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» Noosa Everglades
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» North Stradbroke    Island
» Byron Bay
» Sunshine Coast
» Eumundi Markets
» Moreton Island cruise
   with option dolphin feeding

» Gold Coast canal cruise
»Tamborine Rainforest
    Tour


Extended Trips
» Fraser Island
   3-day tour

» Fraser Island
5-day tour
» Great Barrier
   Reef 3-day tour

» Great Barrier
   Reef 5-day tour

» Lamington National
   Park 2-day tour


Outback Tours
» Cunamulla 9 days
» Cunnamulla 5 days
» Outback Farm &
   Wildlife experience

Bus Passes
» Brisbane to Cairns
   Hop on, Hop Off pass

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. 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.

A quiet and peaceful setting is Roma Street Parkland, a green area with gardens and rainforest walks adjacent to the Roma Street Railway Station.

South Bank is an artificially-created beach and parklands area along the banks of the Brisbane River, opposite the CBD. It features a protected swimming area complete with lifeguard.
From South Bank you can access the city and its attractions as well as the river ferries and the nearby Brisbane Botanical Gardens.

On the other side of the river, further along, is the Riverside Centre, which has a selection of cafes and is the embarkment point for paddlesteamer cruises on the river.

The river is one of the city's main attractions and there are many cruises that pass under under the Story Bridge, on their way to popula destinations like New Farm and Bulimba.
The river is also the setting for the annual Riverfire fireworks display.

Not far from the Story Bridge and adjoining the CBD is Fortitude Valley and the Brunswick Street Mall with its many cafes and hugely popular Sunday afternoon entertainment. "The Valley" is also known for its night life.

Chinatown, with its eateries and night life, is also situated in Fortitude Valley.

For those interested in the city and state's history and architecture, there are historic buildings scattered througout the CBD and other parts of Brisbane.

And speaking of history, there is the Breakfast Creek Hotel, which has its own resident ghost and fabulous old public bar where journalists and politicians used to rub noses in the 1960s.

Brisbane has some colourful shopping areas. Paddington, in particular, is steeped in history because of all its old workers' cottages now revitalised as shops. It is also the home of the Paddington Plaza Theatre. The building has at times been a cinema and dance hall. It now houses more than 50 antique dealers. If you want to stay on for the evening, there are small bars and night clubs in Given Terrace and Caxton Street. If you have the time for day trips, there are any number of fun things to do on Queensland's fabulous Gold Coast, two hours south of Brisbane. There you will find Dreamworld and Movie World, Sea World and the Wet and Wild water fun park.
Situated north of the city is the Sunshine Coast, a mecca for beaches and home to Australia Zoo, the creation of the famous Crocodile Hunter, the late Steve Irwin.

A ferry ride on Brisbane's river is a relaxing thing to do. 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.