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Brisbane

Country
Australia
State
Northern Territory
City
Brisbane
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

Brisbane, the biggest city of Australia in the sub tropics is a cosmopolitan and lively city that is truly a wonderful experience for every visitor. Doubling as the capital of Queensland, Brisbane is mainly a river city in spite of being so close to the coast. This third largest city of Australia has a population of around 1.6 million and enjoys clear summers and mild winters that make it an ideal destination to visit all year round. Brisbane has all the trappings of a modern city but still retains a relaxed pace of life with numerous beaches, parks and gardens surrounding it.

A delightful mix of modern and old colonial structures, Brisbane is truly a treat to the eyes. Besides, the sights and sounds of this wonderful city create such a sweet fusion that you are bound to fall in love with it. There are many things to see and do during your trip to Brisbane. We would suggest that you first visit the Mt. Coot - tha and enjoy a grand sight of the city stretching for miles on both sides. Shop at the classy Queen Street mall or visit the South Bank Parklands across the Brisbane River that is a great draw with its city beach, promenade, restaurants, parks and a host of other attractions.



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How to Reach

By Air

The Brisbane Airport sees a lot of flights landing and taking off everyday. Besides, the domestic flights from other Australian cities bring a lot of domestic visitors to this southwest city of Queensland. Located to the northeast of the city, Brisbane Airport is the biggest airport in Australia. The recognition however is due to the maximum land area that this airport covers. Apart from being the largest, Brisbane Airport, after overtaking Melbourne's position, is now considered as the second busiest airport in Australia. This huge airport has both domestic as well as international terminals. Throughout day and night, flights from around the globe take off and land on this airport. Almost all the major international carriers link this coastal city with the rest of the world. The Brisbane Airport has frequent flights that connect all the major capital cities of Australia with Brisbane. Virgin Blue Airlines, Australia's second largest airline, has its headquarters in this city. Almost all the major international carriers like Qantas, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Malaysia Airlines and other major international airlines regularly take off from Brisbane Airport. The Air Train Service takes passengers from the domestic and international terminals of Brisbane Airport to the city. The ride from the airport to the heart of the city takes about 20 minutes.

By Train

The CityTrain operates 10 suburban lines. Each of these different routes is distinguished by a unique color. The Caboolture Line, for example, is green and running along this railway track, trains journey between the Central and Caboolture stations. The red colored Ferny Grove Line runs between the Central and the Ferny Grove stations. The domestic terminal of the Brisbane Airport is linked to the Central station via the Airport Line. Yellow is the color of the track and is mostly frequented by the domestic passengers. Other lines such as: the Shorncliffe line, the Doomben line, the Exhibition Line, the Ipswich Line are also painted with unique colors.

By Bus

Bus Service is the backbone of transportation in Brisbane and is a great way to explore this beautiful city. Run by both public and private bus operators, buses are very efficient and always operate on time. The bus services come under the jurisdiction of the Brisbane Transport Authority, which makes sure that proper guidelines are followed. However, the bus service to the regional areas, i.e. outside the perimeter of the city, is operated by private sector companies. Different bus services like the southeast bus-way, Brisbane bus-lines, bus charters and Brisbane region bus service are some of the bus services operated in the city.

Key places to visit
City Hall , Botanic Gardens, Anzac Square, Moreton Island, Old Government House


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Places to Visit

City Hall

City Hall (1920-30) is a building in neoclassical style with a tall tower in Florentine style and a colonnaded façade and portico.

Although the modern high-rise blocks are higher than the tower, it still offers an impressive view of the city from the platform at the top (lift; not open on Sundays). Within the City Hall is the City Gallery, with a collection which includes historical documents, photographs, ceramics and furniture as well as pictures, mainly 19th C works (outback scenes by Richard J Randall).

Hobbies & Activities category: Paintings, art collections;  Glass, porcelain, pottery exhibit;  Government or institution building;  Historical museum;  Architecture - Neo-Classical;  Photo collection, exhibit;  Scenic site or route;  Towers, monuments, observation deck

Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens were first established in 1858 are located on a bend in the Brisbane River. These gardens are definitely up there as one of Brisbane's beautiful parks. There is a cafi nestled amongst the garden with a fresh innovative menu. A notable feature of the gardens is the mangrove boardwalk with an avenue of bunya pines
Off Alice Street; open daily

Anzac Square

The Anzac Square has some amazingly immaculately groomed landscaping and has radial paths leading to the Shrine of Remembrance that has been designed in a Greek Classic Revival style.
Between Ann and Adelaide streets

Moreton Island

Moreton Island, much of which is a national park, has beautiful sandy beaches, with dunes, expanses of heathland and an abundance of bird life. Mount Tempest is the highest coastal sand dune (280m). On the east side of the island is a 30km long surfing beach; on the sheltered west side are three small settlements, anchorages and a resort complex at Tangalooma, which until 1962 was the only whaling station in Queensland. Now you can feed dolphins there, by hand. There are signposted tracks for all-terrain vehicles and walking trails. The lighthouse at the northern tip of the island was built in 1857.

Old Government House

The Old Government House was built in 1860-2 for the first governor of the new colony. This handsome building with its gracefully rounded portico and arcading remained in government hands until 1910, when it became the home of the University of Queensland. It is now part of the Queensland Institute of Technology, and also houses the headquarters of the National Trust, the body responsible for the protection of ancient monuments (bookshop, information center).

Right Time to Visit

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Temperature

January - March -> 29 to 20.6(°C) - Summer
July - August -> 9 to 10.5(°C) - Winter


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