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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
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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
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Day or Night Brisbane Segway Tour
"Glide spin and twist your way around Brisbane on a Segway. Cruise past the spectacular views of the Story Bridge South Bank The Botanic Gardens and the Brisbane River. With the Segway’s incredible maneuverability intuitive control and precise deceleration you’ll be the most cutting edge thing on two wheels.The Segway tours are guided by qualified and experienced instructors. No experience is necessary as each session includes full instruction a safety briefing and all equipment. Participants must wear and use the safety equipment provided by Riverlife. Safety equipment provided: helmet and high visual jacket."
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Crime Tips (4)

Trains, especially at night.

Be careful at night on trains. Do not sit in a carriage that does not share a door with the driver. Although new trains are not divided, older trains have two doors between each carriage meaning it will be impossible for anyone to hear you yelling if anything happens.

If you are going to catch the train at night outside of the 3 stations of Roma St, Central, and Brunswick St, I would advise waiting with someone else, in a car close to the station, then moving to the platform when the train is close. A 2 minute announcement will sound. Don't sit alone at a station at night, especially if you are a woman. All stations have camera surveillance, and panic buttons, but these are useless to stop something happening.

Brisbane does not have daylight saving, so remember it will get dark an hour earlier than southern states. When travelling into the suburbs at night, call ahead and ensure a cab or friend is WAITING to pick you up. some stations have taxi ranks, but these may not have cabs right then. Look around at the other people who are getting up to get off at your station. If they scare you, DON'T GET OFF. If you are a woman, and you stand up to get off, and a man/men look like they decided JUST THEN to get off, STAY ON THE TRAIN. Suburban stations are unattended at night.

There are plain clothes transit cops on some trains but not all. AVOID the latest train as this will be full of drunks. There are occasional fights. If you need to wait for the earliest morning train which will have sleepy workers going to work. It gets light at 4:30am in summer.

Channelhismojo
Dec 27, 2010

Shh.....kids will lead you to a path of crime

Sadly true!!

It's a crime. It's a crime to take photos of kids. Even if it is a normal street scene. Get ready to face being labelled a paedophile and be arrested.

Imagine the jaw dropped in my head....!!!

Don't take me wrong. People who prey on children are SICK and should be rightly condemned and punished.

To the powers that are in the Queensland's Parliament:
Psst! Think: Death penalty. I am egging you on. Come on. Don't disappoint mankind.

xuessium
Nov 27, 2008

Very safe city, but a few tips.

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.

There are a few rougher suburbs, but many of these are well out of the city centre (15-20km) and in the poorer outskirts - (Woodridge, Beenleigh, Bracken Ridge, Acacia Ridge etc) so its unlikely many tourists or even long-stay visitors will ever go near them. Even so, many of these neighbourhoods would be considered extraordinarily tame compared to rougher areas overseas.

The only thing you'd need to worry about in Brisbane are late night train rides to outer suburban areas, muggings and such can rarely occur.

jimmyp83
Apr 24, 2011

Very Safe in the Centre

I've heard it can get a bit rowdy over in Fortitude Valley, but in the central part of the city it felt extremely safe even into the early hours of the morning. What's more, for what felt like a somewhat provincial city, people seemed comfortable walking around dressed in all kinds of provocative get-up, and nobody thought it at all unusual or worthy of unwanted attention. Queenslanders are also some of the friendliest people I've ever met - friendly even by Australian standards. People would randomly spark up conversations with me in the supermarket or bus stop.

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