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Brisbane

 Brisbane is a lively, cosmopolitan city with excellent restaurants, beautiful riverside parks, a busy cultural calendar and a great nightlife. Its fantastic weather year-round has allowed outdoor activities to thrive and develop a vibrant café culture.

The city is surrounded by some of the state’s major tourist attractions, and there is an abundant choice of daytrips whether it be to the coast for the golden beaches, or inland for some of Queensland’s serene bushland, there is something for everybody.

currency

Australian Dollar (AUD) $1 = 100 cents

phone

Police, fire, ambulance: 000
Poisons Information:
+61 7 131 126

newspaper

The Courier Mail
The Australian
The Weekend Australian
Sunday Mail
Quest Newspapers
Brisbane News

hours

City retailers trade Monday-Thursday 9 am-6 pm, Friday 9 am–9 pm, Saturday & Sunday 9 am-5 pm.

population

2.2 million

info

Visitor Information Centre
Queen Street Mall
+61 7 3006 6290

Brisbane CBD at Sunset

The City

The capital of the “Sunshine State,” Brisbane, could very well be the world’s most laidback city: its residents are friendly and optimistic in a way rarely seen in big city life. But with such a fantastic lifestyle, who can blame them for smiling?

Brisbane has a world of experience to offer, from the hustle and bustle of the Central Business District (CBD), you can escape to the creative ambiance of the contemporary arts centre - The Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm. Perhaps you’d prefer dinner with sights of the city at South Bank? Afterwards, if you’d like a stiff drink, head towards the trendy bars of Fortitude Valley and West End.

If you don’t dance the night away, you might be up early enough to watch the sun rise as you kayak on the Brisbane River. Or perhaps you’d prefer relaxing at Australia’s only inner city beach at South Bank. If you still have the energy, you can try rock climbing and take in the views of the Story Bridge and the city skyline from the Kangaroo Point Cliffs.

When you’re ready to relax, head down to Woolloongabba to enjoy some of the spectator sports that Queensland is famed for!

Do & See

If you don’t dance the night away, you might be up early enough to watch the sun rise as you kayak on the Brisbane River. Or perhaps you’d prefer relaxing at Australia’s only inner city beach at South Bank.

Tangalooma Island Resort

Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Australia Zoo

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Lamington National Park

The Gabba

Roma Street Parkland

Moreton Bay Escapes

Story Bridge Adventure Climb

Gallery Of Modern Art

Mount Coot-tha

The Brisbane Botanical Gardens

South Bank Parklands

XXXX Brewery Tour

Dining

One of the many highlights of any visit to Brisbane is experiencing the epicurean delights of the city’s different neighbourhoods. Brisbane is immeasurably proud of its reputation for fine dining, and within a ten minute radius of the town centre you can choose between the kitchens of European, Mediterranean, Asian or contemporary Australian restaurants.

Tukka

Mondo Organics

Cru Bar

Cha Cha Char Wine Bar & Grill

Watt Restaurant + Bar

Anise

Sono

Zafron

Urbane Restaurant

Malt

The Spice Avenue Balti Restaurant

Moda

Montrachet

Cafes

In Brisbane you will have many options of enjoying a great cup of coffee in the sun along with a sweet treat.

The Gun Shop Café

Bar Merlo

Au Cirque

Spoon Dell

Sassafras

Bars & Nightlife

Brisbane is scattered with great pubs, you’ll realise this the moment you learn that most of the “hotels” which you see are actually drinking establishments. Beers are served in pots, schooners, pints and jugs and the beer taps in many bars will be specially chilled, causing the condensation to freeze on the outside. Most hotels are open 10.30 am-3 am, and the traditional “Sunday Session” runs from 11 am to midnight.

Norman Hotel

Story Bridge Hotel

Breakfast Creek Hotel

Chalk Hotel

Buffalo Bar

Lychee Lounge

The London Club

Baguette

Jade Buddha

The Bowery

Glass Bar

Embassy Craft Beer Bar

Vue

Family Nightclub

Laruche

Shopping

Brisbane offers good shopping in fact there are more than 1000 stores, four vibrant precincts and the state’s largest collection of flagship stores. The city also boasts an array of hidden gems around every corner, from minor and fashion-forward stores to stylish arcades and luxury retailers. You will definitely find what you are looking for whether it is a famous international brand or a local designer brand.

The Queen Street Mall

Queens Plaza

Bora Boutique

Local Designers

Fortitude Valley

South Bank Lifestyle Markets

Farmers Markets

Brookside Shopping Centre

Universal Store

Wooloongabba Antique Centre

Le Creuset

The Vintage Watch Co.

LouenHide

The Myer Centre

Avid Reader Bookshop & Cafe

Essential Information

Airport

Brisbane Airport is located 13 km from the city centre (app. 15-20 min drive). Trains run every 30 minutes between 6 am and 8 pm. The journey takes 20 minutes and pre-booking is available.

Address: Airport Drive, Brisbane

Phone: +61 7 3406 3000

Website: www.bne.com.au

Public transport

A free bus service runs around the City (CBD). Tickets for the TransLink network can be bought from vending machines. Weekly tickets are valid throughout South East Queensland. Buses are low floor, and Citytrain offer assistance with wheelchairs.

Phone: +61 7 3606 5555 / +61 7 3606 5800

Website: www.translink.com.au

Brisbane Airtrain

The Airtrain provides the quickest transfers to the CBD (popular with corporate guests), and terrific value on transfers to the Gold Coast and all suburban stations. You can upgrade your Gold Coast transfer to AirtrainConnect, which includes a chauffer driven service to the door of your home, office or accommodation on the Gold Coast.

Phone: +61 7 3216 3308

Website: www.airtrain.com.au

CityCat and City Ferries

The CityCats operate from 5.50 am until 10.30 pm every day and run along the Brisbane River between Brett’s Wharf and the University of Queensland, via the Brisbane CBD. The network itself consists of 14 stops. You may choose from a range of single, daily, off-peak, weekly, monthly and group tickets.

Website: www.brisbaneferries.com.au

Campervans

Apollo Motorhomes offers a wide range of quality rental campervans and hire cars at very competitive prices in Australia and New Zealand. All the campervans and motorhomes in their fleet are modern and well-appointed.

Address: 698 Nudgee Road, Northgate, Brisbane

Phone: +61 7 3265 9200

Website: www.apollocamper.com

Taxi

Rates vary with the actual locations, traffic conditions, time of day and the route chosen. Save on fares by sharing a Maxi-taxi from special ranks in the CBD and in the Valley. Wheelchair accessible taxis are available. At night secure ranks operate in the CBD, the Valley and Caxton Street.

Black & White Cabs: +61 13 32 22
Yellow Cabs: +61 13 19 24

Bike Hire

Bicycle hire is possible at the South Bank or near the City Botanic Gardens.

CityCycle
+61 7 3846 6200
www.citycycle.com.au

Riders Cyclery
+61 7 3846 6200
www.riders.com.au

Telephone

Country code: +61

Area code Queensland: 07

Electricity

240 Volts / 50 Hz

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