Things to do in Brisbane
The vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Brisbane sits on the east coast of Australia in the state of Queensland, about 570 miles north of Sydney. It is a fun city with a range of adventure activities to try, from climbing Story Bridge to taking a hot air balloon ride or taking a day cruise out to one of the nearby islands.
Those wanting to experience some of Brisbane’s arts and culture could head to the Brisbane Museum or the Queensland Museum, Queensland Art Gallery and GOMA on the South Bank. The South Bank is the cultural heart of the city and also home to many great ethnic cafes, hip bars and superb restaurants.
Over in bohemian Fortitude Valley, there are markets selling vintage clothing alongside gifts and vinyl, while live entertainment keeps visitors happily browsing. The Institute of Modern Art and Jan Murphy Gallery can also be found here, along with a great range of pubs and bars.
The river makes a great spot for cruising and is also one of the most convenient ways to get around the city. Take a guided tour or visit the botanic garden, with its superb mangrove walkways and fine collections of native and exotic plants.
How far is Brisbane airport from city centre?
Brisbane Airport is about 10 miles from the city centre. From the UK, flights will require a stopover in a connecting airport such as Sydney, Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai. Several routes are possible, with carriers including Qantas, British Airways and Emirates. Flights from the UK depart from destinations including London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow International.
What’s the best way to get to city centre from the airport?
Airtrain is one of the best ways to reach the city centre from the airport, with peak time services departing every fifteen minutes and taking approximately 30 minutes. Services stop at various destinations including Central, South Bank and Fortitude Valley. There are also shuttle bus services provided by CoachTrans, with pre-booking strongly recommended. It is possible to take a free T-bus to Eagle Junction train station and then catch a train. Taxis are available and there are several car rental companies with offices at the airport.
What are the visa requirements for EU and non-EU nationals?
British Nationals, along with citizens of various other EU and non-EU countries, can apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) for tourist visits up to three months. Non-EU countries eligible for an ETA include Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and the United States. ETAs must be applied for in advance.
How to get around Brisbane?
Many areas of Brisbane can be easily explored on foot and there are also excellent cycle paths along the river. Green Cab rickshaws can be handy for getting around inner city areas. Ferries, buses and trains operate under the TransLink system, so journeys can be combined with a single ticket. CityFerries are traditional ferries with frequent stops, while CityCats are faster catamarans. CityHopper services are free.
What’s the best time to visit Brisbane?
During the summer months of December, January and February, the weather can be very hot and humid, with average temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius. Summer can also bring storms and heavy rainfall. Spring and autumn can be more pleasant times to visit the city, with average temperatures around 20 to 24 degrees in March to May and September to November. Winter temperatures average about 16 degrees.