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Visiting Brisbane

Brisbane – your key to australia

brisbane-sign-nightA visit to Brisbane is a chance to immerse yourself in the very best of Australia. We encourage you to arrive a little earlier or stay a little longer to discover what Brisbane and its spectacular surroundings offer you!

A modern, dynamic and welcoming city, Brisbane offers quintessential Australian experiences.

  • Access to the stunning Great Barrier Reef and proximity to famous beach destinations and World Heritage-listed rain forests.
  • Brisbane is renowned for its subtropical outdoor lifestyle and friendly locals.
  • Receive a warm welcome and explore local places to visit – designer and boutique outlets, alfresco bistros and cafes, rooftop venues, enticing galleries and eclectic markets are plentiful.
  • South Bank’s inner-city beach, lush parklands and culture-rich precinct houses Australia’s largest Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Museum and Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
  • Discover Brisbane’s vibrant vibe no matter the season of your visit.

For more information on where to explore, dine, and learn in Brisbane, go to and

Vital visitor information


Brisbane has a sub-tropical climate with warm summers and mild winters, defined by year round sunny days. Rainfall is more likely in the summer months (December – February).  September weather is typically warm and sunny throughout the day.


English is the official language of Australia but many foreign languages are used by local communities including Arabic, Italian, Greek, Vietnamese and Chinese dialects. Local translation and interpreter services can be accessed 24 hours a day by calling 13 14 50.

Getting Around Brisbane

Brisbane has a top of the range public transportation system, making it easy for locals and visitors alike to travel the city.

Health and Medical Services

Australia has a high-standard healthcare system offering a mix of public and private services. Several public hospitals with accident, emergency and outpatient services are located close to inner-city Brisbane, while private medical practitioners can be easily located through the Yellow Pages website. Some international travelers will find their country has reciprocal healthcare agreements with Australia. As a general guide, these agreements provide for any ill-health episode requiring prompt medical attention. Comprehensive travel insurance is always recommended.


Mains supply in Australia is 220/240 volts AC, 50Hz with three-pin plugs used across the country. The Australian three-pin electrical socket differs from those found in most countries, and international travelers may require an adapter socket. Standard outlets for 100-volt small appliances can be found in most hotel rooms.

Adaptors can be purchased from many local sellers of various goods used by travelers.

Banking and Money

Banks: As a general guide, banks across the city are open for business Monday to Friday 9.30am-4pm. Some banks in local shopping centres are also open Saturday and Sunday (with varying opening hours).

Automatic teller machines (ATMs): ATMs are located throughout the city and will recognise cards issued by most banks.

Credit cards: MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club are accepted across the city by most outlets with an increasing number accepting China UnionPay.

Currency exchange: Licensed money change services are available at the Brisbane Airport and at numerous Bureaux de Change located throughout the city. Most banks also offer currency exchange services.

Notes: $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100

Coins: 5¢, 10¢, 20¢, 50¢, $1 and $2

Pricing: Australian prices occasionally end in a variant of 1¢ or 2¢. Where this occurs, at the cash register the price is rounded to the nearest 5¢.

Emergency Services

In a life-threatening or time-critical emergency, dial Emergency Services on Triple Zero (000), locally. The Triple Zero service is an operator-assisted service that connects callers to the most relevant emergency service organization (police, fire brigade or ambulance). Calls to Triple Zero are free and can be made from all telephones (landline, mobile devices and payphones). When you dial Triple Zero services, the most important thing to remember is to stay focused, stay relevant and stay on the line. Additionally, mobile users can dial 112 while the 106 emergency number connects to a text-based relay service for people who have a hearing or speech impairment.

Visiting Symposium attendees are invited to experience brisbane!

Tours taken at leisure, ranging in recreational interest, level of activity, and length are available to Symposium attendees.

                            Discover Brisbane’s Best Tours!

From Brisbane you can immediately embrace all the Australian “must do” experiences from the one convenient urban base:

  • Cuddle a koala and hand-feed kangaroos at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
  • Hand-feed wild dolphins at Tangalooma Island Resort.
  • Immerse yourself in World Heritage-listed rainforests and escape to lush mountain hideaways.
  • Get up close and personal with migrating humpback whales.
  • Explore pristine islands in Moreton Bay, home to the world’s second largest sand island.
  • Stand on the incredible white sands of our Gold and Sunshine Coast beaches.
  • Discover the cultural heritage of the Indigenous Yuggera people.
  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef at Lady Elliot Island on a day trip from Brisbane.


For your convenience, tours may be booked directly through Brisbane Marketing in advance via the online .pdf (above) or on-site at the Symposium.  Additional tours may be arranged as well. Tours and tour arrangements are operated and managed by Brisbane Marketing and their affiliates.  Changes, cancellations, costs and other details are determined at the discretion of Brisbane Marketing.  Inquiries about pre-arranged tours and custom excursions should be directed to:

Brisbane Visitor Information and Booking Centre The Regent, 167 Queen Street Mall, Brisbane        E:

Information and details are subject to change without notice.