Brisbane Travel Guide & Information

Brisbane is the state capital of the Australian state of Queensland and is the largest city in that state. The city situated on the Brisbane River is fast becoming a world-class city, renowned for its culture, architecture and landscape. As Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane offers visitors a stimulating city experience in a warm, friendly and relaxed environment.

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Travel to Brisbane, a cosmopolitan and lively city, home to many different types of scenery, including skyscrapers, parklands and, even an artificial beach. Flights to Brisbane is your passport to a city that hosted a string of major international events during the 80s, including the 1982 Commonwealth Games and Expo 88. The city has emerged as a lively, cosmopolitan city with several interesting districts with great restaurants, green parks, busy cultural calendar and a vibrant nightlife.

Brisbane is a genuine new-world with lovely people and lots of attractions. Despite its rapid growth, Brisbane strongly embraces its laid back warm atmosphere, making it a "Must Visit" city.

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Things to do in Brisbane

Museums:

Brisbane has lots of museums reflecting its historical past.

Queensland Maritime Museum: The Queensland Maritime Museum is located on the southern bank of the Brisbane River. The museum was founded in 1971 and contains two levels of exhibits, featuring historic sailing ship models with merchant shipping, from early cargo ships to modern container ships, tankers and cruise liners. The museum also includes a library that stocks documents, pictures and other relevant artifacts relating to maritime history.

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Queensland Military Memorial Museum: The Queensland Military Memorial Museum presents educational displays to those of interest in Queensland's military heritage, from uniforms dating back to 1857, medals from the New Zealand Wars, to present days photographs from pre-Federation Queensland, weapons from an 1800 'brown Bess' musket, to modern firearms and swords. Displays are set out chronologically and date back to the early 1800s and continue through present day.

Gallery of Modern Art:The Queensland Art Gallery is Queensland's premier visual arts institution and a leading national art museum. The Gallery's driving philosophy is to connect art and people. The collection is comprised of more than 11 000 contemporary & historical Australian, indigenous Australian and international paintings, sculptures, decorative art objects and works on paper.

Must See:

Brisbane is home to several world class attractions.

Alma Park Zoo:Alma Park Zoo is located north of Brisbane and is filled with Australian and exotic species. Alma Park zoo is fully landscaped with walking paths through tropical gardens under a canopy of rainforest trees and plants. Besides hand feeding kangaroos, deer, donkeys, emus, Himalayan tahrs, wallabies and some of the animals at the Friendship Farm, visitors can have a unique experience of holding a koala, snake or baby crocodile.

QueensPlaza: Is a market shopping center located in the Central Business District of Brisbane, found on Adelaide Street, Queen Street Mall, and Edward Street. The shopping center also has many national and international retail brands, some exclusive to Brisbane, as well as a number of high fashion stores including Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Company, to name a few. QueensPlaza has three main shopping levels, plus an extra two levels exclusively for the David Jones department store.

Roma Street Parklands: Roma Street Parklands is the world's largest subtropical garden in a city center and home to 1800 unique species of plants. The parkland features a variety of themed gardens and recreational areas, with a web of pathways and boardwalks traversing cascading waterways and rocky outcrops, and also in situ artworks by 16 local artists.

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Where to Stay in Brisbane :

Being a world class destination, Brisbane offers cheap hotels, 4-Star Hotels Under $99, Bed and Breakfast Inns, quaint and charming hotels, as well as youth hostels for backpackers.

The City Center : The Central Business District is where you’ll find most of Brisbane's major businesses and several shopping malls, cinemas, parks and lots of Brisbane's historical tourist attractions. Visitors who are looking for luxurious hotels or renowned hotel chains should consider this area. There are several hotels in the heart of the city overlooking the thriving and bustling Queen Street Mall. Heading west from downtown, budget travelers will discover numerous smaller, moderately priced hotels.

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South Bank : The South Bank area is speckled with numerous attractions, like Queensland's Cultural Centre, Art Gallery, Museum, Conservatorium of Music, South Bank parklands and the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Center, make this a must-see area. Visitors looking for extended stay hotels or small boutique hotels should consider this area.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

As per the latest travel information available for Brisbane, here are the following passport and visa guidelines to assist you further.

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* U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport to enter Australia and must enter with an Australian visa or, if eligible, through the Electronic Travel Authority or ETA.

* The ETA replaces a visa and allows tourists a stay of up to three months. It may be obtained for a small service fee.

* For detailed information on the ETA, visit the Web site of the Australian Electronic Travel Authority.

For Canadian Citizens:

* A valid Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit Australia. The passport must be valid for at least the duration of your stay in the country.

* Canadians must also be in possession of a visa or an Electronic Travel Authority.

* The ETA has replaced the visa stamp for most tourists or business travelers making a short-term visit to Australia and can be obtained directly from any participating travel agent or from an airline reservation office.

* For more information on ETA please visit the Australian ETA Website.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Brisbane.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Brisbane

Hot summers and mild winters make up Brisbane’s weather, which is why it’s such a great year round destination. June through August is a high-peak season, primarily due to its lovely weather.

Budget travelers might want to visit Brisbane during October through March, which might be a bit hotter and more humid than other seasons. However, flights are cheaper and so are hotel reservations.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (June to August)

Low season: (October to March)

Brisbane Weather

Brisbane has a humid subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and dry, mild winters.

* Brisbane's summer months, December, January and February are particularly hot, with fine weather, although there may be an occasional rain shower during this time of the year.

* Spring in Brisbane is from September to November, and although there is more chance of rain and overcast weather, it’s still a great time to travel to Brisbane.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

Before departing, be sure to call your bank and let them know when you’ll be traveling and find out what the ATM fees are.

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