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Clean, friendly and sunny, Brisbane is a pleasant city in which to spend a few days before heading off to explore Queensland, or in which to recuperate after exploring. Brisbane is a rapidly growing modern metropolis which has given it greater stature in recent years, however it still retains the friendliness and relaxed attitude it has always been known for. Known locally as Brissie or Brisvegas, it's the country's third largest city. For a city with less than two million inhabitants, it certainly has a lot to offer like world class art galleries, massive music venues and a bustling restaurant scene
Southbank is the city's main recreational, entertainment and cultural precinct. It incorporates a lot of the cities most popular attractions.
In Brisbane, scuba diving junkies will find some amazing walls, wrecks and drop offs. Whilst each diving spot has its own attraction to boast, there are perfect diving locations for those adventure-seekers who are looking for advanced dives. Find out more about the snorkelling and scuba diving in Brisbane.
Brisbane, being one of the southernmost places in Queensland, has a subtropical climate. The wet season lasts from November to March, which is also the warmest period of the year, with temperatures around 30 °C during the day and around 20 °C at night. During winter (June to August) temperatures are still above 20 °C during the day dropping to around 12 °C on average at night. Spring (September-November) and autumn (March-May) are good months to visit Brisbane, with warm and relatively dry weather.
|Avg Max||30.3 °C||30 °C||28.9 °C||27.2 °C||24.5 °C||22 °C||21.9 °C||23.1 °C||25.7 °C||26.9 °C||27.7 °C||29.3 °C|
|Avg Min||21.4 °C||21.3 °C||19.8 °C||17.3 °C||13.6 °C||11.6 °C||10 °C||10.6 °C||13.8 °C||16.3 °C||18.5 °C||20.6 °C|
To/from the airport
Air Asia now services the Gold Coast from Kuala Lumpur as well, offering low cost flights. This can be a cheap alternative compared to flying to Brisbane directly.
A number of local carriers (including low-cost airlines) fly to many destinations within Australia. Check airlines like Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia for more information about routes, schedules and prices.
Express trains, including the tilt train, and local trains connect Brisbane with Cairns, Sydney, and many other destinations along the East Coast. The XPT travels to and from Brisbane from Sydney and Melbourne.
Other trains to and from Brisbane, but within Queensland are:
Brisbane is easily reached from the north and south along good tarmac roads.
Brisbane Transport buses are fairly reasonably priced and cover the whole of the city.
The centre of Brisbane is compact enough to comfortably explore on foot.
Car hire is available at the airport and downtown Brisbane. There are plenty of companies you could choose to hire a car from, including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty. Car hire is often not available to drivers under 25, or if it is, it's more expensive for younger drivers.
A little backpacker ghetto has developed around Upper Roma/Quay Street, with a range of hostels including the official YHA, the characterful Yellow Submarine and the smart-looking Cloud 9.
|Airport Inn Brisbane||558 Kingsford Smith Drive Hamilton||Hotel||-|
|Ambassador Motor Inn||180 Gladstone Road South Brisbane,||hotel||82|
|Astor Metropole||193 Wickham Terrace Spring Hill,||hotel||-|
|Aussie Way Hostel||34 Cricket Street||Hostel||76|
|Banana Bender Backpackers||118 Petrie terrace||hostel||76|
|Base Brisbane - Central||Corner Ann & Edward Streets||Hostel||71|
|Base Brisbane-Embassy||Corner Ann & Edward Streets||Hostel||74|
|Bluetongue Backpackers & Tours||515 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley||Hostel||70|
|Bowen Terrace||365 Bowen Terrace New Farm||Hostel||81|
|Brisbane Backpackers Resort||110 Vulture Street West End||Hostel||75|
|Brisbane City Backpackers||380 Upper Roma Street||Hostel||75|
|Brisbane City YHA||392 Upper Roma ST||hostel||80|
|Brisbane Manor Hotel||555 Gregory Terrace||Hotel||78|
|Brisbane Street Studios||70 Brisbane Street, Annerley||Hotel||-|
|Bunk Backpackers||11-21 Gipps Street Fortitude Valley||Hostel||80|
|Chill Backpackers||328 Upper Roma Street||Hostel||77|
|Cloud9 Backpackers||350 Upper Roma St||Hostel||73|
|Kookaburra Inn||41 Phillips Street Spring Hill||Apartment||83|
|Manly Harbour Backpackers||45 Cambridge Parade Cnr Stratton Terrace Manly||Hostel||67|
|Minto||61 Gladstone Rd Highgate Hill||Hostel||82|
|Prince Consort Backpackers||230 Wickham Street||Hostel||-|
|Riverside Backpackers||327 Hawthorne rd Hawthorne||Hostel||-|
|Somewhere To Stay||Cnr Brighton Rd & Franklin St (West End)||Hostel||73|
|The Snooze Inn||383 St Pauls Terrace Fortitude Valley||Hotel||-|
|Tinbilly Travellers||462 George Street||Hostel||76|
|Valley Verandas Friendly Backpackers||26 KENNIGO Street Spring Hill||Hostel||-|
|Ellies Guest House||124 Merthyr Road New Farm||Guesthouse||-|
|Woodduck Backpackers||390 Upper Roma Street Brisbane||Hostel||73|
|Avondale Private Hotel||179 Musgrave Rd Red Hill QLD||Hotel||-|
|Lancaster Court Motel||521 Ipswich Road Annerley||Hotel||-|
|Jacaranda Lodge - Springwood||120 Dennis Road Springwood||Guesthouse||-|
|Swan Inn Bed and Breakfast||36 Swan Terrace Windsor||Guesthouse||-|
|Eton Bed & Breakfast||436 Upper Roma Street||Guesthouse||-|
|Edward Lodge||75 Sydney St New Farm||Guesthouse||-|
|Mt. Cotton Guest House||355 West Mount Cotton Rd Mount Cotton||Guesthouse||-|
|Yellow Submarine Backpackers||66 Quay Street||Hostel||72|
|Kirkland House||99 Kirkland Ave Coorparoo||Guesthouse||-|
|Explorers Inn||63 Turbot Street||Hotel||-|
|Chelsand Cottage||17 McCulloch Avenue Margate, Redcliffe||Apartment||-|
|Airport Hacienda Best Western Motel||560 Kingsford Smith Drive Hamilton||Hotel||-|
|Prince of Wales Hotel||243 Brisbane St Ipswich||HOSTEL||-|
|The Pixy Bed & Breakfast||20 Brownie Street Jamboree Heights||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Gonow Family Backpacker||145 vulture street westend||HOSTEL||76|
|Queensland Motel||777 Main Street Kangaroo Point||Hotel||-|
|Kingsford Riverside Inn||114 Kingsford Smith Drive Hamilton||Hotel||-|
Internet cafés are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.
To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.
Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:
000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.
Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.
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