Destination Guide - Brisbane

Things are hotting up in Brisbane and we’re not just talking about the weather. Once a small riverside city, it is now a hive of cultural, culinary and creative activity. The city is set on the Brisbane River and much of the action can be found along the river and in surrounding suburbs such as Fortitude Valley, where cafés and fashion boutiques are popping up everywhere.

The Basics

Currency: Australian Dollar (A$)
Population: 1,600,000
Time zones: +10
Daylight savings: N/A
Language: English
Country code: +61
Area code: 07
Electricity voltage: 220-240V
Electricity hz: 50Hz
Electrical plugs: Australian-style plug with two flat angled blades and one vertical grounding blade
Mobile network: GSM, CDMA


  • Brisbane River
  • Brisbane Botanic Gardens
  • Queensland Art Gallery


  • 26 January
    Australia Day


The temperature averages 24°C during winter (June to August) and up to 35°C during summer (December to February).

Getting there and around

Brisbane has an efficient bus network. The CityTrain is a good option, or, if you’re not in a hurry, you might select a scenic journey by ferry along the Brisbane River.

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See & Do

James Street Market, Brisbane
Brisbane: James Street

After an enthusiastic makeover, Fortitude Valley’s James Street is a shining star of the Brisbane urban fringe.

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Brisbane: Park Road
Brisbane: Park Road

Sip into something comfortable in Park Road, Brisbane's slice of continental cool.

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Story Bridge, Brisbane
Green, Gold and on the Go: Leisel's Brisbane

Olympic swimmer Leisel Jones dives into the sunshine capital.

Further reading

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  • Hey Qantas: need to upgrade the info - this is 2011 not 2010. Apart from floods Brisbane has had lots of things happening. Like the recent Comedy Festival at the Powerhouse. SSB

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