Visiting Brisbane

Getting to and around Brisbane

Getting to Brisbane

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With more than 22 million passengers in 2014/15, the award-winning Brisbane Airport is the third busiest in Australia. Brisbane is the closest destination for international travellers to Australia and is a great hub to start from for many Australian experiences.

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Getting around Brisbane


Once you’ve arrived, getting around Brisbane is a pleasure with its first-class network of travel and transport links. From the airport, board the Airtrain for a direct transfer to the city (kids 14 and under travel free) and links the domestic and international terminals. Brisbane Airport is located less than 20 minutes from the city centre via train.

Public Transport – Ferry/Bus/Train

Visitors to Brisbane are able to travel across the city on one cashless ticket called a Go Card, making getting around simple and cost effective. Issued by Translink, the Go Card is a touch-on touch-off system that can be used on the city’s buses, trains, CityCats and ferry services. A Go Card can be purchased at the Translink office located in the Brisbane Visitor Information Centre, on Queen Street Mall or at most local news agencies.

World-class Experiences

Discover Brisbane, the sunny, sophisticated capital city of Queensland and gateway to its many famous attractions.

Combine art and outdoor adventure in Brisbane, where South Bank’s cultural institutions and restaurants meet riverside gardens and a lagoon.

Take a paddlesteamer or ferry down the Brisbane River, abseil Kangaroo Point Cliffs and bike ride through the City Botanic Gardens. Day trip to Moreton Island or add Noosa, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast hinterland to your itinerary.

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Eat & Drink in Brisbane

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Food and drink is something we take seriously in Brisbane – whether it’s a steak at a pub, a good coffee or a five-star degustation. Our pleasant outdoor climate and abundance of fresh produce mean we often eat al fresco-style, and our menus feature delicious locally sourced ingredients. From Moreton Bay prawns to greens from the Lockyer Valley, you’ll discover Queensland’s largest collection of Good Food Guide-awarded restaurants, cafes and bars in the region.

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Things to do in Brisbane

South Bank

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South Bank is Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination. Located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, its 17 hectares of lush parklands, world-class eateries, stunning river views and hundreds of delightful events all year round make it the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Queensland Museum

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Queensland Museum is a museum of natural history, cultural heritage, science and human achievement that tells the changing story of Queensland.

The Museum houses permanent and changing exhibitions and also provides in-depth education experiences, innovative public programs, early childhood activities and entertaining holiday activities. We aim to connect visitors to Queensland, its people and Queensland’s place in the world – past, present and future, through exhibitions, displays and public programs.

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Story Bridge Adventure Climb

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Climbing Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge is an adventure like no other. Standing on top of the bridge above the glistening landscape is a very special moment – you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world. This is your chance to see Brisbane truly shining. From far above the river gleams, the city sparkles, cars look like toys and you can see all the way out to Moreton Bay in the east and the rolling green hills of the Scenic Rim to the west.

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Brisbane Markets

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In the early days of the colony free settlers shopped at Brisbane’s first marketplace in Market St and later at the Roma St Markets, then the advent of corner stores, shopping centres and eventually shopping malls all but killed the trip to the market.

In the 1980s entrepreneur Peter Hackworth started the stalls rolling again, establishing flea markets at West End and Riverside. Today the revival is in full swing with markets of all varieties – farmers, organic, flea, fashion, craft, ethnic and kids stuff – pulling the crowds.

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Brisbane River Cruise

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The iconic Kookaburra Queen paddle wheelers have been cruising the Brisbane River since their launch in 1986. The vessels have been fully restored and will take you on a cruising journey to view Brisbane’s best sights including the beautiful Botanic Gardens, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Maritime Museum, Southbank precinct, the Story Bridge and many more of this city’s sensational attractions.

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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Only 12km from Brisbane City, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary with over 130 koalas. Hold a koala anytime, hand feed kangaroos and meet a large variety of Australian wildlife in beautiful, natural settings.

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Brisbane River Kayaking

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Whether you are a first-timer or an experienced paddler, get out and discover Brisbane’s beautiful river city by kayak either day or night. Riverlife’s guided kayaking adventure sessions lets you see the city from a unique angle while you glide along the meandering Brisbane River!

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Roma Street Parkland

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Hugging the northern side of the CBD, Roma Street Parkland and Spring Hill are iconic parts of Brisbane and its history. Roma Street Parkland, one of Brisbane’s premier parks, is considered to be one of the two best examples of contemporary display gardens in Australia. Well known by garden and plant enthusiasts for its exceptional horticultural standards, it is also an important community asset, popular visitor destination and event space for Brisbane.

Burnett Lane

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Parallel to the Queen Street Mall, between George St and Albert St, Burnett Lane includes creative lights suspended by overhead cables, and public art as well as improved pedestrian access to the mall, Adelaide St, King George Square and Brisbane Square.

Foodies love this best-kept secret in Brisbane for the alternative and hidden range of bars, cafes and eateries. Favourites include Brew, Super Whatnot, Survey Co. and German Sausage Hut.