School Excursions to

Brisbane & Sunshine Coast

Brisbane & Sunshine Coast

An excursion to Brisbane can include many activities. A river cruise is a great way to see the city, before exploring iconic Brisbane buildings like the Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, State Library of Queensland, Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art – the largest modern art museum in Australia.

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Brisbane & Sunshine Coast Itinerary Options

Brisbane offers another opportunity for regional students to experience a Big City with several museums, Parliament House, the Sciencentre, Art Gallery, the Planetarium and more. Southbank is home to many of these venues and offers ideal outdoor spaces for some ‘down-time’ during your itinerary. A river cruise is a great way to get a feel for the city of Brisbane as you wind your way along the river past the soaring buildings of the CBD and the arts area of Southbank and on to the City Botanic Gardens.

We can also organise a fantastic Amazing Race-style activity as part of your Brisbane city adventure, which focuses on team work, problem solving and fun!

Brisbane also makes an ideal base from which to explore the Sunshine Coast with activities such as Australia Zoo, Underwater World, The Ginger Factory, The Big Pineapple and more!

Itineraries can be designed to focus solely on Brisbane, or can include a combination of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.


The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is located in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha. Learn more about our universe as you enjoy the Cosmic Skydome, Display Zone, Mini Theatre, Observatory, and the Planetarium shop.

Planetarium programs for schools

A visit to the Planetarium is an interesting way for students to learn about the universe. Astronomers provide services to help teach a broad range of astronomy topics and worksheets are available for students from years 4 to 12. Educational resources are also available in the Planetarium shop.

When visiting the Planetarium your students will:

  • learn from the Display Zone while completing a worksheet
  • have queries answered during question and answer time
  • be educated and entertained in your pre-selected Cosmic Skydome show

Cosmic Skydome show

The universe is recreated in the Planetarium’s Cosmic Skydome. Students will be immersed in an educational and entertaining experience. The Planetarium astronomers will take you on a journey through space and recreate the night sky with Australia’s first high-resolution, digital full-dome planetarium system installed in early 2010.

Teachers can bring their class to explore Building & Structures, Mechansims, Renewable Energy, Robotics and Movie Making. The aim of the LEGO Education Centre is to provide all adults and children with a total LEGO experience:

It’s about:

  • Creative problem solving
  • Concentration & perseverance
  • Designing
  • Planning & Organising
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Independent Thinking

The Museum has lots of collections for you to explore either with a facilitated program or as a self-directed exercise. Combine your Museum visit with the Sciencentre which offers hours of interactive, science-based fun and learning for kids of all ages. There are no ‘visitors’ at the Sciencentre – everyone is a ‘participant’. This place is a 100% hands-on experience! Here are just some of the current exhibitions available for you to discover…

Going Places
Climb aboard a flight simulator, try your luck at sailing a land yacht or test your skills controlling the traffic flow of a city, hop on board a Hoverdisk and float across the floor. Our new Sciencentre exhibition, Going Places, invites you to take on a series of challenges to discover the science behind transport and travel.

Body Challenge
Investigate how fitness and strength relate to performance and take the challenge! Ten metre dash – Can you beat Heath? Check out your time. Remember to warm-up and do some stretches first. Hold and squeeze – Test out your hand and arm strength. Try it on the left, try it on the right. Is your might with your right? Are you strong? Reaction time – How good are your reflexes? Find out when the lights start flashing. Does practice make perfect? Bullseye! – High energy zone! You’ll do lots of throwing here. How fast, and how accurate, are you?

At PortEd you can view “All in a Day’s Work”, a DVD highlighting the varied activities that take place at Australia’s third busiest capital city port, then explore the interactive display area before re-boarding your bus with PortEd’s tour guide. Your guide will take you on a tour to see towering cranes loading and unloading ships, trucks and trains moving cargo across the port, as well as the many products that move in and out of this busy port every day. Lesson plans are available online and include topics such as “Where does my “stuff” come from?”, “Around the world in the morning” and “The Global Supermarket”.

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Sunshine Coast

Australia Zoo

Inject some excitement and inspire your students. At Australia Zoo you are bound to pick up on our contagious enthusiasm for wildlife and conservation. Australia Zoo’s Crikey! Curriculum programs are written by our qualified teaching staff and are aligned with the National Curriculum.



Tangalooma Island Resort is located on Moreton Island off the coast of Brisbane. Learn about Moreton Island’s Aboriginal history, its role in World War II and later as a Whaling Station.

The highlight of any visit to Tangalooma is the opportunity to learn about dolphins with a range of tours and activities including a Dolphin Behaviour and Data Collection tour, ‘Discover the World of Dolphins’ presentation and hand feed one of the wild bottlenose dolphins that visit the shores each evening around sunset. You can also enjoy other daily activities such as fish feeding, pelican feeding and kookaburra feeding.

Choose from a variety of educational presentations tailored to suit Student Year Level, on topics such as Dugongs; Habitats and Environments; Food Chains and Food Webs – how they are disrupted by human impact; Humpback Whales; Marine Turtles; Sharks and more.

Tangalooma also offers facilitated tours and presentations, hosted by Tangalooma Eco Rangers, which relate to the current school curriculum for students undertaking studies in Tourism, Geography, Biology and Marine Science. Here is just a brief sample:

Geomorphology and Coastal Plant Eco Tour – learn how coastal sand dunes become sand islands, how plants survive in such a harsh environment, why the Great Sandy Strait lies on the East Coast of Australia and more

Back of House Tour – take a peek behind the scenes of a fully self-sufficient tourist resort. Learn about the day to day life and operations of Tangalooma from the water and power use and much more.

Historical Whaling Station Tour – learn about the history and operations of the Tangalooma Whaling Station, including the transition from the devastating exploitation of whales on to sustainable whale watch tourism in support of their conservation.

Other guided activities can include:

    • Marine beach walk and tree planting activity
    • 4WD Desert Safari with exhilarating sand tobogganing
    • Guided snorkelling tour to the Tangalooma Wrecks including all snorkelling equipment

If this isn’t enough, there are also lots of free-time activities such as beach volleyball, table tennis, beach and resort pool swimming, archery, beach tug-of-war and so much more.

Fraser Island

For Brisbane based excursions, we can now offer a day tour to Fraser Island. Depart Brisbane by coach in the very early hours for Rainbow Beach where you will join your 4WD tour visiting the world’s largest sand island, covered in rainforest and dotted with freshwater lakes.
Travel by vehicle ferry from Inskip Point across to Hook Point on Fraser Island and continue north along the golden highway of 75 Mile Beach. Head inland along sand tracks, through towering hardwood forests. Swim and unwind at crystal clear Lake McKenzie or Lake Birrabeen – famous for its turquoise colours and fine dazzling, white silica sands.

Enjoy a delicious, sizzling bush barbecue lunch in a lush rainforest. Visit the swiftly flowing Eli Creek and float downstream to the ocean. Stop at the shipwreck of the SS Maheno and the intriguing Coloured Sands formations.

Travel back to Hook Point for the ferry crossing to Rainbow Beach to board your tour coach for the return journey to your Brisbane accommodation.

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