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Brisbane

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As a city, Brisbane is relatively young, celebrating only its 150th birthday as Queensland’s capital in 2009. However, aborigines probably lived in the area for thousands of years before Europeans found this part of the world.

The city began life as a penal colony in 1824, taking some of the worst offenders from Sydney. In the early 1840s—after years of declining prison population—the area was opened up to free settlers. Brisbane grew rapidly with the arrival of new immigrants and the increased commerce along the river; though major floods at the end of the 19th century caused huge damage to new infrastructure.

Brisbane was a strategic military base during World War II, and the town hosted thousands of local and American soldiers summoned for operations in the South Pacific. Although they were allies, a two-day riot between troops from both countries in 1942 caused one death and was named the Battle of Brisbane.

The city continued growing and modernising after the war, with town planners becoming more involved to better regulate the expansion. Another severe flood in the mid 1970s cost 14 lives and prompted major works to protect the city from the volatile Brisbane River.

In the 1980s Brisbane welcomed the Commonwealth Games and the World Expo, prompting large-scale investment in urban development and regeneration. The population is now over one million people, making Brisbane the third largest city in Australia.

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Quality Hotel Airport International

3 stars
4.0 / 5
Close to Airport. Free airport transfers from hotel to airport only. Available from 4:40am to 9:40am for up to two people per room. Please make prior arrangements with the hotel. Licensed restaurant. AU 4 Star Rating. Front Desk Hours: 6:30am-10:30pm. If arriving outside of these hours, please use night bell/phone. Airport drop off available: 4:40am-9:40am.
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Brisbane Marriott Hotel

5 stars
3.4 / 5 7 reviews
Waterfront hotel provides retreat for business and leisure travelers The hotel lives up to the high standard of service and elegance that guests expect from the Marriott brand. The property caters to both business and leisure travelers. Vacation travelers enjoy the hotel’s close proximity to many of Brisbane’s best attractions. The Botanic Gardens and Chinatown are in walking distance. Business travelers work with ease in the hotel’s spacious rooms. HighlightsViews of Brisbane River from the hotel and in-house restaurantPool has both indoor and outdoor areas The Dome Retreat spa treatments include body scrubs, facials, and massagesEight meeting and conference rooms RoomsThe hotel’s traditional decor -- with wood furniture and soothing colors -- looks as rich as the beds feel. Rooms feature the Marriott brand’s Revive bedding with plush down comforters. All rooms feature wired and wireless Internet access (fees apply). Business travelers find spacious work areas with fax capabilities and electrical outlets at desk level.  FeaturesThe hotel has an elegant yet family-friendly pool that offers guests the choice of indoor and outdoor swimming areas. There is also a relaxing whirlpool available for guest use. Whether in Brisbane for business or pleasure, the hotel’s luxurious bedding, spa, and pool help all guests relax. The Dome Retreat Day Spa’s signature treatments include a three-hour spa retreat featuring a heated stone massage, aromatic body scrub, a body wrap, and a classic facial. DiningMotion Bar & Grill serves modern cuisine. The hotel also has a lobby bar that serves drinks and lighter meals. TransportationCentral Railway Station (0.4 mi/0.7 km)Brisbane International Airport (8.5 mi/13.8 km)Brisbane Domestic Airport (10 mi/16 km) Nearby attractionsQueensland Performing Arts Center (0.9 mi/1.4 km)Kangaroo Point Cliffs (1.7 mi/2.8 km)Boondall Wetlands Reserve (12.5 mi/20.2 km)Brookwater Golf & Country Club (20.8 mi/33.5 km)Queens Park (24.9 mi/40.1 km)Alma Park Zoo (26 mi/41.8 km)Tamborine Mountain (44.9 mi/72.3 km)Surfers Paradise Beach (48.7 mi78.3/ km) BusinessWired and wireless Internet access in guest rooms and meeting rooms (fees apply)Guest rooms provide plenty of space to workFive executive floors with private loungeEight meeting rooms with 7,750 sq. ft./720 sq. m. of total meeting space
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Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane

4 stars
3.0 / 5 4 reviews
Hotel with rooftop pool blends traditional comfort and modern decorSitting at the highest point of Brisbane?s central business district, the Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane provides guests with an elegant retreat. Rooms feature stunning views of Brisbane River, Mount Coot-tha, or the city. The hotel is situated in one of the CBD?s quieter areas but is still just a short walk from the city center and attractions such as the Queen Street Mall, South Bank, and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Complimentary Wi-Fi access in the foyer, bar and restaurant areas is also available. HighlightsRooftop pool and fitness center15-minute walk from sporting events at Suncorp StadiumMenu at Frescos Restaurant gives guests choice of both healthy and decadent options10 function rooms RoomsHotel Grand Chancellor is home to 194 rooms and suites that merge the traditional -- plush chairs and furniture -- with modern elements like bold pops of color against deep browns. Many rooms and suites have private balconies. Wi-Fi access is available in some rooms for an added cost. Complimentary Wi-Fi is offered in all Superior Rooms and Suites. Superior rooms and suites feature extras like aromatherapy bathroom amenities, ergonomic desk chairs and larger desks, iPod clock radios, and complimentary water and fruit. Superior suites also have small kitchens. Other suite amenities include living areas with 32-inch flat-screen televisions and dining furniture. FeaturesThe hotel offers several indoor and al fresco dining and bar options. Frescos Restaurant serve breakfast and lunch buffets as well as an ever-changing menu at dinner. Frescos Bar & Cafe serves drinks and light meals throughout the day. Guests who want to dine outside can sit in the bar's courtyard. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is also available in the bar and restaurant areas. TransportationRoma Street Station (0.7 mi/1.1 km)Central Railway Station (1 mi/1.6 km)Brisbane International Airport (9.5 mi/15.3 km) Nearby attractionsQueensland Performing Arts Centre (1.3 mi/2 km)Treasury Casino (1.4 mi/2.3 km) Queensland Museum South Bank (1.5 mi/2.4 km) Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (8.4 mi/13.5 km) BusinessWired or wireless Internet access in guest rooms and public areas (fees apply)Computer and printer available Business services include photocopying and faxing10 meeting and event spaces can accommodate up to 300 guests
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Novotel Brisbane Airport

4 stars
4.0 / 5 3 reviews
Airport hotel offers downtown amenities and style The Novotel Brisbane Airport could change the way people view airport hotels. The hotel is as stylish -- if not more -- than many downtown hotels. The playful modern decor features elements inspired by mid-century modern design and the hotel's airport location. Though the hotel's closest neighbor is the airport, the location is also near corporate office, shops, Eagle Farm and Doomben race courses, and several parks. The hotel has both indoor and outdoor heated pools. Guests can also relax in the sauna or on the large rooftop terrace. HighlightsClose to Brisbane AirportLobby features modern design that would fit right in at a downtown hotelSpacious rooms give guests room to work or playIndoor and outdoor heated pools Rooms Novotel Brisbane Airport has 157 rooms and suites. The room decor is toned down from the super-modern lobby but is still very stylish. The spacious rooms are light and airy. The color palette features light earth tones accented with brightly-colored pillows. Furniture is contemporary and comfortable.   Features Catalina Restaurant opens daily at 5:30 a.m. for a buffet breakfast. For lunch and dinner, the casual restaurant serves a menu that focuses on modern Australian cuisine. The Catalina Bar features a comfortable lounge area with modern decor. The bar is open from 10 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. Room service is available 24 hours per day.   For families with children, up to two kids under the age of 16 are accommodated for free -- including buffet breakfast. Guests who want to relax before and after long travel days can arrange massage services through the hotel.   Wireless Internet access is available for a fee. TransportationDoomben Railway Station (2.4 mi/3.8 km)Brisbane International Airport (2.5 mi/4.1 km)Brisbane Transit Centre (7.6 mi/12.2 km) Nearby attractionsSuncorp Stadium (8 mi/12.9 km)  The Brisbane Cricket Ground (8.1 mi/13 km)South Bank Parkland (8.4 mi/13.5 km)Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (8.4 mi/13.5 km)Queensland Performing Arts Centre (9 mi/14.5 km)Treasury Casino (9 mi/14.5 km)Gold Coast (52.5 mi/84.5 km) BusinessWireless Internet access (fees apply)Meeting and conference space
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Metro Hotel Tower Mill Brisbane

3 stars
3.3 / 5 3 reviews
Circular hotel neighbors historic Brisbane windmill The Metro Hotel Tower has two interesting claims to fame. The hotel is in a well-known circular building and it is next to a windmill that was built by convicts in 1828. But the budget-friendly hotel is also conveniently located near city attractions, hospitals, and businesses. Metro Tower, which overlooks relaxing Wickham Park, is a short walk from Roma Street Parkland. All rooms have private balconies. On-site amenities include a restaurant and bar, laundry facilities, and wireless Internet (fees apply). HighlightsNear the heritage-listed site of the Tower Mill windmill Iconic circular buildingPrivate balconies on every roomOverlooking Wickham Park Rooms Metro Hotel Tower Mill is home to 80 guest rooms with full amenities. The rooms are furnished in a simple but classic style. The best features in most of the rooms are the private balconies. The budget rooms do not have a balcony. All rooms overlook Brisbane city, the nearby suburbs, or the neighboring park. Features The hotel is named for the nearby Tower Mill historic site. The on-site namesake restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.   Metro Tower is located on the edge of the central business district. Attractions within easy walking distance of the hotel include the Queen Street Shopping Mall entertainment area, Brisbane Town Hall, the Treasury Casino, and South Bank Parkland. The hotel is also convenient to the Brisbane Private Hospital.   The Metro Tower welcomes leisure and business travelers. The hotel has conference and function rooms on site. The hotel has wireless Internet access (fees apply) and a coin-operated Internet terminal in the foyer. Other on-site amenities include a coin-operated laundry facility. TransportationCentral Railway Station (0.6 mi/1 km)Roma Street Railway Station (1 mi/1.6 km)Brisbane Transit Centre (1.4 mi/2.2 km)Brisbane International Airport  (9.4 mi/15.2 km) Nearby attractionsTreasury Casino (1.4 mi/2.2 km) Suncorp Stadium (1.6 mi/2.6 km)  Queensland Museum South Bank (1.8 mi/2.8 km)South Bank Markets (1.7 mi/2.8 km)Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (2.2 mi/3.4 km)The Brisbane Cricket Ground (2.8 mi/4.5 km)Brisbane Botanic Gardens (7.6 mi/4.7 km)Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (8.7 mi/13.9 km) BusinessWireless Internet access (fees apply)Function and conference facilities Policies and feesCar parking costs $10 per night and is subject to availability.
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Evolution Apartments

4 stars
4.1 / 5
Waterfront apartments that will please design fans Evolution Apartments is one of the most stylish apartment hotels in all of Brisbane. The property is located on the waterfront just outside the central business district. The hotel is convenient for -- and caters to -- both leisure and business travelers. Nearby attractions include the beautiful green space of Roma Street Parkland, the Brisbane River, and Treasury Casino. Guests can also relax or exercise on the property in the lap pool, fitness room, or garden deck. There is also a BBQ area for guest use. HighlightsAll-weather balconies overlooking the city or riverPlayful but accessible modern design Walking distance to Roma Street and South Bank parksLap pool, fitness room, and garden deck Rooms Evolution's studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments feature modern design that is never busy. Wood furniture, plush couches, and an earth tone palette offer the perfect backdrop for colorfully-patterned accent pieces. The spacious rooms offer plenty of room for leisure travelers to relax and business travelers to work. All rooms have private all-weather balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the water or city. Full kitchens feature stainless steel appliances, including dishwashers. All units also have laundry facilities. Internet access is available (fees apply) and guests receive a complimentary daily newspaper. Features The hotel provides services to make both leisure and business travelers feel at home. Along with the pool and fitness room, the hotel has conference facilities.   Guests in search of entertainment options need only walk out the front door. There are many nearby shops and restaurants. The treasury casino and the City Botanic Gardens are just a short walk away. TransportationCentral Railway Station (0.6 mi/0.9 km)Brisbane Transit Centre (0.6 mi/1 km)Roma Street Railway Station (0.8 mi/1.3 km)Brisbane International Airport  (9.1 mi/14.6 km) Nearby attractionsTreasury Casino (0.5 mi/0.8 km) Suncorp Stadium (1.4 mi/2.2 km)  South Bank Parkland (1.4 mi/2.2 km)Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (1.5 mi/2.4 km)The Brisbane Cricket Ground (1.7 mi/2.7 km)Queensland Museum South Bank (1.7 mi/2.8 km)Sunshine Coast (69.1 mi/111 km) BusinessInternet access (fees apply)Conference facilities Policies and fees A Photocopy of your ID will be taken and a Credit Card authorization will be required upon check in.Upon arrival at Evolution Apartments, a Credit Card pre-authorization of $200 (This money MUST be available on your card and can be held for 3-5 working day) will be required and will be used to cover incidental items including (but not limited to): telephone calls, breakages/damages, excessive cleaning charges that are the above normal level of cleaning due to the apartment being left in an unacceptable state, etc. Cash is NOT an acceptable for of bond when staying at Evolution Apartments. For further information on this practice, please contact the property directly.
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Novotel Brisbane

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews
Modern cool hotel convenient for business and leisure travelers Guests walk into one of the standout hotel spaces in Brisbane. The lobby features cool and hip modern design. But the hotel will also appeal to guests who choose a hotel for the promise of upscale amenities. The hotel sits next to the central business district, the Queen Street Mall, and the riverside boardwalk. The hotel's other amenities include an outdoor lap pool, bar, and restaurant. The hotel's hip interior is also welcoming to families. The hotel offers families complimentary accommodation and breakfast for two children under the age of 16. HighlightsStunning modern lobbyLap poolServes the needs of business and leisure travelers -- including familiesNear central business district Rooms The Novotel Brisbane is home to 296 upscale modern guest rooms and suites with full amenities. The decor is punctuated with vibrant colors. The spacious rooms feature all the amenities a modern traveler expects including Internet access (fees apply), flat-screen televisions, Sony Playstation units, iPod docking stations, and a pillow menu. Features The Amber Lobby Bar serves drinks and meals daily from 10 a.m. Cilantro Restaurant & Terrace offers a choice of indoor or outdoor dining. The restaurant serves a daily breakfast buffet -- with many healthy dining options -- as well as an a la carte dinner menu. The dinner menu serves an impressive selection of steaks and seafood including the locally sourced BBQ prawns with spelt, vegetables, and sherry vinaigrette. There is wireless Internet access in the restaurants (fees apply).   Guests receive 20 minutes of complimentary Internet access per day on the lobby iMac computers. TransportationCentral Railway Station (0.4 mi/0.7 km)Brisbane Transit Centre (0.8 mi/1.3 km)Roma Street Railway Station (1.1 mi/1.8 km)Brisbane International Airport  (9.3 mi/15 km) Nearby attractionsRoma Street Parkland (1.1 mi/1.7 km)Queensland Performing Arts Centre (1.1 mi/1.7 km)Treasury Casino (1.5 mi/2.4 km) Suncorp Stadium (1.8 mi/2.9 km)  Queensland Museum South Bank (1.9 mi/3.1 km)The Brisbane Cricket Ground (2.6 mi/4.1 km)Gold Coast (49 mi/78.9 km)Sunshine Coast (63.3 mi/102 km) BusinessWireless Internet access (fees apply)11 function spaces can accommodate up to 350 people
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The Sebel Brisbane

4 stars
4.3 / 5 3 reviews
Studios and apartments provide all the comforts of a very modern home Entertainment options abound near the Sebel Suites Brisbane. The hotel's location suits both leisure and business travelers. The hotel caters to a business crowd with a range of services. The hotel's Palettes Restaurant & Bar offers seating both inside and at street-side tables perfect for people watching. Other hotel amenities include a heated lap pool, sauna, and fitness center with views of the city skyline.  Highlights Outdoor recreation deck has pool, children's pool, and lounge areasSpacious studio rooms and apartments give guests room to play or workOutside seating available at Palettes Restaurant & BarNear shopping and restaurants Rooms The Sebel Suites Brisbane's 162 studio rooms and apartments are modern yet soothing, decorated in earth tones with graphic accent pillows. All rooms have LCD flat-screen televisions and iPod docking stations. The premium one-bedroom apartments afford some of the hotel's best views. High-speed Internet access is complimentary in premium apartments.  Features The fifth-floor recreation deck gives leisure and business travelers a place to relax and unwind. A shallow children's pool is perfect for families traveling with younger kids. The fitness center has cardio and weight machines as well as a sauna.   An easy walk over the nearby Victoria Bridge gets visitors to the South Bank neighborhood and beach. Transportation Central Railway Station (0.6 mi/1.0 km)Roma Street Station (1.7 mi/2.7 km)Brisbane Transit Centre (2.1 mi/3.4 km)Brisbane International Airport  (11.1 mi/17.9 km) Nearby attractions Queensland Performing Arts Centre (0.2 mi/0.3 km)Treasury Casino (0.7 mi/1.2 km)Brisbane Cricket Ground (1.5 mi/2.4 km)Queensland Museum South Bank (1.9 mi/3.1 km)Brisbane Botanic Gardens (4.6 mi/7.3 km)Boondall Wetlands Park (11.2 mi/18.1 km)Queens Park (24.8 mi/39.9 km)Tamborine Mountain (44 mi/70.8 km)Surfers Paradise Beach (47.7 mi/76.8 km)Sunshine Coast (65.1 mi/105 km) Business High-speed Internet access (fees may apply)Wireless hot spots in the lobby, restaurant, and event suitesSecretarial services available upon requestOther business services include photocopying, faxing, desktop publishing, and messengers
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Sofitel Brisbane Central

5 stars
4.3 / 5 3 reviews
City center hotel pampers guest with ultimate luxury The Brisbane Central hotel lives up to the Sofitel brand's reputation for personal service and luxury. The property appeals to guests accustomed to the finest things in life. The Sofitel is a one-stop destination for leisure and business travelers in search of a convenient location and exquisite amenities. The property offers several restaurants, a casino, and one of Brisbane's best spas. Other amenities include a heated pool and spa, health club, Club Sofitel Lounge, and a hair salon. The hotel is above the central railway station. Highlights Luxury hotel with high standard of personal serviceSeveral restaurants and barsExclusive spa servicesOne of Brisbane's largest conference centers Rooms The Sofitel Brisbane Central is home to 429 light, airy, and spacious rooms and suites. Standard room amenities include a signature bed with layers of plush bedding and a selection of pillows. Other room amenities include flat-screen televisions and French shampoos and soaps. High-speed Internet access is available (fees apply). Features The hotel's dining venues include Prive 249, for French-inspired Australian cuisine, and Thyme2 Brisbane Restaurant, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner served from stations in its open-plan kitchen. Guests also enjoy the Cuvee Lounge Bar Brisbane and the Whistlestop Bar, on the railway concourse. High tea is served every afternoon at Club Sofitel, on the 30th floor.   Stephanie's Spa Retreat has seven treatment rooms, including a spa suite that accommodates two people. The signature Opal Rasul Temple treatment indulges the senses with body masks, herbal steam, and a gentle rain shower. Transportation Central Railway Station (on site)Roma Street Station (1.4 mi/2.2 km)Brisbane International Airport  (8.6 mi/13.9 km) Nearby attractions Queensland Performing Arts Centre (1.1 mi/1.7 km)Treasury Casino (1.6 mi/2.5 km)Suncorp Stadium (1.9 mi/3.1 km)  Kangaroo Point Cliffs (2.1 mi/3.4 km)Queensland Museum South Bank (2.3 mi/3.8 km)Brisbane Cricket Ground (2.6 mi/4.2 km)Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (8.8 mi/14.2 km)Gold Coast (49.1 mi/78.9 km) Business High-speed Internet access available (fees apply)11 state-of-the-art conference and meeting spaces accommodate up to 1,100 
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Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane

4 stars
4.5 / 5 4 reviews
Riverfront apartment hotel goes beyond the comforts of homeApartments overlooking the Brisbane River and Story Bridge head up the list of reasons to consider a stay at the Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane. Stylish decor, comfortable furniture, and amenities such as a pool, tennis court, and business services make it a worthwhile choice for both leisure and business travelers. A riverfront boardwalk provides easy access to the city’s financial and commercial center as well as restaurants, shops, and entertainment. An on-site restaurant, SV, pairs contemporary Australian cuisine and wines with a view of the Story Bridge. HighlightsViews of the Brisbane River and Story BridgeChoice of apartment sizes from studios up to three bedroomsLeisure amenities include a pool, fitness center, tennis court, and sauna Wide variety of services available on the property such as dry cleaning, laundry, and in-room massages RoomsAdina Apartment Hotel Brisbane is home to 159 spacious apartments and rooms -- many with stunning views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge. Contemporary decor features bright colors and bold patterns. Accommodations offer amenities that meet the needs of leisure and business travelers for short- or long-term stays. The property offers studios and one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. River-view rooms have private balconies. Apartments feature full kitchens. High-speed Internet access is available. FeaturesThe view from the tennis court and pool make it hard for guests to focus on their game or swim. Other available services include transportation into the city, pantry service, and a guest lounge.Business guests in need of space for meetings and functions have a choice of three spaces. Adina’s conference rooms accommodate up to 200 people. TransportationCentral Railway Station (8 min)Brisbane International Airport (21 min)Brisbane Domestic Airport (23 min) Nearby attractionsThe Gabba Cricket Ground (2.6 mi/4.2 km)Queensland Museum South Bank (6 mi/9.7 km)Suncorp Stadium (6.6 mi/10.6 km)Brisbane Botanic Gardens (8 mi/12.9 km)Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (13.5 mi/21.6 km)Gold Coast (48.6 mi/78.2 km)Sunshine Coast (71.3 mi/115 km) BusinessInternet access availableThree on-site conference or meeting roomsDedicated fax and modem lines in apartments Policies and fees The driveway area of the hotel will undergo renovations for approximately 4 weeks starting 15 August. Works will be between 9AM and 5PM Monday to Friday. Car parking charges: $7.50 per night/per car (effective 1 January 2012)
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Quality Hotel Airport International

3 stars
4.0 / 5
Close to Airport. Free airport transfers from hotel to airport only. Available from 4:40am to 9:40am for up to two people per room. Please make prior arrangements with the hotel. Licensed restaurant. AU 4 Star Rating. Front Desk Hours: 6:30am-10:30pm. If arriving outside of these hours, please use night bell/phone. Airport drop off available: 4:40am-9:40am.
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Brisbane Marriott Hotel

5 stars
3.4 / 5 7 reviews
Waterfront hotel provides retreat for business and leisure travelers The hotel lives up to the high standard of service and elegance that guests expect from the Marriott brand. The property caters to both business and leisure travelers. Vacation travelers enjoy the hotel’s close proximity to many of Brisbane’s best attractions. The Botanic Gardens and Chinatown are in walking distance. Business travelers work with ease in the hotel’s spacious rooms. HighlightsViews of Brisbane River from the hotel and in-house restaurantPool has both indoor and outdoor areas The Dome Retreat spa treatments include body scrubs, facials, and massagesEight meeting and conference rooms RoomsThe hotel’s traditional decor -- with wood furniture and soothing colors -- looks as rich as the beds feel. Rooms feature the Marriott brand’s Revive bedding with plush down comforters. All rooms feature wired and wireless Internet access (fees apply). Business travelers find spacious work areas with fax capabilities and electrical outlets at desk level.  FeaturesThe hotel has an elegant yet family-friendly pool that offers guests the choice of indoor and outdoor swimming areas. There is also a relaxing whirlpool available for guest use. Whether in Brisbane for business or pleasure, the hotel’s luxurious bedding, spa, and pool help all guests relax. The Dome Retreat Day Spa’s signature treatments include a three-hour spa retreat featuring a heated stone massage, aromatic body scrub, a body wrap, and a classic facial. DiningMotion Bar & Grill serves modern cuisine. The hotel also has a lobby bar that serves drinks and lighter meals. TransportationCentral Railway Station (0.4 mi/0.7 km)Brisbane International Airport (8.5 mi/13.8 km)Brisbane Domestic Airport (10 mi/16 km) Nearby attractionsQueensland Performing Arts Center (0.9 mi/1.4 km)Kangaroo Point Cliffs (1.7 mi/2.8 km)Boondall Wetlands Reserve (12.5 mi/20.2 km)Brookwater Golf & Country Club (20.8 mi/33.5 km)Queens Park (24.9 mi/40.1 km)Alma Park Zoo (26 mi/41.8 km)Tamborine Mountain (44.9 mi/72.3 km)Surfers Paradise Beach (48.7 mi78.3/ km) BusinessWired and wireless Internet access in guest rooms and meeting rooms (fees apply)Guest rooms provide plenty of space to workFive executive floors with private loungeEight meeting rooms with 7,750 sq. ft./720 sq. m. of total meeting space
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Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane

4 stars
3.0 / 5 4 reviews
Hotel with rooftop pool blends traditional comfort and modern decorSitting at the highest point of Brisbane?s central business district, the Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane provides guests with an elegant retreat. Rooms feature stunning views of Brisbane River, Mount Coot-tha, or the city. The hotel is situated in one of the CBD?s quieter areas but is still just a short walk from the city center and attractions such as the Queen Street Mall, South Bank, and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Complimentary Wi-Fi access in the foyer, bar and restaurant areas is also available. HighlightsRooftop pool and fitness center15-minute walk from sporting events at Suncorp StadiumMenu at Frescos Restaurant gives guests choice of both healthy and decadent options10 function rooms RoomsHotel Grand Chancellor is home to 194 rooms and suites that merge the traditional -- plush chairs and furniture -- with modern elements like bold pops of color against deep browns. Many rooms and suites have private balconies. Wi-Fi access is available in some rooms for an added cost. Complimentary Wi-Fi is offered in all Superior Rooms and Suites. Superior rooms and suites feature extras like aromatherapy bathroom amenities, ergonomic desk chairs and larger desks, iPod clock radios, and complimentary water and fruit. Superior suites also have small kitchens. Other suite amenities include living areas with 32-inch flat-screen televisions and dining furniture. FeaturesThe hotel offers several indoor and al fresco dining and bar options. Frescos Restaurant serve breakfast and lunch buffets as well as an ever-changing menu at dinner. Frescos Bar & Cafe serves drinks and light meals throughout the day. Guests who want to dine outside can sit in the bar's courtyard. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is also available in the bar and restaurant areas. TransportationRoma Street Station (0.7 mi/1.1 km)Central Railway Station (1 mi/1.6 km)Brisbane International Airport (9.5 mi/15.3 km) Nearby attractionsQueensland Performing Arts Centre (1.3 mi/2 km)Treasury Casino (1.4 mi/2.3 km) Queensland Museum South Bank (1.5 mi/2.4 km) Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (8.4 mi/13.5 km) BusinessWired or wireless Internet access in guest rooms and public areas (fees apply)Computer and printer available Business services include photocopying and faxing10 meeting and event spaces can accommodate up to 300 guests
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Novotel Brisbane Airport

4 stars
4.0 / 5 3 reviews
Airport hotel offers downtown amenities and style The Novotel Brisbane Airport could change the way people view airport hotels. The hotel is as stylish -- if not more -- than many downtown hotels. The playful modern decor features elements inspired by mid-century modern design and the hotel's airport location. Though the hotel's closest neighbor is the airport, the location is also near corporate office, shops, Eagle Farm and Doomben race courses, and several parks. The hotel has both indoor and outdoor heated pools. Guests can also relax in the sauna or on the large rooftop terrace. HighlightsClose to Brisbane AirportLobby features modern design that would fit right in at a downtown hotelSpacious rooms give guests room to work or playIndoor and outdoor heated pools Rooms Novotel Brisbane Airport has 157 rooms and suites. The room decor is toned down from the super-modern lobby but is still very stylish. The spacious rooms are light and airy. The color palette features light earth tones accented with brightly-colored pillows. Furniture is contemporary and comfortable.   Features Catalina Restaurant opens daily at 5:30 a.m. for a buffet breakfast. For lunch and dinner, the casual restaurant serves a menu that focuses on modern Australian cuisine. The Catalina Bar features a comfortable lounge area with modern decor. The bar is open from 10 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. Room service is available 24 hours per day.   For families with children, up to two kids under the age of 16 are accommodated for free -- including buffet breakfast. Guests who want to relax before and after long travel days can arrange massage services through the hotel.   Wireless Internet access is available for a fee. TransportationDoomben Railway Station (2.4 mi/3.8 km)Brisbane International Airport (2.5 mi/4.1 km)Brisbane Transit Centre (7.6 mi/12.2 km) Nearby attractionsSuncorp Stadium (8 mi/12.9 km)  The Brisbane Cricket Ground (8.1 mi/13 km)South Bank Parkland (8.4 mi/13.5 km)Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (8.4 mi/13.5 km)Queensland Performing Arts Centre (9 mi/14.5 km)Treasury Casino (9 mi/14.5 km)Gold Coast (52.5 mi/84.5 km) BusinessWireless Internet access (fees apply)Meeting and conference space
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Metro Hotel Tower Mill Brisbane

3 stars
3.3 / 5 3 reviews
Circular hotel neighbors historic Brisbane windmill The Metro Hotel Tower has two interesting claims to fame. The hotel is in a well-known circular building and it is next to a windmill that was built by convicts in 1828. But the budget-friendly hotel is also conveniently located near city attractions, hospitals, and businesses. Metro Tower, which overlooks relaxing Wickham Park, is a short walk from Roma Street Parkland. All rooms have private balconies. On-site amenities include a restaurant and bar, laundry facilities, and wireless Internet (fees apply). HighlightsNear the heritage-listed site of the Tower Mill windmill Iconic circular buildingPrivate balconies on every roomOverlooking Wickham Park Rooms Metro Hotel Tower Mill is home to 80 guest rooms with full amenities. The rooms are furnished in a simple but classic style. The best features in most of the rooms are the private balconies. The budget rooms do not have a balcony. All rooms overlook Brisbane city, the nearby suburbs, or the neighboring park. Features The hotel is named for the nearby Tower Mill historic site. The on-site namesake restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.   Metro Tower is located on the edge of the central business district. Attractions within easy walking distance of the hotel include the Queen Street Shopping Mall entertainment area, Brisbane Town Hall, the Treasury Casino, and South Bank Parkland. The hotel is also convenient to the Brisbane Private Hospital.   The Metro Tower welcomes leisure and business travelers. The hotel has conference and function rooms on site. The hotel has wireless Internet access (fees apply) and a coin-operated Internet terminal in the foyer. Other on-site amenities include a coin-operated laundry facility. TransportationCentral Railway Station (0.6 mi/1 km)Roma Street Railway Station (1 mi/1.6 km)Brisbane Transit Centre (1.4 mi/2.2 km)Brisbane International Airport  (9.4 mi/15.2 km) Nearby attractionsTreasury Casino (1.4 mi/2.2 km) Suncorp Stadium (1.6 mi/2.6 km)  Queensland Museum South Bank (1.8 mi/2.8 km)South Bank Markets (1.7 mi/2.8 km)Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (2.2 mi/3.4 km)The Brisbane Cricket Ground (2.8 mi/4.5 km)Brisbane Botanic Gardens (7.6 mi/4.7 km)Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (8.7 mi/13.9 km) BusinessWireless Internet access (fees apply)Function and conference facilities Policies and feesCar parking costs $10 per night and is subject to availability.
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Flights

Flights to Brisbane

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip fares
London Brisbane Thu, 5 Jun - Tue, 10 Jun £651
Manchester Brisbane Tue, 10 Jun - Tue, 17 Jun £751
Birmingham Brisbane Wed, 28 May - Wed, 11 Jun £792
Newcastle Upon Tyne Brisbane Wed, 18 Jun - Tue, 24 Jun £810
Glasgow Brisbane Tue, 6 May - Tue, 13 May £822
Bangkok Brisbane Tue, 13 May - Thu, 22 May £396
Phuket Brisbane Sun, 4 May - Thu, 15 May £396
Hong Kong Brisbane Thu, 15 May - Thu, 22 May £474
Istanbul Brisbane Wed, 11 Jun - Thu, 10 Jul £702
Singapore Brisbane Wed, 23 Apr - Wed, 30 Apr £313
Sydney Brisbane Wed, 11 Jun - Mon, 16 Jun £64
Nadi Brisbane Fri, 2 May - Thu, 29 May £323
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Brisbane highlights

  • Climb the Story Bridge

    Add a bit of adventure and exercise to your sightseeing by climbing the 80-metre Story Bridge. In two and a half hours you can ascend one of Brisbane’s most recognisable landmarks via a series of narrow suspended walkways. At the top you’ll be rewarded with a 360-degree view of the city—dawn, sunset, and night climbs offer the best photo opportunities—and the knowledge that you’ve burned enough calories to order a guilt-free dessert at dinner.

    Feel the Rush at Dreamworld

    Less than one hour from central Brisbane, this major theme park is guaranteed to start your heart pumping. The ‘Big 6’ thrill rides, including the tallest free-fall ride in the world, are enough to test the sturdiest of stomachs. Then head over to the wildlife sanctuary for another nerve-wracking experience: serving a meaty lunch to crocodiles weighing up to 1,000 kg. If all the excitement gets a bit much, stop for a cuddle with Australia’s cutest marsupial at Koala Country.

    Spook Yourself on a Ghost Tour

    Pursue the paranormal on one of Brisbane’s popular ghost tours (A$35, £22). Not many people know that the city was recently voted the world’s second-most haunted city by National Geographic. There are no magic tricks or illusions on these 90-minute, lantern-led walks, just tales of creepy goings-on and macabre recreations of some of Brisbane’s most notorious crimes. Children—and some adults—might not like some of the more gruesome and graphic demonstrations.

    Explore Queensland’s Natural Wonders

    Although Brisbane the city has plenty to keep you entertained, it can also be a useful base for exploring some of the natural delights on offer in the state of Queensland. From bushwalking in the forests that surround the city to sunbathing on the sandy shores of the Gold Coast, there are plenty of day trips offering temporary relief from the bustle of the big city.

Top Brisbane attractions

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    Queensland Museum South Bank

    This modern, riverside museum blends Queensland history, culture and science in a series of hands-on exhibits. From dinosaur skeletons to the only preserved German tank from World War I, each item has a connection with the local region. The highly interactive Sciencentre provides a fun educational space that is especially popular with curious children. General admission is free, though some temporary exhibits and the Sciencentre charge a small cover.

    Anzac Square

    You’ll find this peaceful memorial square in the heart of the city, a place for people to pay their respects to fallen Australian military personnel in conflicts dating back to the Boer War at the end of the 19th century. The focal point is the circular Shrine of Remembrance, within which lies the Eternal Flame, commemorating soldiers from World War I. Underground is the equally poignant Shrine of Memories. Created in memory of the casualties of World War II, the shrine includes a mosaic made out of hand-cut glass and boxes containing soil from spots around the world where Australian military personnel are buried.

    Queensland Art Gallery

    Exhibiting paintings gathered from Australian and international artists over the last 115 years, this gallery is renowned for presenting works from the region’s indigenous communities. If the 13,000+ collection doesn’t sate your appetite for art, take a look at more contemporary creativity at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), just down the road.

    City Botanic Gardens

    The oldest park in Brisbane was originally a plantation of crops to feed the growing penal colony. Now the gardens are filled with walkers, picnic-goers, and office workers seeking a bit of greenery on their lunch break. Tourists can join free, hour-long guided walks around the gardens, available at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m all week except Sunday.

    Tip * Booking your Tours, Transfers & Airport Parking before you go will save your money & time and ensure a stress free start to your holiday

Brisbane holiday travel tips

  • When to Visit

    Summer can be insufferably hot in Brisbane, with high humidity and frequent thunderstorms. Brisbane winters (June–August) are more pleasant, with plenty of mild, sunny days and cool, cloudless nights.

    Arriving

    The main airport is less than 20km from central Brisbane. The easiest way to travel between the two is on the Airtrain, which takes 20 minutes and leaves from outside the terminal four times an hour during busy periods. A single journey will set you back AUD15 (£9.50), and can be bought online in advance.

    Public Transport

    A great way to traverse the main sights is on The Loop, a free bus service circling the city centre in both directions. Otherwise, the city is well connected by buses and trains, with fares determined by a zonal system. If you’re planning on hitting the nightclubs over the weekend, the pre-paid CityGlider buses provide a cheap way to get home. Water transport is also widely available: CityCat catamarans and city ferries whizz passengers across the river at regular intervals. Fares in the city centre are AUD3.40 (£2.10) for a single journey, or AUD6.80 (£4.20) for a daily pass.

    Taxis and Car Hire

    Taxis are easy to find in the centre and main tourist areas, and are safe to use at all hours. Yellow Cabs is a reliable company if you wish to book a taxi in advance (131924). You can pay for some taxis with a credit or debit card, but this usually incurs a 10% transaction fee. If you want more freedom and don’t mind dealing with inner-city traffic, consider Brisbane car hire. This option also makes it easy to head away from the city and explore some of the fabulous natural scenery in Queensland, where the speed limit is 50km/h in urban areas and 110km/h on motorways.

    Crime and Security

    Brisbane is relatively safe for its size. Be careful when travelling on public transport after dark and remain vigilant when withdrawing money from the cash machine.

Where to stay in Brisbane

  • With such a wide variety of lodgings in the city, you’ll have no problem finding a hotel in Brisbane to suit your needs.

    If you don’t mind splashing out, the most elegant Brisbane lodging has to be the Treasury Hotel and Casino. The grand heritage building, which used to be used for government business, appears in most tourist guides as an attraction itself. The luxurious interior décor is equally impressive, with plenty of marble and ornate wooden furniture. Though the building oozes history, all rooms have been equipped for the modern traveller, including LCD televisions and stations to connect your iPod.

    The casino next door to the hotel is among the largest in Queensland. For another five-star option, try the Stamford Plaza Hotel. Ideally located near the City Botanic Gardens, all of the luxury rooms and ornate common areas come with pleasant views over the river and beyond. Staff members are helpful and friendly, and the service is exemplary.

    The recently refurbished Urban Hotel claims to feature the comfiest beds around, something to consider if you plan on a lot of sightseeing and sampling Brisbane’s renowned nightlife. The in-house restaurant serves local and international dishes that hold their own in a city with a well-respected dining scene.

    For a safe, no-nonsense, affordable option, you can’t go wrong with the Hotel Ibis. Rooms emphasise cleanliness and functionality over chic design, while the service is friendly and professional. Guests here also have access to the facilities at the nearby Mercure Hotel.

Brisbane restaurants

  • Not far from the Story Bridge, contemporary Australian bistro E’cco (100 Boundary Street) has accumulated more awards than any other eatery in the city. Set in a converted warehouse, the restaurant serves simple but stylish dishes, usually with locally sourced ingredients. The intimate downstairs bar is also a great spot for a cocktail.

    A laid-back atmosphere and a menu full of simple, wholesome dishes provide a winning combination at The Crosstown Eating House (23 Logan Road). A collection of shared starters and a decent drinks menu means you can also stop by for an informal snack. This is a popular spot and is closed for two days a week (Sunday and Monday), so book ahead if you want to guarantee a table.

    The immaculate Restaurant II (2 Edward Street) is another award-winning spot a short walk from the riverbank and botanical gardens. Among the enticing menu options, the market’s choice fresh fish is a sure winner. Or, if you can’t decide on just one dish, try the nine-course degustation menu, with the added option of paired wines.

    If things got a little wild the night before, head to Fatboy’s Cafe (323 Brunswick Street) for the ultimate in heavy-duty hangover-curing breakfasts. The giant fry-up is sure to soak up the alcohol in your system, and at AUD4 (£2.50) it will hurt your waistline more than your wallet. Pizzas, salads, and burgers are the main options later in the day, while the nightly specials from Sunday to Thursday offer excellent value.

Health & Safety

  • Vaccinations

    If you are heading to Australia from a region with an endemic Yellow Fever problem you will need an internationally accepted vaccine to be allowed into the country. Otherwise just ensure your regular booster injections are up to date a few weeks before you travel.

    Health Information

    Australia’s health infrastructure is excellent, and Brisbane has plenty of hospitals, doctor’s surgeries, and pharmacies.

    The 24-hour number for ambulances and medical emergencies is: 000.

    Australia has a high incidence of skin problems due to the strength of the sun, so keep in the shade during the hottest hours.

    The beaches near the city are beautiful, but when swimming be aware of the possibility of strong underwater currents. Sharks are also found off the Australian coast, and though attacks on humans are rare, make sure you stick to supervised beaches with safety nets. These can also protect against poisonous jellyfish.

    There are some dangerous spiders in the Brisbane area, including the Funnelweb and Redback varieties. If a spider bite causes intense pain, sweating, or nausea, then seek medical attention without delay.

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