Brisbane is Australia's third largest city and the capital of Queensland. It is rightly famous for its amazing climate that is near perfect all year round, and its proximity to many of Queensland's major tourist destinations has helped make it into a Mecca for visitors to Australia.
The city has a great deal to offer with a good street café scene, riverside park areas, a busy cultural calendar that has included international sporting events and an excellent nightlife. It is also the arts capital of Queensland, with dozens of galleries, museums, theatres, cinemas and even concert halls.
Eat & Drink
Whether it’s a steak at a pub, a great coffee or a five-star degustation, Brisbane offers a larges selection of award-winning restaurants, cafes and bars. Brisbane is known for its outdoor dinning so make the most of your sunny afternoons and mild evenings with a drink while overlooking the vibrant city.
Brisbane always feels like a green city with a varius parks scattered within the city core and golden South Bank Parklands. You can experience nature while still within the city, or travel a short distance away to a nearby island or escape to the serene heritage-listed forests of the Scenic Rim.
To use public transport including buses, trains and ferries in Brisbane, it is recommended that you purchase a TransLink Go Card. You can purchase a Go Card at both Brisbane International and Domestic Airport, or from convenience stores and train stations throughout the city. Go Card also has specific offers for visitors and tourists. The Go Card is available to use on the TransLink network throughout southeast Queensland, and includes services from Brisbane to the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast.
Brisbane’s rail network is a great way to visit attractions across the city and reach the surrounding suburbs. There are train services running daily from early morning to late at night. Major stations in the city include Central Station and Roma Street Station. From either of these stations, you can catch a train to reach attractions including the Queensland Museum or the Gallery of Modern Art, and destinations such as South Bank or Fortitude Valley.
There are free City Loop and Spring Hill Loop bus services in the city centre. These bus loops run in both clockwise and anti-clockwise directions, and depart every 10 minutes between 7AM and 6PM. These buses are particularly useful for travel between Brisbane’s downtown hotels and attractions, including King George Square, Queen Street Mall, and the City Botanic Gardens. The CityGlider bus services will take you a little further out of the city.
Brisbane's bike-share program is called CityCycle. To use it, purchase a 24-hour casual pass ($2 per day) on the website or at any of the 150 bike-share stations with credit-card facilities. It is pricey to hire for more than an hour, so make use of the free first 30 minutes per bike and ride from station to station, swapping bikes as you go. Inconveniently, only about half of the bikes include a helmet (compulsory to wear).
There are several car rental companies that operate from the Brisbane International Airport. Please click here for more information on how to book a rental car in Brisbane.
Taxis are available 24/7 from sheltered ranks right outside the Domestic and International Terminals. During peak times, Kerbside Officers are on hand to assist. At the Domestic Terminal, the taxi rank is located centrally in the front of the Terminal building. At the International Terminal, you will find the cab rank at the northern end of the Terminal, through the doors and out to the left.
Brisbane in southern Queensland enjoys slightly drier summers in comparison to the tropical north. Even in winter the surf and beaches remain popular with temperatures in Brisbane averaging around 20°C.
The currency used in Brisbane is the Australian Dollar (AUD).
Visa and MasterCard are the most widely recognized credit cards in Australia. American Express is not as widely accepted. It is recommended to always carry some cash in the event that your card is not accepted. Be aware that most cards charge a transaction fee for foreign currency transactions.
You can exchange money at the Brisbane International Airport, where there are banks and exchange bureaus, and at banks in the city and at some hotels.
ATMs are widely available around Brisbane but ensure you inform your bank before travelling abroad, and be aware you may be charged for cash withdrawals. It is advisable to exchange some cash before arriving in Brisbane.
Brisbane, Queensland Time Zone - is abbreviated as (AEST) Australian Eastern Standard Time.
Electricity and Power
In Australia the power plugs and sockets are of type I. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
Tipping in Australia is not customary. However, if you feel that the service was exceptional it's good etiquette to leave a small tip but know that this will not be expected.
Emergency and Safety
In the event of a health, safety or criminal emergency, dial 0-0-0.
It is also advised to know the location and contact number of your country’s embassy in the event that your travel documents are lost.
English is the main language used in Brisbane.
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