Queensland’s buzzing riverside capital city is wedged between the ocean and rugged national parks. Brisbane is a cosmopolitan hub for arts, culture and dining but still retains a close connection with nature and a classic laid-back Queensland attitude.
GETTING AROUND BRISBANE
Brisbane prides itself on being a green and sustainable city and has an excellent public transport system to help you get around the city. The Translink gocard allows you to travel on Brisbane’s large transport network including the free city loop buses, ferries, buses and trains. You can also use taxis or hire a car get around the city and surrounding regions.
The Airtrain is a quick and easy option for getting to and from the airport. Brisbane Airport is just 20 minutes by train from the city. Train services run every 15 minutes during peak time and every 30 minutes during off-peak periods.
Central Station (a 2-minute walk from the hotel reception desk) is located directly below the Sofitel Brisbane Central Hotel.
For more information including ticket pricing and travel planners, visit the Airtrain website.
Got some free time during your visit to Brisbane or thinking of extending your stay?
Extend your stay and discover Brisbane’s backyard, a region defined by idyllic islands, rugged national parks, spectacular scenery and the freshest local produce. Cuddle a koala and get up close and personal with kangaroos, wild dolphins and migrating humpback whales.
Contact Brisbane’s official Visitor Information Centre for detailed information on some of the things to do. Come for the conference, stay for the fun!
For more information on things to see and do and to plan your visit please visit www.visitbrisbane.com.au
THINGS TO DO IN BRISBANE
South Bank is Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination. Located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, its 17 hectares of lush parklands, world-class eateries, stunning river views and hundreds of delightful events all year round make it the perfect place to relax and unwind.
The Museum houses permanent and changing exhibitions and also provides in-depth education experiences, innovative public programs, early childhood activities and entertaining holiday activities. We aim to connect visitors to Queensland, its people and Queensland’s place in the world – past, present and future, through exhibitions, displays and public programs.
STORY BRIDGE ADVENTURE CLIMB
Climbing Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge is an adventure like no other. Standing on top of the bridge above the glistening landscape is a very special moment – you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world. This is your chance to see Brisbane truly shining. From far above the river gleams, the city sparkles, cars look like toys and you can see all the way out to Moreton Bay in the east and the rolling green hills of the Scenic Rim to the west.
In the early days of the colony free settlers shopped at Brisbane’s first marketplace in Market St and later the Roma St Markets, then the advent of corner stores, shopping centres and eventually shopping malls all but killed the trip to the market. In the 1980s entrepreneur Peter Hackworth started the stalls rolling again, establishing flea markets at West End and Riverside. Today the revival is in full swing with markets of all varieties – farmers, organic, flea, fashion, craft, ethnic and kids stuff – pulling the crowds.
ROMA STREET PARKLANDS
Hugging the northern side of the CBD, Roma Street Parkland and Spring Hill are iconic parts of Brisbane and its history. Roma Street Parkland, one of Brisbane’s premier parks, is considered to be one of the two best examples of contemporary display gardens in Australia. Well known by garden and plant enthusiasts for its exceptional horticultural standards, it is also an important community asset, popular visitor destination and event space for Brisbane.
THE WHEEL OF BRISBANE
Etched on the South Bank skyline, The Wheel of Brisbane is a breathtaking way to have a 360-degree panoramic view of Brisbane City from the heart of Brisbane’s cultural, lifestyle and entertainment precinct, The Parklands, South Bank. Rising almost 60 metres above the ground in the safety and comfort of a fully enclosed, air-conditioned gondola, it’s a must-do attraction on any visit to Brisbane.