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Pay to Park on the Street
Using Parking Meters for street parking in Brisbane Central Business District and surrounding areas.
Parking spaces are marked with a white front and back line.
There will be a nearby sign denoting the times during which payment to park is required.
The sign will denote the maximum time allowed in that particular parking spot plus hours during which payment is required.
Take particular note of the sign. Inner city regulations have changed recently to extend the pay-parking hours to include night times and weekends.(formerly not charged)
Be advised that putting more money into the parking meter to extend your stay past the maximum time allowed will not prevent you receiving a parking violation ticket. Or two violation tickets if, for example, you extend your 2 hour max for another 2 hours and over stay that period as well. It is necessary to shift the vehicle to another parking place if you wish to stay for more than the advertised maximum!!!!
Brisbane has both individual parking meters per parking space and newer ticketless “PAY HERE” meters serving a number of spaces. The parking meter will be marked with a number matching the Zone Number on the sign indicating max parking time etc.
Be advised check out other signs on the street near your parking spot There may be other restrictions. Typically clearways are marked on busy thoroughfares during peak traffic periods. Signage will indicate. Don't have your car towed away!!
HOW TO USE the “PAY HERE” meters.
It is necessary to enter the correct registration plate details without any spaces on the screen and press the green “OK” button. Details of the costs are displayed and a choice of cash or credit card. You have 20 seconds to begin the payment process or the transaction is cancelled and you will have to start again. Minimum coinage is 20 cents. Add coins to suit time required and press "OK".
Select the credit card option if that is the method preferred. With your credit card facing upwards and the electronic strip on the left, insert card fully and then remove immediately. Screen will display “time required” arrows each side can be used to set the time. Press OK when done.
A receipt ticket is issued. There is no requirement to display the ticket on the dash of the vehicle.
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"Go Card" is a new cheaper way of paying for public transport.
At Train Stations and selected shops you can purchase the card. The immediate cost is $20, which includes the $5 deposit, plus $15 for fares. By using the go card, I save about 30% on each single paper ticket price, and if I use my card more than 10 times in a week (Monday to Sunday), I get a further 50% off.
It is easier, as there is no need to queue for a ticket and you don't have to buy separate tickets for different zones travelled - and you can use it on buses, trains and ferries. If you have to change Trains, just do not exit from the station, that way you are not charged any extra to continue your journey.
Simply touch the big round 'go card button' on at the beginning of your journey making sure you hear the correct beep, and get the green light, the same at the end of your journey....REMEMBER TO TOUCH OFF!
Your fare is automatically deducted from your card balance.
You must remember to touch ON and OFF! otherwise you will be charged extra!
At the end of your journey, the balance on the card is automatically adjusted to the correct amount.
And, if you register your card, you can top up online or by phone.
No need to worry if you do not wish to purchase a card, paper tickets are still available.
When you have finished with your card, you can hand it in and get a cash refund.
If you remember to do all that, no worries, if not, and the Inspector gets on, you will be fined.
If you need more information on Public transport in Brisbane, check the website given.
I have put this tip here as it is about the shopping/eating area where the Ship's dock.
This is a modern area known as "Portside Wharf," an area where you can come and enjoy even if you are not going cruising.
There is plenty of seating, lots of Restaurants and outdoor Cafes, it is a really nice setting. There is an IGA Supermarket for those who want to buy something in the grocery/drink line.
It is at Portside Wharf where the Taxi Stand is, right beside the shops.
Want to use public transport.....No problem as the Transit Link bus stop is near the round about. If you are coming from the city, catch bus 300 on Adelaide Street at City Hall (Stop 18) to the Bretts Wharf bus stop - just 200m from Portside Wharf. This is also the pick up point for bus 300 on its return journey to the city. This website has the timetables..... translink.com.au
Another way to come here is by Train, stopping at stations - Ascot and Doomben, both a few kms from Portside Wharf. You would need a taxi if you had luggage.
Coming by air, well the Domestic and International Airports are accessed along Kingsford Smith Drive, and are approx 7kms away.
By car, follow Kingsford Smith Drive along the Brisbane River, past Racecourse Road and turn right into Harbour Road. or turn left if coming the other direction.
If somebody is coming to pick you up, then no need to worry about parking as there is undercover and curbside parking for 350 cars, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
A pleasant thing to do, is to walk along the Riverside walkways. If you aren't feeling energetic, then perhaps head to the Cinema complex to see one of the new release movies.
Comparing this with other Ports, we thought it was one of the best.
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CRUISE SHIP TERMINAL FOR LARGE SHIPS
For larger Ships that cruise into Brisbane, they have to dock at Fisherman Islands at the grain wharf, not a very nice entry port into Brisbane. Buses ferry the passengers into Brisbane, and visitors are NOT allowed on the dock.
To view these larger ships, like the Queen Mary II, you need to go to Pinkenba on the north side of the Brisbane River. This area gives a good views of these Ships.
For everything else you need to know, please check the listed website.
BRISBANE CRUISE SHIP TERMINAL
The Brisbane Cruise Ship terminal can be found alongside the Brisbane River Suburb of Hamilton.
This is where the majority of Cruise ships come, it is only the extra large that have to dock at Outer Harbour. [Fisherman Islands]
Ships that dock here are:-
The Sun Princess
The Pacific Princess
The Pacific Dawn
The Black Watch
The Crystal Serenity
If you are coming here for boarding, then you will not miss the large warehouse where you check in and leave your luggage, it is to the left of Portside Wharf where you can go for a coffee whilst waiting to board.
Perhaps you are a sightseer, then for your convenience, this website has details of what Ships will be in port on what day.
The Brisbane Cruise Terminal is ideally located next Portside Wharf, details of which I will go into on my next tip.
Clem 7 Tunnel Brisbane
Well this toll tunnel cuts out Fortitude Valley and Central Brisbane and takes you from Wooloongabba to Bowen Hills....not far from The Royal Hospital. It is 20 minutes quicker and 20kms shorter than going via the Gateway on a trip from Sunshine Coast to Mt Gravatt. Saves fuel as well. It bypasses 24 sets of existing traffic lights.
Yet once the free tolls ceased the tunnel has been almost empty (May 2010). There were some problems on exit with traffic lights but given this savings outlined it is hard to understand why the numbers have dropped.
The tunnel originally proposed in 2001 was the brain child Lord Mayor Jim Soorley.
The entry at the Bowen Hills side was inspired by a Moreton Bay Fig Tree. The tunnel is 7 kilometres long and gently descends 60 metres under the Brisbane River.
There is electronic signage to communicate accidents or traffic incidents. Plus, in an emergency, essential information will be sent over all radio frequencies (blocking your usual music or news in the car) and via loudspeaker.
There are pedestrian connections between the northbound and southbound tunnels, and if there is an emergency, people can move into the other tunnel via green painted doors, marked by a large stylized image of a man. There is no way for cars to change direction in the tunnels though.
Some facts:The tunnel consists of 308,000 tonnes of concrete tiles, 192 kilometres of electrical cable, 120 jet fans, 166 emergency phones and about 2000 lights.
• Deepest point 60 metres underground
• Speed limit 80 km/hr(variable and can be lowered if required)
• Mobile phones and radios will work in the tunnel
• Road surface is concrete, not bitumen
• White side panels are used to reflect all light
• One tunnel northbound, one tunnel southbound; two lanes per tunnel
Suggest you give it a go. Make sure you know about paying the toll...see website' govia'
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GPS For Life
I can't imagine how in ancient times, people relied on stars to travel. I would have been one of those who had never made it to the location. Even with GPS, there was a chance that I'd missed the turning or had taken the wrong turning.
Still, the GPS had povided me with very invaluable data. For example, how long more till my next pee stop at a petrol station, what can I expect at the next town, etc.
I really can't do without it!
I thought it was just 2 hours. I thought that it would not cost me much. Well, I thought wrong. In Chinatown, one could park at the side of the road from 7.30pm onwards. But I arrived at about 6pm and I guess I had three options. 1. Park anyway and risk my car getting towed away. 2. Drive around the block until it's 7.30pm. Or 3. park in a secured carpark.
I took the third option and boy oh boy, for the two hours that I'd park there, I'd to pay $16!
Boy, that is one piece of a very expensive paper!
Moral of the story? Don't park in or near the city. It costs, dearly.
The way quite a few people like to travel Australia on the cheap [especially Backpackers] is by Campervan. There are quite a few companies that offer cheap rentals, and some like Travellers autobarn will buy back campers.
Quite often, the variety of rentals range from..... Campervans, Vans, Stationwagons and Four Wheel Drives.
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Getting around Brisbane without a car
If you are travelling to Brisbane and do not have a car, the best way by far to get around is public transport. Ticketing on Brisbane public transport is complicated, with 23 fare zones (which you will generally need to know in advance in order to buy a one-way ticket) and a variety of single and multi-use tickets each with their own set of conditions and limitations on when, where, and how you can use them. Without a little local knowledge it is very easy to buy the wrong ticket or simply to buy a ticket that you don't actually need, and this can be quite expensive.
The absolute best option for using Public Transport in Brisbane is the Go Card. Go Card is an electronic pre-paid ticket that automatically calculates the cheapest fare for your journey. They cost $20 (which includes $5 credit and $10 emergency credit, emergency credit lets you finish your current journey if your regular credit runs out halfway to your destination). Go Cards never expire, but you can surrender your card just before leaving Brisbane and be refunded any unused credit (both regular and emergency credit).
TRAIN OR COACH
If you are arriving in Brisbane by Long Distance Train or Long Distance Bus, you will be arriving at the Roma Street Transit Centre. After you arrive, go down to the bottom floor, and you can buy your Go Card from the Citytrain Ticket Window.
If you are arriving in Brisbane by Plane, you will fly into Brisbane Airport. You cannot buy a Go Card at the airport, instead, proceed to the airtrain station and catch a train to Roma Street. This costs about $15. You can purchase your Go Card once you get to Roma Street.
If you are arriving in Brisbane by Ship, you will most likely dock at the Portside Wharf. From here, it's about a 600m walk along hercules street and harbour road to a 7eleven where you can buy a Go Card. Public transport is located 250m past the 7eleven, right on the river.
USING PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Once you have the card you can top it up over the phone from your credit card, or at any railway staion and many newsagents and 7elevens. You can then jump on any bus, train, ferry or city cat and not worry about working out the correct fare, the Go Card does it for you. Use the journey planner on the translink website below to navigate your way around.
Technical terms in the journey planner..
- Translink Services = Buses, ferries or trains that you can pay for with a Go Card.
- Suburb = Will find services to any destination within walking distance of the borders of this suburb.
- Landmark = Will find services to any destination within walking distance of this actual landmark or point of interest.
- Location = Will only find services that stop exactly at this location.
- Stop = Pretty much the same as a location.
HOW TO GET A REFUND
When you are finished, you can surrender your Go Card and get a refund of unused credit at the newsagent at Central Railway station (Cnr Ann and Edward St, City). From here you can catch a train to the airport for $15, a train to Roma Street (for Coaches and Long Distance Trains) for $3.40. To get back to Portside Wharf for ships, you take the long escalator down from the Central Station concourse, walk through the tunnel into the shopping centre, then out of the shopping centre onto Adelaide Street. Find bus stop 23 (you'll need to cross edward street). From here you can catch the 300 bus to Brett's Wharf ($3.90), which is an 800m walk from the Cruise ship terminal (follow the board walk along the river in the same direction the bus was already heading).
Driving from the South to Northside of Brisbane
Brisbane is divided by the Brisbane River that runs through the centre of the city.
We call the areas either side, the "NORTH' & "SOUTH"
The tourist areas of the "GOLD COAST" are on the SOUTH SIDE
The tourist areas of the 'SUNSHINE COAST" are on the NORTH SIDE
To get from one side to the other, you can either go through the city and many, many sets of traffic lights, by following Gympie road which becomes the Bruce Highway.
The other way, is to use the GATEWAY BRIDGE.
This is the shorter, quicker way, it is a TOLL ROAD, so you need to buy or pay for your toll online or at an outlet. (see other tip on tolls), this is if you do not have a scanner.
It is a very busy road, especially at PEAK TIMES, BEST TO AVOID THIS TIME OF DAY.
The road and bridge is being duplicated in 2009, so should be a lot better in the future.
The northside is good now, with only 4 lanes for a start near the bridge, then a 6 lane
highway as far as the turnoff to Bribie Island, so its good driving.
If you are a passenger in the car, then you have good views as you drive over the bridge, as it is very high to allow ships to pass under.
It is called the 'GATEWAY MOTORWAY" OR "M1"
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Getting around Brisbane
One of the best way to get around the Inner City is to grab a 1-Day ticket covering Zones 1 and 2, which gets you to the Outer City as well.
The ticket covers transport on buses, inner city trains and the City Cat ferries.
A 1-day Off-Peak Adult ticket is A$4.40 circa Aug 2008, on a Sat.
I managed to get to Mount Cook-tha on the same 1-Day ticket, which wasn't half bad!
Just hop around the inner city stations. Brisbane Central and Roma Street are important interchanges.
Check bus schedules and board buses at designated bus stops
CITY CAT FERRIES
There are other services so please board them at the right piers.
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No need to pollute the air ;-)
Considering that Brisbane is Australia's 3rd largest city, the city centre seems kind of small and actually everything's within walking distance.
If you still want to use public transportation, you can either take a bus (one line is even for free) or train. They also have those fancy looking ferries called City Cat which take you up and down the river (a good idea to take one to Southbank if you don't want to walk all the way down the bridge). What's really great is that if you have a train ticket from the outer suburbs of Brisbane to the city centre, you can use this ticket for the City Cat too (to ALL destinations).
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The Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council have had the initiative to link the various forms of transport in the city area into an integrated system, where you can buy one ticket for the day (or week) and use it on all transport systems – trains, buses and ferries. As this is written, the cost for a daily ticket for zones 1 and 2 (which covers all my tips, other than “off the beaten path”) will cost you $5.20A . A similar weekly ticket will be $20.80A.
The website I have listed below gives all the information you are likely to need for travelling around Brisbane. It even has a trip planner – though I rather feel that will be more use to locals who understand the details than for visitors, who I doubt could be expected to understand the somewhat summarised details.
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Daily Trip Ticket
The best way to see Brisbane and its suburbs is to purchase a daily trip ticket. You can use this to ride the ferry/citycat, buses and trains for one whole day regardless of number of stops. All one has to do is compute the number of zones you will be travelling. Zone 1 starts from the CBD and increases as you go farther from it. Check out www.transinfo.com.au for to plan your trip.
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