"Kicking and screaming we had to get to know Brisbane Australia in a hurry. Come on our journey as we discover Queensland's capital city..."
The first time I visited Brisbane in 1991, it certainly NEVER made it onto my list of favourite places! In 2010 we moved to Brisvegas from Gold Coast! At first I had to put on a brave face for our daughters who were not happy about leaving the Gold Coast.
It didn't take long before, I was genuinely surprised at what attractions, activities and sights there were to see and do in and around Brisbane.
Come on our journey, as we discover Brisbane, so you too can enjoy all it has to offer.
Unlike the other holiday destinations of Queensland, Brisbane always struck me as an odd place to holiday. However, there are, as I have discovered many reasons to stay in Brisbane Australia.
People visit Brisbane for business trips, on conferences or conventions, as a gateway to other Queensland or Australian holiday destinations, for romantic weekends away, to catch up on some culture (visiting the Southbank Art Galleries, Musuems, Ballet, Opera or theatrical productions), attend concerts (Brisbane is on the circuit for many big name artists from Australia and around the world), or one of the Queensland capital's big events like the International Tennis or Riverfire.
What I have come to realise is that Brisbane is an excellent place to base yourself if you want to do some of the big city activities whilst still being able to enjoy other parts of South East Queensland such as visit the Gold Coast theme parks or Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast or visit the almost idyllic Moreton Bay islands (Tangalooma, Stradbroke Island, Moreton Island and many more).
Obviously, if you are coming from overseas there is usually only one way to get to Brisbane and that is by flying into Brisbane Airport. Some of our visitors come through the Brisbane Cruise Terminal which often has very impressive cruise liners from all over the world. So I suppose there are two ways to get to Brisbane from overseas!
Don't forget if you are visiting Australia from overseas you will need an Australian Visa.
The most common ways to travel to Brisbane from other cities and towns in Australia are by flying into Brisbane Airport, by train (country and interstate trains), by country and interstate buses such as the Greyhound or AAT buses or by driving yourself.
Once in Brisbane there are a variety of ways to get around, and if you plan to spend anytime in and around the city or Southbank areas I highly recommend getting familiar with the local transport options which are much easier and often less expensive than driving and trying to find a parking spot! Within the city there is a great infrastructure of buses, trains and river ferries (River Cats) to ferry you around the sights of Brisbane City.
If you plan to see sights outside of Brisbane city then hiring a car is easy either from the airport when you arrive or from various locations around Brisbane. If you prefer to be directed and informed as you travel around there are many day trips and tours that will pick you up from your accommodation and whisk you away for your days activities and sightseeing.
The most popular places to stay in Brisbane are the city areas, Southbank and Kangaroo Point which have a wide range of hotels, backpacker and serviced apartment style accommodation. When we first arrived in Queensland there was virtually no accommodation near Brisbane Airport but since late 2010 new hotels are now open right next to the airport.
In the outer suburbs you can also find bed and breakfast and further afield even farmstay accommodation.
As I mentioned at the beginning, my family have been getting to know Brisbane since we moved here. I am not a travel agent so I don't book rooms or arrange trips! But, I'd like you to think of me as a friend in a foreign city, one who you can call upon to ask a question if you get stuck or confused.
This is a family affair, so you will see photos of my family and probably even find reviews written by my daughters who will give a more youthful perspective particularly when it comes to the entertainment side of Brisbane life!
If, after looking around this website, you cannot find what you are looking for please use the search box you will find at the top left hand side of each page. Simply type in what you are looking for. If after searching there you cannot find what you are looking for please feel free to contact me - I cannot promise you I will know the answers to every question about Brisbane Australia, but I will try to help you as best I can.
So, what are you waiting for?
Go on join us discovering our Brisbane ....