Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, Australia, is a lively city with pleasant weather throughout the year. Despite being one of the fastest developing cities in the country, Brisbane maintains its friendly, small-town atmosphere. From river cruises and art museums to major sporting stadiums and a Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane has a lot to offer to its visitors. You can climb Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge and witness stunning panoramic views or explore the arts at Queensland Art Gallery. Visit islands like Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island that dot the coastline, when you are in Brisbane. Take a dip in the man-made Streets Beach, or go on a shopping spree on James Street. Exploring the city is easy, as there are many options for transport, including ferry, buses, trains, and even rental bicycles.
Useful Tips for Tourists Traveling to Brisbane
As one of the main urban centers of northern Australia, Brisbane is a wonderful place to fill up your shopping bags. From upscale malls to factory outlet stores, the city has it all. For the latest fashion trends, head to Fortitude Valley, brimming with independent stores and antique shops. Along James Street, you’ll find over 130 stores, including Australian designers like Scanlan, Lee Mathews, and Theodore and Zimmermann. Other popular shopping hubs are Paddington, Chinatown, Southbank / West End, and Queen Street Shopping Mall. For budget shopping, visit Trade Street to find brands from all over the world at prices that are almost 60% less. Other affordable shopping centers include DFO (Direct Factory Outlet), Harbor Town, Stones Corner Village, and Retro Metro.
What to eat
Brisbane is on its way to becoming one of Australia’s hot spots for casual and fine dining. It is home to many restaurants, where chefs highlight the fresh, local Queensland products. The popular and award-winning restaurants include Esquire, Urbane, Gauge, Gerard's Bistro, Restaurant II, Otto Ristorante, E'cco Bistro, and The Wolfe. Miel Container on Albert Street is famous for its burgers. As for iconic dishes, each restaurant has its own signature dishes, so just ask what they are before you order. To heighten your spirits, enjoy a cocktail or two at rooftop bars, like Eleven in Fortitude Valley and Up on Constance.
A few common phrases
English is the most widely-spoken language in Brisbane. Here are the few common everyday used phrases in Brisbane.
• Excellent! Very good: Ace
• That's certainly true: Bloody Oath
• Well gee, that's not good: Bummer
Dos and Don’ts
• Avoid swimming in the Brisbane River, as it is home to bull sharks and jellyfish.
• During the summer (November to March), there are usually storms. So, check the weather forecast before you plan your day.
Emergency contact numbers
• Police / Fire / Ambulance:000