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Welcome to Brisbane

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Lying on Australia’s famous Gold Coast, Brisbane is the vibrant capital city of Queensland. The city stretches out along the East Coast and then meanders along the Brisbane River. Its subtropical climate is perfect for its many resident surfers and sun-worshippers who adorn the city’s beaches. 

 

Hosting the Commonwealth Games in 1982 and World Expo in 1988 really put Brisbane on the map. Today it is a city with a vibrant economy as it is now recognised as an exciting tourist destination as well as a gateway to other areas of Queensland.

 

Brisbane is the third most populated city in Australia and it’s not hard to see why. It has a great street café culture, a superb riverside park, vibrant nightlife and wonderful beaches. There is something for everyone in Brisbane, whether you enjoy cultural events, shopping or sport, you will not be left wanting.

 

But of course, due to its location Brisbane also makes a fantastic base to explore other areas of the country so you are very unlikely to be in the position of having nothing to do.



Weather

Brisbane enjoys a subtropical climate. Its summers, from November to April, are hot and moist whilst it winters tend to be mild and dry. 

 

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Shopping

Shopping

Brisbane isn’t exactly Milan, but if you want to shop it provides you with plenty of choice. The main area is the Queen Street Mall which is open 7 days a week. Stretching for half a kilometre it is lined with arcades, shopping centres, department and speciality stores, restaurants, cafés, cinemas and hotels.

 

Other popular malls are the Brunswick Street Mall (Fortitude Valley) where you’ll find fashion, music, antiques, restaurants and cafés and The Brisbane Arcade. This is in Queens Street and is a heritage listed old-fashioned shopping arcade where you’ll find goods from Brisbane’s young designers and artists.

 

If you are looking for designer names head for Milton’s Park Road, or for something just a little bit different, Chinatown in Duncan Street, Fortitude Valley.

 

Brisbane also has a number of markets such as the South Bank Craft Market, South Bank Parklands. This is held every Friday night, Saturday and Sunday and offers a range of unique handmade goods including clothing, art and souvenirs. Valley Market (every Saturday in Brunswick Street and Chinatown Malls, Fortitude Valley) is great for new and second-hand goods and street entertainers create a buzzing atmosphere. On Sundays the Eagle Street Pier Craft Market (corner of Eagle and Charlotte Street) sells all manner of Australian-made gifts, arts and crafts.

 

Food & Drink

  • River Canteen Restaurant

  • Cilantro Restaurant & Terrace

  • Cha Cha Char Wine Bar & Grill

  • The Summit Restaurant

  • E'cco Bistro Restaurant

  • Brett’s Wharf Seafood Restaurant

  • China House Seafood Restaurant

  • Giardinetto Restaurant

  • Tomato Brothers Wilston Restaurant

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entertainment

There is a huge amount going on in Brisbane. Below is a whistle-stop tour of some of the events and venues Brisbane has to offer.

 

For classical music the two main venues are Queensland Conservatorium of Music and Queensland Performing Arts Centre in South Bank. The latter along with the Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm are the main places to catch a theatrical performance. If you enjoy a flutter then you can head for the Conrad International Treasury Casino on the corner of George and Queen Street.

 

Sport is one of the main loves of the Australian people therefore it is hardly surprising that the city offers a wide choice of sporting events. Up to date information about what’s on can be found in the sports section of the Courier Mail newspaper. But the main venues are:

 

  • ANZ Stadium – for Rugby League (winter)
  • Gabba Cricket Ground – Australia Rules Football and Cricket
  • Alan Border Field – Cricket
  • Brisbane Convention Centre – Basket Ball
  • Moreton Bay – water sports

 

As for clubs and discos, the city has a number of venues. The best way of discovering which venue is for you would be to ask the locals or your hotel. However below are just a few names you might like to try.

 

  • The Family, McLachlan Street
  • Monastery – Ann Street
  • Fringe Bar – corner of Ann & Constance Street
  • Lychee Lounge – Boundary Street

festivals month

  • January

    Australia Day
  • April

    Redlands Heritage Festival; Queensland Winter Racing Carnival
  • May

    Greek Paniyiri Festival; Queensland Kite Flyer’s Festival
  • June

    Queensland Day; Wine Festival
  • July

    Brisbane Jazz & Blues Festival; International Film Festival
  • August

    Royal Queensland Show; Caxton Street Carnival; Riverfestival
  • September

    Springhill Fair; Carnival of Flowers, Energex Brisbane Festival
  • October

    Energex Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Writers Festival
  • December

    The Night The River Sings

excursions

Brisbane is ideally placed to explore other areas and attractions within Queensland. Below is just a selection of excursions you can take to enhance your Australian experience.

 


  • Fraser Island
  • Currumbrin Wildlife Sanctuary
  • The Hinterland
  • Mount Tambourine Vineyard and Winery
  • Brisbane Forest Park
  • Moreton Bay Whale Watching
  • Mt Coot-tha Lookout
  • Bribie Island
  • Sunshine Coast – Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Coolum & Noosa Beach and river
  • Gold Coast – Main Beach, Burleigh and Kirra Beach
  • Seaworld
  • Wet’n’Wild Water World
  • Australia Zoo
  • Witches Falls Winery
  • White Water World
  • Warner Bros. Movie World
  • Underwater World
  • Dreamworld
  • Aussie World

 

Health & Safety

The healthcare standards in Brisbane are very high. There are a few dangers in the area as Queensland is home to some Aussie nasties such as the redback and funnelweb spiders and box jelly fish. Should you encounter any of these and are bitten/stung you should seek immediate medical treatment.

 

The sun is very strong so you should ensure you always wear plenty of sunscreen. Brisbane is a safe city however you should take the usual precautions with your valuables and ensure you don’t leave your belongings unattended when on the beach.