The capital of the sunshine state is also Australia's fastest growing city. With Flight Centre's cheap flights to Brisbane, this exciting and progressive destination is now more accessible than ever. Brisbane is very much a river city with much of the action lining either side of it. On one side there is the city, with shopping and dining congregated around the Queen Street Mall and Fortitude Valley. On the other, South Bank and the Performing Arts Precinct is a fantastic area to explore complete with a man-made beach, museums, playgrounds, parks, a cinema, restaurants and art galleries.
Airlines that fly to Brisbane
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- Emirates Airlines
- Etihad Airways
- Malaysia Airlines
- Qantas Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Singapore Airlines
Brisbane Airport (BNE) is located 8 miles north of the city and is serviced by trains, public buses, private shuttle buses, taxis and car hire. The airport is made up of two terminals, a domestic and international, which are located almost 1.8 miles apart with shuttle buses and trains available for transfers.
British passport holders will need a visa in order to enter Australia. There are two kinds of visas available: an eVisitor visa, for which there is no charge, and an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) from your travel agent or airline, for which there’s a service fee of A$20. eVisitor visas are available from the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection or from the Australian High Commission in London. For travel on non-British passports or for more information, please ask your consultant.
You'll notice when you first arrive in Brisbane that the city is heavily focussed on the outdoors. Brisbane boasts sunny weather in winter and very warm days in summer. As such, outdoor picnics, sporting games and swimming comes naturally to the locals here. While in town, watch a game of rugby league or cricket, or take a dip at South Bank's man-made beach that overlooks the city.
While Brisbane's outdoors offer an array of activities, inside the city you'll find a bustling world of trendy cafes, boutique shops and cultural attractions. One of the city's most prized assets is the Gallery Of Modern Art (GOMA). Boasting world class and innovative exhibitions, GOMA has something to captivate all types of gallery goers, from experts to art novices and even the kids.
Out of the city, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are great places to enjoy a day-trip from Brisbane. For beach fun and thrills, the Gold Coast also boasts a range of theme parks including Dreamworld, Warner Bros. Movie World and Sea World.
For more ideas of things to see and do in the city, see our Brisbane travel guide.