BRISBANE, Australia’s third largest city, is a sub-tropical metropolis with a population of 2.2 million. It offers an all-year-round climate ideal for holidays and tourism. Conveniently, most things to see and do in Brisbane are centrally located either in – or close to – the central business district.
The Brisbane airport is connected by train and bus services, as well as taxis (cabs) and hire cars,
BY TRAIN: A commercial train service operates between the airport and Brisbane, and then continues on to the Gold Coast. Trains depart domestic terminal every 4 minutes and international terminal every 15 minutes. The trip from the domestic or international terminals to central Station takes 20-24 minutes and, an adult fare cost from $15.30 if booked online at airtrain.com.au. Children aged 14 and under travel free between the airport and the city when accompanied by an adult with a ticket.
BY BUS: Shuttle bus services operate between the airport and city hotels, as well as between the airport and Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast hotels.
BY CAR: Chauffer-driven cars operate between the airport and city hotels. As at October 2015, hire cost started from $24 one way.
TAXIS (CABS): There are taxis queues outside both the domestic and international terminals. An average cab fare from the airport to the CBD, a distance of about 17 kilometres, ranges from $41 to $49, depending on time of day and traffic.
HIRE CARS: There are numerous hire car agencies operating from both the domestic and international terminals at the airport.
Getting Around in Brisbane
Brisbane is a relatively easy city to move around in.
Many of the attractions are in, or quite near, the heart of the city and within easy walking distance, including South Bank, Roma Street Parkland and the Botanical Gardens There is also a host of historic buildings worth seeing situated in or adjoining the central business district, within walking distance or from the hop-on hop-off bus service.
Our City Guide provides a map of the city area showing the location of the main places of interest.
The Brisbane River snakes its way around the central business district with city ferry ferry stops along either side of the river. The ferries allow quick access to points further along the river, such as Bulimba. Ferry cruises are a good way of orientating yourself with how Brisbane has been built on a river.
Buses provide easy access to eating, entertainment, shopping and entertainment precincts such as Fortitude Valley and Paddington.
(For ferry, bus and train details, see Transport)
By walking, hopping on a ferry or catching a bus or train, you can access most of Brisbane’s attractions and places to visit.
If you want to travel further afield by public transfort, there are train services to the Gold Coast and train and connecting bus services to the Sunshine Coast.
What is the weather like?
Brisbane’s weather can be very warm during March. Temperatures average 18-35C during the day but could get much warmer.
What should you wear?
We suggest you brings layers of clothing for best comfort. Smart casual is ideal for the conference and perhaps something a bit more dressy for the dinner on Friday night. There is a park and beach near the venue so bring comfortable clothing and your walking shoes too.
(Information taken from brisbane.com.au)