Everything you need to know about Brisbane before you go
Brisbane is a diverse and vibrant city. See the sights, submerge yourself in the arts and culture on offer, drink, dine and shop. What’s not to love?
If you’re planning a jaunt to this buzzing city, it’s quite plausible that you’d have one or two queries prior to your visit.
Don’t panic, we’re on hand to help steer you in the best direction, whatever your draw to the energetic Brisbane may be.
What to know before you go
Where is Brisbane Airport?
It’s located approximately 14km north-east from the Brisbane central business district. Brisbane Airport is a major hub for Virgin Australia, and a secondary hub for both Qantas and Jetstar. Tigerair Australia has also opened a base there.
Does Brisbane Airport have free Wi-Fi?
Yes. Brisbane Airport is happy to provide travellers with free Wi-Fi! Simply follow the two simple steps below:
- Select @BNE_FREEWIFI
- Enter your details to access
Please note that airlines with their own lounges operate their own Wi-Fi services for passengers.
Is Brisbane Airport open 24 hours?
As Brisbane Airport is a major hub with direct connections to many domestic and international destinations, the airport does indeed operate 24 hours a day.
Is Brisbane a city?
Yes. Brisbane is indeed a city, located in the state of Queensland. This sophisticated city offers a diverse array of activities from man-made beaches to abseiling down the famous Story Bridge to city galleries and rooftop bars. It really does have something to suit everyone.
Does Brisbane have daylight saving?
Queensland, Brisbane included, initially abandoned daylight saving in 1972. A referendum on daylight saving was then held on 22 February 1992. This followed a three-year trial between 1989 and 1992.
The voting trend suggested public opinion on daylight saving in Queensland is geographically divided, with the “no” vote strongest in the north and west regional districts, while the “yes” vote was strongest in the state’s metropolitan south-east. With a 54.5% “no” vote, Brisbane withdrew from practising daylight saving.
Questions about healthy and safety
Is Brisbane safe?
There are a couple of things you should watch out for whilst staying in and around Brisbane. However, the city centre is extremely safe even at late night.
Fortitude Valley has a poor reputation and you may encounter drunkards on late-night trains so ensure a taxi is waiting for you if you’re travelling to the suburbs.
In spring, beware of magpies. They are highly territorial and tend to protect their nest by swooping at passers-by.
The ibises of South Bank are famous for jumping on the table and stealing food even while you’re eating.
Be cautious of snakes in the nearby national parks in summertime. Just stand still or walk away slowly and they should do you no harm.
Summer storms can create chaos where power lines and supplies are concerned. Avoid sheltering under trees and keep away from water in the event of flash floods.
Does Brisbane Airport flood?
The city is on a low-lying floodplain and with suburban creeks criss-crossing the city, there is an increase in the risk of flooding. The city has only suffered three major floods since colonisation, in February 1893, January 1974 and January 2011.
The 1974 Brisbane Flood occurred partly as a result of Cyclone Wanda and partly due to heavy rainfall, which was never-ending for three weeks. However, it is highly unlikely that Brisbane Airport would suffer from flooding during your visit.
Has Brisbane ever had a cyclone?
Yes. Numerous cyclones have affected the east coast over the past 127 years. However, with only 14 documented events, the chance of one occurring during your visit is slim. And, most of these cyclones avoided Brisbane itself. Cyclone Wanda was partly the cause of a flood that occurred back in 1974.
Does Brisbane have fluoride in the water?
Yes. A decision made by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk in 2012 has determined that fluoride will remain in Brisbane’s water supply. Water fluoridation is the controlled addition of fluoride to public drinking water supply to aid reduction of tooth decay.
Getting around and things to do
Does Brisbane have a beach?
Brisbane has an inland man-made beach. Streets Beach can be found in the South Bank Parklands, the former site of Brisbane's 1988 World Expo. The area includes a massive lagoon filled with fresh water, sandy beaches and tropical plants. As Australia's only inner-city man-made beach, the water is regularly recycled and the sand meticulously tended to keep it immaculate.
Hankering for the sea? No problem – approximately 18 minutes’ drive away you’ll find the historic Sandgate, one of Brisbane’s most picturesque seaside villages. The journey is approximately 20.5km – not far to go if you’re longing for a taste of sea air.
Does Brisbane have Uber?
Your Uber options in Brisbane include UberX, UberXL, UberASSIST and UberSELECT. It is one of the safest and most convenient ways to travel while in Brisbane.
How long is it from Brisbane to Sydney?
The journey between Brisbane and Sydney is approximately 919km, which would equate to approximately 9 hours and 26 minutes on the road.
With a choice of four airlines and 372 flights a week, the most convenient option may be to fly. The flight’s distance will cover approximately 750km in 1 hour and 30 minutes.
How long is it from Brisbane to Cairns?
The journey between Brisbane and Cairns is approximately 1,682km, which would equate to a massive 19 hours and 21 minutes’ drive time.
Flights between Brisbane and Cairns run 12-plus times per day, and the estimated duration of the flight would be 2 hours and 25 minutes. The distance would cover approximately 1,400km as the crow flies, and again, you have a choice of four airlines: TigerAir, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Qantas.
How long is it from Brisbane to Noosa?
The journey from Brisbane to Noosa is approximately 144km, or a 1 hour and 53 minute drive. Its glorious sunshine coast is a surfer’s dream and a genuine draw for many of us Aussies.
Noosa’s National Park is abundant with wildlife. Its forested edges scalloped with perfect beaches is only a 10-minute walk from one of Australia’s most elegant shopping strips – Hastings Street – which offers upscale restaurants, trendy cafes and bars, and designer fashion boutiques. All of this is only a stone's throw away from the turquoise waters of Noosa Main Beach. With so much on offer, this is genuinely worth a day trip!
How far is Brisbane from the Gold Coast?
The journey from Brisbane to the Gold Coast is approximately 77.8km, or only a one-hour drive. The Gold Coast is a metropolitan region south of Brisbane on the east coast.
Famed for its long sandy beaches and surfing spots, it’s easy to see why this would draw those holidaying in Brisbane. It’s also home to an array of theme parks including Dreamworld, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild.