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* '''Mecca Bah''' [http://www.meccabah.com] 1000 Ann St, +61 7 3252 5299 - located in the Emporium precinct. Popular restaurant that serves modern Middle Eastern food, part of an Australian interstate franchise that originated in Melbourne.
 
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Revision as of 13:40, 15 August 2009

For other places with the same name, see Brisbane (disambiguation).
View of Brisbane CBD and Story Bridge.

Brisbane [1] is the capital of the state of Queensland. It has a population of about 2 million people, and is the third-largest, and fastest growing, city in Australia.

Contents

Districts

It’s a positive attitude and creative confidence that makes Brisbane a genuine new-world city. Also, even though Brisbane is rapidly developing and forward-thinking, it maintains a youthful enthusiasm and boasts what is arguably the most vibrant, laid back warm atmosphere of any east-coast capital city.

All of Brisbane’s urban villages do things a little differently, from Australia’s premier live music scene in The Valley to exclusive world class exhibitions at Australia’s largest Gallery of Modern Art to the natural splendour of Moreton Bay and the Scenic Rim, Brisbane enjoys a lifestyle that the world envies.

The main tourist districts are:

  • The CBD, where Brisbane's major businesses are interspersed with several shopping malls, cinemas, parks and many of Brisbane's historical tourist sites. Queen Street Mall [2], in the heart of the CBD, is Queensland's premier shopping destination and a must see for all visitors.
  • South Bank, which boasts ethnic restaurants, edgy cafes, riverside boardwalks and an inner – city beach. Queensland’s Cultural Precinct includes the Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Museum, the State Library, Queensland Art Gallery and the spectacular Gallery of Modern Art is located at South Bank.
  • Fortitude Valley , for Brisbane's Chinatown and vibrant shopping and nightlife. Eclectic bars with emerging and innovative DJs and world-class super clubs have brought a larger than life feel to the Valley precinct. Also home to one of the best live music scenes in Australia.
  • West End , located just behind South Bank, is an edgy, bohemian district with artsy shops and cafes. West End is where you’ll find alternative books, cult video stores and organic produce.
  • New Farm , for upscale shopping and upmarket, trendy dining places. A confirmed favourite of the locals, New Farm is high up on the hot list of places to be and to be seen.
  • Portside Wharf , located at Hamilton, is where the cruise ships dock on the Brisbane River. This area was formerly known as Brett’s Wharf and offers world class dining, cinemas and speciality shopping. A great place to wander and have a meal.
  • Paddington / Rosalie / Milton Paddington is now becoming the place to shop with many unique little boutiques full of local designs and hard to find fashion gems. Rosalie is home to many quaint bars, markets and restaurants. Milton has two of Brisbane’s most famous icons placed side by side the XXXX Ale House and Suncorp Stadium.

Some of the other major districts are Spring Hill, Indooroopilly, Manly Harbour, Toowong, St. Lucia and South Brisbane.

Understand

For many thousands of years Aboriginal people have lived in what is now known as Brisbane. In 1823, John Oxley was the first English colonist to explore Brisbane, which was then selected by the colony of New South Wales as the location for a new gaol, intended to house dangerous prisoners in a remote location. The original settlement was established in what is now the suburb of Redcliffe but was later moved to a location further down the bay.

In 1837, free settlers moved to the area and pushed to close the gaol and to release the land in the area.

In 1859, a gold rush led to the establishment of the colony of Queensland with Brisbane as its capital, named after Sir Thomas MakDougall Brisbane, the sixth Governor of New South Wales.

In 1925, the Queensland State Parliament created the City of Brisbane Act, and set up a single government for the city of Brisbane.

Recent strong migration to Brisbane and the whole of south-east Queensland is taking place due to cheaper house prices, a pleasant climate, and good employment opportunities. The area is currently facing the challenge of providing enough fresh water for its residents. You're not likely to find the tap dry or see any visible signs of the shortage, but keep your showers relatively brief (local water restrictions call for 4 minute showers) and expect the locals to be horrified if you walk away from a running tap.

River view from William Jolly Bridge.

Climate

Brisbane has a year-round living climate. When the wet season hits the northern Australian tropics, Brisbane enjoys hot and clear summer days (with afternoon thunderstorms). When winter hits the southern capitals of Sydney and Melbourne sending temperatures into the low teens (°C) the Brisbane climate stays mostly dry and sunny, with daytime temperatures usually remaining above 20°C.

Humidity is high during the summer months and temperatures can get as high as 40°C with night temps rarely dropping below 20C. In summer, a t-shirt with shorts and thongs (sandals) is appropriate attire for most activities, and air-conditioning will ensure you of a comfortable nights sleep. Summer storms with hail and heavy rainfall are common in afternoons on hot humid days. They usually pass quickly and put on a good lightning show. Limit your outdoor physical activity in the summer until you are used to the heat.

Get in

By plane

Brisbane Airport (BNE) [3] is 20km north-east of the city centre at Eagle Farm, north of the river.

It is possible to fly directly to all Australian capitals and numerous regional centres. Major carriers include Virgin Blue, Jetstar, and Qantas.

The international terminal is serviced by many regional airlines and it is possible to fly daily to most Asian centres, the United States and New Zealand without flying via Sydney or Melbourne.

Transferring between terminals at Brisbane Airport

Check your terminal for your flight. There are two terminals at Brisbane Airport, International and Domestic, but confusingly some domestic flights leave from the International Terminal and some international flights (via other Australian cities) leave from the Domestic Terminal! If you turn up at domestic 30 minutes before your flight leaves from international, you will be met by a check-in agent who has heard your story many times before. On the positive side, you will get to spend more time in sunny Brisbane.

Allow sufficient time for the transfer between terminals. Trains generally only go every half an hour, and finish ridiculously early in the evening.

It is not practical to walk with luggage between the international and domestic terminals, even though it is only about two kilometres in distance, but the main road that connects them has no pedestrian walkway and it is a busy road.

  • AirTrain [4] offers a connection during the day with a 30 minute frequency or 15 minutes during peak. The AirTrain fare is included by Virgin Blue and by Qantas when connecting between their flights– just present your boarding pass to the Airtrain station staff. Otherwise the train fare is $4 per person (currently children 14 and under are free). The trip only takes a minute or so. Last train leaves International for Domestic around 7:45, Domestic for International around 8PM. Even though Eagle Farm station appears to be next to the airport on a map, don't even think of using it for airport access. There is no access to the airport terminals, and it would be too far to walk, even if you could.
  • Taxi is be the only option outside AirTrain hours, or if you have a limited connection time (say, you have turned up at the wrong terminal).

From the airport to the city

  • AirTrain connects to the city from the airport every fifteen minutes during peak times and stops at Central, South Bank, Fortitude Valley and Roma Street stations. Adult fare to the city stations is $14. A return ticket can be purchased for $26 from the Airport stations. If you pre-purchase online, there are further discounts. Travel time between the international terminal and Roma Street Station is 23 minutes. It is also possible to take the Airtrain direct to the Gold Coast, although it is necessary to connect to a bus service at Nerang to reach Surfers Paradise or at Robina to reach Coolangatta. Trains run from 6AM, with the last train leaving the city at 7:30PM and the airport at 8PM.
  • CoachTrans [5] also provides transfers via shuttle bus to Brisbane City accommodation and to the Gold Coast. Adult fare (one way) to Brisbane City is $12, and an Adult fare (one way) to the Gold Coast is $39. Fares are cheaper if you buy a return ticket.

Additionally, the airport also hosts all major car rental companies.

From the Gold Coast

Brisbane is also accessable from the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast (OOL) [6] a.k.a. Coolangatta Airport is the low-cost carrier hub, favoured by AirAsia X, Jetstar, Pacific Blue and others. Getting to and from Brisbane city centre requires a combination of bus and train, and for "political" reasons it may not be possible to purchase one ticket that will take you all the way to where you want to go.

To get to the airport from the city centre, take the train from Brisbane Central to Robina Train Station and connect to Surfside Bus # 765 to Gold Coast Airport. It shouldn't cost more than AU$30 each , and you can buy tickets on the bus but make sure you have change before getting on.

By train

  • Countrylink [7] operates rail services from Sydney
  • Queensland Rail [8] has services from most centres in Queensland

By car

Visitors from southern states can reach Brisbane by either the New England and Cunningham or Pacific Highways.

The Bruce Highway connects the northern coast of Queensland to Brisbane.

The Ipswich Motorway connects to Ipswich and surrounding Western Brisbane areas.

The Warrego Highway links Brisbane to the west through the Lockyer Valley, Toowoomba and the Darling Downs.

By bus

Premier Motor Service [9] links some centres on the east coast of NSW and Queensland to Brisbane, as well as connections to Melbourne.

Greyhound Australia [10] link to most other locations to Brisbane.

By boat

Brisbane has recently become the home to an international cruise terminal titled Portside Wharf [11].

Get around

By bicycle

Bicyclists on Clem Jones Promenade

Getting around the city and the surrounding areas is easy thanks to the many cycle paths along the river. Bicycles can be rented in the centre of the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens and also at Brisbane Bicycle [12].

Cycling on footpaths is legal in the Brisbane City Council area, however pedestrians have right of way. Always keep as far left as possible when riding on the road or a bike path. The police issue $120AUD on the spot fines for cycling without a safety helmet. Maps showing bikeways in the Brisbane City Council area are available on the BCC website [13]. All cyclists are legally required to have, and use, a bell when cycling - though most still do not.

Remember, Brisbane is very hilly. A short trip can quickly become a lot of work. Stick to the river when possible - it's where you get the best views anyway.

By car

Many of the roads in Brisbane Central Business District (CBD) are one-way, making driving in this area complicated for people not familiar with the layout. Drivers used to city driving should not find Brisbane too much of a challenge, and parking is readily available in parking stations in the city, albeit it at a steep cost, around $40 to casually park for a day. $15 parking is generally available with early-bird deals (arrive before 9AM, leave after 4PM.),

CBD roads become clearways at 4PM, and any cars parked on the side of the road will be fined, towed or both. You have to pay for the towing to get your car back, and then the expect a fine to follow in the mail. Check for signs when parking, or just play it safe and find a parking station.

If you are looking to visit the areas surrounding the city, then generally a car will be as quick as any other way of getting around, with the possible exception of the height of peak hour.

There are several toll roads in and around Brisbane, including a $2.90 toll on the Gateway Bridge, which crosses the river near the airport, connecting the north and south arterial roads and providing a convenient bypass for the CBD. Cash is still accepted at all toll plazas, but will be phased out from June 2009, after which toll users must have a prepaid transponder or post-pay via website).

Rentals

Most reputable car hire companies have offices located at Brisbane Airport, and in the city centre. As is common with many hire car companies, you will often pay a premium to pick up or return at the airport location.

  • 4WD Rent a Car, [14].
  • Airport Rent A Car Brisbane, [15].
  • All Age Car Rentals, [16].
  • Alpha Car Hire, [17].
  • AusCar Rentals - Brisbane City Office, [18].
  • Avis Car Hire, [19].
  • Budget Car Rental, [20].
  • Choice Car Rentals, [21].
  • Commodore Car Rentals, [22].
  • Cut Price Car Rental, [23].
  • Discount Car & Truck Rental, [24].
  • East Coast Car Rentals, [25].
  • Entrans Transport Services, [26].
  • Ezy Car Hire, [27].
  • Got2Go Car Hire Brisbane, [28].
  • Hertz Car Hire, [29].
  • Select Rent A Car, [30].
  • Suncoast Car Rentals, [31].
  • Thrifty Car Rental, [32].

Public transport

The three main public transport options of Brisbane, ferries, buses and trains are linked by a common ticketing system, known as TransLink. This coordination arrangement allows free transfers to be made between the three different transport modes, providing relevent time and zone restrictions are met. The TransLink website [33] (tel. 13 12 30) is handy for researching public transport options between destinations, and is essential for Brisbane visitors planning their commute.

As well as paper-based tickets for trips of various lengths of time, TransLink incorporates an integrated ticketing system called the go card [34]. The go card is based on smart card technology, offering the same benefits as the integration of transport options delivered by the TransLink arrangement, except with transport users paying for trips through pre-paid credit instead of cash. Go card fares are also 20-35% cheaper than the equivalent paper ticket. There are however, disadvantages, as there is no equivalent of, for example, a daily ticket which provides unlimited travel throughout the day. Also, as it costs money to obtain a go card ($10 refundable, plus an amount of credit which is used to pay for public transport fares), short-term visitors to the city would be better off buying single or daily tickets.

Ferries have become an icon of the city. As well as traditional ferries which generally operate on cross-river routes, high-speed catamarans (CityCats) operate on longer routes.

Travelers can take advantage of Daily and Off-Peak Daily tickets which allow unlimited travel within given zones across all modes of transit. A Daily ticket for zones 1 to 3 (about 20km radius) costs $6.80 and is great for catching a bus or train into the city, taking a ferry along the river and getting back to the suburbs again, or back into the city from a ferry terminus.

A weekly zones 1 to 3 ticket costs $27.20. 50% Concessions are available to students, pensioners and children, and these tickets are available from all railway stations and some of the newsagents that are sprinkled liberally throughout the confines of Brisbane City. It is strongly advised that travelers purchase tickets as ticket inspectors make frequent appearances and fines can be significant.

Buses in Greater Brisbane mostly lead all the way to Queen Street. The routes 598 and 599 form the Great Circle Route which circles the city in clockwise and counter-clockwise direction and can be a great way of getting around the different suburbs. Drivers do carry notes with them, however not always many or of high value and they do not appreciate giving out large sums of change. Try to limit paying with notes only when the fare is roughly around the denomination mark ($5, $10, $20, etc). Where possible pay with the correct fare and in coins. It is advisable to check the timetables, as some of the less popular routes do not run very late or on Sundays, and, especially on Sundays, runs can be up to an hour apart.

‘The Loop’ is a free and convenient bus service traveling in both directions around the CBD. Operating Monday to Friday 7AM – 5.50PM, every ten minutes from any red CBD bus stop.

Trains in Greater Brisbane run along radial lines from Central and Roma Street Stations. Interurban services can also be caught to the Gold Coast (using connecting bus services at Nerang and Robina) and Sunshine Coast (using connecting bus services at Landsborough and Nambour) as well as Australia Zoo (connecting bus at Beerwah). The first trains start around 5AM and run till midnight or a little earlier. Services are usually 30mins or an hour apart, depending on the line, and more often during peak times. Times are available on TransLink's online journey planner and also at QR[35].

See

  • Alma Park Zoo, [36]. About thirty minutes north of the city centre. The Zoo Train can be caught from the city on the Caboolture line.
  • Brisbane City Hall and King George Square. Located between Adelaide and Ann Streets, this is the city's most significant historical landmark. City Hall often hosts free concerts throughout the year. There is a restored lift that can be taken to the top of the clock tower for free. The lift opens at 10 a.m. and stops running at 3 p.m. (2:30 p.m. on Saturdays) daily except Sundays. There is no access to the clock tower outside of these hours.
  • City Botanic Gardens, [37]. 10 to 15 minute walk from the city centre and Central or Roma Street railway stations. Walking and cycling tracks. Exhibits. Open 24 hours. Free.
Kangaroos at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • CityCat. take the CityCat river taxis up and down the river. A great couple of hours to see the city at speed. It's also very cheap, less than $5 for a daily combined transport ticket (which includes all citycat/ferry/train/bus).
  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, [38]. 15 minutes drive from the city on Jesmond Road in Fig Tree Pocket (via the Western Freeway). Catch the hourly 445 or 430 buses from the city or the Mirimar boat cruise from Southbank at 10:20AM. Tel: +61-7-3378-1366. World's first and largest koala sanctuary, with over 130 koalas. Cuddle a koala any time, hand feed kangaroos and encounter a large variety of Aussie wildlife, all in beautiful, natural settings.
The view of Brisbane from the top of Mt Coot-tha
  • Manly Boat Harbour. Located 20 minutes from Brisbane's CBD, Manly Boat Harbour is the nearest access point from Brisbane city to Moreton Bay. Nestled beside the Manly Harbour Village, it is Brisbane's gateway to the Moreton Bay Marine Park with its pristine waterways and fascinating islands. Manly Harbour Village has a great range of dining and shooping options overlooking the marina.
  • Mt Coot-tha, [39]. Brisbane's tallest mountain (which isn't actually a mountain). A popular makeout spot with a great view and good but overpriced cafe and restaurant. Also home to one of the Botanical Gardens and a Planetarium.
  • Museum of Brisbane, [40]. In King George Square. Features one floor of exhibits about the history of the city, and another floor for exhibitions of local artists.
  • New Farm Park. This historic park is famous for the long line of jacaranda trees, shady picnic areas and its large rose gardens that contain hundreds of variety of roses, and over 40,000 individual plants.
  • Queensland Cultural Centre - including The Queensland Performing Arts Centre [41], Queensland Museum [42], Queensland Art Gallery [43], Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) and State Library of Queensland [44] - located on Grey Street in South Brisbane. The site can be accessed via various types of public transport, which include bus Route 333 [45], 66 [46], 183 [47], 172 [48], 192, 300 [49], 105, 107, 108 [50], 460 [51], 425 [52], 430 [53], 140 [54], 306, 322 [55], 120 [56], 135 [57], 202 [58] etc. The Queensland Conservatorium [59] and the Queensland College of Art are also located on Grey Street. The recently opened GoMA regularly hosts exhibitions featuring internationally famous artists (such as Warhol and Picasso) as well as many local contemporary artists.
  • Roma Street Parklands - is the world's largest subtropical garden in a city centre and home to 1800 unique species of plants. Experience the theme gardens such as the topiary maze, rain forest walk, lake, celebration law and amphitheater with many public artworks to admire.
  • Southbank - Formerly the site of World Expo '88 this relatively recent development is across the Brisbane River from the heart of the city and features an artificial beach surrounded by extensive parklands. Also in Southbank are the shops, cafés, restaurants and cinemas of the Grey Street precinct. A great place to hang out on a hot day and swim for free. Suncorp Piazza within Southbank often hosts free live events and movies.
  • University of Queensland - One of Australia's oldest and most prestigious institutions situated on a bend of the Brisbane River. Its majestic sandstone buildings are surrounded by ornamental lakes, Jacaranda lined boulevards and some of the finest architecture. Visitor attractions include the Great Court, the UQ Art Museum at the James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre, the Eleanor Schonell Bridge, the Schonell Theatre, the lakes and Wordsmiths Bookshops. The university can be reached by bus from George St on bus numbers 412 and 109 or via the City Cat.
  • Wheel of Brisbane - (Located At Southbank) is a Ferris wheel that allows you to observe the city from 60 m to give views across the and Brisbane River. The trip is a 15 minute ride in an enclosed, climate controlled gondola. Open 7 days a week from 10AM - 10PM, tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 years and under, $2 for children aged between one and three.

Do

  • Kangaroo Point - the walls along the Brisbane River are a popular spot for rock climbers and give an excellent view of the CBD skyline just across the river. Activities carry on after dark, when the walls are well-lit. Abseiling and rock climbing classes on the cliffs with an instructor are available from Riverlife Adventures, as well as kayak, kick-bike, rollerblade and bicycle hire. There are also barbecue and picnic spots in the area.
  • Story Bridge Adventure Climb [60] - offers the opportunity to scale the top of Brisbane's iconic bridge. Enjoy 360 degree views of Brisbane, the mountain ranges and Moreton Bay Islands at dawn, afternoon or night.
  • Jan Powers Farmers Markets [61] - Buy the freshest fruit, crispest vegetables and leanest cuts of meat from one of the many farmers markets across Brisbane including the Powerhouse at New Farm, Manly, Mitcheleton and the newest market at Reddacliff Place at the top of the Queen Street Mall.
  • Balloons over Brisbane- Gain an aerial perspective as you float over Brisbane in our hot air balloon. It's often possible to see as far off as the magnificent Glasshouse Mountains; to the fabulous Gold Coast and out to the islands of Moreton Bay.
  • Cruise the Brisbane River - There are many tours available that cruise the Brisbane River and will help you take in the sights of the city.
  • Live Music Scene - Brisbane has been named one of the world's top 5 hotspots for music by the influential US entertainment bible Billboard magazine. A night out in Brisbane is not complete without experiencing some of the live music on offer.
  • Explore Brisbane's Moreton Bay and Islands - Located only 25km from the Brisbane's CBD and stretches from Bribie Island to the Southern Bay Islands. Enjoy sand tobogganing, four-wheel driving, diving or snorkeling or go marine watching and spot turtles, dolphins, dugongs and even whales.
  • Explore Greater Brisbane Country - Take a day trip to the surrounding regions around an hour from Brisbane and discover wineries, national parks, lakes and country living. The Scenic Rim including Ipswich, Beaudesert and Boonah is a vast region of mountains, rainforest and valleys embracing the World Heritage wilderness of the McPherson Range. The Lockyer Valley provides a perfect blend of town and country living, with experiences ranging from guided tours and bush camping to hot air ballooning and sky-diving.
  • The Scenic Rim - This describes the large arc of mountains, to a height of 1375m, from the Mistake Ranges (south of Gatton) across the Main (Great Dividing) Range to the MacPherson Range that terminates at Currumbin on the Gold Coast. Despite some well known locations on the Rim, such as Binna Burra and O'Reilleys guesthouses, Springbrook and Cunninghams Gap, the largest proportion of these ranges are unspoilt and much of it near-wilderness. Many forest areas were previously logged, but the forest recovery has been excellent, and virtually all the logging tracks have disappeared except for those still used for foot access. At the previously mentioned sites, graded paths offer a taste, but for the more adventurous there are many hiking possibilities from day trips to sustained multi-day exercises. More information can be found on the web. Parties should be properly prepared and conversant with navigation in difficult country and the rules of National Parks.
  • Riverlife Adventure Centre, [62]. Brisbane's riverside adventures. Kayaking, Abseiling the Kangaroo Cliffs, a rollerblade session and bike rentals. They also organise evening activities such as Kayak paddle and prawns.

Buy

  • Queen Street Mall, [63]. Main shopping mall in Brisbane, large variety of shops, has several shopping centres within it.
  • The Myer Centre, [64]. Runs the gamut from jeans shops to specialty knife stores. Internet kiosks are available.
  • The Wintergarden, [65]. A fashion centre connected to the foot of the Hilton Hotel. Also contains a licensed day or night bowling alley.
  • QueensPlaza, [66]. Brisbane's newest fashion centre, with more expensive, big brand stores.
  • Broadway on the Mall, [67]. Many formal wear, evening wear and bridal stores. Feautures a downstairs food court and upstairs electrical and appliance retailer.
  • Brisbane Arcade, [68]. A secluded narrow shopping strip which acts as a pass way between Adelaide and Queen St. It contains many unique stores.
  • Queen Adelaide Building. One of Brisbane’s oldest buildings is home to Queensland’s flagship Sportsgirl store, adidas and Rebel Sport.
  • The Conrad Treasury Casino, (located at the George Street end of the mall), [69].
  • Adelaide Street. Downtown's dress circle
  • Albert Street. Has many adventure and sports-type retailers, lots of bookstores.
  • Eagle Street. The centre of law and finance in Queensland, holds the Eagle Street and Riverside markets.
  • Edward Street. Mostly covered by Queens Plaza and Wintergarden street fashion stores. There are also a couple of jewellery, take-away restaurants, bars and night clubs.
  • South Bank markets. Held at the South Bank Parklands every Sunday.
  • Brunswick Street Mall. Located in the heart of China Town, there are many Chinese retailers, fast food restaurants, cafes and bars. Markets are run on Sundays.
  • Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, [70]. Large shopping centre sprawled over three massive levels. Large variety of retailers.
  • Westfield Garden City, [71]. Large shopping centre with two levels. Contains a large variety of fashion retailers and book stores.
  • Logan Hyperdome, [72]. Loganholme
  • Westfield Chermside, [73]. Brisbane's largest shopping centre. Popular among youth culture for its Megaplex Movie Cinema.
  • Westfield Carindale, [74].
  • Northside Flower Market, Unit 3, 27 Windorah Street Stafford, [75]. Mon-Sat.
  • Valley Markets - A shopping must for locals and tourists. Operating every weekend, find jewelery, fabulous handmade accessories and artwork. Home to emerging fashion designers. (Sat & Sun, 8AM - 4PM)

Eat

Brisbane has a very good assortment of restaurants. Listed below are some notable restaurants in Brisbane city and its suburbs.


Brisbane City and Spring Hill:

  • Bar Merlo [76] - located in various outlets throughout the city, their first being opened in the QUT Gardens Point campus. Regarded as one of the leaders in the Brisbane café society boom since the 90's, their coffee is served at countless cafes and restaurants throughout Brisbane.
  • Beach House - +61 7 3003 0017 Located on the corner of Albert and Elizabeth St, Myer Centre, 2nd level. Licensed bar, large meals and live entertainment at value for money.
  • Cha Cha Char [77] Pier Ave, +61 7 3211 9944- Famous award-winning steakhouse located at the Eagle St Pier precinct. Their steaks are considered one of Australia's best.
  • E'cco Bistro [78] 100 Boundary St, +61 7 3831 8344 - Founded and run by the internationally renowned and acclaimed chef Philip Johnson, it is one of the best restaurants in Brisbane and Australia-wide.
  • Hanaichi +61 7 3221 8388- Japanese sushi bar located in the 1st floor of Wintergarden. Also has a fast food counter located in the Wintergarden food court, and has franchises in various suburbs.
  • Il Centro [79] 1 Pier Ave, +61 7 3221 6090- Located in the Eagle St Pier precinct, along with other notable neighbours. Famed for its signature sandcrab lasagne, it is one of the most popular Italian restaurants in Brisbane and also amongst the priciest.
  • Little Tokyo [80]85 Bowen St, +61 7 3831 7751 - located in Spring Hill. Oldest Japanese restaurant in Brisbane, under same ownership for over 40 years. Authentic food and decor but at upper-range prices.
  • Pane e Vino [81]Albert St, +61 7 3220 0044 - great Italian restaurant on Albert Street with pastas and mains between $18 and $34. Not a lot of authentic Italian ambiance as found in more typical restaurants further south in Melbourne.
  • Restaurant Two [82] +61 7 3210 0600 - located at the corner of Edward and George St, across the street from the Botanic Gardens. Headed by executive chef David Pugh, it is widely regarded as one of Brisbane's best restaurants.
  • Siggi's at the Port Office [83] +61 7 3221 1999 - located in the Stamford Plaza. One of the longest established fine dining restaurants in Brisbane.
  • Sono [84] +61 7 3220 1888 - Yet another Japanese restaurant, located on Queen Street Mall serving authentic Japanese food. Has a second outlet in the new Portside precinct in Hamilton.
  • SSS BBQ Barns [85] 570 Queen St, +61 7 3839 1162 - located on the corner of Queen & Ann St. Great steaks, ribs, shanks. Warm country atmosphere and service with a smile.
  • Urbane +61 7 3229 2271 - on Mary St, a short walk from Stamford Plaza. One of the best fine dining restaurants in Brisbane, serving unconventional but innovative food.


Fortitude Valley & New Farm:

  • Bank Vault Lounge[86]Ann St, +61 7 3252 3424 - on the Brunswick St Mall. Wood Fired Pizzas, alfresco dining.
  • Continental Cafe [87]21 Barker St, +61 7 3254 0377 - on James St. Good food, nice atmosphere and surprisingly good kids menu
  • Enjoy Inn 167 Wickham St, +61 7 3252 3838 - corner of Duncan St in Chinatown. One of the longest established restaurants in Brisbane, good Chinese food.
  • Fatboys Cafe 323 Brunswick St, +61 7 3252 3789- The cafe portion of Ric's Bar, on Brunswick St Mall. Serves some of the best value for money breakfasts in Brisbane from $4.
  • Freestyle Tout 1000 Ann St, +61 7 3252 0214 - a popular dessert restaurant located in the Emporium, with a sister restaurant that is first established in the Rosalie shops in Paddington.
  • Green Tea Restaurant 31 Duncan St, +61 7 3252 4855 - on Duncan St in Chinatown mall. Good authentic Vietnamese food at a reasonable price.
  • Harvey's [88] +61 7 3852 3700 - located in the James St precinct. Very popular cafe restaurant and deli. It is located a short walk from James St market Rumours of an attached grocery section are false. What the grocery store but that is crazy
  • Hunan Chinese Restaurant - on Chinatown Mall. Unpretentious eatery serving exotic regional Chinese fare from the Hunan province, as well as Chinese takeaway staples at cheap and reasonable prices.
  • King of Kings +61 7 3852 1122 - on Wickham St in the Chinatown precinct. A Brisbane institution for yum cha, decent food and prices.
  • Mecca Bah [89] 1000 Ann St, +61 7 3252 5299 - located in the Emporium precinct. Popular restaurant that serves modern Middle Eastern food, part of an Australian interstate franchise that originated in Melbourne.
  • Mint Indian Gourmet. 61 7 3252 0300 - on Brunswick St near the Central Brunswick precinct. Indian restaurant that serves traditional curries as well as gourmet dishes at upper range prices. (40.13123573333333,-82.99539188333334)
  • Re Del Gelato +61 7 3358 2177 - Beautifully made Italian gelati, a perfect cap after a nice meal at one of the close by restaurants on Brunswick Street.
  • James Street Market [90] - not a restaurant, but a yuppie grocery where you will find all the food and drink you need to bring with you in the bush.
  • Taj Mahal 722 Brunswick St, +61 7 3254 2388 - Amazing Indian cuisine located on Brunswick St, opposite Village Twin Cinemas. Caterers to the Indian Cricket Team when in Brisbane.
  • Thai Wi-Rat 20 Duncan St, +61 7 3257 0884 - on Chinatown Mall. Cheap and cheerful authentic regional Thai-Laotian cuisine.
  • Vespa Pizza [91] 148 Merthyr Rd, +61 7 3358 4100 - Woodfired pizza restaurant on the corner of Merthyr Rd and James St. Serves the tastiest pizzas in Brisbane and is BYO. Cosy atmosphere in the fairylight-lit courtyard outside and room to move in the booths inside. Delivers to local area on Vespa scooters.
  • Wagamama [92] - Located in the Emporium precinct, part of the global noodle bar chain. Has franchises in Chermside and Wintergarden in the Queen Street Mall, Brisbane CBD.


Southbank and Woolloongabba:

  • Ahmet's Turkish Restaurant +61 7 3846 6699 - Located on Little Stanley St, multi award-winning Turkish restaurant including the RCQ Best Themed Restaurant in Brisbane, features belly dancers on weekends. One of the most popular and busiest restaurants in the Southbank precinct.
  • Chez Laila [93] +61 7 3846 3402 - located on the Southbank boardwalk, neat restaurant/cafe serving standard cafe fare as well as authentic Lebanese cuisine. Excellent view of the Brisbane river.
  • Green Papaya [94] 898 Stanley St E, +61 7 3217 3599 - located in Woolloongabba. Inspired French-influenced Northern Vietnamese cuisine. Founded by former owner Lien Yeomans, it is arguably a Brisbane institution.
  • La Kasbah [95] 669 Stanley St, +61 7 3391 7439 - located on Stanley St in Woolloongabba. Long established restaurant that serves a combination of French and North African cuisine.
  • Norman Hotel [96] 102 Ipswich Rd, +61 7 3391 5022 - Along with the Breakfast Creek Hotel, possibly the best steaks in town (it's slogan is "Brisbane's worst vegetarian restaurant"). Located on Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba.
  • Hotel Broadway [97] 93 Logan Rd, +61 7 3217 3469 - offering $10 cook your own steaks around a large barbecue in the beer garden, lunch and dinner 7 days. 5 minute walk from the Gabba stadium.
  • Timmy's [98] 4b Grey Street, +61 7 3846 0322 - overlooking Picnic Island in the Southbank Parklands, well-executed Asian-European fusion cuisine by notable chef Timmy Kemp.


Milton and Park Road:

  • China Sea 60 Park Rd, +61 7 3367 0198- On the Coronation Drive end of Park Road. Excellent Chinese food at upper-range prices.
  • La Dolce Vita 20 Park Rd, +61 7 3368 3805- next to Rue de Paris, great Italian cafe
  • Rue de Paris 30 Park Rd, +61 7 3368 2600- Brisbane's Eiffel Tower, another great cafe
  • Royal Thai Orchid [99] 45 Little Cribb St, +61 7 3229 2588- popular Thai restaurant on Little Cribb St off Park Road. Its sister restaurant is the first Thai restaurant in Brisbane, in the outer suburb of Springwood.
  • The Lure [100] 28 McDougall St, +61 7 3369 9955- at the Coro Hotel on Milton Road, one of the most highly awarded seafood restaurants in Australia.


Paddington:

  • Gambaro's [101] 33 Caxton st, +61 7 3369 9500- Has both a seafood restaurant and a long-established seafood takeaway. A Brisbane institution.
  • Harem 282 Given Tce, +61 7 3368 3141- Turkish restaurant complete with belly-dancing
  • Kookaburra Cafe 280 Given Tce, +61 7 3369 2400- good pizza in a relaxed atmosphere
  • Montrachet [102] 224 Given Terrace- Excellent French bistro specializing in Lyonnaise specialties, regarded as one of Brisbane's best restaurants.
  • Tomato Brothers 19 Nash St, +61 7 3368 1601- located at the Rosalie shops in Paddington. Renowned for their woodfired pizzas, with several franchises in several Brisbane suburbs such as Wilston and Clayfield. [103]
  • Urban Grind [104] 530 Brunswick St in LaTrobe Tce, +61 408 101 140– This small café has a BYO food policy, great coffee and free WiFi. For those who wish to indulge in a guilt free cup of coffee Urban Grind is committed to being climate neutral and use Barambah organic milk in their fantastic coffees.
  • Sol 20 Latrobe Tce. This vegetarian and all organic café warm in winter and cool in summer and the coffee is great.


University of Queensland:

The university and its surrounds provide many quality eateries if you happen to be in the area or on a CityCat ferry and caters to a cheaper market.

  • A Salt 'n Battery - excellent quality fish and chip shop-cum-seafood restaurant with a wide variety of foods and decent prices, located in Hawken Village (on Hawken Drive, approx 5-10 minutes walk from the University proper)
  • The Pizza Caffe +61 733 772 239[105] - fantastic pizzas with really different ingredients
  • Wordsmiths Staff House Rd, +61 7 3365 2001- a touch more expensive than the other cafes on campus, but a good atmosphere (in a relatively quiet part of the campus, near the bookshop) and has a longer menu than the other options


South Brisbane and West End:

  • Era Bistro [106] 102 Melbourne St, +61 7 3255 2033- located on Melbourne St in South Brisbane. Excellent bistro food, great cafe spot, extensive wine cellar. Same owners/chef as the former critically acclaimed Circa.
  • Huong's 83a Vulture St– Excellent Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese food. BYO and Takeaway available.
  • Lefkas Taverna 170 Hardgrave Rd, +61 7 3844 1163- on Hardgrave Road West End. Brisbane's most famous Greek takeaway and restaurant.
  • Makanan Indonesia 59 Hardgrave Rd, +61 7 3846 2111- excellent authentic Indonesian fare at unbeatable value, located on Hardgrave Road
  • Mondo Organics 166 Hardgrave Rd, +61 7 3844 1132- on Hardgrave Road West End. Excellent Italian restaurant serving organic produce. Considered to be Brisbane's premier organic food restaurant.
  • Punjabi Palace [107] 135 Melbourne St, +61 7 3846 3884- on Melbourne St South Brisbane. Arguably one of Brisbane's best Indian restaurants.
  • The Forest Cafe on Boundary St- cheap and delicious vegan food. The indoors area can get quite warm during the summer months, however.
  • Tukka [108] 145b Boundary St, +61 7 3846 6333- Unique and innovative modern native Australian cuisine. Pricing is at the upper range, but worth a visit.


Restaurants in other Areas/precincts:

The famous steak at Breakfast Creek
  • Baguette [109] 150 Racecourse Rd, +61 7 3268 6168- on Racecourse Road in the Ascot precinct. Famous Modern-Australian restaurant that is owned and operated by the Domenech family for over 30 years.
  • Blue Lotus [110] - in the Kelvin Grove Urban Village precinct. Gourmet and exotic ice-creams that change according to the seasons.
  • Breakfast Creek Hotel [111] 2 Kingsford Smith Drv, +61 07 3262 5988- in the Newstead area. Famous for its steaks, a Brisbane institution.
The vegetarian meze platter at Efe's
  • Brett's Wharf [112] 449 Kingsford Smith Drv, +61 7 3868 1717- off Racecourse Road. Head chef is the renowned Alastair McLeod, great seafood and splendid views of the Brisbane river.
  • Efes One Turkish Restaurant [113] 293 Sandgate Rd, +61 7 3862 4599- off Sandgate Road at Albion was Brisbane's first turkish restaurant. Without a doubt the most popular destination for traditional turkish cuisine and a friendly atmosphere in Brisbane. Belly dancers on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Landmark Shop/101 Cnr mains Road, +61 7 3344 3288- located at the Sunnybank Plaza business precinct. One of the most renowned and popular Chinese restaurants in Brisbane, notably for its well done authentic yum cha.
  • Sakura - has franchises located in Coorparoo and Highgate Hill. Excellent authentic Japanese food at reasonable prices.
  • Sitar [114] - right next to Bespoke in the Albion area. Award-winning Indian restaurant that has franchises in suburbs like West End and New Farm.


  • Garuva Hidden Tranquility Restaurant, 324 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley, +61 732 160 124, [115]. 7 days, 6PM til midnight. In Fortitude Valley, only one train station away from Central. Specialises in asian food, but come for the atmosphere! Low-lighting, floor seating and ambient music make this the most intimate restaurant in Brisbane, and every table is enclosed by a sheer curtain. Bar as well, cheap cocktails Fri and Sat before 7PM. $20.

Cafés

West End

  • The Gunshop Cafe 53 Mollison St, +61 7 3844 2241– Possibly the best french toast in the city! Always busy so be prepared to queue and not open on Sunday. Fantastic coffee to boot.
  • Paladar Cnr Fish Lane & Merivale Street– Devised by connoisseur Filip Pilioras, Paladar Fumior Salon is a must for lovers of Cuban coffee, culture and cigars. Despite having a small street frontage and being tucked away off a main street (Merivale St on the corner of Fish Lane) the bright red exterior makes it easy to find once you are in the area.
  • Three Monkeys 58 Mollison St– Throughout the groundfloor and garden of a converted house, this eclectic cafe is an enchanting maze of exotic furniture, fabrics and nooks. A Brisbane icon for over 20 years, you can enjoy meals, desserts and of course, tea and coffee, here 7 days a week. Not to be missed!
  • The Fox Hotel Melbourne St, +61 7 3844 2883– Featuring a number of wonderful art deco bars and a signature restaurant serving true Italian ristorante style cuisine, luxurious banquet seating, opening roof and euro-style street side dining.
  • Uber 100 Boundary Street– Offering sumptuous dining, tantalising cocktail creations and an assorted mix of music. Uber is the ideal starting point (or destination for that matter) for a night out.
  • Lychee Lounge 94 Boundary Street– Inspired by the neighbourhoods pre- and post-war housing and vibrant art sub-culture, the Lychee Lounge offers Asian-inspired bites and wicked cocktails. It’s the perfect place to refuel with a lychee-infused martini at the start of another fabulous weekend.

Teneriffe

  • Salon 110 Macquarie Street– Salon offers an intimate euro-chic ambience, delicious food and an extensive international wine list with over 20 available by the glass.
  • Blowfly 110 Macquarie Street– Blowfly is quirky and intimate and offers a modern take on the traditional Australian BBQ and has a large alfresco dining area.
  • London Club 38 Vernon Terrace– Blending chill beats, contemporary food and a young, casual vibe with Victorian era plushness and grandpa chic décor.

New Farm

  • Campos [116] 11 Wandoo St, +61 7 3252 3612– This Sydney-based café/roastery recently expanded operations to Brisbane. Located behind the popular Fresh on James Street markets. But please note that you cannot access this directly from James St Market you need to go around the complex to get there there is a sign that points you the way.

Wynnum/Manly

  • Jetty Kiosk Hidden gem of a cafe owned by the Port of Brisbane. Tucked away behind the Manly Baths swimming pool on the William Gunn Jetty, Manly Esplanade. Open 7 days, from 9AM-4PM, sit over the water enjoying a drink, dessert or meal and admire Moreton Bay. Very well-priced and so peaceful.
  • Cafe da Vinci 50 Cambridge Parade, Manly, +61 7 3396 2069. Sit on the wooden deck of this bayside cafe and admire the harbour. Serves drinks, meals (great breakfasts) and desserts. Open 7 days, dinner only on Thu, Fri and Sat.

Drink

Brisbane's drinking and nightlife scene is separated into some distinct areas. Anyone planning a night on the town should be aware that after 3AM no more patrons are allowed into pubs and clubs. This is a safety measure, coupled with increased security presence at taxi ranks. Additionally, smokers should beware of strict anti-smoking regulations. Smoking is now banned in 'all areas where food & drink is served', both indoors and outdoors. This means that smoking is banned in all hotels, clubs, and cafés except in designated smoking areas.

Suburban

Toowong:

  • Regatta [117] (adjacent to the Regatta CityCat terminal) - expect a wait to get in on Thur, Fri and Sat nights, but a must-go for the best sessions on Wed and Sun nights when the venue is completely taken by students
  • Royal Exchange (RE) Hotel 10 High St, +61 7 3371 2555 - generally a good, down-to-earth pub, more so than the Regatta, which tends to cater to a slightly trendier crowd

Both Regatta and the RE have reputations (which they more than live up) as student haunts, being located reasonably close to the St Lucia campus of the University of Queensland.

Bulimba:

Catch a citycat to Bulimba for some trendy shopping on popular Oxford Street, great cafes, hip bars or for a picnic in the park.

  • Oxford 152 152 Oxford st, +61 7 3899 2026 [118] - one of Brisbane's most popular suburban restaurant/bar (they brew their own beer!)

Brisbane City

  • Belgian Beer Cafe 169 Mary St– caters for a slightly more upmarket clientele, with a "gourmet" or "boutique" style to its all-Belgian-sourced beers, also serves meals, with a particular favourite being traditional Belgian mussels.
  • Union Jack's 127 Charlotte St- The most popular student spot in the city with inexpensive drink cards and mainstream alternative music.
  • The Port Office Hotel 38 Edward St- Trendy bar downstairs dance floor upstairs popular spot in Brisbane. Crowed with students on Thursday.
  • Caesars Adelaide St- new nightclub featuring R'n'B style music.
  • Club Phoenix On Edward Street between Queen and Adelaide Streets - catering to the metal and alternative music scene, frequently featuring local and international live bands.
  • Criterion Tavern 239 George St - newly renovated bar, recommended for those who are looking for a quick beer and some country music.
  • Down Under Bar 308 Edward St - if you are studying in Brisbane or just backpacking, this is perfect bar for meeting people of other nationalities.
  • Exchange Hotel 131 Edward St – is somewhat popular with a wide, although decidedly young, demographic, including students, young professionals and tourists, who all stream in after cheap drinks finish at the nearby Victory and Port Office hotels, usually around 11 to midnight. Newly renovated with stlyish interior and 2nd floor open roof bar.
  • Fridays 123 Eagle Street - a very popular nightclub which also features dining (not recommended after 10PM)


  • Rosie's 18 Little Edward St - Snitch on Thursday nights - Thriller on Saturday nights - Alternative/Hardcore/Metal/Dancebeats music.
  • Anise - Near the corner of Barker and Brunswick St in New Farm- this great restaurant has an extensive range of French, Spanish and Swiss absinthe available
  • O'Malley's Irish Pub - beneath the Queen Street Mall (Winter Garden centre)- this Irish Pub is the perfect place in Brisbane to dine and then enjoy a Guinness beer; open till 3AM
  • Sportsman Hotel - [119] 130 Leicherdt St - Commonly called "Sporty's", this gay and lesbian pub has two bars upstairs and one private members bar downstairs. Lunch and dinner are served. Drag shows and karaoke on certain nights.

Fortitude Valley

The Fortitude Valley is a unique area of Brisbane catering to the live music scene. A large number of Brisbane's hippest clubs are located here. Through the 1960s and 70s it was seen as Brisbane's bohemian hub and has maintained a certain degree of that reputation and street cred. More recently it is sometimes thought of as being one of the more dangerous areas of the city but this attitude is changing as the area becomes more popular and hence, safer. This however has had an adverse affect on the area's creative vibe as locals turn their back on the area, forcing the creative epicentre of Brisbane to other areas of the city such as West End and Paddington. As with anywhere, simple common sense, caution and courtesy will keep you out of harm's way.

  • Alhambra Lounge [120] 12 McLachlan St- Very stylish interior with a modern Arabic/Spanish theme, young professional and student crowd, good atmosphere and excellent cocktails. Various styles of house music. Located right next door to The Family.
  • Bank - Vault Lounge [121] Ann St- Party Bar, OK atmosphere, recently renovated, the Vault Lounge is perfect for functions. Outdoor seating available, woodfire pizza and pasta.
  • Barsoma [122] 22 Constance St- trendy little bar tucked away on Constance Street (off Ann st) offers great cuisine & an array of delicious (& creative) cocktails. On some nights it plays alternative dance music parties.
  • Birdee Num Num [123] 608 Ann St- OK atmosphere, mainly student and backpacker clientele. Commercial dance music.
  • Bowery Bar 676 Ann St- a small & chic New York inspired bar.
  • Club 299 299 Brunswick Street, - Fantastic if you enjoy metal, emo or any kind of alternative music.
  • Cloudland [124] 641 Ann Street- Recently opened mega club on Ann Street with a retractable roof, 10 metre waterfall, 5,000 plants and a glass bar made from 17,000 glass balls threaded by hand.
  • Glass Bar [125] Corner of Berwick Street &

Fortitude Valley- vibrant atmosphere, small restaurant & bar/lounge, really expensive drinks

  • GPO 740 Ann St- bar and nightclub situated in a former Post Office on Ann Street; trendy spot with great tunes. Beautiful people upstairs.
  • Monastery [126] 621 Ann St- Top dance club in Brisbane plays house and Electro/Electronica. Small but action packed. Freshly renovated interior.
  • Rics 321 Brunswick st - live music most nights. The Valley's hipster institution.
  • Royal George (RG) Hotel [127] 327 Brunswick St- Large Beer garden in the Brunswick St Mall, great atmosphere, great food deals most nights.
  • Spanish Tapas Bar [128] 455 Brunswick St- The only authentic Spanish Restaurant in Brisbane that embraces the Spanish food and Culture. The Sangria is excellent.
  • The Beat 677 Ann St - Downstairs has three dance areas dedicated to hardcore/rave, electro and popular music, upstairs is gay (generally a younger crowd than the Wickham) & has two dance floors & a beer garden
  • The Empire [129] 339 Brunswick St- alternative dance club, nice long balcony overlooking busy Brunswick Street, a few levels, less pretentious but darker than other dance clubs in Brisbane although no less expensive.
  • The Family [130] (top end of the Brunswick Street Mall)– is a bit pricey to get in, but it's one of the biggest club in Brisbane and has great music and atmosphere. Decor is now outdated to other clubs, but still attracts large crowds; Sunday nights (fluffy) are gay.
  • The Met 256 Wickham Street– The newest and biggest club in Brisbane. Host to many internationl DJ's. Amazing decor with great attention to detail. Many different rooms to explore. Although a bit expensive, a huge vary of different types of people inside.
  • The Press Club 339 Brunswick St- small club with large lounges to stretch out on. Host to funky Jazz blended with dance music.
  • The Sunbar Restaurant Lounge [131] 367 Brunswick St- modern and stylish ambience, strict door entry conditions regarding clothing and shoes. Male to Female ratio strictly enforced. Quite expensive drinks.
  • The Wickham [132] 308 Wickham St - A gay & lesbian dance club with outdoor seating, drag shows most nights
  • The Zoo [133] 711 Ann St– This live music venue is almost more Brisbane than the river. Indie rock, hipsters and that whitey dreadlock vibe.

West End

Less crowded than 'the valley' or the city, this bohemian district popular with locals offers a few hip clubs, intimate restaurants and a very laid back atmosphere.

Check out:

  • Lychee Lounge [134] 94 Boundary St- intimate setting, sensual cocktails, beautiful crowd
  • Pavillion Bar 123 Boundary St- laid back atmosphere, great for a Sunday afternoon, enjoy a game of pool or sit al fresco & people watch
  • Tongue & Groove [135] 63 Hardgrave Rd- restaurant & bar offering a cosmopolitan menu catering for vegeterians. Friendly bar, live music 5 nights a week, from reggae to funk, jazz & blues & dance - check out the many local acts
  • Uber [136] 100 Boundary St- opulent, sophisticated & funky restaurant/bar/lounge/dancefloor. nice spot, popular with working professionals

Sleep

Youth hostels

The Palace Backpackers hostel, as seen from Central Station
  • Birdee Num Num [137] 608 Ann St, +61 7 3257 3644- modern, clean, very popular, swimming pool, and one of Brisbane's popular (but more expensive) night clubs
  • City Backpackers 380 Upper Roma St, +61 7 3211 3221– clean, relaxed hostel with a pool and friendly staff.
  • The Palace Backpackers Hostel 308 Edward St, +61 7 3211 2433- huge hostel with a very social vibe in a super-central location. The accommodation can be accessed via door-to-door transport services [138].
  • Cloud 9 Backpackers Resort 350 Upper Roma St, +61 7 3236 2333‎– new, modern, industrial-space conversion.
  • Tinbilly's Tinbilly Backpackers [139] 446 George St, +61 7 3238 5888‎– A Nomads Hostel with big ensuite rooms, and good lounge/TV facilities...
  • Base Central Backpackers 308 Edward St, +61 7 3211 2433‎– Formerly Palace Central Backpackers, a large hostel right across the street from Central Station. It's on the older side, but has a very fun, vibrant and young atmosphere... And it's right over the Down Under Bar, so you haven't far to stumble home. Can be loud and very party-oriented, but it's a great spot to meet people.
  • Brisbane City YHA [140] 392 Upper Roma St, +16 7 3236 1004– three locations in the Brisbane area, this one is very near Roma Street Station.
  • Brisbane Backpackers Resort [141] 110 Vulture St, +61 7 3844 9956‎– offers free pick-up from transit centre or airpot, and free bus to & from city every hour.
  • Moreton Bay Backpackers Lodge [142] 45 Cambridge Parade, +61 7 3396 3824‎– Lovely hostel situated next to the ocean, in the bayside suburb of Manly, only a 20 minute train ride from the Brisbane CBD. Walk along the waterfront, enjoy the cafe culture and explore the islands off the coast of Brisbane. Best place for organising activities like surfing, sailing, fishing and diving. Dorms and private rooms, internet access, airport and train transfers.

Hotels

Brisbane hotels are listed in alphabetical order.

  • Albion Manor Apartments and Motel, 402 Sandgate Road, (Cnr Sandgate Road & Camden Street), Albion, 1800 247 447 or +61 7 3256 0444, [143]. Albion Manor offers spacious studio apartment that are designed to delivery comfort and convenience. Best rates on official website start at AU$105.
  • Raceways Motel in Brisbane (Hamilton) [144] 66 Kent St, +61 7 3268 4355‎- family run accommodation close to Brisbane City Centre and Brisbane International Airport; quality accommodation at affordable prices.
  • Golden Chain Motels - Brisbane [145] has many locations in Brisbane and surrounding area serving quality accommodation at affordable prices. View a Map of Brisbane [146]
  • Central Brunswick Hotel, 455 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, +61 7 3852 1411 (fax: +61 7 3852 1015), [147]. Central Brunswick offers spacious apartments close to Chinatown, just minutes from the CBD area of downtown Brisbane. Best rates on official website start at AU$38.
  • Conrad Treasury [148] 130 William Street, +61 7 3306 8888‎- Pretty, large rooms in an old colonial building right in the center of the CBD
  • Emporium Hotel [149] 1000 Ann St, +61 7 3253 6999‎- One of Brisbane's Best, but at high end prices. Part of the emporium complex, the hotel has some of the best rooms and spa and gyms in Brisbane.
  • Story Apartments, 89 Lambert Street, Kangaroo Point, +61 7 3392 1300, [150]. Story Apartments offers both short-stay and long-stay accommodation, and is just a few minuted ferry ride from the CBD. Best rates on official website start at AU$209.
  • Hilton [151] 190 Elizabeth St, +61 7 3234 2000‎- overlooks Queen Street Mall
  • Hotel Grand Chancellor 23 Leichhardt St, +61 7 3831 4055‎- Large chain hotel with courteous staff and nice rooms.
  • Hotel Ibis 27-35 Turbot Street, +61 7 3237 2333‎
  • Kingsford Riverside Inn [152] 114 Kingsford Smith Drive, Hamilton, +61 7 3862 1317- Rooms from $69. Close to the airport. A few minutes walk from the Breakfast Creek Hotel. The accommodation can be accessed via door-to-door transport services [153].
  • The Limes Hotel, 142 Constance Street, +61 7 3852 9000‎, [154]. Design hotel in Fortitude Valley
  • Marriott Hotel [155] 515 Queen Street, +61 7 3303 8000- Marriott comfort at the standard (upper moderate) price. Lovely staff.
  • Quality Hotel The Inchcolm, 73 Wickham Terrace, +61 7 3332 8888.
  • Ridge on Leichhardt Hotel [156] 189 Leichhardt Street Spring Hill, Brisbane QLD 4000 (07) 3831 5000
  • Rydges 9 Glenelg Street, South Bank (phone 1 300 857 922) - located in the heart of Brisbane's arts and entertainment precinct, it is the closest hotel to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre is immediately adjacent to the hotel and downtown Brisbane and the bohemian village of West End are a 10 minute stroll away. Rydges Hotels and Resorts is an Australian owned and operated company.
  • Saville [157] 161 Grey St, +61 7 3305 2500- South Bank - new, modern, brash & very stylish.

Serviced Apartments

  • Bridgewater Terraces, Wharf Street, Kangaroo Point, [158]. Well located, within a few minutes walk of Holman Street ferry terminal, Bridgewater Terraces consist of one, two and three bedroom self contained apartments. On site facilities include a large lagoon pool, spa, sauna, gym and barbeque facilities (shared with Quest Bridgewater next door).
  • Quest Bridgewater, 55 Baildon Street, Kangaroo Point, [159]. Also featuring one, two and three bedroom apartments, the high rise Quest Bridgewater is a good choice, although it's more expensive than the Bridgewater Terraces. Great views of the city from some rooms. As aforementioned, Quest Bridgewater utilises the facilities on offer at Bridgewater Terraces.


  • The Oaks Lexicon Apartments, Ann Street, Brisbane City, [160]. Conveniently located in the heart of the CBD, the Oaks Lexicon Apartment Hotel is one of Brisbane’s most contemporary buildings. With beautifully appointed one and two bedroom apartments, Oaks Lexicon Apartment Hotel combines the outstanding facilities and service of a modern luxury hotel with the privacy and spaciousness of a fully self-contained apartment all within minutes from the Queen Street Mall, Riverside and the Brisbane Convention Centre.
  • Evolution Apartments, Evolution Apartments, 18 Tank St, Brisbane, QLD 4000 (close to Shinjuku Station), +(07) 3034 3700 (), [161]. Evolution Apartments in Brisbane CBD are fully serviced and offer excellent facilities including a media room, swimming pool, deck with BBQs and a business center.

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Contact

  • Free Internet access is available at the Brisbane City Council library, although you might need to book your session in advance.
  • Free Internet (Wireless as well) access is available at the Queensland State Library, Southbank in selected areas.
  • There are a myriad of Internet cafes in the Brisbane city area which provide high speed internet access for $2-3 an hour.
  • Many cafes and hotels provide free wireless access to patrons. Keep an eye out for signage. www.brisbane.tv is an internet city guide.
  • Most McDonald's restaurants have free WiFi (limited to 50MB per session, no time limit).
  • Payphones are abundant in the downtown area.

For Australia wide contact options, such a mobile phones and calling cards, see the entry in Australia

The Brisbane Visitor Information Centre and Booking Centre [162] on the Queen Street Mall is open daily (Monday – Thursday 9AM – 5:30PM, Friday 9AM – 7PM, Saturday 9AM – 5PM, Sunday and public holidays 9:30AM – 4:30PM) with the exception of Good Friday and Christmas Day. Tel +61 7 3006 6290

Stay safe

Emergency numbers

Throughout Australia, the number for emergency services (Police, Fire and Ambulance) is 000. When using a mobile or cell phone, the numbers 000 and 112, are free of charge, and connect using any of the available networks.

Emergency numbers such as 911 and 999 do not work within Australia.

Areas

Brisbane has a relatively low crime rate in comparison to other cities of such size. In most cases being aware of your environment and using common sense will keep you safe. Similar to Sydney and other large western cities, trains and train stations are usually considered a common crime zone throughout the afternoons and nights, however trains and stations are patrolled by Police, Transit Officers, railway personnel and private security guards. Cameras are also used to increase security. It is advised to exercise caution when traveling on trains and buses during these periods of the day.

  • The outer suburbs have a much higher crime rate than inner suburbs and therefore should be taken into account when visiting these areas. It is preferred that individuals walking in these areas especially the southside including Logan and Beenleigh, take precaution or venture within a group.
  • Fortitude Valley - Police presence very strong here due to the concentration of bars. For females, it is recommended to travel in pairs or groups to avoid any unwanted attention from drunken revelers, especially in the early hours of the morning. Taxi ranks in particular can be a little dangerous due to many frustrated drunks having to wait for cabs. Ensure you only wait at ranks that have a security guard.
  • City Central - Be careful if catching a train at night, even though the train stations and trains are well patrolled (especially at night) and watched by CCTV. Southbank should be avoided at night due to gangs of teens congregating there. Generally speaking the inner city is quite safe.
  • Suburban pubs - Drunks can be a hassle when in the vicinity of suburban pubs, especially around closing times.
  • Treasury Casino - Casino patrons often gather outside and unwanted attention can be received late at night due to drunks. However, security is tight and the entire area around the Casino is monitored by CCTV.

Get out

Brisbane provides a base for day trips to explore the southeast of Queensland. The North Coast of New South Wales can also be reached in an hour if traffic is light, but allow up to two hours travel if traffic is heavy or there is an accident on the Pacific Motorway. Queensland Rail also provides extensive services out of Brisbane to the north and south of the city and to the Gold Coast.

North of Brisbane:

  • Glass House Mountains National Park - about an hour north of Brisbane. There is a scenic drive through the mountains with a couple of lookouts, or you can go for a hike - easy or difficult, depending on the mountain. (Mt. Beerwah offers a stern but quick scramble and a good view of the area.) There are a few small roadside shops in the area that sell homemade jams and varieties of macadamia nuts.
  • Beerwah - home of the Australia Zoo [163], run by the family of the late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin. Admission is $46 for adults.
  • Sunshine Coast - 90 minutes north of Brisbane, suitable for surfers without the clutter of the more famous beaches to the south. The city of Noosa and several derivatively-named cities (e.g., Noosa Heads, Noosaville) offer short and long-term accommodation, some restaurants and a few stretches of shops aimed at tourists with and without a budget.
  • Eumundi - famous markets on Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Stradbroke Island - amazing beaches, 4WD and fishing, accommodation, all very close to Brisbane.
  • Moreton Island [164] - Holiday destination very close to Brisbane. Dive and snorkel Tangalooma Wrecks, go sand tobogganing, 4wd and much more.
  • Fraser Island - World Heritage listed site, offering pristine, unspoiled lakes, dunes, forests and wildlife. Camping is possible, or day-trips can be arranged from Noosa. World's largest sand island.
  • Redcliffe This peninsula located 45 minutes north is famous for its long stretch of beach, friendly locals and excellent food, shops and weather.

South of Brisbane:

  • Gold Coast - famous for being a tourist town, approximately 70km south of Brisbane on the Pacific Motorway.
  • Dreamworld [165] - Theme park in the western Gold Coast suburb of Coomera, on the Pacific Motorway. Many large thrill rides including the 'Tower of Terror' and the 'Giant Drop' and roller coasters. There are also child-friendly rides and Australian animal attractions and shows, as well as a Tiger exhibit.
  • Movieworld [166] - Another theme park near 'Dreamworld' and 'Wet 'n' Wild Water World.' Generally longer, more cinematic and atmospheric rides, shows and attractions.
  • Seaworld [167] - aquatically-themed park sandwiched on a peninsula between the Gold Coast Seaway and the Pacific Ocean, located in Southport (just north of the Gold Coast.) A few rides, but popular for its impressive animal shows and exhibits.
  • Wet 'n' Wild Water World [168] - Water park on the Gold Coast, with heated rides and pools for winter. Large number of thrill rides and also mellow relaxation areas.
  • Mt. Tamborine National Park [169] - extensive areas of National Park plus arts, crafts, galleries and the like, near several forest hikes. There are some excellent fudge shops at the top of Mt. Tamborine that offer generous free samples and a staggering variety of flavors.
  • Surfers Paradise - [170] - tourist mecca, and arguably the most upmarket area on the Gold Coast. Located on a life-guarded beach front, host to Caville Avenue, and several shopping malls.
  • Lower Moreton Bay
  • Moreton Bay - includes places like Moreton Island (where Scooby Doo was filmed) and St. Helena Island (a former maximum security prison for convicts.)

West of Brisbane:

  • Ipswich - is situated 40kms west of Brisbane. 45 minutes by road from Brisbane City.
  • Brisbane Skydiving Centre [171] - offers tandem skydiving and advanced freefall courses. Willowbank.
  • Workshops Rail Museum [172] - The whole family will enjoy the birthplace of Queensland Rail and enjoy the interacive exhibits at this award-winning museum. North Street, North Ipswich.
  • Brookwater Golf Club - An 18 hole Greg Norman championship golf course and Australia's No. 2 public access course.
  • Queensland Raceway [173] - Queensland's premier race circuit. This is the only location near Brisbane where members of the public can drive on the same racetack as professional drivers. Champions Way, Willowbank.
  • Bunya Mountains National Park [174] - Three hours west of Brisbane. One of the oldest national park in Queensland. Home of the ancient bunya pine and many other species of plants, birds and other animals. Stay at least three nights to have time to hike in the park.



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