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Why are you reading this page? We hope it is because you want to assure yourself that you are booking with a reputable company that cares about providing you with a quality tour. A real Australian company operated by real people.

Are all tour companies the same? We recognize that it is hard for you to tell the difference.  However, by reading this page we hope it will help you differentiate us from other companies. At Queensland Day Tours (QDT) we take a personal interest in your trip. We want you to enjoy your day with us and we invite you to learn more about our company –  because we really aren’t all the same. We are very proud to have won both the Tour Operators Award and the Judges’ Gold Award at the prestigious Moreton Bay and Islands Tourism Awards in 2013. Viator named us “Best Local Operator” in 2014.

Our Core Values

  • quality tours that represent excellent value for money and provide life-long memories
  • friendly and attentive service at all stages of your journey with us
  • professional, trained guides that exceed your expectations and enjoy the experience
  • responsiveness to social, economic and environmental changes to maintain relevance


QDT was established in 1999 working mainly in the “under 35” segment. Through a change in marketing strategy and re-branding in 2011, it re-launched itself with a new range of products specifically designed to offer a broad choice of quality tours to the areas in South-East Queensland that we consider to be the premier destinations for visitors.

QDT is a family owned and operated Australian company. Being keen surfers, QDT in its early days operated surfing tours to Noosa, Stradbroke Island and Byron Bay under the name “Goanna Adventures”. It expanded into 4WD bus tours to Fraser and Moreton Islands in 2001 and was the first to introduce sand boarding on Moreton Island following a visit by the Operations Manager Shane Daly to Floranopolis in Brazil, considered to be the birthplace of this unique sport. In 2005 a Surf School was established on Moreton Island through Surfing Queensland. To train and maintain standards, QDT provides Nationally Accredited training to both its own staff and other providers in first aid, 4wdriving, snorkelling instruction, and surf rescue.

…. The guide couldn’t have been better. And it was the best tour I have ever been on. Great fun!”        Peter, Canada

Our General Manager’s experience in tourism and conservation extends over 30 years. Brian was an advisor to the NT Government on the establishment of National Parks and tourism infrastructure before returning to Queensland where he quickly moved to establish his own business. Joining with his son he started tours that were the first locally to combine exciting activities such as surfing, snorkelling,  and sand boarding into day and overnight tour programs.

            “…… We are extremely glad to have chosen your tour (Fraser Island) as it was as good if not better than our Sydney Harbour bridge climb, sunset over Ayres rock, Sounds of Silence meal and swim at the Great Barrier Reef. What a fabulous country you live in !”   David and Beverley, Scotland

With a change of name in 2011 to “Queensland  Day Tours” and the subsequent sale of Goanna Adventures operations on Fraser and Moreton Islands , we have changed the emphasis of our tours to enable us to reduce the cost to our guests whilst  still providing tours that not only represent excellent value, but provide something special. What continues to make us that little bit different.

We don’t make boastful claims, seek awards, or denigrate our competitors. We want you to be the judge and to love our tours so much that you’ll tell your friends about us!