Cheap Flights to Brisbane
- Area : 15,826 km² (6,110.5 sq mi)
- Calling Code : +61 7
- Currency : Australian Dollar (AU$)
- (EST) Population : 2,308,700
- Official Language : English
- Time Zone : AEST (UTC+10)
- Airports : Brisbane International Airport
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Airlines flying to Brisbane include:
- Cathay Pacific
- British Airways
- Air Canada
- Thai Airways
Reasons to Visit Brisbane
- Capital to the state of Queensland, its most populous city and a major Australian business hub, Brisbane is a picturesque city with a subtropical climate set within a curve of the Brisbane River that twists and turns around the city and surroundings areas. Brisbane was formally home to the Turrbal and Jagera people before Matthew Flinders set foot in July 1799.
- Brisbane is a conurbation of spectacular skyscrapers of which several are the tallest in Australia. The city offers visitors historical sights, lush green spaces of parks, gardens, waterfalls plus swimming, running and cycling areas. There are galleries, museums, planetariums, amusement parks, sports stadiums, an array of stunning bridges, shopping malls and plenty more.
- There’s ample affordable and luxurious accommodation in Brisbane comprising over 135 two and three-star hotels, more than 170 four-star hotels and over ten five-star hotels. Stay in a themed adventure sport, romantic, beach, casino, golf, historic, pet-friendly, family or spa hotel that suits your specific need. In and around Brisbane are plenty of charming B&Bs, Guest Houses and Inns while for students, groups or travellers on tight budgets there are sufficient backpacker establishments, some overlooking the river or close to major attractions.
- Brisbane oozes with nightlife for the young at heart that includes an amazing variety of bars as well as beer gardens, Irish pubs, alternative clubs, live music venues and dance clubs. Live stage enthusiasts have a good choice of theatres to attend and for a great nights dining, the city offers an immense variety of fine dining and budget restaurants including excellent cafes.
Places to Visit Brisbane
- Known as Brisbane Lookout, Mt. Coot-tha is Brisbane’s highest peak at 287 metres above sea level and a top destination for visitors and locals. It affords spectacular views of the city to Moreton Bay from its summit, especially at night with a mass of glittering lights below. Added to the views is the well-known Summit Restaurant that serves up a scrumptious cuisine including the well-liked Kuta Cafe for a delicious casual meal. Within Mt. Coot-tha is the beautiful Botanic Gardens, the Cosmic Planetarium and the Herbarium. Visitors relax in tranquillity in wonderful picnic spots or walk, cycle or horse-ride around the area. Many couples have tied the knot on Mt. Coot-tha, the perfect location for a special and unforgettable memory.
- The 16 hectare Roma Street Parkland in the heart of Brisbane is one of Brisbane’s foremost parks and regarded as one of two of the finest examples of modern display gardens in Australia. It’s an absolute haven of natural colourful beauty where visitors can enjoy a one-hour free guided walk with a knowledgeable volunteer guide, have a delectable meal at one of numerous cafes or restaurants, celebrate a wedding or special occasion.
- Spring Hill Baths, Brisbane’s first in-ground swimming pool and listed as a heritage site affords a wonderful swim in heated water especially during winter, alternatively take a swim in the heated Centenary Pool that overlooks Victoria Park.
- The Old Windmill in Wickham Park is the oldest building in Queensland and the oldest windmill in Australia. Built in 1824, this structure has survived the longest out of all structures built by convicts.
- Set time aside for the many interesting museums Brisbane has on offer such as the Brisbane Tramway Museum, the Museum of Brisbane, Queensland Maritime Museum or the spectacular Old Museum Building including others.
- Visit the tallest buildings in Brisbane that include Infinity at 249 metres or at 274 metres, 222 Margaret Street and others.
- Art enthusiasts have no shortage of galleries to browse through. The Gallery of Modern Art and the Queensland Art Gallery, both in one location, are leading galleries of Brisbane. Red Hill Gallery displays original sculptures, paintings, glass and pottery works by well-known and new artists.
- Spend a day or more viewing Brisbane’s bridges. The Brisbane River has no less than fifteen major bridges crossing over it. Opening in 1932 is the William Jolly Bridge, named after the city’s first Lord Mayor. Story Bridge opened in 1940 while The Go Between Bridge is named after a favoured band The Go Be tweens.
- For a terrific night of live music or dancing, Fortitude Valley in Brisbane is Australia’s first entertainment precinct that affords visitors superb choices. Listen to up-and-coming talent in an intimate atmosphere at Black Bear Lodge or for metal, hard-core and punk music get to the Crowbar. The Met has three dance floors that pump away RnB, House and Techno music. For national and international acts get to either The Zoo or The Tivoli and for the older crowd, a bar that’s more refined with a great atmosphere is The Press Club with live funk bands every Friday night. Rock lovers will have a fabulous night at The Flying Cock with live bands over weekends. Brisbane’s largest nightclub The Beat Megaclub has been spinning tunes for over 30 years.
- Visitors that appreciate a fine whisky or beer with good conversation have a huge variety of bars all over the city. The Nant Whisky Bar with a warm ambience offers over 150 boutique whiskeys from around the globe or try a hidden gem secreted at the back of Kwan Brothers thats a small bar with 20 seats specialising in Japanese whisky. Near to Kwan is the Dutch Courage Officers Mess specifically for gin lovers with a feel of colonial times. Indulge in a pint in a friendly Irish atmosphere at Gilhooley’s or Mick OMalley’s. Eagle Street Pier affords a host of bars, restaurants and cafes. For stunning uninterrupted views of Story Bridge through floor to ceiling windows, enjoy a drink at Mr & Mrs G or relax at The Laneway bar down Eagle Lane.
- Whatever your food preference, there are loads of fabulous eateries to indulge in. Gambaro Seafood Restaurant cooks up a scrumptious meal of crab and lobster while the Libertine Restaurant dishes up delectable rich French-Vietnamese meals or try one of many cafes for a superb snack.
- For a fun day with family the marine mammal park Sea World Gold Coast is an extensive aquatic-themed amusement park with an oceanarium, a variety of shows and rides that has everyone laughing all day.
- The Queen Street Mall is a wonderful, vibrant pedestrian mall that affords visitors great shopping opportunities including entertainment.
Getting Around Brisbane
Buses, trains and ferries are operated by TransLink with tickets purchasable on buses, ferries or at train stations including the Brisbane Information Centre in Queen Street Mall. Single tickets are valid for one-way trips up to two hours on any three modes of transport. Children under five years travelling with a parent travel for free while those between five and 14 years (including students) only pay half.
The majority of buses depart from the City Hall at King George Square, Ann Street or Adelaide. Buses operate from approximately 05h00 to 23h00 during the week with fewer services over weekends and on Sundays numerous routes stop around 17h00.
The Loop with its distinctive red buses and stops is a free bus service that encircles the centre of the city. Operating two routes they stop at useful locations and run every 15 minutes from 07h00 to 18h00 Mondays to Fridays.
CityCat ferries run a route of approximately 20km every half-hour between south of the city centre to the University of Queensland and Hamilton to the north reaching numerous places of interest that include the Queensland Cultural Centre, the South Bank and the Riverside Centre with restaurants and Sunday markets.
Somewhat slower but more frequent is the CityFerry service. Comprising Inner City and Cross River ferries, they operate from about 06h00 to 22h30 everyday with stops that include the (south-end) of South Bank Parklands, Edward Street (outside the Brisbane City Gardens) and Kangaroo Point.
The suburban rail network in Brisbane is fast, clean, safe and quiet. Trains depart from Central Station and operate from around 05h00 to midnight and Sundays to around 23h00.
Motor Vehicle Hire:
Visitors may rent vehicles from Europcar, Avis Car Hire, Hertz, Thrifty and Budget that all have branches in the centre of the city but visitors should plan their routes well as Brisbane’s network of one-way streets can be baffling. Free parking is available at most hotels and motels while the largest parking lot (open 24 hours) is located at Myer Centre, off Elizabeth Street.
Taxi ranks are located at both ends of Queen Street Mall and on George and Edward Streets or book by phoning Yellow Cabs or Black and White Taxis.
Visiting cyclists can contact CityCycle to hire a yellow bike and helmet from 05h00 to 22h00 daily, returning it to one of 150 bike parking stations conveniently located across Brisbane’s inner city.