Queensland's capital is a major centre of culture
Brisbane’s attractions such as the Queensland Museum, Queen Street Mall and South Bank Parklands, are as exciting as the landscape is lush. Balmy weather calls for alfresco dining – either in the shade or under the stars at one of the city’s fine riverside restaurants or stylish watering holes. When you’ve had your fill of food and drinks, there’s plenty to fill your social calendar, most notably events like its many lifestyle and foodie markets and its big-ticket cultural events like Ekka (the Royal Queensland Exhibition), the Brisbane International Film Festival and the Brisbane Festival. Beyond that, daytrippers needn’t venture far to trade the cityscape and urban vibe for hills, sand and turquoise waters as Moreton Bay, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast are within easy reach.
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When to go
Temperatures in the humid summer months (December-February) average around 30°C though this is also the time of heaviest rainfall. During autumn (March-May), the days are warm and the nights are cool while winter (June-August) sees similar conditions, though with slightly lower temperatures. Warm and sunny, spring (September-November) is marked by cool sea breezes.
For sports fans, March to September is the time to come in order to catch the National Rugby League’s Brisbane Broncos and the Australian Football League’s Brisbane Lions. EKKA with its fireworks and after-dark shows takes place in August, the Brisbane Festival happens in September and the Brisbane International Film Festival is held in November.
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Brisbane is one of Jetstar's major hubs, with many flights a day linking travellers to other Australian cities, as well as to New Zealand, Hawaii, Japan and many destinations in South-East Asia.
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Use the touch-on, touch-off “Go Card”, which is accepted on buses, CityCats, ferries and trains. Go Cards are available at most newsagents and at the Translink office at the Visitor Information Centre on the Queen Street Mall. The free Loop bus service is a quick and convenient way to explore the CBD. Operating Monday to Friday from 7am to 6pm, the Loop runs every 10 minutes and is a hop-on, hop-off service.
Travel time 25 minutes
Taxi Approx A$45
Con X-ion Bus Departs every 40 minutes. One-way: A$20, return A$36. Discount for two or more passengers. Takes 30 minutes.
Train Every 15 minutes during peak hours. One-way: A$15; return A$28.