Brisbane Overview

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Brisbane, the sub-tropical capital of Queensland, is approximately 1000 km (600 miles) north of Sydney and one, if not the fastest growing cities in Australia.

Brisbane is a popular holiday destination and a good place to explore Southern Queensland, The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are only an hour away to the south and north respectively.

There is a good selection of tourist accommodation and amenities to cater for the growing number of visitors.

A Blend of Old And New

Like Sydney and Melbourne, water forms the centre piece and offers character and life to the city.

The Central Business District (CBD) is nestled in a bend of the Brisbane River as it lazily meanders to the sea at Moreton Bay.

Brisbane is a happy mix of the past and the future with lower older heritage buildings interspersed with the modern city structures towering above them.

Giant fig trees provide a natural canopy from the Queensland sun over the streets and parklands and this only adds to the harmonious blend of old and new, natural and man-made which Brisbane has achieved.

A Relaxed City

Brisbane is noticeably more relaxed than the other eastern cities in Australia and the climate probably has something to do with this.

The, usually consistently great weather throughout the year results in more short sleeved and casual attired cheerful looking office workers, outdoor eating areas and cafes - even in winter the average temperatures are comfortably warm.

Brisbane has The Brisbane River as its centre piece and it is spanned by graceful bridges and crisscrossed with all manner of boats, ferries and watercraft.

The river is also used with great effect to move people around with regular ferry and jet cat services operating from morning till night, seven days a week.

A tourist river cruise is very enjoyable and a great way to find your bearings.

Brisbane's Villages

Brisbane has preserved and developed its 'village areas' which each have their own unique character.

The trend setting Fortitude valley or 'The Valley' as it is known is probably the most famous.

There are heritage-style buildings, cafes, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. In recent years Fortitude Valleys Family was voted Australian Nightclub of The Year.

This is also the location of Brisbane's Chinatown which only adds to the cultural and diverse blend. Fortitude Valley is to the north east of the Brisbane CBD.

Paddington is to the cities' north west and is another popular meeting place with its many boutiques, delis, galleries, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

This is also a sought after residential area with many 'Queenslander' homes set amongst lush gardens and leafy streets.

The leafy New Farm, to the west of the city, has many examples of ornate Victorian and 1930's style buildings.

This is a culturally diverse area with many outdoor cafe's, bars and eateries.

Where To Stay

Brisbane has a good selection of holiday accommodation of all standards. See our general Brisbane accommodation listings for hotels and resorts and Backpacker accommodation for hostels.


Brisbane is located in the south east of Queensland and has a latitude of 27.4°S and a longitude of 153.0° E.

Driving To Brisbane:

Approximate Driving Time/Distance

12Hrs From Sydney (950Km)

22Hrs From Melbourne (1700Km)

See Route and Distance Calculator for more driving times and routes.

Flying To Brisbane

Brisbane Airport has both international and domestic terminals (inter-connected by rail link) and is around 15km (9 miles) north east of the city, along Airport Drive. The journey should take approximately 20 minutes depending on traffic conditions. Taxis, hire cars, shuttle buses and direct train to Brisbane and the Gold Coast are available.

As a guide, the approximate flying time from Brisbane to Perth is 5.5 hours, to Sydney 1.5 hours, to Melbourne 3.5 hours and Cairns 2.5 hours. Times do not include travel time to and from airports and adequate time prior to check in etc.

Queensland School & Public Holidays

2008 Public Holidays

New Years Day Tue 1st Jan.

Australia Day Mon 28th Jan.

Good Friday 21st March.

Easter Monday 24th March.

Anzac Day Fri 25th April.

Labour Day Mon 5th May.

Queens Birthday Holiday Mon 9th June.

Christmas Day Thu 25th Dec.

Boxing Day Holiday Fri 26th Dec.

2008 School Holidays

(End and start school on preceding and next week day (Mon - Fri) respectively)

School Starts Tue 29th January

Easter Holiday 7th April To 11th April.

Winter Holiday 30th June To 11th July.

Spring Holiday 22nd Sept To 3rd Oct.

Summer Holiday 15th Dec To Jan 21st.

Daylight Saving

Daylight Saving does not operate in Queensland

Note: Dates for guidance only. Always check with your individual School as variations may occur for individual education authorities or establishments and dates may be subject to change. Always check with relevant State or Territory education department to confirm holiday periods at the commencement of each school year. Not all Public Holidays for individual regions within each state and territory are shown and public holidays falling on weekends are not listed. Not all Public Holidays may be applicable to all employers, organisations etc so always check with your employer, education authority etc which public holidays are applicable.

The South Bank

The South Bank Parklands have been a popular leisure destination since the site was host to the World Expo held in Australia in 1988.

The development has been expanded and remains as an impressive addition to the cities infrastructure and includes Kodak Beach (a man made beach complete with sand), pools, gardens, picnic areas, barbeques, restaurants, cafes and usually entertainment and a market at the weekends.

There is an extensive network of riverside walks and board-walks which provide good city views.

Brisbane Climate

These figures are for guidance only:

Historical Average Brisbane Climate

Approximate Max Average Temperature

Max Average Temperature

Deg C/ Deg F

Winter(June-Aug):21 / 70

Spring(Sep-Nov):26 / 78

Summer(Dec-Feb):29 / 84

Autumn(Mar-May):26 / 79

Historical Average Brisbane Rainfall

Approximate Average Monthly Rainfall - mm

Average Monthly Rainfall - mm

Winter(June-Aug): 57

Spring(Sep-Nov): 73

Summer(Dec-Feb): 150

Autumn(Mar-May): 100

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Brisbane is a pleasant mix of gleaming high rises, heritage buildings and shading trees
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The climate makes Brisbane an alfresco city
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