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

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

See Brisbane with a free guided walk that takes you to some of the main sights of Brisbane. Operated by the Brisbane Visitor Centre, the tours will showcase the City Hall, Treasury Casino, Queens Gardens, Old State Library, the Botanic Gardens, Old Government House and the statue of Queen Victoria.


Start from: Brisbane Visitor Information Centre, The Old Regent Theatre - 167 Queen St Mall


Depart every day of the week at 10:15am (check website for details, may change)


Length: approximately 1.5 hours

Bookings are essential as places are limited - book at the visitor centre or call 07 3006 6290. More information here. Be mindful, times may be different to above so check details on the website.

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 Brisbane Free Walking Tours

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


Walks operate Monday to Saturday from the Rotunda at 11am and 1pm, except Sundays and public holidays. Details here. Times may differ from listed, check with provider, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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.  

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

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