Want to explore Brisbane on a fast-track? Go for a Segway tour in Brisbane!
I remember the last time I tried Segway I was on a different continent and some 15,000km away — exploring the city of Rome. And the idea of a Segway tour in Rome germinated in my mind because I was short on time and Rome was massive and overwhelming — a quick Segway tour around the city felt like a perfect idea to get familiar and explore all its highlights in no time. Though of course, the charm of walking around the romantic Roman streets was unbeatable by any means, since I was short on time, what could be my best shot?
And this time again, as I landed in Brisbane with no more than three nights to spare, the idea of opting for a quick segway tour on the first night itself made a perfect sense. I wanted to get hold of Brisbane and become familiar with its popular highlights without wasting any time and so that I know where to go over my next few days in Brisbane and be able to soak-in its beauty at my own pace.
Segwaying In Brisbane
Though there are a few day tours available as well, I opted for a 2-hour and 15-minute night Segway tour of Brisbane with a tour company called Kangaroo Segway Tours covering highlights such as South Bank, Botanical Garden, boardwalk and Roma street parklands, with enough opportunities to actually hop-off the Segway and click pictures.
The tour cost AUD 99 (certainly a bit pricey than how much I paid for it Rome, but then again, in Australia everything is expensive) including a brief introductory session where you’re taught how to ride a Segway, because of course, a certain degree of apprehension is required among the first-time Segway riders.
Lean slightly forward to advance. Lean on your heels to reverse. Pull back slightly to slow down. Rest the Segway against a stable structure to get on and off the platform — the instructions were simple and quick to learn. And since I had already done it before, it was even easier for me.
Why I Recommend A Night Segway Tour
Though I am sure a day tour has its own charm, I found the night Segway tour in Brisbane comparatively better and unimaginably pleasing, because if anything, Brisbane is a city to explore in the night. Seeing the city light up as you make your way along the riverside is quite an experience.
And if it’s a Friday night, as it happened to be the night I Segwayed in Brisbane, you’ll hear music thumping from the bars along the waterfront and party boats passing by.
We also made our way to the famous Storey Bridge. On this night it was illuminated in Red and yellow. It varies depending on what is going on in current events. Typically each lighting display on the bridge is to commemorate a special day in history, raise awareness for charities and showcase upcoming events etc. You can actually check scheduled light-ups around Brisbane City here.
Next was the Botanical Gardens and Roma Street Parklands, which were equally beautiful.
With the elegant Brisbane skyline being either on our left or the right for pretty much the entire time, the landscape, during our night Segway tour never felt disappointing — an only 2+ hour tour during my first night in Brisbane, and I explored its beauty so thoroughly that even not many locals might have done.
Things To Note Before Your Segway Tour In Brisbane
- Helmets are provided before the tour and are moreover mandatory to wear at all times.
- No thongs, flip-flops, open-toe sandals, or high heels are allowed while Segwaying.
- Minimum age to ride a Segway is 12 years.
- You must not weigh over 120kg.
- You must be physically fit, not pregnant, and be able to easily and quickly step on and off the Segway without assistance.
- I booked the tour with Kangaroo Segway Tours, that offers a number of Segway tours in Brisbane, and I can recommend them for a similar experience.