Recently, I took a trip up to Brisbane with my family and we pretty much played it safe with your standard tour packages where the agency brings you around to all the tourist attractions. But we had one free day to spare and we had to find a way to maximize the time. After all, it was my family’s first trip to Brisbane.
I chanced upon this website online that was providing night tours, showcasing the lights of Brisbane. With the promise of having a local to show us around, I made a booking for the group of 6.
On the day itself, there was a big mixed up on the hotel we were at, but Mark (our guide) provided extraordinary service and drove for an hour to come get us! We really appreciated him making the effort to come get us, so that we could have a memorable last night in Brisbane.
The tour was small and personal. With the group of 6 of us and another couple from New Zealand, we were up on a mini-van that comfortably sits 12.
Up the hilly roads to the Mt Coot-tha Lookout, which was voted as the best view in Brisbane, we knew why instantly when we were at the top.
At 287 metres above sea level, this was the highest peak in Brisbane and one could see the entire skyline of Brisbane. There is also an awesome restaurant at the lookout where dinner was served. The food was fantastic and the servings were just right.
Having taken our orders in the van, we had ample time to tuck into dinner before moving off to our next destination, the river cruise. En route to the river cruise, Mark took us on foot, along the South Bank Parklands. It was definitely a romantic and scenic walk. Free open swimming pool and artificial beaches, this ought to be a fabulous place for a family outing in the day.
Up next, our cruise boat arrived and we were specifically instructed to stop and meet our guide at another stop. We were all pumped up with excitement in anticipation of the views that we were going to see on the cruise! My photography skills are so so but if you really want to capture great images then do bring a better camera.
I don’t think the photos here do justice to the beautiful sights which is one of my regrets but take my word for it, it is amazing!
The cruise is pretty much like a mode of transport for the locals. Like how we use our ex-link card in Singapore, they have a tap on and tap off system with their card, which is really convenient and easy to use. This is also included in the tour, so you won’t have to worry if you do not own one.
Moving on, Mark quickly whisked us off to the City Lookout, another nice spot to see the lights of Brisbane.
I really have to commend Mark because he was very knowledgeable, and accommodating. His friendly and bubbly nature made the tour really enjoyable for everyone, plus he definitely knows his stuff, which is always a bonus. There was never a dull moment during this tour.
You would have to experience it yourself! Definitely value for money and lots of fun so I would definitely engage Mark’s service when I go back to Brisbane!
To make your bookings, check out his website http://www.brisbanelightstours.com/ and book your next outing!