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Brisbane Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
"Hop on your double-decker bus at any of the 15 stops (see the Important Info tab) to begin your tour; your ticket is valid for 24 or 48 hours from first use depending on which option you choose. Enjoy onboard commentary that shares informative det a sandstone building from 1872; the heritage-listed City Hall with its iconic clocktower also home to the Museum of Brisbane; and the Commissariat Store and Old Windmill that are the two remaining buildings of the city's convict era. Along Park Road you can peruse the cafes restaurants and boutiques or hop off at the Cultural Centre to take in art hubs like the Queensland Museum or the Performing Arts Centre. If the sea fascinates you hop off at the Maritime Museum one of the largest of its kind in Australia. Just around the bend you can find the South Bank Parklands which features the sandy Streets Beach
From AUD40.00
 
Brisbane Kayak Tour
"Whether you are a first-timer or an experienced paddler get out and discover Brisbane’s beautiful river city by kayak either day or night. Riverlife’s guided kayaking adventure sessions lets you see the city from a unique angle while you glide along the meandering Brisbane River!Day KayakingJu spills or chills there’s no better way to discover Brisbane’s river city.While you are out on the water have some fun in or out of your kayak. Try paddling while standing (gondola style) rafting in a line and walking on the kayak backs. pairing up and swapping kayaks kayak soccer surfing and basketball! Just ask your friendly instructors! Night KayakingDiscover Brisbane by night aboard an illuminated kayak. Embark on a unique journey with your friends past the dazzling South Bank promenade or marvel at the Story Bridge
From AUD45.00
 
Abseiling the Kangaroo Point Cliffs in Brisbane
"Step off the edge of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs and into a vertical world! As you wait in anticipation to hear your name being called for your turn – stand back and enjoy the uninterrupted views of Brisbane and watch the city cats boats and kayakers skim across the meandering river!Let your experienced instructor’s help you conquer your fears and guide you safely over the edge while you experience the extreme rush of abseiling. With trust overcoming natural instinct you will be abseiling down the 20 metre high cliffs in no time.Abseiling sessions are guided by qualified and experienced instructors. No experience is necessary as each session includes full instruction a safety briefing and equipment. Participants must be at least 8 years of age and wear and use the safety equipment provided. Safety equipment includes a helmet harness rope and gloves."""
From AUD30.00

Airport Tips (27)

BRISBANE AIRPORT IS WELL RUN

Flying out of the domestic terminal i thought everything was well organised but i must admit i was not used to the machines to check-in, print the boarding pass , and get tickets for your luggage so i had to get one of the staff to help us. After completing these necessities it is a few minutes walk to the gates but there are many shops, restaurants, cafes, newsagents etc. There are plenty of comfortable seats by each of the gates and on the whole we enjoyed passing through the airport.

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davidjo
Aug 10, 2016

SHUTTLE BUS - CON-X-ION

Con-x-ion provide a shuttle bus transfer to and from Brisbane Airport to various locations.
To be picked up and taken to the Airport you need to be in the designated zones, you can check by ringing 1300 266 946.
They have Minibus - luggage is put in a trailer and towed behind bus, Coach - luggage underneath in storage compartment and Taragos - luggage stored in the boot. If you have excess luggage a fee is charged.
Surfboards usually cost an extra $6.

You need to book at least 48 hours in advance for your transfer.
Visa, MasterCard, AMEX and Diners credit cards are all accepted.

When arriving at Brisbane Airport, make your way to the Con-x-ion service desk for check in and to be directed to your shuttle service where the driver will help you.

PRICES IN 2015
Brisbane Airport to Gold Coast $49
Brisbane Airport to Brisbane from $15
Brisbane Airport to Sunshine Coast from $37

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balhannah
Jul 02, 2015

Brisbane Airport

Brisbane has the third busiest airport in Australia, with destinations both within Australia, and internationally, including Taiwan, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore and Dubai. It's a major hub for Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin. The airport is about 12 kilometers outside Brisbane's centre, and can be reached by taxi, bus or train. The details are on the airport's website.

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antistar
Jun 03, 2015

WHAT TO DO IN TRANSIT

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 is finding a park, we literally have to wait until somebody drives out to get a park, it is THAT popular.
Lunch we have at the food court where there is quite a good selection of food.
If you need money, on either side of the food court are two ATM's

Hours are 7 days : 10am to 6pm.

It is located at 1 Airport Drive, which is only 4kms from the Airport.

The Brisbane Airport has a complimentary [orange] courtesy bus which runs every 20mins between the International Airport and DFO & AIRPORT VILLAGE from 6.30am to 6.30pm

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balhannah
Feb 05, 2013
 
 
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BRISBANE AIRPORT LONGER TERM PARKING

At last we have more than one choice for longer term parking at Brisbane Airport!
A little competition is good for better prices!

If you are leaving your car and heading off somewhere by plane, I noticed the Airport had deals of $49 for a weekend, and $99 for a week, $149 for 2weeks and $249 for 4 weeks, this was in 2013.

For more information and deals, check the airport site
http://www.bne.com.au/

BUDGET AIRPORT PARKING is another company that offers long-term parking. It is a short distance from the Airport, and offers a FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE TO THE AIRPORT.
In 2013, they were advertising mid week parking @ $10 day.

For more information and deals, check their website
http://www.bap.com.au/bap/default.aspx

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balhannah
Feb 04, 2013

High cost of parking Brisbane Airport

Parking costs at Brisbane Domestic Airport and International Airport are high. One of the most expensive in the world!!
Be warned that the access road into the airport has "no parking" signs and one often sees drivers being booked while they wait in the no parking areas for flights to arrive.
Pick-up & drop-off in front of the terminals for private vehicles is limited and policed.
Be warned: During peak hours, traffic in the area is chaotic (major road works) allow extra time to get to your chosen parking spot. A taxi driver told me it is not unusual to spend an hour just getting out past the airport roundabout on Friday afternoon/early evening. I didn't believe him - & chose to use that roundabout at 1800 on a Friday recently. I now believe him...it is a right mess.
Would you believe it is cheaper to park your light aircraft on the tarmac for a day than to park any car in the parking areas!!???
If you can take the AirTrain. http://www.airtrain.com.au/
Short Term Parking - Domestic Terminal & International Terminal - Suggested for stays under 6 hours. For 6+ hours use Long Term Parking.
Fees: >15 min=$2.00 | 15-30mins=$6.00 |30mins to 1hour=$14.00 |1 to 2hr=$17.00 | 2 to 3hr=$17.00 3 to 4hr=$25.00 | 4 to 24 hrs=$50.00
Long Term Parking - Domestic Terminal & International Terminal (most parking spaces undercover)
Fees: >1 day = $40.00 |1 to 2days=$60.00 | 2 to 3days=$80 | 3-4days =$100 | 4-5days=$120 5 to 6 days= $130 (add $10 per day after 6 days)

There are pre-pay machines between terminals and the parking areas.

Off- Airport Long Term Parking both undercover (u/c) and secure open-air (o/a) spaces.

Budget Airport Parking www.bap.com.au ph 1800 682 176
location: Cnr Nudgee Rd & Airport Drive, Hendra
Lat:Long=27º24'42.36"S; 153º04'32.91"E
1 day - $18.80 open-air : $23 u/cover |2days - $29.30 o/a : $40.85 | 3days - $39.80 o/a: $56.60 u/c | 4 days- $48.20 o/a : $70.25 u/c |10 days - $92.30 o/a : $113.30 u/c ( after 10 days $4.20 per day o/a & $5.25 per day u/cover) cost includes shuttle to airport both ways.

Andrews Airport parking www.racq.com.au/travel/flights/airport - parking ph 3268 4222
Location: 539 Nudgee Rd, Hendra.
Lat:Long=27º24'34.80"S; 153º04'26.70"E
Prices slightly cheaper than BAP. eg 3 days $37 o/a :$53 u/c.

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pedroswift
Jun 10, 2012

Brisbane International Airport

Brisbane's International Airport, also known simply by the acronym "BNE" is Brisbane's main airport with both internationals and domestic services. It is the third busiest Airport in Australia next to Sydney and Melbourne. The airport is located to the northeast of the city center. From 2008-2009, the Brisbane Airport saw over 18.5 million passengers. The airport is serviced by the Brisbane Airtrain that provides a full rail service from the city center to and from the International and Domestic areas of the airport.

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leafmcgowan
Apr 14, 2011

To and fro the Airport into City

Brisbane International/Domestic Airport is functional - it doesn't deliver a "wow" kick but it doesn't warrant plenty of yawns too. It is a busy airport, operating 24 hours and is the largest capital city Airport in area in Australia. There are a number of DFSs as well as cafes and eateries for you to wear some time away.

And you will be pleased to know as a visitor, Brisbane Airport is located just 20 minutes from the CBD so no long torturous rides.

One of the easiest way to get into the city is to hop onto the Airtrain. It is very comfortable, cool, clean and effortless, connecting Domestic and International Airports with the city.

The same Airtrain also connects to The Gold Coast after passing through the City along the same line.

The price of the ticket is A$13.50 1 way from Airports to City (circa Aug 08) but you can actually grab cheaper tickets along Queen Street Mall at A$12 (which I did). You can also book online for the tickets and get a 10% discount.

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Apr 04, 2011

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Brisbane Airport

Airports don’t excite most people, only the destinations to which they lead. Some are better than others though. Some are subject to curfews and so on.

Brisbane is fortunate to have the newest airport of all major Australian cities: it opened as recently as 1988 and replaced the (adjacent) Eagle Farm airport. There is scope to extend both its runways and terminals, to avoid future congestion – quite important, in view of the large traffic increases. The International Terminal is currently being expanded (see photo).

For travellers, a key consideration at Brisbane is that it is not subject to curfews, as is Sydney – this can be an important issue for international flight schedules. Domestically it also is the base for VirginBlue Airline and is well served by both Jetstar, Qantas and regional airlines, and has large modern terminals, so you can travel onwards from here to most Australian destinations with little difficulty. The airport is adjacent to the Gateway Motorway and a rail link provides a connection between terminals (see next tip) and from the airport to the City and to the Gold Coast.

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tiabunna
Apr 04, 2011

Airport via Car or Monorail

Airport to Brisbane:
If you are driving into Brisbane from South or North - you don't need to go back into Brisbane City as the Motorway from the north and south coast gives you the option of going direct to the airport.
Or, there is a mono-rail which connects the airport to the city centre which leaves every couple of minutes. V. cool.

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Shar
Apr 04, 2011

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Brisbane Airport, have you wondered how far it is from Brisbane? Yes?
Answer ...15kms [20mins] or from the Gold Coast, about 85kms or 45mins,

Sunshine coast is about 1hour, depending from where you are coming from. If from Noosa, allow approx 2hours.

Want to use the Internet whilst waiting,
No problem,Internet Kiosks are located on levels 2 and 3 of the International Terminal.

Baggage a problem?
There are now lockers available in all sizes at the International Terminal (ground floor at the entrance to the public carpark), a much needed addition.....
Here are the prices for 4hours.... Initial Fee Second Hire Period (4 hours) Additonal Fee Third Hire Period (16 hours) Total (24 hour period)

Small
$AUD 4.00 $AUD 2.00 $AUD 2.00 $AUD 8.00

Medium
$AUD 6.00 $AUD 2.00 $AUD 2.00 $AUD 10.00

Large
$AUD 8.00 $AUD 2.00 $AUD 2.00 $AUD 12.00

From oversea's and can't find you way around?
No need to worry, here we have Volunteer's who just love helping visitor's to Brisbane. Don't be afraid to go and ask for help!

In Transit?
I can vouch for the lovely, comfortable departures lounge, I just sink into them and relax, I am sure you will too! Don't feel like a sleep, well, the local television is on and there are desks for writing up your diary!

If you are here for a longer time, then there is a
FREE A NO 1 COURTESY BUS to the DFO SHOPPING CENTRE
which is a Direct Factory Outlet with a wide range of retail stores and eateries. It departs regularly from the International Terminal on Level 4 and the Airport Village bus stop, just a short 10min drive.

Hungry?
Plenty of options for food, most of them are on Level's 3&4, but one on Level 2.

Shopping
A good choice of duty free shopping

Money Exchange
Travelex for all types of money exchange, and they also have an ATM located on each level for Australian and foreign cash withdrawals.

Need a Car?
Hire car companies are located on Level 2.

If somebody is coming to pick you up, then tell them to come later than your arrival time, as the Airport car parking is very expensive.
I find it better for me to wait an extra 10mins outside at the pick-up and drop-off area, rather than them arriving early and paying a large fee.
Remember, Attendants will ask your friend or who ever is picking you up to move on if you are not there. It is just that, pick up....drop off!

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balhannah
Jan 31, 2011

LUGGAGE LOCKERS

Luggage Lockers are available at the International Terminal and there are also lockers located at the Village Markets and Roma Street Transit Centre in Brisbane City.

LOCKERS ARE NOT available at the Domestic Terminal.

Lockers are available 24 hours a day, [single use] and fees for them are by the size of the locker.
They can be paid for by .....
Credit card, AUD notes and coins

Prices and details..............

Initial Hire Period (4 hours) Initial Fee Second Hire Period (4 hours) Additonal Fee Third Hire Period (16 hours) Total (24 hour period)

Small Locker
$AUD 4.00 $AUD 2.00 $AUD 2.00 $AUD 8.00

Medium
$AUD 6.00 $AUD 2.00 $AUD 2.00 $AUD 10.00

Large
$AUD 8.00 $AUD 2.00 $AUD 2.00 $AUD 12.00

At the nearby Airport village, limited amount of lockers are also available at the Village Markets, which are located approximately 6 kilometres from the domestic terminal and approximately 3 kilometres from The International Terminal.
They are located to the right hand side of the Woolworth's supermarket entrance, might be handy if you are doing some shopping at DFO!

Lockers are available from Monday to Friday between 7am and 10pm and Saturday and Sunday between 7am and 7pm and are coin operated.

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Feb 16, 2010

Things to Do Near Brisbane

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Maritime Museum

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Queensland Performing Arts Complex

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Mirimar Day Cruises

Alongside a boardwalk in the city’s heart, on the waters of Brisbane River, rested the Mirimar II, a cruise boat about to depart for Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. On board, the captain and crew greeted...
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Treasury Casino

Brisbane's old Treasury Building is now a casino and hotel and is well worth taking a look at if you have never been to a casino. In the entrance hall a huge bouncer stands by to prevent unwanted...
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City Cat and River Ferries

There are plenty of companies offering trips on the river, some of them going further than others offering lunch or dinner. We saw several boats going up and down the river with such companies as...
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Gabba Cricket Grounds

The Brisbane Cricket Ground, given the nickname 'The Gabba' because of its location in the Brisbane suburb of Woolloongabba, is a mjor sports stadium in Brisbane. It is home ground to the Queensland...
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