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Get to know Brisbane

without a map

See the best of Brisbane, without a map, in a private car with your own photographer guide for a photoshoot of 50+ enviable pics for posting on Facebook or printing in a photo book, for over 90 minutes around the citie's icons and hidden gems.

You will be treated as a VIP at all times, touring in a private car driven by your own guide with informative and entertaining commentary in four languages.

You'll never feel rushed, or abandoned at your own waiting for a bus packed with tourists to come back.

Your personal paparazzo is well-versed about nearly all there is about the city and comes equipped with a camera so that you are the star of the tour!

Map of Brisbane
Brisbane River - Then Now
Brisbane River - Now Then
Story Bridge - Then Now
Story Bridge - Now Then
Kangaroo Point - Then Now
Kangaroo Point - Now Then
Cultural Precinct - Then Now
Cultural Precinct - Now Then
South Bank - Then Now
South Bank - Now Then
Mount Coot-tha- Then Now
Mount Coot-tha - Now Then
South Brisbane - Then Now
South Brisbane - Now Then
Botanic Gardens - Then Now
Botanic Gardens - Now Then
XXXX Brewery - Then Now
XXXX Brewery - Now Then
Brisbane CBD - Then Now
Brisbane CBD - Now Then
Roma Parklands - Then Now
Roma Parklands - Now Then
New Farm - Then Now
New Farm - Now Then
City Botanic Gardens - Then Now
City Botanic Gardens - Now Then
Powerhouse - Then Now
Powerhouse - Now Then
Powerhouse - Then Now
Powerhouse - Now Then
Regatta Hotel - Then Now
Regatta Hotel - Now Then
The Gabba - Then Now
The Gabba - Now Then
The Old Windmill - Then Now
The Old Windmill - Now Then
Fortitude Valley - Then Now
Fortitude Valley - Now Then
Paddington - Then Now
Paddington - Now Then
West End - Then Now
West End - Now Then
Newstead - Then Now
Newstead- Now Then

Brisbane River


The Brisbane Rive puts Melbourne's Yarra River to shame.

Story Bridge


Largest steel bridge designed and built by Australians from Australian materials.

Kangaroo Point Cliffs


St Mary's chapel visible at the top of the cliffs was constructed in 1873.

Cultural Precinct


Stunning concentration of cultural, educational, retail and recreational facilities.

South Bank


South Bank is Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination with artificial beaches and the Brisbane Wheel.

Mount Coot-tha


Spectacular views of the whole city and beyond.

Dry dock - Old Brisbane Port


The dry dock doubled as Brisbane's exhibition pool

Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens


Queensland's premier subtropical botanic gardens.

Castlemain Perkins Brewery


Home of the world famous XXXX beer.

Brisbane CBD


Mixed blessings of nature and history

Roma Parklands


One of the two best examples of contemporary display gardens in Australia.

New Farm Park


Originally known as "binkin-ba" - place of the land tortoise.

City Botanic Gardens


Home of Harriet the tortoise, who lived to 175.

Powerhouse


From power station to arts and cultural hub

Queens Wharf & Casino


From convict settlement to world class casino

Regatta Hotel


The hotel was a key battleground in establishing women's rights in the 1960s.

The Gabba


Woollongabba was an important Aboriginal settlement before Europeans arrived.

Old Old Windmill


A visit to the windmill was likely to involve hard labour for a convict.

The Valley & Chinatown


Brisbane's beautiful contradiction - raw, yet sophisticated.

Paddington


Tin and timber topped hills packed with second-hand treasures.

West End


Quirky fusion of cultures and mix of alternative and vintage.

Wool Store, Newstead


Formerly the home of wool...and submarines

Brisbane Riverside

1825

The Brisbane River has always been impressive and was described on one occasion in the early days of European settlement as "a river which resembled the Thames in its width and as a result put Melbourne's Yarra River to shame" - but the Brisbane River was also an obstacle between north and south until traversed by ferries and later bridges.

Story Bridge

1935 - 1940

The Story Bridge has become a Brisbane icon. It was constructed between 1935 and 1940 by the same designer of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was modelled on the Montreal Harbour Bridge with its grew, steel elevation designed to harmonise with Brisbane's natural skyline. Constructed simultaneously from both ends and named after J. D. Story (public commissioner).

Kangaroo Point Cliffs

1820s - 1970s

The cliffs contain the best known outcrop of Brisbane Tuff, a consolidated volcanic ash deposited during the late Triassic age about 230 million years ago. The cliffs are popular for abseiling and rock climbing with spectacular view of the Brisbane city riverside.

Cultural Precinct

1896 - 2014

World class cultural facilities including the State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Queensland Museum forming a concentration of cultural, educational, retail and recreational facilities with stunning views of the south side of the city, the Brisbane River and the World Transport Building of the year Kurilpa bridge.

South Bank

1988 - 2010

South Bank is Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination. Located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, its 17 hectares of lush parklands, world-class eateries, stunning river views and hundreds of delightful events all year round make it the perfect place to relax and unwind being the centrepiece of Queensland’s arts portfolio and entertainment.

Mount Coot-tha

1950 - 1960

The breathtaking panorama of Brisbane City and it's surrounds greets you as you step onto the observation deck. By day, you can see the sun shining over Brisbane, out to Moreton Bay and by night, a fairyland of glittering lights and starlit sky surrounds you. Interpretive facilities and beautifully manicured gardens further enhance your enjoyment and blend harmoniously with the surrounding native bushland.

Dry dock - Old Brisbane Port

1875 - 1881

The absence of appropriate conventional facilities did not dissuade sports mad Queenslanders from holding competitive swimming carnivals. The South Brisbane dry dock provided a suitable settings when there were no ships under repair with its nine metres depth and the stepped sides providing convenient seating for cheering crowds. Today's is the centre of the Queensland Maritime Museum.

Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

1970 - 1978

Queensland's premier subtropical botanic gardens, displaying distinctly different gardens arranged in thematic and geographical displays. It's the perfect place to relax in wonderful surroundings.

Castlemain Perkins Brewery

1878 - 1924

The Fitzgerald brothers established the Milton brewery introducing the XXXX brand in 1924 in reference to the long-standing tradition of using Xs to indicate the strength of an ale. The red neon XXXX sign on top of the brewery is a prominent landmark visible from miles around. The Fourex man, mounted on the brewery facade and on most pubs carrying XXXX beer, is a much-loved figure. The Brewery is in Milton where one of the few Brisbane schools built in brick remains open.

Central Business District

1880s - 2016

Full of history with amazing stories on every corner featuring the Queen St and Treasury Building (casino), the Victoria Bridge, the General Post Office, the Mooney Fountain, Custom House, Old Supreme Court (City Hall), Queens Park, Bellevue Hotel, Parliament House, St John's and St Stephen's Cathedral, the Synagogue, Queensland Club, Government House, Anzac Square and much more.

Roma Parklands

2001

Roma Street Parkland, one of Brisbane’s premier parks, is considered to be one of the two best examples of contemporary display gardens in Australia. Well known by garden and plant enthusiasts for its exceptional horticultural standards, it is also an important community asset, popular visitor destination and event space for Brisbane. The Spectacle Garden at Colin Campbell Place displays a vivid array of colour all year and includes a collection of flowers, herbs, water features and art works.

New Farm Park

1827 - 1951

From aboriginal bountiful resource called 'binkin-ba' to convict settlement, race track and tai chi classes venue. The New Farm fifteen hectares park has been part of the evolution of Brisbane cities. Today is a popular venue for weddings, picnics and organised tai chi classes. The park draws its largest crowds in October when drifting jacaranda blossoms make mauve carpets on the grass.

City Botanic Gardens

1828 - 2016

During the convict period, part of the land was used for crops. The Botanic Reserve was declared in 1855. Harriet, a Galapagos tortoise, lived there for many years before dying at Steve Irwirn's, Australia Zoo in 2006 (175 years old). The Botanic Gardens have become a treasured inner city recreational space.

Powerhouse

1920s - 2016

Brisbane Powerhouse is Queensland’s home for contemporary culture, a magnificent power station of the 1920s reborn as an arts centre on the Brisbane River. With two main stage theatres seating up to 740 and 200 people respectively, and three additional venues that seat 80–180. Brisbane Powerhouse features gallery spaces, two restaurants and bars, corporate facilities and the best river view in Brisbane.

Queens Wharf & Casino

1874 - 2007

The treasury building covers the site of the convict settlement's officer's quarters and military barracks. In 1874 became the office of the Queensland Tourist Bureau. "The Treasury", as the large building became known, was the home of many government departments in early 1990s. The old Treasury building was then converted into a casino, a strangely ironic adaptive re-use.

Regatta Hotel

1886 - 2016

The Regatta became famous in 1965 when it focused attention on the women's liberation movement in Brisbane. Two women chained themselves to the public bar footrail, demanding the right to drink alongside men and not be consigned to an internal lounge. The Regatta hotel was badly flooded in 1974 with the Cyclone Wanda and the summer floods of 2011, but managed to revive and was awarded its own landing stage got the City Cat ferry.

The Gabba Cricket Ground

1896 - 1931

'The Gabba', Brisbane's Test cricket ground, demonstrates the Australian method of nicknaming; the cricket ground is located in an inner suburb, Woolloongabba. From being a venue for game birds with its waterholes to the Test cricket venue in 1931, it's now the home of the Australian Rules football team, the Brisbane Lions. The scoreboard remains in the same original place.

Old Windmill on Wickham Terrace

1828 - 1894

The old windmill on Wickham Terrace is one of Brisbane's best loved landmarks. It's one of the two buildings remaining from the convict settlement period between 1825 and 1842. When the winds did not blow, it became a treadmill being a useful punishment for recalcitrant convicts. Since then, it's been used as fire spotting, lab for meetings and experiments, and even a venue for pioneer television broadcasting.

The Valley & Chinatown

1898 - 2016

Fortitude Valley is a contradiction in itself – raw, yet sophisticated. It is where elegance and style meet grungy and offbeat, and heritage-listed properties proudly stand among contemporary buildings. The Valley, as it is affectionately known, was Australia’s first dedicated entertainment district and continues to be a hive of activity. Live music thrives and international DJs are drawn to the clubs and chic bars. The impressive Chinatown Mall is a hub of exotic Chinese supermarkets and restaurants. The Emporium complex channels a European village feel, James St showcases Australian fashion labels and Brunswick St is home to multicultural dining options. Featuring hidden gems like the unusual corner building McWhirters with art deco decoration.

Paddington - "Back of the Jail"

1853

Paddington was originally referred to as being "Back of the Jail". The main jail was located on Petrie Terrace. The picturesque tin and timber topped hills of historical Paddington are packed with treasures, from cafes, bars, boutiques and galleries to churches and heritage houses. Featuring the Paddington Antique Centre, the Government House, the Barracks and its retro shopping. The rolling and leafy hills of Paddington, are speckled with quaint cottages turned enticing shopfronts, restaurants spilling out onto the footpath, traditional tin and timber houses, and renovated Queenslander homes. Visitors will love browsing for quirky keepsakes, vintage and designer fashion, antique and second-hand treasures, retro goods, homewares, and artwork.

West End

1885

West End has a quirky, local characteristic described as a fusion of cultures and mix of alternative and vintage. The shops, restaurants and lively lifestyle reflect this inner-city suburb’s eclectic charm. Stroll through the weekend markets, where aspiring designers peddle their wares among organic grocers, cosy bars and coffee houses. If you like to keep track of your food’s carbon footprint, West End is the place to feed your hunger for organic produce, drinks and cocktails. The music scene is pumping – West End’s bars and clubs have been pulsating since the early days of the Saints, the Go-Betweens and the Bee Gees.

Wool Store, Newstead

1296

Woolstores with the largest showroom in Australia served as USA Navy submarines base during World War II. About six Americans submarines made this base on the biggest in the Southwest Pacific. After the war, the woolstore's precinct reverted to its normal business until the port moved to the river mouth. Most woolstores have been converted into apartments.

Get to know Brisbane

without a map

See the best of Brisbane, without a map, in a private car with your own photographer guide for a photoshoot of 50+ enviable pics for posting on Facebook or printing in a photo book, for over 90 minutes around the citie's icons and hidden gems.

You will be treated as a VIP at all times, touring in a private car driven by your own guide with informative and entertaining commentary in four languages.

You'll never feel rushed, or abandoned at your own waiting for a bus packed with tourists to come back.

Your personal paparazzo is well-versed about nearly all there is about the city and comes equipped with a camera so that you are the star of the tour!

Map of Brisbane
Brisbane River - Then Now
Brisbane River - Now Then
Story Bridge - Then Now
Story Bridge - Now Then
Kangaroo Point - Then Now
Kangaroo Point - Now Then
Cultural Precinct - Then Now
Cultural Precinct - Now Then
South Bank - Then Now
South Bank - Now Then
Mount Coot-tha- Then Now
Mount Coot-tha - Now Then
South Brisbane - Then Now
South Brisbane - Now Then
Botanic Gardens - Then Now
Botanic Gardens - Now Then
XXXX Brewery - Then Now
XXXX Brewery - Now Then
Brisbane CBD - Then Now
Brisbane CBD - Now Then
Roma Parklands - Then Now
Roma Parklands - Now Then
New Farm - Then Now
New Farm - Now Then
City Botanic Gardens - Then Now
City Botanic Gardens - Now Then
Powerhouse - Then Now
Powerhouse - Now Then
Powerhouse - Then Now
Powerhouse - Now Then
Regatta Hotel - Then Now
Regatta Hotel - Now Then
The Gabba - Then Now
The Gabba - Now Then
The Old Windmill - Then Now
The Old Windmill - Now Then
Fortitude Valley - Then Now
Fortitude Valley - Now Then
Paddington - Then Now
Paddington - Now Then
West End - Then Now
West End - Now Then
Newstead - Then Now
Newstead- Now Then

Brisbane River


The Brisbane Rive puts Melbourne's Yarra River to shame.

Story Bridge


Largest steel bridge designed and built by Australians from Australian materials.

Kangaroo Point Cliffs


St Mary's chapel visible at the top of the cliffs was constructed in 1873.

Cultural Precinct


Stunning concentration of cultural, educational, retail and recreational facilities.

South Bank


South Bank is Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination with artificial beaches and the Brisbane Wheel.

Mount Coot-tha


Spectacular views of the whole city and beyond.

Dry dock - Old Brisbane Port


The dry dock doubled as Brisbane's exhibition pool

Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens


Queensland's premier subtropical botanic gardens.

Castlemain Perkins Brewery


Home of the world famous XXXX beer.

Brisbane CBD


Mixed blessings of nature and history

Roma Parklands


One of the two best examples of contemporary display gardens in Australia.

New Farm Park


Originally known as "binkin-ba" - place of the land tortoise.

City Botanic Gardens


Home of Harriet the tortoise, who lived to 175.

Powerhouse


From power station to arts and cultural hub

Queens Wharf & Casino


From convict settlement to world class casino

Regatta Hotel


The hotel was a key battleground in establishing women's rights in the 1960s.

The Gabba


Woollongabba was an important Aboriginal settlement before Europeans arrived.

Old Old Windmill


A visit to the windmill was likely to involve hard labour for a convict.

The Valley & Chinatown


Brisbane's beautiful contradiction - raw, yet sophisticated.

Paddington


Tin and timber topped hills packed with second-hand treasures.

West End


Quirky fusion of cultures and mix of alternative and vintage.

Wool Store, Newstead


Formerly the home of wool...and submarines

Brisbane Riverside

1825

The Brisbane River has always been impressive and was described on one occasion in the early days of European settlement as "a river which resembled the Thames in its width and as a result put Melbourne's Yarra River to shame" - but the Brisbane River was also an obstacle between north and south until traversed by ferries and later bridges.

Story Bridge

1935 - 1940

The Story Bridge has become a Brisbane icon. It was constructed between 1935 and 1940 by the same designer of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was modelled on the Montreal Harbour Bridge with its grew, steel elevation designed to harmonise with Brisbane's natural skyline. Constructed simultaneously from both ends and named after J. D. Story (public commissioner).

Kangaroo Point Cliffs

1820s - 1970s

The cliffs contain the best known outcrop of Brisbane Tuff, a consolidated volcanic ash deposited during the late Triassic age about 230 million years ago. The cliffs are popular for abseiling and rock climbing with spectacular view of the Brisbane city riverside.

Cultural Precinct

1896 - 2014

World class cultural facilities including the State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Queensland Museum forming a concentration of cultural, educational, retail and recreational facilities with stunning views of the south side of the city, the Brisbane River and the World Transport Building of the year Kurilpa bridge.

South Bank

1988 - 2010

South Bank is Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination. Located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, its 17 hectares of lush parklands, world-class eateries, stunning river views and hundreds of delightful events all year round make it the perfect place to relax and unwind being the centrepiece of Queensland’s arts portfolio and entertainment.

Mount Coot-tha

1950 - 1960

The breathtaking panorama of Brisbane City and it's surrounds greets you as you step onto the observation deck. By day, you can see the sun shining over Brisbane, out to Moreton Bay and by night, a fairyland of glittering lights and starlit sky surrounds you. Interpretive facilities and beautifully manicured gardens further enhance your enjoyment and blend harmoniously with the surrounding native bushland.

Dry dock - Old Brisbane Port

1875 - 1881

The absence of appropriate conventional facilities did not dissuade sports mad Queenslanders from holding competitive swimming carnivals. The South Brisbane dry dock provided a suitable settings when there were no ships under repair with its nine metres depth and the stepped sides providing convenient seating for cheering crowds. Today's is the centre of the Queensland Maritime Museum.

Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

1970 - 1978

Queensland's premier subtropical botanic gardens, displaying distinctly different gardens arranged in thematic and geographical displays. It's the perfect place to relax in wonderful surroundings.

Castlemain Perkins Brewery

1878 - 1924

The Fitzgerald brothers established the Milton brewery introducing the XXXX brand in 1924 in reference to the long-standing tradition of using Xs to indicate the strength of an ale. The red neon XXXX sign on top of the brewery is a prominent landmark visible from miles around. The Fourex man, mounted on the brewery facade and on most pubs carrying XXXX beer, is a much-loved figure. The Brewery is in Milton where one of the few Brisbane schools built in brick remains open.

Central Business District

1880s - 2016

Full of history with amazing stories on every corner featuring the Queen St and Treasury Building (casino), the Victoria Bridge, the General Post Office, the Mooney Fountain, Custom House, Old Supreme Court (City Hall), Queens Park, Bellevue Hotel, Parliament House, St John's and St Stephen's Cathedral, the Synagogue, Queensland Club, Government House, Anzac Square and much more.

Roma Parklands

2001

Roma Street Parkland, one of Brisbane’s premier parks, is considered to be one of the two best examples of contemporary display gardens in Australia. Well known by garden and plant enthusiasts for its exceptional horticultural standards, it is also an important community asset, popular visitor destination and event space for Brisbane. The Spectacle Garden at Colin Campbell Place displays a vivid array of colour all year and includes a collection of flowers, herbs, water features and art works.

New Farm Park

1827 - 1951

From aboriginal bountiful resource called 'binkin-ba' to convict settlement, race track and tai chi classes venue. The New Farm fifteen hectares park has been part of the evolution of Brisbane cities. Today is a popular venue for weddings, picnics and organised tai chi classes. The park draws its largest crowds in October when drifting jacaranda blossoms make mauve carpets on the grass.

City Botanic Gardens

1828 - 2016

During the convict period, part of the land was used for crops. The Botanic Reserve was declared in 1855. Harriet, a Galapagos tortoise, lived there for many years before dying at Steve Irwirn's, Australia Zoo in 2006 (175 years old). The Botanic Gardens have become a treasured inner city recreational space.

Powerhouse

1920s - 2016

Brisbane Powerhouse is Queensland’s home for contemporary culture, a magnificent power station of the 1920s reborn as an arts centre on the Brisbane River. With two main stage theatres seating up to 740 and 200 people respectively, and three additional venues that seat 80–180. Brisbane Powerhouse features gallery spaces, two restaurants and bars, corporate facilities and the best river view in Brisbane.

Queens Wharf & Casino

1874 - 2007

The treasury building covers the site of the convict settlement's officer's quarters and military barracks. In 1874 became the office of the Queensland Tourist Bureau. "The Treasury", as the large building became known, was the home of many government departments in early 1990s. The old Treasury building was then converted into a casino, a strangely ironic adaptive re-use.

Regatta Hotel

1886 - 2016

The Regatta became famous in 1965 when it focused attention on the women's liberation movement in Brisbane. Two women chained themselves to the public bar footrail, demanding the right to drink alongside men and not be consigned to an internal lounge. The Regatta hotel was badly flooded in 1974 with the Cyclone Wanda and the summer floods of 2011, but managed to revive and was awarded its own landing stage got the City Cat ferry.

The Gabba Cricket Ground

1896 - 1931

'The Gabba', Brisbane's Test cricket ground, demonstrates the Australian method of nicknaming; the cricket ground is located in an inner suburb, Woolloongabba. From being a venue for game birds with its waterholes to the Test cricket venue in 1931, it's now the home of the Australian Rules football team, the Brisbane Lions. The scoreboard remains in the same original place.

Old Windmill on Wickham Terrace

1828 - 1894

The old windmill on Wickham Terrace is one of Brisbane's best loved landmarks. It's one of the two buildings remaining from the convict settlement period between 1825 and 1842. When the winds did not blow, it became a treadmill being a useful punishment for recalcitrant convicts. Since then, it's been used as fire spotting, lab for meetings and experiments, and even a venue for pioneer television broadcasting.

The Valley & Chinatown

1898 - 2016

Fortitude Valley is a contradiction in itself – raw, yet sophisticated. It is where elegance and style meet grungy and offbeat, and heritage-listed properties proudly stand among contemporary buildings. The Valley, as it is affectionately known, was Australia’s first dedicated entertainment district and continues to be a hive of activity. Live music thrives and international DJs are drawn to the clubs and chic bars. The impressive Chinatown Mall is a hub of exotic Chinese supermarkets and restaurants. The Emporium complex channels a European village feel, James St showcases Australian fashion labels and Brunswick St is home to multicultural dining options. Featuring hidden gems like the unusual corner building McWhirters with art deco decoration.

Paddington - "Back of the Jail"

1853

Paddington was originally referred to as being "Back of the Jail". The main jail was located on Petrie Terrace. The picturesque tin and timber topped hills of historical Paddington are packed with treasures, from cafes, bars, boutiques and galleries to churches and heritage houses. Featuring the Paddington Antique Centre, the Government House, the Barracks and its retro shopping. The rolling and leafy hills of Paddington, are speckled with quaint cottages turned enticing shopfronts, restaurants spilling out onto the footpath, traditional tin and timber houses, and renovated Queenslander homes. Visitors will love browsing for quirky keepsakes, vintage and designer fashion, antique and second-hand treasures, retro goods, homewares, and artwork.

West End

1885

West End has a quirky, local characteristic described as a fusion of cultures and mix of alternative and vintage. The shops, restaurants and lively lifestyle reflect this inner-city suburb’s eclectic charm. Stroll through the weekend markets, where aspiring designers peddle their wares among organic grocers, cosy bars and coffee houses. If you like to keep track of your food’s carbon footprint, West End is the place to feed your hunger for organic produce, drinks and cocktails. The music scene is pumping – West End’s bars and clubs have been pulsating since the early days of the Saints, the Go-Betweens and the Bee Gees.

Wool Store, Newstead

1296

Woolstores with the largest showroom in Australia served as USA Navy submarines base during World War II. About six Americans submarines made this base on the biggest in the Southwest Pacific. After the war, the woolstore's precinct reverted to its normal business until the port moved to the river mouth. Most woolstores have been converted into apartments.

Inclusions

You don't have to bring your camera with you, as your tour includes photos from the entire experience...but you can anyway.

Private car with your own driver and photographer guide

Guided tour around Brisbane for over 90 minutes

Customisable tour route with over 20 locations of your interest

50+ edited digital photographs emailed to you after the tour

On board informative commentary available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Hindi and Korean

1 to 4 people included

Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks

Exclusions

Food

Alcoholic drinks

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  • Basics

  • Is the price per person?

    No. It's the same price for everyone. You pay the same for one person or four people. That's less than $25 per person in a family of four for example.

  • Is this a tourist bus?

    No it's not a bus. It's not a van. This is a private luxury car for you and your people only. Yes it includes your personal driver who will be your photographer during the entire experience. You won't be packed in a bus full of tourists. You wont' waste time waiting under the heat to be pick up again. Forget about bus timetables. Don't worry about finding what to do in every location.

  • What to bring/wear?

    Bring one or two additional clothing combinations for the photographs. So it won't look like you took them all the same day. It's also suggested that you check the forecast prior to the tour and dress accordingly. You don't have to bring your camera with you, as your tour includes photos from the entire experience...but you can anyway.

  • What happens if it rains?

    Tours happen rain or shine, however because of the photo aspect of the experience, rescheduling to a date in the near future is possible. This has to be done at least 24 hours in advance. If a torrential downpour occurs on the tour, your guides will handle that on a case-by-case basis.

  • Is the car included?

    Yes. You'll be treated as a VIP in a stunning, shiny Kia Sportage of the year. Your driver is a local, licensed, insured, professional photographer who will be with you during the entire tour.

  • Can kids come?

    Yes. Most tours are suitable for children over 7 years accompanied by a parent or adult guardian for the duration of the tour. However tours are not suitable for children under 7 years due to government regulations.

  • Are the tours wheelchair accessible?

    No. Unfortunately, the vehicles are not suitable for wheelchair access

  • Tours

  • Where is the departure point?

    All tours depart from Centenary Place, 85 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley. If you didn't add your hotel transfers, please make sure to be in Centenary Place, 85 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley at least 15 minutes prior to your tour departure time.

    If you include hotel transfers, you will be contacted by your guide to arrange pickup.

  • How long are the tours?

    Each tour is at least 90-minutes long. You'll never feel rushed. You will receive all details in your welcome email.

  • How much walking is involved?

    Just a few steps from the car on each location.

  • How early should we arrive?

    It's recommended that you be at the location at least 15 minutes prior to the start - Unless you include the Hotel Pickup at the moment of your reservation. Please call if anything has come up (a phone number will be provided on your E-Ticket). Your guide will leave the location 15 minutes after the start time if you have not arrived and the tour is classified as a no-show.

  • What about hotel transfers?

    You can add hotel transfers to your booking by simply selecting that option at the moment of making your reservation for a small fee. Your driver will pick you up right at the entry door of your hotel and will take you back at the completion of the tour. This option is only available to inner city hotels (within 5km from the CBD).

  • What locations are included in the tour?

    Brisbane's hidden gems. The best places Bribane has to offer. You will see the best of the city in 90 minutes with amazing photos of you in every location. Because your tour is in a private car - and you're not packed in a bus full of tourists - You'll get to see places known by locals only. Forget about waiting under the heat for a bus to pick you up. Be treated as a VIP at all times.

  • Cancellations

  • Cancellation Policy

    Full refund 5 days prior to the tour departure. 50% refund up until 3 days prior to the tour departure. No refunds for cancellations within 48 hours of tour departure.

  • Change Fee Policy

    Changes are subject to availability and will incurr a $20.00 per reservation change fee. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted to moc.enabsirb-og@olleh a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis.

  • Hotel transfers refund

    If you paid for hotel transfers but your hotel is not an inner city hotel (within 5km from the CBD) you will receive a full refund for the hotels transfer fees. You must be at the departure site at least 15 minutes before your booking time.

  • Payments

  • Is my payment secure?

    Yes. Your payment is securely processed by Stripe using the highest industry standards. Go Brisbane doesn't have access to your credit card or financial information at any time.

  • Is my booking confirmed after payment?

    Yes. If your preferred time is availble. You only need to pay to secure your booking. You don't need to do anything else after payment.

  • Is GST included in the price?

    Yes. Price is inclusive of 10% GST.

  • Are the any other hidden fees?

    No. The price includes everything: the car, the driver, the tour and 50+ digital photographies directly emailed to you after the tour for up to 4 people.

  • Privacy

  • Is the tour really private?

    Yes. Because your paid for the car (not per person) you'll be touring with your private driver guide during the entire journey.

  • How many people per car?

    Just you. The tour can be booked for one person or up to 4 people per car for the same price.

  • Photos

  • How many photos are included?

    As many as you want during the tour. On average 50+ digital photos will be emailed to you directly after the tour. Take in mind that depending on the quantity of photos, tt may take up to 2 days to edit and process all the photos but you'll recevie the private link to download them all as soon as possible.

  • How do I get my photos?

    You will receive an email with a private link to download all your photos.

  • Will my photos be public?

    Absolutely NO. All your photos are yours and we'd never share or use them with anyone else. We respect your privacy and all photos are sent only to you in a private link to download. This link expires after your download the photos.

  • What happen if I lose my photos?

    We securely (and privately) keep a copy of all your photos. If you lose them, just let us know to moc.enabsirb-og@olleh and we'll send you a new link to download them.

  • Can I freely use my photos wherever I want?

    Yes of course. You own the copyright of all photos. Feel free to use them in social media, commercial sites or printing. All photos ar eoptimised for printing and digital use.

Still have questions? Send an email to moc.enabsirb-og@olleh

  • Probably the best value and most enjoyment I received while I was in Brisbane. I would DEFINITELY recommend if you like history and context to cities.

    Daniella, Canada
    • Daniella
    • Canada
  • THIS TOUR IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!! I LOVE IT!!!! ot the best photos for my socials I'd ever imagined. Thanks Ale!!! XOXO

    Cheryl, Singapore
    • Cheryl
    • Singapore
  • Our guide did a wonderful job of showing us some great places for photos around the city. Brisbane is such a beautiful, modern place and the photos I snapped show that. He was a great teacher. So glad I took this specific tour with Andy.

    Mathilde, France
    • Mathilde
    • France
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  • Before leaving for Brisbane I booked the morning photo tour and Andy was to be our guide. Andy met us at our Airbnb apartment and took us to places I would never have seen without his guidance. He knows Brisbane, its people, history, traditions and food in depth (along with several other cities, countries and continents). I highly recommend the tour - it is a great way to see Brisbane in very good company and is excellent value for money.

    Jamie Marie, USA
    • Jamie Marie
    • California, USA
  • Andy was an outstanding tour guide - knowledgeable, engaging, intelligent, and patient. Our family of three (two adults + one teen) learned so much from him; he clearly loves Brisbane and wants to share its highlights with others. Our teen-aged daughter said that this tour was the highlight of her Brisbane experience.

    Vikas, Melbourne
    • Vikas
    • Melbourne
  • Javier worked hard at providing a fun learning experience, while at the same time putting me on many great photo locations. If you enjoy making photographs, posing for original shots and you're in Brisbane, you gotta give them a call.

    Keith, China
    • Keith
    • China
  • This tour was awesome! Not only did I get to learn a ton about Brisbane, but I learned a lot about photography and took home some great photos. Rod is a fantastic guide -- tons of stories, history, and little trivia tidbits. He's the perfect person to show you this gorgeous city. I was so glad I booked this tour -- would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good photography tour!

    Zackery, Adelaide
    • Zackery
    • Adelaide
  • Best photos for my instagram ever!! We got dozens of cool pictures of myself and my family in all places around Brisbane. It's priceless when you look at them after a few months of being to the other side of the world!

    Giselle, Brazil
      Giselle
    • Brazil
  • I got more than 80 pictures of myself professionally edited after the tour. My Facebook went crazy with such spectacular photos of Brisbane's best locations. It looks like I'd have spent at least one week in the city, being actually just for a few hours before flying back home on my return from Sydney. 5 stars for the experience, the value and the quality of photos I got :)

    Marion, France
    • Marion
    • France
  • Ale provided an enlightening tour of Brisbane that would have been worthy investment of time and money just for the historic information she imparted. But that was just the beginning. She did an outstanding job of sharing her extensive knowledge of photography composition tips and tricks. Ale is very energetic, passionate about photography and her city and it shows! She is an excellent communicator and a delightful person to be around. I would highly recommend her tour to anyone with even someone with a moderate interest in photography.

    Robert, Melbourne
    • Robert
    • Melbourne
  • We only had two days in Brisbane and wanted to see the most of it. The tourist bus didn't work for us as we had to spent an entire day to see only a few locations. The hop-on, hop-off idea can be really time consuming and exhausting if you have to wait under the Brisbane heat. We saw more places and had so much fun in our private tour the day after. Took home unbelievable cool pictures of our adventure and learned tons of new infomation of the down under. Go for it. You won't regret it!

    Hakeem, USA
    • Hakeem
    • San Francisco, USA
  • WOW! This was pretty cool. Andy was in our hotel to start the tour to Brisbane's best places known by locals. In our way, we were given unvaluable information of every location. We stopped, took amazing photos and continue to our next stop in the comfort of a brand new car. We were surprised by having a delicious picnic in places we would never get to know on our own. Forget being a regular tourist. Be trated as a VIP by some of the most friendly people we have ever met.

    Ashleigh, USA
    • Ashleigh
    • New York, USA
  • Andy and Ale (our guides) are naturals. So welcoming and full of information to share about their beautiful city. They're also super hosts on Airbnb so you can feel their experience with visitors. Using a stuning camera, we took amazing postcards (yes with us on every single one of them) of Brisbane, the Valley and the stunning Roma parklands. The car was impecable, so comfortable and packed with snacks, drinks, hats and everything we could possibly need to make our tour an unforgettable experience. Thanks so much guys! it was amazing!!

    Hongyu, South Korea
    • Hongyu
    • South Korea
  • So cheap for what you get. The price is unbelievable affordable for a group of 4. We were used to pay tours per person and even the red tourist bus around the city would cost us over $180 subject to their own route and timetable. You get the tour, amazing historic information and great photos (oh plus snacks) for less than $25 per person. A total bargain for knowing the city in a few hours.

    Lee, Byron Bay
    • Lee
    • Byron Bay
  • Came to Brisbane via cruise ship, Andy picked us up at the port and took us to through local neighborhoods, the city area, the amazing places around. He had a lot of knowledge. I would recommend him for a very nice day out without the crowds of a bus tour!

    Ofusina, NZ
    • Ofusina
    • New Zealand
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If you didn't include hotel/port transfers in you booking, the departure point is from Centenary Place, 85 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley 4006, Brisbane
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