City Name: Brisbane
Where is it located?: Brisbane is located halfway up Australia’s east coast, just over the border of New South Wales in Queensland.
Why do people go there?: Brisbane is a great stopping point for backpackers making their way up, or down, the coast. The meandering river is worth a ride or two and there are some neat places to visit downtown.
How do travelers get there?: International arrivals are possible, but not too common. Those coming from the north tend to hop on a bus, with train being secondary, and those coming from the south tend to snag a train most or all of the way before busing it.
Currency: Australian Dollar
City Code: 7
Population: 1.9 million
Neighborhoods: Paddington, Fortitude Valley, New Farm,South Bank, West End
Attractions: River, Stopover, XXXX Brewery
Accommodations: Brisbane Hostels
Tourist Office: The Queensland Government Travel Centre, cnr Adelaide and Edward Sts, Brisbane, QLD 4000, tel. 07-221 6111.
Health Issues: Try not to drink too much free beer on the XXXX brewery tour. Folks have been known to get drunk and sick.
Tips for Visiting
When to go: Escape the cold of the south and come during the winter, or close-in winter shoulder months.
Common Phrases: Brissie (Short for Brisbane)
City Specific Events: The Brisbane Festival in the spring is a major cultural draw and every other year, the city hosts a music festival
How to get around?: There are trains, buses and even ferries to jet you up and down the river.
Good to know: Brisbane is the Capital of Queensland. XXXX is the beer of Queenslanders.
Cheapest airport to fly into: The main airport for travelers taking flights to Brisbane is the Brisbane Airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Brisbane travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.