Hotel Carindale

Carindale Street, Brisbane, State of Queensland 4152, Australia
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Local Tour Company

by TravelingSue

Some friends and I are coming to Brisbane next month on a cruise. Does anyone have any suggestions of a local tour company that does shore excursions for 12-15 people in a van. Also, how far is the shopping areas from the cruise pier? Thanks. Sue

Re: Local Tour Company

by balhannah

The shopping areas of Brisbane Mall are not that far from the Cruise terminal. You could get Taxi, Bus or catch the city cat ferry from Bretts wharf at hamilton, just a short walk towards the city on kingsford smith drive, from the cruise terminal. You can easily walk around the city and be kept busy for the day. There is an information centre in the mall.

Re: Local Tour Company

by Maryimelda

I agree with Deidre on transport to the city, but would probably lean more to the CityCat than the buses. You really don't need a tour company as Brisbane City Centre is very walkable and good for shopping. You could also walk across one of our pedestrian bridges to Southbank or the new modern art gallery. Then just get back on the City Cat and ride back to Brett's Wharf. It's a ten minute walk from Bretts Wharf straight ahead to Portside where your ship will be docked.

Re: Local Tour Company

by balhannah

Yes, I agree, I think the city cat would be a really nice way to go into the city!

Re: Local Tour Company

by TravelingSue

Thanks so much. Appreciate your info. Any suggestions on where the best place is to shop. I love local handicrafts or artwork by local artists. Happy Trails. Sue

Re: Local Tour Company

by balhannah

If you are there on the weekend and Friday, for arts and crafts, the southbank markets are excellent, this is the website
also the riverside markets

Re: Local Tour Company

by Maryimelda

Or the Riverside markets on Sunday. See my Brisbane page for tips in "Things to Do".

Re: Local Tour Company

by thegreynomad

Probably any markets are good for arts and crafts, the brisbane mall for normal shopping and a taxi to nearby Toombul shopping mall for normal shopping.

Travel Tips for Brisbane

The sky

by Amareyui

The sky in Queensland seemed to be broader and higher than any sea level place I could recall. I believe the specialty of the sky above Brisbane is the light sky blue colour, which looks just about perfect, and the always clear atmosphere.


by balhannah

This is what they call a WILD RIDE!

What happens, is you are a passenger in a car driven by one of the professional Stunt drivers currently work in the film industry, both in Australia and overseas.
They have worked on movies such as Mad Max, Mission Impossible 2, Ghost Rider, Superman, etc., so they know what they are doing!
So......If you want a "wild ride" in Brisbane, then you may enjoy this!

A "Wild Ride" includes..... 90 and 180 degree turns... Barrel turns ... Reverse and forward 180 degree spins ....Reverse and forward 360 degree spins

PHONE.....07 3287 1551
Tollfree: 1300 559 170

PRICE IN 2009 is $110 ( Booking essential)

Time 2pm

Willow Bank (Brisbane - Queensland)

WILLOWBANK Raceway: Champions Way, Willowbank. Willowbank Raceway is approximately 50 kms west of Brisbane, on the outskirts of Ipswich and close to the Amberley air force base.

Tipping in Restaurants

by thedouglas

This is a topic which has attracted a lot of discussion between myself and local friends over the years. Tipping is definitely not a cultural must here as it is in many other countries of the world. In Asia, I regard it as a polite acknowledgement of excellent service, but also a knowledge of limited pay to the staff member. In Australia, our restaurant staff are paid quite well. However, a tip of rule-of-thumb 10% of the bill is regarded as a polite indication of appreciation of a high quality service from your waitperson.

My daughter works in an inner city pub-restaurant, and makes a lot of money from tips. She works in a fair establishment, where case tips and allowed to be retained, and any credit card tips are honestly added to wages at the end of the pay period. However, just a note to those of you are might consider tipping in Brisbane, this may not be the norm, so, if it matters to you, ask.

Brisbane Markets

by aberacadabra

It's the best Brissy weekend market for fruits, greens and morning tea while you stock up for the kitchen. It's only open on saturdays and Sundays. On weekdays, it functions as a wholesale market so it's basically offlimits except for the weekends. Entry is $1 per-person with unlimited entries for the day. Kids under 15 enter for free.
The variety of fruits beats those at Woolworths and Coles and so do the prices. So it's worth the $1 fee per person.

Location: Sherwood Road, Rocklea.

Parks by the river

by Sweetberry1

There are some fantastic areas by the river, just to get away from the madding crowds for a while :))

The river is not normally this color, it was churned up with heavy rains, just before I took this shot..


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