about projects to protect the local environment, discover the unique wildlife of the billabongs and more. Then, come face to face with seals, otters, and even sharks! General admission will get you up-close to many of the creatures that live beneath the sea and show you more about their fragile ecosystems. Discover what animals inhabit the surrounding waters of Queensland and what measures are being taken to protect them. Be entranced by the delicate movement of seahorses in the Seahorse Sanctuary. Touch an array of sea stars and sea cucumbers in the Tidal Touchpool. Explore the coral gardens, clown fish, and sea anemones of the Pacific Reef. Go to the brand new Coastal Wreck zone, and learn about the many species that inhabit the coral reefs of Australia. Learn about the unique wildlife of the billabongs, including freshwater sawfish, barramundi, and pacu fish (a cousin of the piranha). Marvel at creatures whose ancestors have been in the world for more than 650 million years in Jellyfish Kingdom, come up close to fierce-looking moray eels, and much more.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 47 reviews

We took this tour in Dec, 2022 and it was truly amazing. First off, it was just two of us in a van and our driver and a guide Steve provided us with an unforgetful experience both on the road as well as in the Zoo. Steve picked us up from our hotel on time and was engaging in conversation with us throughout the drive to the Zoo, enlightening us with cultural and historical facts and events. He was very personable and even treated us with Pavlova desert once he learned that we did not have a chance to try it previously. Steve provided us with suggestions how to organize our time in the Zoo to make the most out of the experience there. He picked us up from the Zoo on time and again kept us entertained on our way back to the hotel. It happen to be my birthday and I wanted to personally thank Steve again making it so memorable. I would highly recommend both Steve and your company to all interested, you would not regret it.

This was the most fantastic zoo I’ve ever been too. It is so clean and the animals seem so well cared for. Steve would be proud that his legacy lives on. I’ve always wanted to hold a koala. I cried that I finally got the opportunity. If you love koalas as much as I do, this is the place to be. Thank you for making my dreams come true.

Bubbly, beer or soft drink on board and snacks after the trip, very good value.

Australian Zoo is absolutely a must-see destination in Brisbane.

Amaizing. Something different. Great value for money.