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Brisbane Tourist City Guide
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About Brisbane

Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, is a subtropical city that straddles the Brisbane River. With mild winters and warm-to-hot summers, Brisbane is one of the best cities in Australia for visitors who enjoy the outdoors and want to do some site-seeing of popular landmarks. It also provides easy access to the attractions of the Sunshine Coast to the north and the Gold Coast to the south, plus the nearby islands to the east. Here is some Brisbane tourist information.

Here is some Brisbane tourist information.

Brisbane's Climate

Brisbane enjoys a sub-tropical climate with dry winters and rainy summers. Summer (Dec to Feb) average day/night temperatures are 22°C to 30°C and in winter (June to Aug) 12°C to 24°C. Summer rains are often in the form of mild storm rain in the afternoons. Humidity can be high in summer and can cause some discomfort for the first few days. If undertaking any outdoor tours, ensure you wear a hat and apply sunscreen.

Getting to Brisbane

Due to its distance from other major Australian metropolitan centres, many visitors and tourists fly into Brisbane on discount domestic or international airlines after purchasing cheap flights online.We recommend you book your flight to Brisbane through Flight Centre as they provide an excellent range of flight options covering all the major domestic and international airlines.

The domestic and international terminals are located a short distance from each other and are well connected to the city by road and rail.

Travelling into the city can be via the Airtrain - cost is $15 to the city (stops at Bowen Hills, Fortitude Valley, Central Station, Roma Street and South Brisbane) and takes about 20 minutes, or $25.80-32.50 to the Gold Coast (stops at Nerang, Robina, Helensvale and Varsity Lakes. There are also stations at Coomera and Ormeau). Full timetable details can be found here.

Alternatively you can catch a shuttle bus bus for $14. A taxi to the city is approximately $25. If you are starting a journey from Brisbane airport, you can also hire a car from one of the car rental companies.

Brisbane Events

Key events on the Brisbane calendar include:
  • Brisbane International (Jan),
  • West End Film Festival (March),
  • V8 Supercar Championship Series(Apr),
  • Rugby League State of Origin Final, (June),
  • The Ekka (Royal Queensland Show)(Aug),
  • Brisbane International Film Festival (Aug)
  • 50th Anniversary International Gala (Aug)
  • Brisbane Festival (Oct)
  • RiverLife (Dec)

Brisbane tourist activities

There is plenty to keep tourists occupied in Brisbane and surrounds.

Located at the heart of Brisbane you'll find the main shopping precinct, Queen Street Mall.  Featuring  outdoor cafes and many specialty shops, the mall is a popular venue day and night for locals and visitors alike. The Treasury Casino & Hotel (also offers accommodation) is located at the western end of the mall, while to the South is the Botanical Gardens which is a wonderful place for a stroll. 

A popular destination in Brisbane is Southbank Parklands, located across the river from the CBD. Built on the 1988 Expo site, the Parklands feature gardens, walkways,  swimming in the clear lagoon and many good eateries. On many days, parts of the Parkland are packed with colourful market stalls selling a wide range of handcrafted and unusual items. Access is via foot over one of the many bridges, via train or bus. Close to Southbank is a Maritime Museum, Brisbane's Art Gallery and Museum. Also close by is the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Just on the western fringe of the CBD and close to Roma St Railway Station is the Roma Street Parklands. Occupying 16 hectares of subtropical garden, there are free guided walks. Access is via the concourse at Roma Street Station or from Albert Street.

In the Brisbane region are many popular attractions including Dreamworld on the nearby Gold Coast, or join a day trip from Brisbane to the Crocodile Hunter's Australia  Zoo on the Sunshine Coast.

Dining in Brisbane can be enjoyed at a number of restaurants and outdoor eateries. Most city pubs offer a good meal while there is a cluster of restaurants around the "Eagle St Wharf", plus some great dining locations at Southbank. It is a good idea to book your restaurant in advance.

Accommodation in Brisbane

Make sure you don't pay full price for hotels in Brisbane. Instead, get yourself some cheap accommodation in Brisbane because while there are many quality hotels ranging from 3 star to five star, most offer discount accommodation deals not only for business travellers, but also for international and domestic holiday travellers who have come to the capital of the Sunshine State to see the sights. Booking Brisbane  hotel accommodation on the internet can result in some cheap holiday deals, saving you hundreds of dollars.

We are also pleased to say that our booking service has a lowest price guarantee.

Where to stay in in the city is partly dependant on what you want to do. Many Brisbane hotels are in the centre of Brisbane  which is great because most of what there is to see is either within the city or easily accessible by bus or train.

Staying in Brisbane is easy with a  good number of hotels offering a range of star-rated acomodations at reasonable prices.

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