Destination Guide: Brisbane

Brisbane Travel Tips

Things to do in Brisbane

THINGS TO DO IN BRISBANE

A vibrant riverside hub of arts, culture and dining with a relaxed atmosphere, Brisbane is Australia’s new world city!

Tours & Experiences

Centrally located and boasting tropical swimming lagoons, trendy markets, boutique shops, gourmet dining and multiple venues that regularly host major international events, Brisbane is both a cosmopolitan capital city and the perfect base to discover the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.

 

Australia Zoo Entry & Transport from Brisbane

from $99

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  • Return travel from Brisbane
  • Entry to Australia Zoo
  • Child & Concession tickets from $71

Places to visit in Brisbane

South Bank Parklands

A highlight of our Whitsundays sailing tours, Whitehaven Beach – with its soft white sands and dazzling turquoise waters – is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Just 12km (7.5mi) from Brisbane City, Lone Pine is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary. Cuddle a koala, feed kangaroos by hand and meet plenty of other Aussie animals in a beautiful natural environment!

Climb the Story Bridge

Enjoy magnificent 360 degree views of Brisbane City, the river, mountain ranges and islands from the 80m (262ft) summit of Brisbane’s most iconic landmark! This is one of only 3 bridge climbs in the world!

Accommodation in Brisbane

Our buses are just the beginning. We’ve teamed up with the best hostel providers in Australia to offer flexible passes and packages that make it a breeze to secure quality accommodation that won’t break the bank, no matter where your journey takes you!

Popular accommodation options in Brisbane include the YHA and Base & Nomads backpacker hostels. Bookings can be made directly on partner websites.

YHA Dreamcatcher Pass

Available from 7 to 28 nights, the Dreamcatcher pass allows you to pre-purchase your accommodation without locking in the dates. It can be used to book dorm-style accommodation at Brisbane City YHA and more than 70 other YHA hostels around Australia.

Brisbane City YHA
392 Upper Roma St,
Brisbane City QLD 4000

 

Bed Hopper Pass

The Bed Hopper Pass, available from 7 to 60 nights, is a flexible multi-night accommodation voucher that can be used to book dorm-style accommodation at Nomads Airlie Beach and more than 20 Base, Nomads and Base-affiliated hostels throughout Australia.

Nomads Brisbane Hostel
308 Edward St,
Brisbane City QLD 4000

Base Backpackers Brisbane Uptown
466 George St,
Brisbane City QLD 4000

 

Travel & Accommodation Packages

Want more travel and accommodation options? Packaging our Whimit Travel Pass with two of the best hostel providers in Australia, we’ve created the perfect Travel & Accommodation packages for any traveller!

 

How to get to Brisbane

With more than 180 stops across the country and services in all mainland states and territories, Greyhound is Australia’s largest coach network. Here are our most popular routes to Brisbane!

How to get around Brisbane

Your Greyhound bus to Brisbane will drop you at the Roma Street Transit Centre in the heart of the CBD. (Additional stops are located at the Brisbane Domestic Airport and Brisbane International Airport.) From there, you’ll find getting around the city a breeze thanks to a first-class transport network.

Brisbane is a pleasure to explore on foot, thanks to the CBD’s compact structure and proximity to South Bank Parklands. But the city also boasts an excellent public transport infrastructure, with TransLink buses, trains, CityCats and ferry services available at regular intervals through the day and night.

Visitors to Brisbane can travel across the city with a Go Card; a touch-on touch-off system that allows you to travel seamlessly on all TransLink services across South East Queensland. Go Cards can be purchased at the TransLink office located in the Brisbane Visitor Information Centre on Queen Street Mall, and at most convenience stores and train stations.

Brisbane’s network of electric trains provides direct access to many of the city’s outer suburbs, while Brisbane’s bus network also connects outer and inner suburbs to the CBD.

For inner-city travel, the free City Loop and Spring Hill Loop bus services run every 10 minutes between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday. Simply jump on and jump off wherever you like. A free CityHopper ferry service also operates between the North Quay (CBD) and Sydney Street (New Farm) terminals, for those who would prefer to glide along the river that runs through the centre of Brisbane to reach their destination.

To reach destinations by river that fall outside the CityHopper’s boundaries (like the popular Eat Street Northshore markets), just hop on a CityCat or CityFerry service. You can tap on with your Go Card, or purchase a ticket on board.

For a detailed trip planning guide with fare calculators, timetables and suggestions on the best way to travel between Brisbane suburbs, visit translink.com.au.

You can also take advantage of Brisbane’s extensive bike paths to cycle around town, with Brisbane City Council CityCycle bikes available to be hired at various locations around the city.

Taxi ranks can also be found throughout Brisbane City and its surrounding suburbs, and can be ordered from Black & White Cabs on 133 222 or Yellow Taxi on 13 19 24.

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