So you’ve just arrived in the Big Smoke. You step outside the hotel, take a deep breath and… then what? Wouldn’t it be great to have a local on-hand to show you around their favourite spots – the secret bars, underground galleries and hidden coves the tourists never get to?

Enter Urban Adventures, our day tours with a difference. Spend a day learning about Perth’s past on the Convicts and Colonial Urban Adventure. Enjoy an evening snacking on kangaroo and crocodile tapas on Cairns by Night. Or, if you’re travelling further, consider a half-day tour in Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane.

Check out the day tours on offer below:

Northern Territory

Western MacDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory

West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip

Less than an hour’s drive from Alice Springs rise the West MacDonnell Ranges, a 600-km long stretch of craggy mountain ridges, river-run gorges and ravines. Embark on a hike through the multicoloured rock walls of Ormiston Gorge, watch for wallabies hopping through the brush on the walk to Ellery Creek and check out Simpson Gap before heading back to Alice in the late afternoon.

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Brisbane Indulgence

Brisbane Indulgence

Immerse yourself in Australia’s newest style hub: Brisbane! Discover local and international designers, be pampered with luxe cosmetics, gobble down chocolates, then wrap things up with fancy cocktails at one of the city’s swankiest watering holes.

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Brews ANZAC and Colonial Grit Brisbane

Brews, ANZAC, and Colonial Grit

Explore Brisbane's laneway pubs and bars, renowned for their unique selection of boutique brews, mix in some chat – both historical and topical – and you’ve got an Urban Adventure with an edge! On this tour we'll introduce you to a Brisbane of side streets and courtyards, a city where ANZAC, WWII, and unmarked convict heritage abounds and some of Australia’s best craft beers can be found — what about this doesn’t sound brilliant?

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Convicts and Crime Brisbane

Convicts and Crime

See Brisbane through a lens of crime and vice, from Captain Logan's punishing treadmill to the corruption of the Fitzgerald Inquiry. Our team of historians and archaeologists will bring to life the stories of floggings, murders, riots, and the old-fashioned depravity that used to simmer beneath the city’s sleepy Colonial image.

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Beautiful Cairns Hiking Tour

Beautiful Cairns: Hiking, Nature & Epic Views

Who would ever have thought Cairns much more than a launching point for Great Barrier Reef outings? We did, is who. Learn about traditional medicinal plants in the Aboriginal Plants and Gardens, hike to the top of Mt. Whitfield, indulge in fresh fish and chips on a picnic, and cuddle up for a koala selfie at the Dome. This is the Cairns that most tourists miss.

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Cairns All Encompassed

Cairns All Encompassed

Fall in love with Cairns on a full day group date with the Urban Adventures gang. Potter through the Botanical Gardens, be awed by the views from Mt Whitfield’s summit, tour the city’s kooky Night Markets, be treated to a massage, then round things out with an evening of tapas and cocktails.

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Cairns by Night Queensland

Cairns by Night

A cool drink, a massage, munching on kangaroo and crocodile tapas, and hanging with local artisans – this celebration of Cairns’ night scene nails the 'relaxation after a day on the reef' experience!

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Good Morning Cairns

Good Morning Cairns

Experience one of Australia's greatest contributions to the culinary world – the breakfast barbecue – on this morning tour of Cairns that includes some delicious choc and croc tastings (translation: chocolate and crocodile).

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Moonlight Kayak Tour in Melbourne

Moonlight Kayak Tour

Soak up Melbourne's evening attractions from the water on a kayaking tour along Southbank. Paddle past riverside bars, drift beneath bridges and enjoy a dinner of fish and chips afloat. This Melbourne tour is the perfect combo of action and indulgence.

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Urban Melbourne bike tour

Bike About Tour

Biking in Melbourne is so hot right now, what with all the bike lanes, cycling paths and flat terrain. Join the cool kids on this two-wheeled tour that’ll score you front seat views of a city recently voted one of the world’s bike-friendliest.

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City sights kayak tour in Melbourne

City Sights Kayak Tour

Score the best view in town on this Melbourne tour that trades the pedestrian traffic for sea level cruising. Kayaking down the Yarra is your chance to appreciate Melbourne’s iconic attractions without needing to sidestep people, cars and trams.

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Aussie Rules Melbourne Tour at the MCG

Aussie Rules Melbourne Tour

Aussies are a famously passionate breed, but AFL followers take fandom to new heights. Join this Melbourne tour to get the scoop on Australia’s most beloved sport, from its Indigenous roots to the biggest moments in AFL history and the stadiums they were played in. You might even get to have a bit of a kick around, so be sure to bring your game face.

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Funky Fitzroy Cocktail Tour in Melbourne

Funky Fitzroy Cocktail Tour

Discover Melbourne’s bohemian side on this guided romp through uber-trendy Fitzroy’s bars and cocktail lounges – the first step to becoming ‘Fitzroyalty’.

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Untold Abbotsford Tour in Melbourne

In Focus: Untold Abbotsford

Situated on Melbourne inner eastern fringe, Abbotsford is where the city begins giving way to the ‘burbs. Formerly Melbourne’s industrial hub, the suburb is now a charming mix of quiet, leafy streets, remodeled warehouses, scenic riverside trails and some pretty novel social enterprise start-ups.

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Perth A City Way Out West

Perth: A City Way Out West

Be welcomed to the West Australian capital on this 2-hour tour that incorporates a bit of history, a bit of backstreet walking, and a bit of very important culture – knocking back a frothy (glass of beer) down at the local pub.

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Fremantle Convicts and Colonials

Fremantle: Convicts and Colonials

‘Freo’ was once a bit like an unpolished diamond: a little rough around the edges but incredibly valuable and highly sought after. Hear classic Aussie tales of jailbreaks, bushrangers, convicts and rogues on this Fremantle tour hot with history, heroes and high drama.

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Flurescent signs on Victoria Street, Kings Cross, Sydney

Kings Cross – Crime & Passion

Scratch the (dirty) underbelly of Sydney's notorious red light district on this sin-drenched Sydney tour. Hear about the notorious figures and big-time pimps who made 'the Cross' what it is today: a gritty, urban hub of vices that come in many guises.

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Sydney Convict Tour

Sydney with Conviction

Get real! Skip the superficial and dive deep into this Sydney tour that reveals the bizarre backstories and incredible histories of the city's icons. Behind the froth and bubble of sexy Sydney lies the stories of the winners who made it big... and those who didn't.

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View over The Rocks in Sydney

When Rum Ran the Rocks

Step back to a time when rum was currency and Sydney's harboursides overflowed with the stuff. See local drinkers in their natural habitat, join them in their revelry and learn why rum was worth rebelling for.

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Rainbow crossing in Darlinghurst, Sydney

Forbidden Sydney

Sydney’s world-famous Mardi Gras is the culmination of 200 years of gay and lesbian history, culture and identity. From the gay governor whose conduct scandalised the British Empire to the bright lights and sequins of Oxford Street, these are the sites and stories that have made Sydney one of the world’s queer-friendliest cities.

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Lion statue in Sydney's Chinatown, Australia

In Focus: Tastes of Chinatown

Chomp your way through the flavours and spices of multiculturalism on this tasting tour through Sydney’s vibrant Chinatown. Taste Cultural Food Tours Inc. is a social enterprise that builds connections across cultures through food. In sampling the culinary contributions of Chinese, Japanese and Filipino migration, you’ll be helping to train people up for careers in hospitality.

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