What's Brisbane like?
Brisbane is one of Australia's more underrated cities. While Melbourne and Sydney may grab the highlights, the Queensland capital still has plenty going for it.
Its thriving restaurant scene rivals those found in the country’s more southerly cities, and are complemented with top class galleries and rooftop bars.
Just outside the city you can find turquoise waters, classy vineyards and some of Australia's top beaches.
What airlines operate flights to Brisbane?
Best time to book
Looking back through our data, Skyscanner found that it's best to book flights to Australia 26 weeks (roughly 6 months) before you intend to fly.
Do you need a visa to visit Brisbane?
No, New Zealand citizens can travel freely across Australia.
How long is the flight to Brisbane?
From Auckland: 3 hours 45 minutes (direct)
From Christchurch: 3 hours 55 minutes (direct)
From Queenstown: 3 hours 50 minutes (direct)
From Wellington: 4 hours (direct)
When is the best time to visit Brisbane?
The warmest months are December, January and February, which average at 25°C or 26°C. Between May and September, Brisbane averages between 15°C and 19°C.
Brisbane's winter is its driest time of the year. From November through to May, expect 100mm of rain or more over the month.
How expensive is Brisbane?
Brisbane is slightly more expensive than Auckland. On average, expect to pay a few extra dollars for a meal, an extra 50c on foreign beers and 25c more for a coffee.
All international flights land at Brisbane Airport, coming in on Level 2 at its dedicated International Terminal. Once through customs, it's down 1 level to pick up baggage and proceed to the arrivals hall.
In the arrivals hall, you'll be able to take out or exchange Australian currency, grab a bite to eat or plan your onward journey.
The airport is 15km from the city centre, which is a 15-minute drive in good traffic.
How to get from Brisbane's airport to the city centre
Passengers have a few options to get to Brisbane from the airport.
Taxi: A taxi rank is found outside the arrivals section of the international terminal. A trip into town takes 15 minutes and costs around AU$50.
Train: The Airtrain takes 20 minutes to reach central Brisbane stations and may cost up to AU$20. You can save money by booking your ticket online.
Shuttle buses: Shuttle services through Con-x-ion Airport Transfers take passengers straight to their hotel. This may cost up to AU$30, depending on your destination.
Visitors to Brisbane will quickly come to love the river that runs through the city, finding their way to the bars, restaurants and attractions along its banks the same way the locals do.
One of the highlights is the South Bank. Here, you'll find plenty of places to eat and drink, with regular live music shows and festivals to pop into.
Elsewhere in the area, Australia Zoo gives you the chance to cuddle a koala, the Gallery of Modern Art showcases some of the country's top creative work and the Brisbane River Dinner Cruise gives you a romantic way to see the city at night.
Get a bird's eye view over Brisbane in this drone video:
Ferries operate along and across the river. Save money on public transport fares with a go card.
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Please note: all information is correct as of August, 2017.
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