Brisbane lies on the eastern coast of Australia and is the historic capital city of Queensland. It was actually founded by the British as a double-plus-penal colony – meaning that convicts who were exiled to Australia and then committed even further crimes were resigned to Brisbane. Nowadays this shady past serves only to provide the city with a rich and intriguing history – easily explored via one of the many heritage walking trails that criss-cross Brisbane. Many remnants of this period are still visible, such as the Old Windmill and Commissariat Store, both built by convicts. Until recently, Australia’s third largest city slightly lagged behind Sydney and Melbourne in terms of attractions, but over the past decade, a buzz of burgeoning cultural and business development has transformed the city into an exciting, cosmopolitan metropolis. The Central Business District is populated with vast skyscrapers and all number of dazzling amenities. Most cultural attractions (including the comprehensive Gallery of Modern Art) can be found across the Brisbane River, at the South Bank, with the lively, edgier West End situated just beyond. In the opposite direction lies Fortitude Valley, best described as Chinatown meets Shoreditch, with swathes of independent boutiques. Other attractions include the challenging Story Bridge Adventure Climb, Australia Zoo and XXXX Brewery, where the famous Queensland beer is made. Situated on the city’s eastern coast, Moreton Bay is home to a paradisiacal collection of islands literally swimming in nature, where you can spot dolphins, whales and turtles.
Car hire in Brisbane is very popular, as it allows for easy access to Brisbane’s famed neighbouring beach destinations, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast. These parts are undeniably a surfer’s paradise – there’s even a Gold Coast resort bearing the same name. This southern destination is also home to various world-class theme parks like Dreamworld, WhiteWater World and the Warner Bros Movie World. The latter carries the appealing tagline of ‘Hollywood on the Gold Coast’. To the north lies Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Book now with Auto Europe to take advantage of the lowest deals on the market, hard won over nearly 65 years in operation. We’re proud to have helped people to travel the world at their own pace since 1954.
As Australia’s third largest city and a capital of state, Brisbane has a strong road infrastructure. The city’s most convenient feature for motorists is the various tunnels (most of which are tolled) that allow quick and easy access to main areas in the city. Short term pre-paid passes are available to purchase, which can be handy for visitors who choose to take a car rental in Brisbane. The inner city offers a wealth of parking choices. In the Central Business District, it is possible to find zones that offer short bursts of free parking, sponsored by the City Council at their Wickham Terrace and King George Square car parks. The CBD also has a dozen or so private parking complexes, while the rest of the city is well serviced by tolled spaces. Throughout most of the city, you can park for up to two hours in unsigned areas, but make sure to check meters and parking signs that denote information specific to place.
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Brisbane is situated in the very south of Queensland, at the geographical centre of Australia’s eastern coast. It forms the northernmost point in an Orion’s Belt formation with Sydney and Melbourne. It is shouldered by famous beach towns on either side.
Brisbane Airport is situated 15km from the city centre and has two passenger terminals. In proportion with the city’s population, it is the third busiest airport in Australia. One of Brisbane’s tolled tunnels, the Airport Link Tunnel, leads directly to the airport from CBD, making it simple to return your car hire from Brisbane, if picked up at the airport. The airport serves 52 separate domestic destinations and New Zealand. There are many direct flights to Asia, including Bali, Tokyo, Bangkok and Shanghai. Non-stop flights to London in the UK and Vancouver in Canada are also frequent.
Brisbane Airport (BNE)
Address: 11 The Circuit, Brisbane Airport QLD 4008, Australia
Website: Brisbane Airport
Telephone: +61 7 3406 3000
Brisbane regards itself as a green and eco-friendly city, meaning that its public transport network is efficient, well-maintained and convenient to use. Translink take care of all public transport in Brisbane and they offer of Go card, which allows you to travel by bus, train and ferry. These cards can be purchased at train stations, online and over the phone. In the city centre there are two free bus loops available to the public that run every 10 minutes throughout the CBD and Spring Hill. There is also a free ferry service that navigates Brisbane River between North Quay and Sydney Street, conveniently serving several popular districts in between. Inner Brisbane is well-covered by Translink buses including several night-time routes, while trains connect to the outer suburbs and beyond. The council also run several bike hire services, as do several individual businesses..
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