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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.

Rideshare options in Brisbane

Four rideshare companies operate in Brisbane: Uber, Didi, Ola, and Bolt (Taxify). If you've not used any of them before, you can get a discount on your first ride of up to $20.

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.

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    SandhuOctober 14, 2018

    Is torrens university a good one??

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      JohnOctober 15, 2018Staff

      Hi Sandhu,

      Thank you for leaving a question.

      Torrens University is a private university in Australia. It is part of the Laureate International Universities network with campus in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Upon commission, Torrens University became the 40th university in Australia and the first new university for 20 years. You may also check on review pages for that university to learn more about them. Hope this helps!


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    PhilipSeptember 24, 2018

    Am thinking of going over to work,study and live in Australia…Checked out a couple of cities and have decided to choose Brisbane ,but how fast can I get settled in?.

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      JohnSeptember 25, 2018Staff

      Hi Philip,

      Thank you for leaving a question.

      Brisbane is a great place to settle in Australia. Because of fast population growth in the last few years, there is a lot of infrastructure growth in Brisbane. Some of the key industries include construction, education, health, finance, retail, hospitality, and transport. Opportunities for careers are currently good and set to increase in the near future. Rental reports reveal Brisbane is one of the most affordable capital cities to rent in the entire country. The median price for units is $390 per week, while houses are around $450. However, if you head to the outer suburbs and you’ll find prices drop considerably. Hope this helps!


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    JonathanFebruary 23, 2018Staff

    Hi Hemendar, thanks for your inquiry.

    Rent a unit means you are paying to stay in a unit.

    Rent a house means you are paying to stay in a house.



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