Brisbane Tourist Information
‘Beautiful one day, perfect the next!' That’s one way of describing Queensland and as the capital, Brisbane is certainly no exception.
Brisbane City is an eclectic mix of historic and new buildings with lovely parks, lots of sights to see, restaurants to dine in and shops to visit.
Step outside the city and see the thriving suburbs of Brisbane, all unique and different from the next - from shopping strips in Paddington, live music venues in The Valley and great food in West End. Find more things to do in Brisbane here.
Brisbane is a huge city with much to see and do so we’ve made planning your holiday a little easier with our useful guide below.
Brisbane Airport is 13 kilometres from the city center, located in the north east region of Brisbane. Bus and rail transfers operate from the domestic and international Brisbane airport terminals throughout the day and night. Take the hassle out of navigating through an unknown city by getting a Brisbane airport transfer - see what's options are available.
With all the major international car rental companies represented at various locations in the Brisbane CBD and airport(s), finding a car to hire in Brisbane is as easy, or complicated as you want it to be. Compare car hire prices from five major rental companies including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz & Thrifty in one easy system and buy direct from the supplier.
Brisbane's excellent transport infrastructure makes it relatively easy to get from point A to point Z and virtually anywhere in between with minimal interruptions or changes. Buses, trains, CityCat Ferries, hire cars, taxis and even water taxis are all available at regular intervals throughout the day and night and there's little chance of you being stuck in the middle of nowhere and no way to get home.
The official currency in Australia is the Australian dollar. The value of the Australian dollar goes up and down like a yo-yo. There are many currency exchange shops in the Brisbane Airport and throughout downtown Brisbane, so you'll never be without easy cash. Use our currency converter to see how much your currency converts to Australian dollars.
One thing that Brisbane is definitely not short of is internet cafes. The rates are around a few dollars an hour and the connection in Brisbane is generally high speed broadband so no waiting! As with most standard cities Brisbane has an adequate amount of telephone booths. Standard call rates apply such as 50c for local calls.
Brisbane is a sprawling city with outlying suburbs up to one hour drive from the city centre. The CBD itself is fairly well laid out but it can be tricky to navigate through with all the one way streets. If you ever get confused a golden rule for the CBD is that the streets with female names (Margaret, Ann, Queen etc.) run parallel to each other and the streets with male names (Edward, George etc.) also run parallel to each other.
You simply must see Brisbane up close. While Sydney is generally regarded as Australia's most beautiful city, Brisbane has an awful lot of it's own eye candy. The city is centred around the lazy bends of the Brisbane River which winds through the city before emptying into Moreton Bay. Our virtual tour showcases some of the highlights you can expect to encounter whilst staying or visiting Brisbane.
The weather in Brisbane is comfortable and sub-tropical. The city of Brisbane enjoys a very enviable climate of brilliant hot summers and clear mild winters. These enticing attributes ensure that Brisbane is idyllic for visitors all year round. View a 5 day weather forecast for the CBD as well as weather averages to get idea of the weather during your visit.