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Brisbane | The Ultimate Travel Guide
What to do, where to stay and when to go on the ideal weekend city break
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Brisbane might not be the first destination you think of when considering a holiday to Queensland, but the state’s capital is more than just a busy city.
Amidst the city highrises, this underrated Australian city has secretly been building itself into a cultural hotspot. Its food, music, arts and sports culture is rich and dynamic, and its nightlife is exciting and edgy, making it ideal for anyone from families to friends.
Nothing is ever too far in Brisbane and with the pace being serenely slower than in Sydney and Melbourne, you can relax, unwind and enjoy it at your ease over a few days.
Got a spare weekend and are wanderlusting? Brisbane has the cure.
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Getting around Brisbane
Luckily, navigating your way around Brisbane is simple with the right know-how, and there are plenty of private and public transportation options available.
We've outlined your transport options as well as the best apps to download before you arrive so you'll know exactly how to get from attraction to attraction quickly, cheaply and easily.
Brisbane public transport
Types of transport: Buses, trams, trains and ferries all service Brisbane CBD. For visitors, there is a free city loop bus service that departs every 15 minutes between 7:00am and 6:00pm from the red bus stops.
Paying for transport: The go card is TransLink's electronic ticket. It lets you ride all its services without having to purchase individual tickets by pre-loading it with funds. The go card can be used on public transport throughout Brisbane and wider Queensland. It can also be used on Brisbane's Airtrain. Cards can be purchased and topped up online or at local retailers.
Best apps for getting around: The MyTransApp is the official app for Brisbane TransLink services. Its features include a journey planner, trip announcer which allows you to see upcoming stops and your remaining journey time, stop timetable and stop finder.
Taxi: Taxis are available throughout Brisbane and can be pre-booked or hailed on the street.
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What's there to do in Brisbane?
The largest city in Queensland, Brisbane has lots of things to do no matter what kind of trip you're hoping to have, including art galleries, state history museums, chic restaurants, trendy bars and plenty of outdoor activities. After all, this is the sunshine state. Taking a cruise along the Brisbane river, meeting the wildlife at a nearby sanctuary and going whale watching (June to October) are ideal ways to soak up the sun while making the most of your time in the state capital.
If you're looking for something a bit out of the ordinary to do, consider a trip out to the Brisbane hinterland or get a whole new perspective of BrisVegas by abseiling at the Kangaroo Point cliffs or climbing the Story Bridge.
Does Brisbane have a beach?
As Australia's only inner-city man-made beach - Streets Beach - can be found in the South Bank Parklands in the Brisbane CBD. The water is regularly recycled and the sand meticulously tended to keep it immaculate. The area includes a massive lagoon filled with fresh water, sandy beaches and tropical plants.
Hankering for the sea? No problem – approximately 18 minutes' drive away you'll find the historic Sandgate on Moreton Bay, 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.
If you're looking for crashing waves or to do some surfing on your trip, you'll need to travel a bit further afield. The Sunshine Coast, which is about an hour north of the city or the Gold Coast, an hour south, are ideal day trips or add-ons to a Brisbane break.
Brisbane travel deals
Domestic flights from $41 each way
Available on Australia flights until 15 June 2022. Sample fare is Adelaide-Melbourne with Jetstar. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, Cairns, Perth and more.
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Available until 28 February 2022 on pick up and drop off locations including Brisbane, Cairns, Hobart, Perth and Sydney. T&Cs apply.
Rex Airlines flights from $59 each way
Available on select travel dates from 1 December 2021 – 31 March 2022. Destinations include Melbourne, Coffs Harbour, Canberra and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Brisbane.
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