As one of the oldest cities in Australia, Brisbane provides interesting insights into the Australian history and way of life and combines them with an artistic and modern city it has become today. 


While arguably not as popular as Sydney and Melbourne, Brisbane should not be missed in any itinerary of a visitor to Australia. It's a great place. How much do you know about Brisbane? 


Explore Brisbane, the sunny and warm capital city of Queensland, through the eyes of a local. Discover and learn about the central business district, South Bank, animal sanctuaries, go on a guided Brisbane river cruise, City Hall, statue of Queen Victoria, Old State Library, Brisbane river, art galleries, museums and the Botanic Gardens.


Whenever we are in Brisbane, we always take the time to visit Lone Pine, the world's largest Koala Sanctuary. If you have never been before, I highly recommend taking a tour of the sanctuary and combining it with cruise along the Brisbane river. It’s the best way to get a sense of Brisbane city and the local wildlife. This is the tour I took when I first visited and really enjoyed it! My guide was very knowledgeable and helpful and I even got to cuddle a koala and feed kangaroos.

Whether you are visiting Brisbane for a few days or longer, don't miss the beautiful Mt Coot-tha mountain that overlooks the city and offers nice panoramic views of Brisbane city and the surrounding areas.

Free Walking Tours of Brisbane

Brisbane Greeters Free Guided Walks

*Note this tour is not operated by Buddy Free Walking Tours. See details on operator website for details and any COVID-19 restrictions currently in place and if the tour is active at the moment.

The Brisbane City Council is running the Greeter Tours project to allow Brisbane locals and visitors a chance to get to know the city better. See Brisbane with a free guided walk by a passionate local who will take you to some of the main sights. There are a range of tours available to book with some running daily.


Each tour is different. Some may showcase the City Hall, Treasury Casino, Queens Gardens, Old State Library, the Botanic Gardens, Old Government House or the statue of Queen Victoria.


Tours listed include the Greeter's Choice Daily Brisbane Walking Tour as well as the Teneriffe/ New Farm, Paddington and Fortitude Valley walking tours among others. Start point, dates and times: check official website available here.​ Bookings are essential and places are limited. 

As far as we know, currently, free tours operate only in English but current or other operators may be planning future alternative language tours including in Spanish (tour gratis de Brisbane en español), Italian (tour a piedi gratuito di Brisbane in italiano) and French (visite gratuite de Brisbane en français).

Botanic Gardens Free Walking Tours

*Brisbane Botanical garden tour is not operated by Buddy Free Walking Tours. Check with tour operator for details and any COVID-19 restrictions currently in place and whether the tours are going ahead.

Take a gentle paced 1 hour volunteer guided walk of the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens. Learn about the plants and natural habitat of the sunshine state.


From what we saw on the website, walks operate(d) Monday to Saturday at 11am and 1pm starting from the Information Kiosk (near the QUT Main Drive pathway). No tours on public holidays. There were also other dates the tours were not going ahead so check before attending. It is essential to check for the most up to date information about the tours here. Times, dates and details may differ from listed, check with provider, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Highly recommended (but not free) activities, walking and day trip tours in Brisbane and surrounding areas

Whether you choose to take a Brisbane free walking tour to get your bearings of the city, say hello to a koala, explore the central South Bank and CBD area, take it easy at the Botanical Gardens, go on a guided Brisbane river cruise or take a day trip to to the coast, I am sure you will love your stay here.


The free tours of Brisbane listed are free. What this means is that they do not have an upfront cost. Some tours may operate on a tips only basis where if you like the tour, you can pay your guide how much the tour was worth to you at the end. Didn't like it? No obligations. Keep in mind to check the details of any tour you plan to attend.


The tours of Brisbane listed here are not operated by Buddy Free Walking Tours. Therefore, we advise you to visit the websites and find out directly from the operators up to date times, dates and other details of the Brisbane and surrounding Queensland area tours. The information listed here is only a snapshot and we take no responsibility for any missing information or safety of tours.  

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Brisbane City Map

"Take a stroll in the capital of the Sunshine State"

Brisbane, Queensland

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