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Brisbane Free Walking Tours


Take a free walking tour to discover Brisbane!

We only list tours we'd personally use. If you click links on our site, we may earn a small commission. 

As one of the oldest cities in Australia, Brisbane provides insights into the Aussie way of life, history and the modern city it has become today. 

Here are our favourite Brisbane tours. We focus on free tours of Brisbane but also include other paid tours to consider.

If you are new to Brisbane, in addition to a free walking tour, we recommend:


- The Brisbane Highlights Tour - the perfect intro to all that Brisbane has to offer. This is the tour I took when I first visited and it was great! My guide was so knowledgeable and I even got to cuddle a koala and feed kangaroos.

- Brisbane River Cruise - learn about Brisbane as you take a river cruise (best way to get a perspective of the city) with morning tea included.

Free Walking Tours of Brisbane

Brisbane Greeters Free Guided Walks

*This tour is not operated by Buddy Free Walking Tours. See details on operator website and if the Brisbane walking tours are active currently.

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.


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 among others. Start point, dates and times: check official website available here.​ Bookings are essential and places are limited.

Book a reasonably priced Brisbane river cruise before it sells out to explore Brisbane in style

Botanic Gardens Free Walking Tours

*Brisbane Botanical garden tour is not operated by Buddy Free Walking Tours. Check with tour operator for details and whether the tours are active.

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.


There were 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

About Brisbane

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? 

Brisbane is capital and largest city of Queensland, Australia. It is a large city on the Brisbane River. 

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 or take a day trip to to the coast, I am sure you will love your stay here.

If you need suggestions on where to go in Brisbane, don't hesitate to send us a message.

In recent news, the International Olympic Committee has named Brisbane the host city of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This is an amazing development for Brisbane as will be a historic event and put Brisbane on the world stage in a big way. We look forward to it.

Explore Brisbane, the sunny and warm capital city of Queensland, through the eyes of a local. Take a tour to discover and learn about:

  • the Central Business District

  • South Bank

  • Animal sanctuaries - including Lone Pine Sanctuary, a koala sanctuary

  • Brisbane river - go on a Brisbane river cruise

  • City Hall

  • Statue of Queen Victoria

  • Old State Library

  • Art galleries and museums

  • The Botanic Gardens


The free tours of Brisbane listed here 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.  

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.

Are you offering tours in or around Brisbane? Contact us to get listed here.

** 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).

First published in 2018. Updated in July, 2023.

Reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great day.

Brisbane Walking Tours
"Take a stroll in the capital of the Sunshine State"

Brisbane, Queensland. 2023.

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