Brisbane Travel Guide

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Brisbane Things to Do

  • Southbank

    The site of the original settlement, this area of Brisbane was damaged in the floods of 1893. The CBD was moved to the north side of the river and the area became industrialised and run-down. It was given a new lease on life when used for the World Expo 88 site. After Expo the area was transformed into parkland. There you can find rainforest,...

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  • Roma Street Parklands

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    At one point this area was overgrown , derelict and disused railway lines. Now it is a wonderful landscaped park filled with colourful flowers. Near this area there was a windmill that used to be turned manually by chained convicts.

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  • City Hall

    4 out of 5 stars

    On the City Hall tour, we were taken to see the William Bustard stained glass window. This was created approx. 100 years ago and is in the unusual position of being inside City Hall! What is meant to happen, is for the sun to shine through a skylight and to light up the window, unfortunately it was a cloudy day when we were here, so a very dull...

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Brisbane Restaurants

  • Breakfast Creek Wharf

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    The Breakfast Creek Wharf restaurant in Brisbane- it was so good last visit that we went again- still great with the most delicious prawns I have ever tasted. King prawns and the Lobster (seasonal- done in many different ways)

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  • Govinda's

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    In addition to Jez's review, West End has also opened a Govinda's which is upstairs next to Place real estate (Cnr Vulture/Boundary is the best I can describe it). At the time of writing, the city cafe has risen to $8 all you can eat, or $7 with flyer (and its often that someone will be hanging around outside handing them out). The buffet usually...

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  • Ill Centro Restaurant

    4 out of 5 stars

    Ill Centro Restaurant is a very highly regarded restaurant in the Eagle St Pier complex of restuarant's. This place is where the who's who of the business community go to impress. The wine display is someting anyone from the street remembers as they pass the restaurant. But alas with quality and name comes price. Be prepared to fork out $35 per...

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Brisbane Nightlife

  • Fridays Bar and Nightclub

    THE MANAGERS AND BOUNCERS AT FRIDAYS NIGHTCLUB BRISBANE HAVE A GOD COMPLEX AND USE UNREASONABLE AND UNNECESSARY FORCE ON ITS PATRONS FOR ABSOLUTELY NO REASON AT ALL - BOYCOTT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't let your fun night out end in getting rough-handled for no reason at all, this has got to stop! No sneakers or casual wear because bouncers and management...

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  • The Treasury casino

    http://youtu.be/0xeCCykow5Q This happened at this casino and they had me charged and have left me on a disability pension, they refuse to admit liability, would never visit again. Please watch and pass it on. YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS IN BRISBANE TREASURY CASINO. No Jeans or No Sneakers

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  • The Elephant & Wheelbarrow

    Yes Queenslanders do call them pots (apparently!). Better get used to some pretty bizaare terminology if you are planning a trip to these parts. I've attached a website to assist you with this. Casual is fine.

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Brisbane Transportation

  • Brisbane Airport

    Located close to the Airport is the DFO & AIRPORT VILLAGE........ Direct Factory Outlets [DFO] are Brisbane's biggest outlet sale super stores, with the Airport DFO having 120 individual stores. As with all these outlet stores, make sure you have an idea of prices. I usually come away with some good bargains. We come by car to shop, the worst part...

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  • General

    We really did not do anything actually in Brisbane at all. We got in the bus and drove out of the city, and then returned late in the afternoon. So all I observed about the city was -- it looks like there is a LOT of traffic.

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  • Brisbane Ferry / CityCat

    The Brisbane City Cat and other ferries are the most popular, in my opinion, of the city's transport systems. The City Cat is especially a favourite for tourists - so much of the city layout can be understood by a trip along the Brisbane River from Brett's Wharf to University of Queensland; and what other transport system offers fresh air and...

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Brisbane Shopping

  • Myer Center, Queen Street Mall

    Located in the heart of the city, the Queen Street Mall and its nearby surrounds is Queensland’s premier shopping district. Queen Street Mall highlights … Brisbane Arcade: A high end three-level shopping galleria. If you are seeking wares from some of Brisbane’s most awarded fashion designers … or simply for something you won’t find anywhere else...

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  • Queen Street

    As far as I am concerned, the Tourist House has the best quality souvenirs. Near the Tourist House, are several more Souvenir Shops. The nearest shop has quite a good collection and some different items. Walking towards the city centre, you will come to Albert Street. If you turn left, there is another souvenir shop, this one specializes in cheaper...

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  • General

    Want a unique gift to take home for your Grand-daughter or Grandson, or for a child that is looking forward to receiving a gift from you? I think I have the answer. Build-a-Bear workshop is located in Westfield Chermside Shop 161, Cnr Gympie & Hamilton Rds Chermside, QLD - 4032 Phone: 07 3350 5324 OR Westfield Carindale Shop 2245, 1151 Creek...

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Brisbane Local Customs

  • General

    Brisbane has its own Coat of Arms which feature two gryphons supporting the city shield. Gryphons are mythological creatures, chosen to represent the city because of their spirited nature. The shield's symbols represent commercial activity and peace, while the motto Meliora Sequimur means 'We aim for the best' The main symbol on the shield is...

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  • Slang

    Aussie slang is not what usually the word was oriiginally meant for example : someone tells you your gay it does not mean your sexual preference , it means your being stupid. Yes I know new one on me too, usually this saying is by the teenages . Australians are not all hyper sensitive about the coloured debate, so you may here australian...

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  • Dress Sense

    Casual wear such as a pair of jeans and a sports shirt are acceptable at casual restaurants and pubs at night. Just don’t wear thongs (flip flops) work boots or go shoeless. Of course upmarket restaurants require a reasonable standard of dress.

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Brisbane Warnings and Dangers

  • Crime

    Brisbane is one of the safest major cities in Australia, with one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Both men and women should be able to walk around the CBD (Downtown) at all hours of the night and day and feel perfectly safe. There are no gang and very few violent crime related issues in Brisbane, so there aren't any "no go" areas as such....

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  • Transport

    I know in some Countries there is no need to do this, as Buses stop at all stops. In Brisbane and suburbs it is different, you must put your arm out to "hail the bus." If you don't do this, then the Bus will drive straight past and you may have to wait a long time for the next one to come along. Look at the sign, and you will see Bus and a person...

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  • Marine Life

    It is a good idea NOT to go swimming in the Brisbane River, as it is home to approx 500 Bull Sharks. The bull shark is known for its aggressive nature and has been the cause of a few deaths in the River, and fatal maulings in the Gold Coast Canals. The bull shark lives in both saltwater and freshwater and can travel far up rivers and has been found...

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Brisbane Tourist Traps

  • Parents

    if your a parent and your on the gold coast well look out as there are so many things the kids will wantot see and do which will cost you heaps of cash.such as dream world,seaworld ,wet and wild and of course movie world how ever one tour I did was around the hinterland region and it was well worth a look.and for a all day trip was good value.

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  • Walking/Driving in Brisbane

    Be careful when walking or driving in BrisbaneIf walking, cross at the lights, and don't go if they are showing red. The police are having a blitz on jaywalking and it is an instant $75aus fine if caught.If driving, Dont run the amber lights. Another blitz and this is a $330aus fine if caught.

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  • Taxi rip offs

    If coming in by the airport and you intend to catch a taxi to the city, Dont allow the driver to take you the long way around via the Gateway Bridges. This will add at least $20-25 dollars to your fare. I have had this tried on me every time. Black and White taxi are the worst offenders. If you are taken this way and have told the driver not to....

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Brisbane What to Pack

  • General

    If you are travelling on from Brisbane you can send your luggage ahead as unaccompanied baggage. This can be done from the International terminal, Level 4 by taking your luggage to the Qantas unaccompanied baggage counter where they will send your goods on ahead for you. They can be contacted on 1300 368 747 or 1300 368 747 to determine the cost...

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  • SEND YOUR BAGGAGE UNACCOMPANIED!

    If you are travelling on from Brisbane you can send your luggage ahead as unaccompanied baggage. This can be done from the International terminal, Level 4 by taking your luggage to the Qantas unaccompanied baggage counter where they will send your goods on ahead for you. They can be contacted on 1300 368 747 or 1300 368 747 to determine the cost...

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  • More hot than not!

    An umbrella can be handy as afternoon storms can pop out of nowhere.It is only slightly chilly even in Winter in Brisbane although the city can have some cold wind tunnels in some streets. So bring a jacket or jumper in June July August but in summer the heat is more of a problem so dress cool.

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Brisbane Off The Beaten Path

  • General

    A very nice scenic drive to do, is a full day trip to Mt. Mee. From Brisbane, head toSamford, then onto the small village of Dayboro. A stop at these villages finds Museums and historical buildings. Dayboro is where we find the brown tourist sign to Mt. Mee. Straight away, we begin to climb up the Mountain side, even from the start, the scenery is...

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  • Coochiemudlo Island

    "COOCHIE" is what the Island is commonly known as, is located 1km off the coast at Victoria Point. The Island is a small 5ks, so you can walk the whole Island quite easily, this I have done once. No need to hurry! On the way, I saw the red clay banks, probably these are what the Island was named after, as it means"red rock," holiday shack's, and...

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  • Glasshouse mountains

    The Glasshouse Mountains are located to the north of Brisbane. On May 17, 1770 Captain James Cook discovered these mountains, and said as they looked like a glass house, he would name them the "Glasshouse Mountains." They are a series of steep-sided volcanic plugs, that rise abruptly from the ground in unusual shapes, quite stunning! Anytime of...

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Brisbane Sports & Outdoors

  • Rock Climbing

    Rock climing and abseiling on the sheer face of the Kangaroo Point cliffs is a very popular weekend activity in Brisbane - and there are plenty of courses for beginners available. There are a few places along the cliffs where we regularly see groups of learners and more experience climbers training. Just depends on whether you prefer to start at...

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  • Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre...

    The venue opened in 1975 as a facility for athletics and was officially named by the Queen, as the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Sports Centre during her visit to Australia in 1977. The Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (QSAC), formerly known as QEII ('QE2') Stadium and later ANZ Stadium, at Nathan is the third largest sporting arena in...

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  • The Sleeman Centre

    Sleeman Centre — team based there: Queensland Firebirds (Netball) The Sleeman Centre was purpose built for the 1982 Commonwealth Games. Since then the centre has hosted a range of sporting events including the 1994 World Masters Games and the 2001 Goodwill Games swimming, diving and cycling events.The Sleeman Centre and the Chandler Aquatic Centre...

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  • Information

    Looking to book some local or overseas travel? Seeking enlightenment on where to go and what to do? There is an annual Travel Expo held on a weekend in February at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre which is located at South Brisbane close to the Cultural Centre and South Bank. Typically around 100 exhibitors from all aspects of the...

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  • Walks & Itineraries

    It is Sunday 4 October 2009, and a new $63.3 million pedestrian / cycling bridge in Brisbane is opened. The bridge, which is expected to have 36 500 people cross it each week, was originally known as the Tank Street Bridge and received its new name "Kurilpa" through a public naming competition. Its new name is ‘Kurilpa’ .......which is Aboriginal...

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  • Brisbane suburbs

    This tip is for all those people who love browsing around cemeteries. The Nudgee Catholic cemetery is the only major private cemetery in Brisbane, and the 1st burial here was in 1867. It really is quite interesting to have a walk and drive around, its very large! The cemetery is divided into distinct sections. It has an area for the church...

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