Brisbane is the capital of the state of Queensland with a population of about 2 million people, making it the third-largest city in Australia.
Brisbane_COAIts positive attitude and creative confidence makes Brisbane a genuine new-world city. Even though Brisbane is rapidly developing and forward-thinking, it maintains a youthful enthusiasm and has what is arguably the most vibrant, laid back and friendliest atmosphere of any east-coast capital city.

Visitors Guide for Brisbane

  • South Bank – Brisbane’s only beach (artificial, but nicely done) is right in the heart of the city in the cultural district, surrounded by lots of interesting shops, cafes and restaurants (which can be slightly expensive) as well as some of the city’s museums, theatres and art gallery. A great place to hang out on a hot day and have a swim (for free). South Bank Parklands.

The Maritime Museum’s destroyer can be seen docked in the lower right-hand corner of the image. The large white-roofed building is the Brisbane Convention Centre.

All located on Grey Street in South Bank.

  • Brisbane City Hall and King George Square – located between Adelaide and Ann Streets, this is the city’s most significant historical landmark. City Hall often hosts free concerts throughout the year. There is a restored lift that can be taken to the top of the clock tower for free.
  • Mt Coot-tha – Brisbane’s tallest mountain. A popular make out spot with a great view and good but overpriced cafe and restaurant. Also home to the one of the Botanical Gardens.
  • Manly Boat Harbour – at Manly, the second largest in the southern hemisphere. There is also a public park located at Norfolk Point.
  • CityCat – Take the CityCat river taxis up and down the river. A great couple of hours to see the city at speed – secure your sunglasses and hats though.

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108px-Flag_of_Australia.svgAustralia is both the world’s smallest continent and the only country that has a whole continent to itself. Famed for its natural wonders and wide open spaces (beaches, deserts and “the bush” or “the Outback”), Australia is ironically one of the world’s most highly urbanized countries and is well known for the cosmopolitan attractions of its cities, such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Australian capital city Canberra.

Get in

Australia is completely surrounded by ocean: there is no way to travel overland to Australia. Hence, all international visitors arrive by plane or by boat. Almost all travelers will first travel to one of the state capitals, as these have all the major airports and many of the major ports.


By plane

Approximately half of all international travelers arrive first in Australia in Sydney , the largest city, via Kingsford-Smith International Airport. Assuming direct flights to Sydney from various parts of the globe, travelers can expect a 3 hour flight from New Zealand , a 15 hour flight from the west of the United States of America , and up to a 24 hour flight plus from western Europe . On account of long journey times from some destinations, many travelers opt to book a stop-over in their flight in order to minimize the impact of jet lag and flight discomfort.

After Sydney, significant numbers of travelers also arrive first in Australia in Melbourne (Tullamarine Airport), Brisbane and Perth . Much smaller numbers arrive at international airports in Cairns , Adelaide , Darwin , the Gold Coast (Coolangatta), Norfolk Island, Newcastle and Broome .

Customs and Quarantine

Australia has a very strict customs requirement when it comes to animal and vegetable imports including wood, and other prohibited goods. This is because Australia is a large and isolated island, and thus far free of many diseases and insect pests found in other countries. All incoming visitors must pass a customs check for these items. No fruits, vegetables, meat or other food products are allowed in unless they are factory-made and on the approved list of imports (eg, chocolate is o.k.)

There is no penalty for declaring illegal goods – they’ll just be confiscated and destroyed – but if you attempt to bring them in without declaring them, there are extremely heavy penalties including fines and a possible jail term.

The Australian Quarantine and Immigration Service website ( ) has more details.

Visas and Documentation

All foreigners except New Zealanders require visas.
The citizens of some countries, however, can obtain a short stay tourist or business visa online

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