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Travel Guide Oceania Australia Queensland Brisbane

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Introduction

Brisbane by Night

Brisbane by Night

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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

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Sights and Activities

Southbank

Southbank is the city's main recreational, entertainment and cultural precinct. It incorporates a lot of the cities most popular attractions.

  • South Bank Parklands - South Bank Parklands was established on the site of World Expo 88 and now consists of numerous cafés and restaurants and landmarks like the Wheel of Brisbane, Streets Beach and the Nepal Peace Pagoda.
  • Grey Street & Little Stanley Street - Grey Street & Little Stanley Street incorporate some of the city's most popular fashion stores and restaurants. The South Bank Cinemas are on Grey Street.
  • Queensland Cultural Centre - The Queensland Cultural Centre is located adjacent to Southbank and is the hub of arts and culture in Brisbane. It incorporates the State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Art Gallery, the Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and the Gallery of Modern Art, Australia's largest modern art museum.

Snorkelling & Diving

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.

Other


  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary - The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary was the first koala sanctuary in the world, opened in 1927.
  • Mount Coot-Tha - Mount Coot-Tha has great views over the city from the top and is also where you will find the Brisbane Botanic Gardens , which includes the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium and the "Tsuki-yama-chisen" Japanese Garden.

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Events and Festivals

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Weather

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.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max30.3 °C30 °C28.9 °C27.2 °C24.5 °C22 °C21.9 °C23.1 °C25.7 °C26.9 °C27.7 °C29.3 °C
Avg Min21.4 °C21.3 °C19.8 °C17.3 °C13.6 °C11.6 °C10 °C10.6 °C13.8 °C16.3 °C18.5 °C20.6 °C

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Getting There

By Plane

Brisbane International Airport (BNE) has direct international flights with destinations including several cities in New Zealand, Fiji, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Los Angeles.

To/from the airport

  • Taxi: Black and White Cabs and Yellowcab have taxis at both the domestic and international terminal.
  • Bus: Coachtrans and Sunair provide bus services throughout the region from the airport, including direct buses to downtown Brisbane.
  • Rail: The Airtrain provides frequent and fast services (22 minutes) between the airport and Brisbane.
  • Car: many rental car companies have options and there are many short and longterm parking places.

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.

By Train

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:

By Car

Brisbane is easily reached from the north and south along good tarmac roads.

By Bus

Greyhound is the main bus operator, providing services south to New South Wales and further on and also west towards the Northern Territory.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

Brisbane Transport buses are fairly reasonably priced and cover the whole of the city.

By Foot

The centre of Brisbane is compact enough to comfortably explore on foot.

By Car

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.

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Sleep

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.

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Airport Inn Brisbane558 Kingsford Smith Drive HamiltonHotel-
Ambassador Motor Inn180 Gladstone Road South Brisbane,hotel81
Astor Metropole193 Wickham Terrace Spring Hill,hotel-
Aussie Way Hostel34 Cricket StreetHostel74
Banana Bender Backpackers118 Petrie terracehostel76
Base Brisbane - CentralCorner Ann & Edward StreetsHostel72
Base Brisbane-EmbassyCorner Ann & Edward StreetsHostel71
Bluetongue Backpackers & Tours515 Brunswick St Fortitude ValleyHostel65
Bowen Terrace365 Bowen Terrace New FarmHostel79
Brisbane Backpackers Resort110 Vulture Street West EndHostel73
Brisbane City Backpackers380 Upper Roma StreetHostel73
Brisbane City YHA392 Upper Roma SThostel80
Brisbane Manor Hotel555 Gregory TerraceHotel78
Brisbane Street Studios70 Brisbane Street, AnnerleyHotel-
Bunk Backpackers11-21 Gipps Street Fortitude ValleyHostel76
Chill Backpackers328 Upper Roma StreetHostel75
Cloud9 Backpackers350 Upper Roma StHostel63
Kookaburra Inn41 Phillips Street Spring HillApartment80
Manly Harbour Backpackers45 Cambridge Parade Cnr Stratton Terrace ManlyHostel68
Minto61 Gladstone Rd Highgate HillHostel69
Prince Consort Backpackers230 Wickham StreetHostel-
Riverside Backpackers327 Hawthorne rd HawthorneHostel-
Somewhere To StayCnr Brighton Rd & Franklin St (West End)Hostel73
The Snooze Inn383 St Pauls Terrace Fortitude ValleyHotel-
Tinbilly Travellers462 George StreetHostel74
Valley Verandas Friendly Backpackers26 KENNIGO Street Spring HillHostel71
Ellies Guest House124 Merthyr Road New FarmGuesthouse-
Woodduck Backpackers390 Upper Roma Street BrisbaneHostel75
Avondale Private Hotel179 Musgrave Rd Red Hill QLDHotel-
Lancaster Court Motel521 Ipswich Road AnnerleyHotel-
Jacaranda Lodge - Springwood120 Dennis Road SpringwoodGuesthouse-
Swan Inn Bed and Breakfast36 Swan Terrace WindsorGuesthouse-
Eton Bed & Breakfast436 Upper Roma StreetGuesthouse-
Edward Lodge75 Sydney St New FarmGuesthouse-
Mt. Cotton Guest House355 West Mount Cotton Rd Mount CottonGuesthouse-
Yellow Submarine Backpackers66 Quay StreetHostel72
Kirkland House99 Kirkland Ave CoorparooGuesthouse-
Explorers Inn63 Turbot StreetHotel-
Chelsand Cottage17 McCulloch Avenue Margate, RedcliffeApartment-
Airport Hacienda Best Western Motel560 Kingsford Smith Drive HamiltonHotel-
Prince of Wales Hotel243 Brisbane St IpswichHOSTEL-
The Pixy Bed & Breakfast20 Brownie Street Jamboree HeightsGUESTHOUSE-
Gonow Family Backpacker145 vulture street westendHOSTEL75
Queensland Motel777 Main Street Kangaroo PointHotel-
Kingsford Riverside Inn114 Kingsford Smith Drive HamiltonHotel-

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Keep Connected

Internet

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.

Phone

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:

  • 02 - New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory (Sydney, Canberra)
  • 03 - Victoria & Tasmania (Melbourne, Hobart)
  • 07 - Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 08 - Western Australia, South Australia & Northern Territory (Perth, Adelaide, Darwin)

000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.

Post

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.[1]. 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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References

  1. 1 Australia Post. Sourced 10 May 2013

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -27.46758
  • Longitude: 153.027892

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