Australia's "most liveable city", Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, the Sunshine State. While Brisbane is a vibrant but relaxed city with so much to see and do, it is also the gateway to the sun, surf and beaches of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
Standard time zone: UGT/GMT +10 hours.
No daylight saving time at present.
The weather in Brisbane is comfortable and sub-tropical. The city of Brisbane enjoys a very enviable climate of brilliant hot summers and clear mild winters. These enticing attributes ensure that Brisbane is idyllic for visitors all year round. Seasons in Australia are the reverse of North America and Europe. For example, Christmas day usually spent at the beach or around the pool with a cool drink in hand!
Summer is December to February, Autumn March to May, Winter June to August, and Spring September to November. Average Temperatures: Summer: 29C maximum, 21C minimum; Winter: 22C maximum, 10C minimum. Water Temperature: Summer 25C , Winter 19C.
For more accurate Brisbane Weather information visit the Australian Bureau of Meteorology
GETTING AROUND BRISBANE
Brisbane's excellent transport infrastructure makes it relatively easy to get from point A to point Z and virtually anywhere in between with minimal interruptions or changes. Buses, trains, CityCat Ferries, hire cars, taxis and even water taxis are all available at regular intervals throughout the day and night and there's little chance of you being stuck in the middle of nowhere and no way to get home.
The Queensland Government's transport website TransLink, provides a detailed trip planning guide with fare calculators, timetables and suggestions on the best way to get between (almost) any two points in Queensland, right down to how far you have to walk to the bus stop.
WHAT TO DO IN BRISBANE
- Brisbane City Hall clock tower tour - this iconic landmark is free to tour and is open to the public seven days a week from 10am - 5pm. For more information click here.
- Wheel of Brisbane - The Wheel of Brisbane offers a spectacular 360 degree panoramic view of Brisbane City from the heart of Brisbane's cultural, lifestyle and entertainment precinct, The Parklands, South Bank. For more information click here.
- South Bank Precinct and Streets Beach - Australia's only beach in the middle of the city, Streets Beach is one of South Bank's most popular attractions. For more information click here.
- Story Bridge Climb - The Story Bridge Adventure Climb is a soft adventure experience walk on top of the iconic structure. It's one of Brisbane's must-do leisure experiences and a spectacular way to discover the city and surrounding areas. For more information click here.
- Loan Pine Koala Sanctuary - Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary, with 80 years of experience and over 130 koalas. For more information click here.
- QPAC - The Queensland Performing Arts Centre hosts world class entertainment in the Concert Hall, Lyric Theatre, Cremorne Theatre and the Playhouse. It's the second home to the state's leading performing arts companies - Queensland Theatre Company, Queensland Ballet, Queensland Orchestra and Opera Queensland. For more information click here.
- Brisbane's Botanical Gardens - The Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mount Coot-tha are Queensland's premier subtropical botanic gardens. These 52 hectare gardens are situated seven kilometres from the city centre, and offer a variety of environments and natural wildlife. For more information click here.
- Mt Cootha - Panoramic views of the city, stretching out to Moreton Bay and around to the distant mountains can be seen from the observation deck at Brisbane Lookout Mt Coot-tha. These spectacular views are only a short drive from the city centre. At night, the city lights and star-lit skies are spread before you. For more information click here.
For more information on what to do in Brisbane and surrounding areas please click here.
South Bank is one of Brisbane’s best dining hotspots with an array of cafes, pubs, bars, take-away restaurants and gourmet eateries to suit any taste. Just some of the precinct’s many cuisine styles include Turkish, Indian, Malaysian, Japanese, Mediterranean, Modern Australian, Russian and Italian. Click here to view a list of South Bank Restaurants.
The Australian dollar is divided into 100 cents. One and two cent coins are no longer in circulation, but many items in shops and supermarkets are priced in odd amounts, such as $1.97 or $9.99. The law provides that the TOTAL bill is rounded up or down to the nearest 5 cents. So $19.97 becomes $19.95, $19.98 becomes $20.00. Coin denominations are 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c $1 and $2. Notes are $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100, colour coded and made from a plastic compound that will survive a wash or a swim.
All banks have automated teller machines (ATMs) accessible 24-hours a day, generally outside the branch or in the foyer. Check with your card issuer that your charge or account-linked credit card can be used in this way, and at which bank as none accept every brand of card.
Travellers cheques, especially in foreign currencies, are generally NOT accepted EXCEPT by hotels and big stores and tourist shops. These display a 'travellers cheques welcome' sign. Cash your cheques at a bank or Bureau de Change to ensure you have enough spending money. The same holds true for foreign currency, which is not generally accepted by Australian businesses and shops.
No service charge applies in Australia. Tipping is not mandatory but a tip in restaurants and hotel bars is optional for exceptional service.
Brisbane Visitors Information: http://www.brisbane.visitorsbureau.com.au/visitorinfo.html
Australian Explorer - Travel Info for Brisbane: http://www.australianexplorer.com/brisbane_information.htm
Maps of Brisbane: http://www.brisbane-australia.com/maps.html
Brisbane Tours and Activities: http://www.brisbane.visitorsbureau.com.au/tours.html
Visit Brisbane - https://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/things-to-do
Yellow Cabs website with taxi fare calculator: http://www.yellowcab.com.au