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. Visitors from southern states can reach Brisbane by either the New England and Cunningham or Pacific Highways.

  • The Bruce Highway (A1) connects the northern coast of Queensland to Brisbane.
  • The Pacific Motorway (M1) connects Brisbane to the Gold Coast continues south along the New South Wales coast.
  • The Ipswich Motorway (M2) connects to Ipswich and surrounding Western Brisbane areas.
  • The Warrego Highway (A2) links Brisbane to the west through the Lockyer Valley, Toowoomba and the Darling Downs.
  • The Cunningham Highway (A15) links Brisbane to Southern Queensland and Central western New South Wales.

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.

By Boat

Brisbane is home to an international cruise terminal titled Portside Wharf.

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Getting Around

Getting anywhere in Brisbane is extremely easy. The CBD is relatively flat and condensed, which makes it perfect for walking or cycling and virtually all other areas can be reached by public transport.

However, some areas can be difficult to navigate through a combination of dead ends, winding roads and steep slopes. This applies to some inner-city suburbs, but especially outer suburbs. If you find yourself lost, it's advisable to head to the nearest main road as more than likely it will be serviced by buses or trains. If you are driving, a street directory or GPS unit is an essential addition to your car. Locals are generally friendly and more than willing to help you out if you are lost, so don't be afraid to ask.

By Public Transport

Translink
The three main public transport options of Brisbane (ferries, buses and trains) are run by a single provider, known as TransLink. This allows free transfers to be made between the three different transport modes, providing relevant time and zone restrictions are met. The TransLink website is handy for researching public transport options between destinations, and is essential for Brisbane visitors planning their commute.

Single tickets for travel in Brisbane start at over $4 for a one way trip, the most expensive of any city within Australia and the third-most expensive globally (behind Oslo and London). A paper ticket is valid for travel only in the zones you ask for and is only valid for one way trips, so make sure you buy a ticket that covers all the zones you'll need to travel in. Paper tickets are being phased out in favour of the competitively cheaper Go Card (see below).

Travellers should ensure they have a valid ticket as ticket inspectors make frequent appearances and fines can be significant. You may also be required to display a valid student/senior card if you are travelling on a concession ticket type.

Go-card
TransLink has integrated ticketing called the go card, a contactless smart card which you purchase before travelling and you top-up with funds. The fare is deducted as you touch-on and touch-off as you board and leave public transport. Buses and CityCats/Ferries are fitted with go card machines that are apparent when you board, whilst train stations have external panels located on the platform or nearby. A deposit of $5 applies when purchasing a go card. Go cards can be purchased and topped up from staff at train stations, some ticket vending machines and selected newsagents and convenience stores, which there are many of in the city centre.

Buying a go card removes the hassle of figuring out zones. Fares are discounted by 30% and once you have paid for 9 journeys within a week (Monday to Sunday), all journeys for the remainder of the week are free. Translink uses the word "journey" to mean end-to-end journey including any required transfers, and the word "trip" to mean a single point-to-point trip. A journey can be made up of one or more trips. When making a number of trips to get to your destination it is still one journey if you touch on within 60 minutes of touching off on your previous trip.

Getting a go-card will save you around 50c to $1 on the average journey. However, getting a refund for the unused money and $5 deposit can be a hassle. If you have paid by credit card you need apply and have the money returned by cheque or by transfer to an Australian bank account. If you have paid by cash you can get a refund at a train station, including the airport train station.

Ferries
CityFerries and CityCats have become an icon of the city and are fantastic ways to tour Brisbane along the river. The CityCats are high-speed catamarans with stops at South Bank and the city centre as well as many riverside suburbs, and are a very popular method of getting around for tourists. CityFerries are more traditional ferries which generally operate shorter routes with more frequent stops; you may end up on one if you must use one of the smaller terminals, but in practice, most riverside destinations are accessible from the faster and more modern CityCats.

Trains
Trains in greater Brisbane run along radial lines. Most train services in Brisbane are through-running, travelling from one end of the suburbs to the other, however all trains service Roma Street, Central, Fortitude Valley and Bowen Hills regardless of their ultimate destination. Interurban services can also be caught to the Gold Coast (using connecting bus services at Nerang and Robina) and Sunshine Coast (using connecting bus services at Landsborough and Nambour) as well as Australia Zoo (connecting bus at Beerwah). Trains generally run from 6:00am to midnight, though there are some variations such as running later on Friday and Saturday nights, and finishing earlier on Sundays.

Buses
Brisbane has a large network of bus routes. Virtually all buses have a digital display of their route number and destination(s). The inner city areas are very well serviced by buses, with the most popular routes running from 6:00am to 11:00pm as a minimum, and most routes ultimately terminating at Queen St Bus Station, Fortitude Valley (via Adelaide St or Elizabeth St) or on the busway. In some of Brisbane's notoriously dispersed outer suburbs, services may be much less frequent or have reduced running hours, so it is advisable to check timetables if making these trips. Due to Brisbane traffic, buses are occasionally up to 10 minutes late during peak hour.

Brisbane's dedicated busway runs from a corridor in the southern or northern suburbs, through South Bank and the central business district. Due to the large number of buses in the central business district, a number of other routes use stops scattered across the city streets, so if you are unfamiliar with the geography of Brisbane, use of the busway is recommended where possible. The busway and rail network meet at Roma Street station, and the two combined provide very good coverage of the key inner city areas.

Drivers do carry notes with them, but not always many or of high value. If you must pay cash, try to pay the correct amount and with coins where possible. Note that some services, especially in peak hour, do not sell tickets on board at all and only accept pre-purchased tickets or go cards. These are signed with the letter 'P' before the route number. As with many cities, Brisbane has a large number of express buses, so it should not be assumed that all buses observe every stop along the roads they travel. In peak hour there are even more express routes ("rockets" and "bullets") for commuters which make very few stops at all. Ask the driver if you are unsure.

Brisbane also has all-night bus services on Friday and Saturday nights on selected routes; this is branded 'NightLink'.

By Foot

The centre of Brisbane is compact enough to comfortably explore on foot. Within minutes of walking in virtually any direction you will be able to find a bus, train or ferry station. Maps can be purchased from bookstores such as QBD (Queensland Books Depot), Dymocks, any tourist information centre or viewed online.

By Car

Many of the roads in Brisbane Central Business District (CBD) are one-way, making driving in this area complicated for people not familiar with the layout. Drivers used to city driving should not find Brisbane too much of a challenge, and parking is readily available in parking stations in the city, albeit it at a steep cost, around $40 to casually park for a day. $15 parking is generally available with early-bird deals (arrive before 09:00am, leave after 4:00pm).

CBD roads become clearways at 4:00pm, and any cars parked on the side of the road will be fined, towed or both. You have to pay for the towing to get your car back, and then they expect a fine to follow in the mail. Check for signs when parking, or just play it safe and find a parking station.

If you are looking to visit the areas surrounding the city, then generally a car will be as quick as any other way of getting around, with the possible exception of the height of peak hour. Brisbane is notorious for having roads that bottle-neck and what would normally be a 15 minute trip could easily turn into well over an hour during peak.

There are several toll roads in and around Brisbane, including the Gateway Bridge which crosses the river near the airport, the Clem-7 tunnel as well as the Go-Between Bridge. Cash is not accepted, toll users must have a prepaid transponder or post-pay via a website. Check the go-via website for more details.

Car hire is available at the airport and downtown Brisbane. There are plenty of companies you could choose to hire a car from, including Redspot, 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.

By Bike

Getting around the city and the surrounding areas is easy thanks to the many cycle paths along the river. Bicycles can be rented in the centre of the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens.

The Brisbane City Council has recently introduced a scheme known as CityCycle, which offers bicycles for hire at different stations around the city. Tourists can register for a 24-hour period for $2 or for a week for $11 . The bikes are free to use after that, as long as you return the bike to a station within 30 minutes (afterwards usage rates apply). Helmets are required by law (and this is enforced with on-the-spot fines), but some free yellow helmets can be unreliably found at the bike-hire stations.

Cycling on footpaths is legal in the Brisbane City Council area (maximum speed 10 km/h), however pedestrians have right of way. Keep left and take special care when riding through South Bank Parklands as the shared (and quite wide) foot and cycle path is often clogged with large groups taking up the whole path, pedestrians stopping unexpectedly for photos and playing children running heedlessly in front of you. It is often too noisy here to use your bell, so out of courtesy and safety, you're strongly urged to dismount and push your bicycle through crowded areas.

Maps showing bikeways in the Brisbane City Council area are available on the http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/sports-and-leisure/cycling/bikeway-and-shared-pathway-maps/index.htm|BCC website]].

Some areas of Brisbane are very hilly. If your street map shows a tangle of winding streets close together that is a sign of steep roads. A short trip can quickly become a lot of work, especially if you are using the heavy CityCycle bikes. Stick to the river when possible, it's where you get the best views and it is almost entirely flat.

If you leave the cycle paths, footpaths, and minor streets you should be prepared to contend with busy urban traffic. Feel free to ignore any Brisbane motorists that may have resentment toward cyclists and ignorance of the road rules applying to cyclists; cyclists are permitted to travel on just about all roads in Brisbane. Special "bicycle lanes" on Brisbane's roads are becoming increasingly common and are often denoted by a narrow green-coloured strip of road adjacent to the curb.

Wearing a safety helmet is law in Brisbane (and the rest of Australia). The police issue a $120 fine for cycling without a safety helmet which is heavily enforced.

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Eat

  • Beach House, ☎ +61 7 3003-0017. Located on the corner of Albert and Elizabeth St, Myer Centre, 2F. Licensed bar, large meals and live entertainment at value for money.
  • Bar Merlo. Various outlets throughout the city, their first being opened in the QUT Gardens Point campus. Regarded as one of the leaders in the Brisbane café society boom since the 90s, their coffee is served at countless cafes and restaurants throughout Brisbane.

Hanaichi, Wintergarden, Macarthur Central. Cheap Japanese takeaway. Try the Katsu Curry. About $7.

  • MOS Burger (Albert Street, just off the Queen St Mall in the direction of King George Square.). The second largest fast food chain in Japan offering interesting and tasty Japanese style burgers, including "rice burgers" that have buns made of rice and interesting filings not found in your usual western burgers. One of only 4 Mos Burger restaurants in Australia, another one is in Sunnybank, and the other two are in the Gold Coast (Surfers Paradise and Southport).
  • German Sausage Hut, Burnett Ln. Excellent and authentic German food. Take away available. They offer currywurst, wurst in a roll, wurst on a plate with potato salad and sauerkraut.
  • Pancake Manor, Charlotte St (just down from George Street). A Brisbane institution, open 24 hours. Tends to fill up with nightclub revellers on their way home after about 3AM on a Saturday or Sunday morning.
  • Pane e Vino, ☎ +61 7 3220-0044. Albert St. Italian restaurant with pastas and mains $18–34. Not a lot of authentic Italian ambiance as found in more typical restaurants further south in Melbourne.

Sono, ☎ +61 7 3220-1888. Queen Street Mall. Authentic Japanese food. Has a second outlet in the new Portside precinct in Hamilton.

  • Le Bon Choix, 379 Queen St, ☎ +61 7 3229-9260. Near the golden triangle. Great French bakery. Sells a good variety of sandwiches, cakes, tortes, macarons, fresh bread, croquettes, quiches and coffee. M-F 7AM-6PM, Sa Su 7AM-5PM.
  • Miss Kay's, 185 George St, ☎ +61 7 3211-1300. Split level restaurant with brickwalls, bookshelves and boutique burgers with a serve of beer.
  • ARIA Brisbane, 1 Eagle St, ☎ +61 7 3233-2555. The sister restaurant to the famed ARIA Sydney, ARIA Brisbane is no less impressive, with a commanding view of the River and the Story Bridge. Located in the Eagle St Pier precinct, it specialises in the freshest Australian produce.
  • Alchemy, ☎ +61 7 3229-3175. Located in a little hideaway on Eagle St, this restaurant has one of the most impressive views in Brisbane, looking across the river to the Story Bridge. Well known for its "liquid nitrogen nibbles", Alchemy lives up to its name.
  • Cha Cha Char, ☎ +61 7 3211-9944. Pier Ave. Famous award-winning steakhouse located at the Eagle St Pier precinct. Their steaks are considered one of Australia's best. Organic Char, the sister restaurant to Cha Cha Char, serves organic produce.
  • E'cco Bistro, 100 Boundary St, ☎ +61 7 3831-8344. Founded and run by the internationally renowned and acclaimed chef Philip Johnson, it is one of the best restaurants in Brisbane and Australia-wide.
  • Esquire, 145 Eagle St, ☎ +61 7 3220-2123. Opened by executive chef Ryan Squires, who trained at Noma in Copenhagen, this restaurant is famed for its degustation menu. Don't go dressed in shorts and a t-shirt. Many an unsuspecting Brisbanite has attempted to get in, yet even in the height of summer the still have a strict dress rule.
  • Il Centro, 1 Pier Ave, ☎ +61 7 3221-6090. Located in the Eagle St Pier precinct, along with other notable neighbours. Famed for its signature sand crab lasagne, it is one of the most popular Italian restaurants in Brisbane and also among the priciest.
  • Moda, 12 Edward St, ☎ +61 7 3221-7655. Huge selection of wines and a varied menu including seafood, duck, rabbit and pork cheeks. By no means cheap but amazing food.
  • Sake. Eagle St Pier. The recipient of an Australian Gourmet Traveller star, and selected as one of Australia's 100 Top Restaurants, Sake is one of the hot newcomers to the Brisbane restaurant scene. Serves Japanese Cuisine.
  • Tank, ☎ +61 7 3003-1993. Tank St. Another member of the top 100 Restaurants in Australia, Tank also served Japanese-Australian cuisine in a tucked away spot in a little laneway off Tank St, in the North Quarter of the Brisbane CBD.
  • Urbane, ☎ +61 7 3229-2271. Mary St (short walk from Stamford Plaza). One of the best fine dining restaurants in Brisbane, serving unconventional but innovative food.
  • Vintaged, Elizabeth St (Hilton Brisbane). Serving carefully aged meat within luxe surroundings, this is one of better hotel restaurants in Brisbane.

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Drink

Brisbane's drinking and nightlife scene is separated into some distinct areas. Anyone planning a night on the town should be aware that after 3:00am, no more patrons are allowed into pubs and clubs. This is a safety measure, coupled with increased security presence at taxi ranks. Additionally, smokers should beware of strict anti-smoking regulations. Smoking is now banned in "all areas where food & drink are served", both indoors and outdoors. This means that smoking is banned in all hotels, clubs, and cafés except in designated smoking areas.

The drinking age in Australia is 18 and only an Australian driver's license, 18+ card or a foreign passport is accepted as proof of age. Other forms of ID such as a student card are not accepted. These regulations are strictly enforced - for nightclubs in particular, your ID will always be checked at the door, and while venues serving food may let you in, most are very prudent in checking ID if you wish to purchase alcohol.

  • Belgian Beer Cafe, 169 Mary St. Caters for a slightly more upmarket clientele, with a "gourmet" or "boutique" style to its all-Belgian-sourced beers, also serves meals, with a particular favourite being traditional Belgian mussels.
  • Brew, Lower Burnett Ln. This alleyway joint is a relaxed, bohemian cafe by day and a trendy boutique bar by night. Brew serves some of the best coffee in Brisbane, as well as a wide range of micro-brewed beers, in a welcoming, creative environment. Down an alleyway off the Albert St Mall heading to King George Square, next to the Rocking Horse.
  • Criterion Tavern, 239 George St. A renovated bar, recommended for those who are looking for a quick beer and some country music.
  • Down Under Bar, 308 Edward St. A well known haunt for travellers, with a number of pool tables, dance floor and unashamedly little class. Messages left by visitors from all over the world adorn the walls. If you are studying in Brisbane or just backpacking, this is perfect bar for meeting people of other nationalities.
  • Exchange Hotel, 131 Edward St. Somewhat popular with a wide, although decidedly young, demographic, including students, young professionals and tourists, who all stream in later in the night after cheap drinks finish at the other hotels nearby. Renovated with stylish interior and 2nd floor open roof bar.
  • Fridays, 123 Eagle St. A very popular nightclub which also features dining (not recommended after 10PM). Especially popular with the Friday after-work crowd. Smart dress code (business style shoes and shirts for the guys), always enforced.
  • Gilhooleys, 124 Albert St. Possibly the liveliest of Brisbane's Irish pubs, you can still get a quiet pint over a hearty lunch.
  • Irish Murphy's, 175 George St. Good food, a lively atmosphere and a great pint at this Irish pub on George St.
  • Mick O'Malley's Irish Pub, 171-209 Queen St. One of the many Irish pubs in Brisbane. Has a reasonable selection of food to enjoy with your pint of Guinness.
  • The Port Office Hotel, 38 Edward St. Trendy bar downstairs dance floor upstairs popular spot in Brisbane. Crowded with students on Thursday.
  • Sportsman Hotel, 130 Leichhardt St. Commonly called "Sporty's", this gay and lesbian pub has two bars upstairs and one private members bar downstairs. Lunch and dinner are served. Drag shows and karaoke on certain nights.

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Sleep

  • Banana Bender Backpackers (Banana Benders), 118 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane (500m from Roma St Transit Centre), ☎ +61 7 3367 1157, e-mail: reception@bananabenders.com. Check-in: 11AM, check-out: 10AM. A small, clean & friendly hostel on the fringe of Brisbane CBD. 10 minutes walk from Brisbane Transit centre and an easy walk to South Bank & CBD. Can be a little quiet but a great place to relax and meet new people. $25-75.
  • Base Brisbane Central, 308 Edward St, ☎ +61 7 3211-2433, e-mail: brisbane@stayatbase.com. A large hostel right across the street from Central Station. It's on the older side, but has a very fun, vibrant and young atmosphere. And it's right over the Down Under Bar, so you haven't far to stumble home. Can be loud and very party-oriented, but it's a great spot to meet people.
  • Base Brisbane Uptown (Tinbilly), 466 George St (cnr Herschel St; opposite Roma St Transit Centre), ☎ +61 7 3238-5888, e-mail: uptown@stayatbase.com. Big ensuite rooms, and good lounge/TV facilities.
  • Brisbane Backpackers Resort, 110 Vulture St, West End, ☎ +61 7 3844-9956. Free pick-up from transit centre or airport, and free bus to and from the city every hour.
  • Brisbane City Backpackers, 380 Upper Roma St (400m from Roma St Transit Centre), ☎ +61 7 3211-3221. Clean, relaxed hostel with a pool and friendly staff.
  • Brisbane City YHA, 392 Upper Roma St (600m from Roma St Transit Centre), ☎ +61 7 3236-1004, e-mail: brisbanecity@yha.com.au. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10AM. From $29.
  • Bunk Backpackers, 11 Gipps St, Fortitude Valley, ☎ +61 7 3257-3644, e-mail: info@bunkbrisbane.com.au. Check-in: 1PM, check-out: 10AM. Modern, clean, very popular, swimming pool, and one of Brisbane's popular (but more expensive) night clubs, Birdee Num Num.
  • Cloud 9 Backpackers Resort, 350 Upper Roma St, ☎ +61 7 3236-5007, e-mail: info@cloud9backpackers.com.au. New, modern, industrial-space conversion.
  • ibis budget Brisbane Airport, 18 Navigator Place, Cnr. Nudgee Road, ☎ +61 7 3868-3457, e-mail: h3512@accor.com. From $89.
  • ibis budget Windsor, 159 Lutwyche Road, ☎ +61 7 3857-0488, e-mail: h5403@accor.com. From $74.
  • Kingsford Riverside Inn, 114 Kingsford Smith Drive, Hamilton, ☎ +61 7 3862-1317, toll-free: 1800 777 590, e-mail: k.r.inn@optusnet.com.au. Close to the airport. A few minutes’ walk from the Breakfast Creek Hotel. The accommodation can be accessed via door-to-door transport services. From $99.
  • Manly Harbour Backpackers, 45 Cambridge Parade, Manly, ☎ +61 7 3396-3824. Situated next to the ocean, in a bayside suburb. 20 min train ride from the Brisbane CBD. Can organise activities like surfing, sailing, fishing and diving. Dorms and private rooms, internet access, airport and train transfers.
  • Somewhere to Stay Backpackers Hostel, 47 Brighton Rd, Highgate Hill, ☎ +61 7 3333-2964, toll-free: 1800 812 398.
  • Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane Anzac Square, 255 Ann St, ☎ +61 7 3001-9888, e-mail: anzacsquare@adinahotels.com.au. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11PM. Adina Hotel Brisbane Anzac Square is a modern hotel that overlooks the Anzac Square memorial gardens. From $104.
  • Albion Manor Apartments and Motel, 402 Sandgate Road (Cnr Sandgate Road & Camden Street), Albion, ☎ +61 7 3256-0444, toll-free: 1800 247 447, e-mail: enquiries@albionmanor.com.au. Spacious and comfortable studio apartment. From $105.
  • Central Brunswick Hotel, 455 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, ☎ +61 7 3852-1411, fax: +61 7 3852-1015, e-mail: info@centralbrunswickhotel.com.au. Spacious apartments close to Chinatown and nearby to CBD area of downtown Brisbane.
  • Four Points by Sheraton, 99 Mary Street, ☎ +61 7 3164-4000, e-mail: fourpoints.brisbane@fourpoints.com. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. From $129.
  • Greenslopes Motor Inn in Brisbane (Greenslopes), 389 Cornwall Street (Cnr Dansie St), Greenslopes, ☎ +61 7 3394-3066, toll-free: 1 800 441 144, fax: +61 7 3394-2936, e-mail: info@gsmi.com.au. 18 rooms, easy access off the Pacific Highway, plenty of off-street parking. From $99.
  • Hilton, 190 Elizabeth St, ☎ +61 7 3234-2000, e-mail: brisbane.info@hilton.com. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. Overlooks Queen Street Mall. From $206.
  • Hotel Grand Chancellor, 23 Leichhardt Street, ☎ +61 7 3831-4055, e-mail: reservations@hgcbrisbane.com.au. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. From approx $160.
  • Hotel Jen, 159 Roma Street, ☎ +61 7 3238-2222, e-mail: hjbb@hoteljen.com. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. From approx $160.
  • ibis Brisbane, 27-35 Turbot Street, ☎ +61 7 3229-9111, e-mail: H1750-RE03@accor.com. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. From $139.
  • Limes Hotel, 142 Constance St, Fortitude Valley, ☎ +61 7 3852-9000. Contemporary designed boutique hotel in Fortitude Valley with a roof top bar and cinema. 21 balcony or courtyard (complete with hammock) rooms. Kitchenette with working bench space, freewifi or broadband access, iPod dock, 32inch LCD televisions and L’Occitane toiletries. Daily newspaper service and complimentary beverage on the roof top. From approx $150.
  • Mantra South Bank, 161 Grey St, South Bank, ☎ +61 7 3305-2500, e-mail: southbankbris.res@mantra.com.au. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10AM. New, modern, brash and very stylish. From approx $159.
  • Marriott Hotel, 515 Queen St, ☎ +61 7 3303-8000. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. Comfortable hotel with lovely staff. From $163. edit
  • Mercure Brisbane, 85-87 North Quay, ☎ +61 7 3237 2300, e-mail: H1750-RE02@accor.com. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. From $159.
  • Mercure Brisbane King George Square, Corner Ann & Roma Streets, ☎ +61 7 3229-9111, e-mail: H8780@accor.com. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10:30AM. Walking distance to the Queen St Mall shopping precinct. From $143.
  • Novotel Brisbane Airport, 6-8 The Circuit, Brisbane Airport (Follow signs to SkyGate), ☎ +61 7 3175-3100, e-mail: reservations@novotelbrisbaneairport.com.au. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. From $229.
  • Novotel Brisbane, 200 Creek Street, ☎ +61 7 3309-3308, e-mail: h1749@accor.com. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. From $159.
  • Pullman Brisbane King George Square, Corner Ann & Roma Sts, ☎ +61 7 3229-9111, e-mail: H8784@accor.com. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10:30AM. Within walking distance of the Queen St Mall shopping precinct. From $175.
  • Raceways Motel in Brisbane (Hamilton), 66 Kent St, ☎ +61 7 3268-4355, e-mail: enquiries@racewaysmotel.com.au. Check-in: noon. Family run accommodation close to Brisbane City Centre and Brisbane International Airport. From $129.
  • The Great Southern Hotel, 103 George St, ☎ +61 7 3221 6044, e-mail: reservations103g@greatsouthernhotel.com.au. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. From $62.
  • Ridge on Leichhardt Hotel, 189 Leichhardt St, Spring Hill, ☎ +61 7 3831-5000, e-mail: reception@ridgehotel.com.au. From $89.
  • Rydges South Bank Brisbane, 9 Glenelg St, South Bank, ☎ +61 7 3364-0800, toll-free: 1300 857 922, e-mail: reservations_southbank@rydges.com. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. In the heart of Brisbane's arts and entertainment precinct, it is the closest hotel to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre is immediately adjacent to the hotel and downtown Brisbane and the bohemian village of West End are a 10 min stroll away. From $169.
  • The Sebel Brisbane, Corner Charlotte and Albert St, ☎ +61 7 3224-3500, e-mail: H8778@accor.com. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. Distinctive refurbished boutique style rooms. From $159.
  • Story Apartments, 89 Lambert St, Kangaroo Point, ☎ +61 7 3392-1300, e-mail: sales@storyapartments.com.au. Offers both short-stay and long-stay accommodation, and is just a few min ferry ride from the CBD. From $209.
  • iStay River City, 79 Albert St, ☎ +61 7 3246 1705, e-mail: rivercity@theoaksgroup.com.au. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10AM. This hotel offers free Wi-Fi, swimming pool access and gym facilities along with 1 and 2 bedroom apartments with views.
  • Capri by Fraser Brisbane, 80 Albert Street, ☎ +61 7 3013-0088, e-mail: reservations.brisbane@capribyfraser.com. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. From approx $180.
  • Emporium Hotel, 1000 Ann St, ☎ +61 7 3253-6999. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. One of Brisbane's best, but at high end prices. Part of the emporium complex, the hotel has some of the best rooms and spa and gyms in Brisbane. From $299.
  • Quay West Suites Brisbane, 132 Alice St, ☎ +61 7 3853-6000, e-mail: H8783@accor.com. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. Opposite the Brisbane Botantic Gardens, close to QUT and the Queensland Parliament. From $209.
  • Royal on the Park Hotel, Corner Alice and Albert Streets (corner of Alice and Albert Streets), ☎ +61 7 3221-3411, e-mail: reservations@royalonthepark.com.au. Check-out: 11AM. Best Brisbane City accommodation overlooking the Botanic City Gardens and only a short walk to Brisbane's arts and entertainment precinct. From $169.
  • Sofitel Brisbane Central, 249 Turbot Street, ☎ +61 7 3835-3535, e-mail: h5992@sofitel.com. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. A luxury hotel above Brisbane Central Station, overlooking ANZAC Square. From $194.
  • Next Hotel Brisbane, 72 Queen Street, ☎ +61 7 3222-3222, e-mail: reservations.brisbane@nexthotels.com. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Refurbished in late 2014 this high end hotel is located on Queen Street Mall From approx. $190.
  • The New Inchcolm Hotel And Suites Brisbane, 73 Wickham Terrace, ☎ +61 7 3226-8888, e-mail: stay@inchcolm.com.au. Check-out: 11AM. From $209.
  • Treasury Heritage Hotel, 130 William Street, ☎ +61 7 3306-8888. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. Large rooms in an old colonial building in the centre of the CBD. From approx $250.
  • Stamford Plaza Brisbane, Corner of Margaret & Edward Streets, ☎ +61 7 3221-1999, e-mail: reservations@spb.stamford.com.au. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. From $250.

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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

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  • Longitude: 153.027892

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