When to go
Brisbane basks in year-round sun, with temperatures rarely dipping below 20°C. The peak of summer can be super-hot and wetter, with many locals escaping the sweltering city, which can make it quiet; winter is sunny and mild with little rain.
PlanesRegular flights wing their way to Brisbane Airport (www.bne.com.au), 16 kilometres north-east of town, from all major Australian cities with Qantas (www.qantas.com.au), Virgin Blue (www.virginblue.com.au) and Jetstar (www.jetstar.com). Numerous international carriers also service the airport.
BoatsCityCat catamarans and CityFerries are a great way to get around, with stop-offs all along the river at major destinations. Translink tickets can be used across the transport network (www.translink.com.au).
TrainsThe best way to reach Brisbane’s CBD from the airport’s international and domestic terminals, two kilometres apart, is by Airtrain (www.airtrain.com.au), which departs every 15 minutes during peak times for the 20-minute journey (single, AU$15; return, AU$28). Regional trains come into the main Roma Street Transit Centre (see www.qr.com.au); CountryLink (www.countrylink.info) operates daily express trains between Sydney and Brisbane.
AutomobilesWalking is an option in the city centre, but Brisbane is hilly and gets hot in summer, so you may prefer to drive. All major car hire companies can be found at Brisbane Airport or at downtown locations, including Avis (www.avis.com.au).
TaxisPlentiful in Brisbane’s city centre, with ranks in the CBD and at the train station. To call one, try Yellow Cab Co (131924) or Black & White Cabs (131 008).
Fly into Queensland’s tropical capital Brisbane from the UK with Emirates. Elegant Spicers Balfour Hotel serves tasty breakfasts on its terrace, just a stroll from arts centre Brisbane Powerhouse and Fortitude Valley’s stylish shops and bars. Take a day trip to Moreton Island, which teams beaches with lagoons and National Park land. Sandboard on the dunes or snorkel or dive among the spooky boat wrecks at Tangalooma. At nearby North Stradbroke Island, savour a freshwater dip in the tea tree-stained Brown Lake, or walk to pretty Blue Lake. Look out for dolphins, dugongs, turtles, seabirds and whales in season, and try a Moreton Bay bug (a flathead lobster). In town, check out man-made Streets Beach on the South Bank, get an art kick at the GOMA, then sip prosecco at Stokehouse overlooking Brisbane River.