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Flights to Brisbane

Not to be outdone by Sydney or Melbourne, Brisbane has much to offer with its blend of culture, cuisine and sunny outdoor lifestyle.

Graceful architecture including the Town Hall and the Gallery of Modern Art adorn the waterside of the central business district while the cosmopolitan South Bank brims with boutiques, cafes, museums and galleries. Retail therapy can be found in abundance in Downtown, Paddington or Rosalie with antiques and many well known stores. The cosy cafes of the West End make a welcome refuelling stop. Brunswick Street and Chinatown Malls fill with market stalls at the weekends, while West End Green Flea Community Market is a bargain hunter’s dream. The Saturday Fresh Markets are the places to buy local organic produce.

Brisbane’s most popular attractions are its green spaces and the paradise beaches of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. Miles of white sandy beach and adrenalin inducing water-sports are where surfers, scuba divers, sunbathers and families spend the sunny days. Not far from the city the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, the islands of Moreton Bay and the lush green rainforests of D’Aguilar National Park lie waiting to be explored.

Families with children love the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary while the South Bank Parkland with its pagodas and picnic areas, water parks and theme park rides are another Brisbane highlight. A climb up famous Story Bridge guarantees beautiful views. Those looking for an adrenalin kick can abseil down instead of walking. Fans of Aussie beer should visit the Castlemaine Perkins brewery for a glimpse of how the famous brew is made and to learn how to pour the perfect pint!

Brisbane boat tours are a tranquil way to sightsee – floating upstream on an old paddle steamer while enjoying afternoon tea in style. Hop on-hop off bus tours take in the most well-known sights of Chinatown, Roma Street Parkland, Mount Coottha and the South Bank while sticking to dry land. Voted the second most haunted city in the world by National Geographic, a Ghost Tour will reveal the ‘spookier’ side of Brisbane.

The following information is correct as of October 2014 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.

Fly In

Brisbane International Airport is located just 9 miles from Brisbane city centre, which is a fifteen to twenty minute drive by car. It is just over an hour to drive to the Gold Coast and an hour and forty minutes to the Sunshine Coast.

Trains run from outside both terminals of Brisbane Airport into the city centre, while taxi’s are also available.

What you need to know

Currency: The Australian Dollar ($)

Visas: Anyone travelling to Australia who is not an Australian citizen requires a valid visa and passport to enter the country. The type of visa required depends on the type and duration of stay. Normally tourist visas are valid for 12 months. Visas are available from Australian visa offices such as Australian Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates.

Laws: Smoking is banned in Brisbane in all public indoor places such as hotels, pubs, cafes and restaurants as well as on public transport. The legal age to purchase and consume alcohol is 18 throughout the country. Drink driving carries serious penalties while driving whilst using a mobile phone is also illegal. Driving is on the left hand side of the road. It is worth remembering that all speed limits are in kilometres per hour.

Best Time to Visit

The best time weather-wise to visit Brisbane is in the spring and autumn for those who prefer slightly cooler temperatures – between 15 and 25 degrees. There are also fewer tourists and cheaper flights available at these times. The summer is hot hot hot, with temperatures up to 35 degrees, an increased number of tourists and more expensive flights.

There are plenty of other reasons to visit Brisbane apart from the weather. January sees the annual Australia Day celebrations and international tennis tournaments; St Patrick’s Day is the highlight of March while the Winter Racing Carnival and Greek Festival in May and June are fun for all the family. Runners can take on the Brisbane marathon in August. The Riverfire Festival in September, International Film Festival in November and New Year’s Eve celebrations at the end of the year are some of the city’s other cultural highlights.  

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