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Brisbane Starter Package

Brisbane or ‘Brissie’ (as known by the locals) is the perfect city stop off halfway up the East Coast trail.

  • Money Icon From $310
  • Clock Icon Duration: 3 Days


  • Australia Zoo day pass
  • Moreton Island day trip with Adventure Moreton Island
  • 3 nights at Nomads Central
  • Visit some of the local bars and restaurants


Welcome to Brisbane, a cosmopolitan hub for arts, culture and dining, with a heavy laid-back charm. With its mix of local markets, artificial beach, and fun nightlife, it’s a great base for a few days before heading north to Noosa and Fraser Island or South towards the beach vibes of Surfers Paradise and Byron Bay.

To help you make the most of your time in Brisbane, we’ve put together our Brisbane Starter Package – which combines our favourite tours and accommodation to help you make the most of your time in the Queensland capital. We recommend this package for anyone either starting in Brisbane or as an add on to any existing East Coast trip.


Day 1: Brisbane City

On arrival to Brisbane, there is so much to see. First, fuel up for the day at one of many cafes and eateries. A must visit is Three Monkeys Cafe in West End, frequented by performing arts royalty during the shows held at The Queensland Performing Arts Centre. It’s full of character, charm, and serves one hell of a chai, and their sweets cabinet will have you salivating.

After that, meander down Fish Lane in South Brisbane, and gaze at some of the most magnificent street art around. A walk through the extremely popular Southbank precinct will see you smack bang in the middle of one of the most plentiful lifestyle dining areas in Brisbane. After a bite to eat, wander over to The Gallery Of Modern Art at the eastern end of Southbank, and check out one of the many exciting exhibitions, often very interactive, that’s on offer. Head over and check into Nomads Central before catching a bus up to Mt. Cootha Lookout to spend some time taking in the view of the stunning city lights.

Day 2: Moreton Island Day Trip

Today, you get to take a trip on the adventure packed Moreton Island Wrecks Adventure Tour, a fantastic day out. You will head over on the resort’s private catamaran ferry, and from there, you get to choose up to three unique adventures for your Moreton Island Day Trip. Whether you want to be segwaying along white sandy beaches, snorkeling in and out of the Tangalooma Wrecks or Banana Boating along the crystal blue waters, Moreton Island has plenty to offer.

The island is the third largest sand island in the world and is a Brisbane bucket list spot. After returning from the island, don’t forget to share a rendez-vous with your mates at the 4 Pines Bar in the city, followed by a wild night out in the Down Under Bar.

Day 3: Australia Zoo

Today is the day you visit Australia Zoo, renowned home of the world famous Crocodile Hunter. See the crocodile show at midday and spend the rest of the day monkeying around the primate exhibit, slithering through the reptile enclosures or getting up high with a giraffe. No matter how you go about it, you will be left with a smile. That leads to your last night at Nomads Central, where you can head out for a meal in the CBD, and see the Storey Bridge lights as you wander along the river reflecting on your last few days.

Package Inclusions

  • Australia Zoo day pass
  • Moreton Island day trip with Adventure Moreton Island
  • 3 nights at Nomads Central


Add a Bus Pass: SAVE 10% on any of the following passes when booking together with the package

Greyhound – WHIMIT East Coast 30 Day Pass $389.00

Greyhound – WHIMIT National 30 Day Pass $439.00

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Own Transport:

We can build an itinerary taking into account the fact that you have your own transport already.

Public Transport: Buses, Trains, and Ferries

To use public transport in Brisbane, it’s recommended that you purchase a Translink Go Card. You can purchase these at both Brisbane International and Domestic Airport, or from convenience stores and train stations throughout the city.

What to bring

  • Cameras
  • Sunscreen
  • Clothes
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Spending Money
  • Overnight Bag
  • Your ID

Supplier Terms & Conditions

All of our discount package deals are comprised of a combination of various tour providers, accommodation providers, and transport providers. Each of these suppliers and/or providers have their own individual terms and conditions in addition to Happy Travels standard terms and conditions. To view Happy Travels’ terms and conditions, please click here. For more information for individual supplier terms & conditions, please contact us by making an inquiry. Alternatively, they will be listed on your travel vouchers at the time of purchase.

Frequently asked questions

Where is the best place to stay in Brisbane?

To be in the thick of it all, we recommend Nomads Backpackers, located across the road from Central Station, and walking distance from Queen Street Mall and South Bank.

If you feel like venturing out, the night hub of Caxton Street is close by, where bars have been visited by the lifestyles of the rich & famous, sporting greats, and headlining musicians.

What's the best area to dine out in Brisbane?

There are plenty of great options across the city, but we recommend West End. It’s jam packed with cultural food from around the world, and has a emphasis on Asian cuisine. Here, you’ll be able to find quality meals for a backpacker’s budget for as low as 14$AUD.

Are there some cool things to do outside of town?

Brisbane is literally the epicentre for lots to do along the East Coast – perfect driving distance from the Gold Coast to the south, the Sunshine Coast to your north, and plenty of wonderful nature spots to the west. Your hostel will most likely be running tours to both coasts, otherwise you can catch a bus or train if you don’t have your own transportation.

You can even take ferries over to North Stradbroke Island and Moreton Island for a day to experience some island life.

How is the nightlife in Brisbane?

There is absolutely no shortage of good bars, pubs, and nightclubs in Brisbane for all budgets. This city has you covered whether you’re looking for loud and live tunes or after a quiet rooftop bar to soak in the beautiful cityscapes at night.

Fortitude Valley is Brisbane’s main nightclub district with a mix of clubs, pubs, and laid-back bars.

Is it easy to find employment in Brisbane?

Most cities in Australia are easy to find employment across a range of industries. In Brisbane, there’s no shortage of retail, hospitality, and office tempo jobs suited to the backpacker market. If you have some trade experience, you should look into obtaining a White Card, and you’ll be able to work in trade jobs, such as construction.

What do I do if I need help with my existing package booking?

If you need help with an existing booking please email us at [email protected], if your enquiry is urgent please follow up your email with a quick call on +61 2 5633 1149 so we can

Do you offer payment plans?

Absolutely, we understand that paying off a big trip in one go isn’t always that easy. We offer flexible payment plans to suit all types of travellers with zero interest or fee’s (minimum $100AUD deposit required).

Do I need travel insurance?

We endorse the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that all travelers take out travel insurance. If you already have Travel Insurance please understand that it is your responsibility to ensure that your Travel Insurance covers you for all of the adventure style travel you have booked with us.

Can I book a package but travel in the reverse direction?

Absolutely, just let us know your preferred start and finish location and we’ll make it work.

What is the best way to travel Australia?

There is definitely no wrong way. We recommend either taking a WHIMIT or Hop on Hop off bus pass such as Greyhound or renting a campervan with some mates and hitting the open road. If you feel like getting pretty adventurous and want to get amongst the true Australian terrain, a 4WD may be better suited for you. Enquire now and we can help you find the most suitable transport option.

What if something comes up and I can't make my tour?

We get it. Life is all about the unexpected, especially when you are travelling. If you are unable to make your pre-arranged tour you will need to reach out to our support email so we can give you a helping hand. In all cases we strongly recommend having a valid travel insurance policy which covers you for unexpected cancellations.

Can I add additional tours or make changes to this package?

Yes. All of our packages are customisable so if you would like to make any changes please contact our team.

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