Magical Mystery Tours, Brisbane and South-East

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Experience Brisbane City, Sunshine or Gold Coast like never before. Wildlife, mountains, the City, rainforests, waterfalls, pubs, beaches, lookouts and more! Friendly energetic staff provide fully guided tours and walks, with historical commentary and local info. Visit genuine aboriginal sites or try wildlife or seasonal whale spotting! Moderate walking or just sit back! Pick up from cruise ship or accommodation.

The Great Brisbane City tour: if you only have one day! From Mt. Cootha Lookout, to Southbank, the city, West End, lookouts and parks. Add in a visit direct to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (extra cost). The Gold Coast tour: shows the best beaches, lookouts, and a rainforest cave walk all in one day OR combine with a seasonal Winter whale tour! The Sunshine Coast tour: experience stunning high-mountain extinct volcano views with rainforest waterfall walks, art villages, then the beach. Try the Brisbane Hinterland: lookouts, forest walks and animal display. This is your tour! Stop and pick seasonal strawberries, look at wildlife or try an old pub.

You're not 'stuck on a bus', you're fully guided, with plenty of free time to explore, swim or shop.

Somewhere special to go? Character-hosted charters with a difference also available.

Activities

  • Birdwatching

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Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

Our Tours

Forest to Sea: Sunshine Coast Mountains to the Beach

Pick-up/return to Cruise Ship or Accommodation! Small, personal fully guided tour of the Sunshine Coast and Hinterland. So much in one day! Drive 40 minutes north through a variety of forests and pretty farmland. We pride ourselves in catering to what you want to see!

Feel like strawberries? Drop in and Pick Your Own! (May-October) Drive up to Montville and Maleny Mountain Villages: cafes, arts and craft. Time for lunch and browsing. Enjoy great rainforest walk to view Kondalilla Falls pools, Mapleton Falls. Fabulous photo opportunities with scenery and lookouts from the escarpment over glorious Glasshouse Mountains: extinct volcanoes named by Captain Cook. Visit Mary Cairncross Park and Environmental Centre to see their valuable forest conservation work. Wildlife! Learn the aboriginal stories of these places.

Visit the cheese works or winery and sample the local produce. Go off the beaten track and visit two genuine unusual Aboriginal Sites. They then sweep down to a Beach Drive via Maroochydore, A play or stroll on the beach at pretty Caloundra. So much to see, but very relaxing with time to explore, swim or shop. Pick up and drop off by arrangement. Make some real memories. Cruise Ship patrons adjust per time limit-constraints.

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$60 $110
Brisbane Mountains Madness: Brisbane Hinterland

Pick up and return from Roma Street, your accommodation or cruise ship. A great little get-away tour: Visit the near Brisbane mountain forests of the D'Aguilar State Forest. Drop in on the Mt Nebo Ranger Station with live native animal display: see wallabies, variety of birds and reptiles and even the shy platypus. Visit a series of fabulous lookouts of Brisbane North and Moreton Bay with scenic photo opportunities. Four hours to full day: you pick!

By arrangement, visit two acre Brisbane artists sculpture gardens! Pleasant free picnic tea, try boomerang throwing, enjoy a rainforest walk through heavy forest to Greens Falls viewing platform. Watch out for wildlife. Visit a genuine Aboriginal site, one of the best preserved of it's type in Queensland.

Samford Village quaint country stop. On a Wednesday or Sunday, an additional visit can be made to *Samford Museum. Other days by appointment. (Extends tour to full day). Art and Craft at the Bark Hut. Have a *Beer or Lemonade/Optional Lunch in a classic country pub. View a Flying Fox colony on the way home.
(* At own extra cost: Museum entry, shopping and lunch or pub stop).

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$95 $115
Gold Coast Treasures: Koala Centre, city, beaches, views and forest

Drive one hour south towards Gold Coast with views of Brisbane City and Bridges and past major theme parks. Stop for a real live Koala encounter (sorry no cuddles), learn about Koala protection. On to view Gold Coast lifestyle houses, buildings and canals. Stop off at Main Beach and Surfers Paradise, Cavill Mall with time for a stroll or swim and lunch! Bring your bathing costume!

On to try Whale spotting (July to October only) or take in beautiful coastal views from headlands. Optional SkyTower Views (approximately AUD20).

Walk at Big Burleigh, forested environmental reserve by the sea with a secret beach! Visit genuine Aboriginal ceremonial site of the Yugumbeh / Kombumerri people. Head through farmland and Numinbah valley to visit the Beautiful Natural Arch and waterfall on a rainforest walk. A World heritage-listed protected home of bats and glow-worms.

During Whale Season (June-October) combine a fabulous Whale-watch morning on Spirit of Gold Coast whale-boat, then beach and rainforest tour.

Wildlife spotting, if time and weather permits, swim in mountain creek. Return to Brisbane. Pickup in Roma Street Stop 125, outside transit centre, accommodation or cruise ship. Free morning or afternoon tea.

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$60 $115
Briz-O-Rama City Tour

Pick up/return at Cruise-Ship or Accommodation. See the best of Brisbane inner city.
Choose from a mixture of extras not on other city tours. Newstead House, The Woolstores, Powerhouse and New Farm Park. Drive the Inner City Precinct with many early Brisbane landmarks and Government Buildings.
Visit the Old Mill and Parklands, footy/ cricket stadiums, statues. Anzac Square and the eternal flame. Street art.
Add optional visit to *Lone Pine Koalas (approximately extra AUD20-30).

Views from the famous Mt. Coot-tha Lookout, Botanical Gardens, Japanese Gardens and Arboretium. Enjoy a free morning tea. Past Central Cemetery with historic citizens.
*Lunch in Bohemian West End with a variety of cuisines (own cost under AUD12-15).

Optional ride on the *Wheel Of Brisbane Ride. Nepalese Temple, stroll through Southbank rainforest and parkland. Visit a beach in the city! View the Brisbane River, Cliff and Bridge lookouts, go under and over the Story Bridge.
A quick wander down Chinatown, see the Old Museum. Have a *Beer/ Lemonade in a Famous Brisbane Hotel (or two)
If time allows see a genuine preserved Aboriginal site of the Jagera, Toorbul and Undumbi Peoples.

*own cost. Ship tours may have time constraints.

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$50 $50

Do you have a small group wanting to do something special? Magical Mystery Tours have great itineraries, but can also take you to where you want to go. Airport to the conference or accommodation? Bucks or Hens night to the footy, theatre and then a restaurant? Wishing to sight-see, or go somewhere special? Take the gang to a picnic or theme park? Want to camp, but can't get there?

Wedding guests to unusual locations! Visit a rural Festival or rodeo. Birthday groups to the beach, park or forest? Factory outlet shopping tour?

Single or multi destination charters for small groups. 14 or 8 seater vehicles. North or south coast transfers for groups. They can pick-up, drop off and take you to where you want, when you want. Trailer available for baggage.

Let your imagination run wild, and talk to them to tailor make a tour for you. What about a tour with your own personal Character Comedy Host?

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$15 $100
Whales and Gold Coast

Want to see the Queensland Whales, but tricky to get to? They pick you up in Brisbane, deliver you to the Whale Cruise onboard "Spirit of Gold Coast" (one hour south) for a marvellous morning of whale watching, with a free morning tea. Humpback Whales travel the Queensland coast from about June to mid October. To see these magnificent animals up-close is amazing!! Dolphins are often spotted too. For the afternoon, you join them in their mini bus as they tour the Gold Coast, Burleigh Heads National park sea-side forest walk and Numinbah Natural Arch in the hinterland rainforest. See Gondwana land World heritage area cave and waterfalls. This is home to bats and glow-worms. Then return to Brisbane, a fantastic day. You can do the reverse if you wish an afternoon whale cruise.

If you want to view the whale from a Brisbane-based cruise, they can provide a Brisbane city tour also for the remainder of the day with Mt Coot-tha lookout and gardens. Price on application.

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$115 $115

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Musgrave Dropoff

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
On the southern side of Lady Musgrave Island the reef edge drops from 10 metres to 25 metres and forms an amazing wall of coral. Often simply called Musgrave Dropoff, this extensive wall is rarely dived, but you can jump in anywhere along its length and have a great dive.

Maori Wrasse Bommie Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Maori Wrasse Bommie off Lady Elliot Island is named after the family of Maori wrasse that call the area home. The site is located 14 to 18 metres beneath the surface and is ideal for intermediate divers looking to explore – reef sharks can often be spotted patrolling the reef wall and arches near the bommie, and just north of the wall is Spiders Ledge, named for the number of shells that decorate the outcrop.

Spiders Ledge

Lady Elliot Island,
Spiders Ledge is a good place to see sharks at Lady Elliot Island. The reef at this site slopes from 8 metres to 25 metres and is cut by a series of gutters and ledges. Pretty corals and abundant reef fish are found at the site, as are turtles and schools of pelagic fish.

Three Pyramids

Lady Elliot Island,
The Three Pyramids is a collection of three coral bommies on the sheltered western side of Lady Elliot Island. Rising from the sand in depths from 20m, these coral heads attract a great variety of marine life, with each one home to a good population of reef fish and invertebrates.

Musgrave Channel

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
For those after a fast-paced drift dive at Lady Musgrave Island then try a dive through the Musgrave Channel. Best done on the incoming tide, so you end up in the lagoon, this channel is a sensational dive and only 13 metres deep.

Anchor Bommie Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Lady Elliot Island has many wonderful dive sites, but one of its most impressive is Anchor Bommie. This tower of coral sits on the sandy sea floor at 21 metres and stands 10 metres tall, a very imposing sight.

Lighthouse Bommies Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Just off the western side of Lady Elliot Island is a group of small coral outcrops known as Lighthouse Bommies. Descend down the mooring line and drift onto the bommies to discover a vast array of marine life - batfish, stingrays, white-spotted shovelnose rays, green and loggerhead turtles, sea snakes, moray eels, coral trout, reef sharks, trevally, barracuda, and manta rays waiting to be groomed by cleaner wrasse.

Entrance Bommie Dive Site

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Located at the entrance to Lady Musgrave Island lagoon, Entrance Bommie is a large blade of coral sitting in 22 metres of water. This elongated bommie is riddled with ledges and caves, which are usually overflowing with baitfish.

Lady Elliot Island

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
Where else in the Great Barrier Reef can you walk less than 100 metres out of your door and slip on a snorkel, mask and flippers and be immersed in one of the seven wonders of the natural world? Lady Elliot Island is the Southernmost island on the Great Barrier Reef and is home to nesting turtles, manta rays, migrating whales, resident and visiting bird populations among the natural and abundant reef life.

Severance Shipwreck Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Quite a few ships have come to grief on the fringing reef around Lady Elliot Island, but only one of these can be dived, that is the Severance. This fully intact yacht sank in 1998 and still has much of its rigging in place that is now covered in glorious soft corals.
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