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Brisbane

Introduction

Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and is a rapidly growing city. Thanks to its warm climate all year round, Brisbane is a popular city break destination in the Australian winter as people from the southern states get away from the chill.



Getting there

Air: Brisbane Airport (BNE) is east of the city. The airport is serviced by the main domestic airlines of Virgin Blue, Qantas and Jetstar. The international terminal has daily flights to Europe, USA and Asia. The terminals are geographically separate. Transfers can be made using Air Train which also connects to the city. To search for flights to Brisbane look at Expedia.com.au

Rail: There is an Interstate service to Sydney as well as a regional service to the main centres within Queensland.

Road: A bus service runs up the east coast from Sydney.

Accommodation

Brisbane has hotels to suit all budgets as you would expect from a large city break destination. Search for great value city break hotels at Expedia.com.au

What to See and Do

Brisbane's numerous atttractions include the following:

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary: A trip down river to this wildlife park is a great way to see the Brisbane River and the expensive real estate that adorns the banks. As well as koalas you will find other Australian wildlife here and you can arrange to have your picture taken as you "cuddle a koala".

South Bank: The South Bank area of Brisbane has a host of cafes and pubs to feed and water you. The city "beach" is an artificial beach adjacent which is a great location on a hot day. The Suncorp Piazza within the Southbank complex often holds free events.

Queensland Cultural Centre: This includes numerous attractions including, The Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Museum, Queensland Art Gallery, and Queensland Conservatorium of Music. It is adjacent to South bank for that after performance drink.

Kangaroo Point: If you are feeling energetic this is a great spot for rock climbing on the banks of the Brisbane River.

Getting Around

Ferries are a great way to get around Brisbane and the views of the city are excellent. The main bus services to the suburbs leave from Queen Street in the CBD. Integrated ticketing makes it easy to transfer between transport modes.

Cycling is another great way to get around the city and bikes can be hired in the Botanic Gardens. There are numerous paths along the river.