Brisbane Basic Information
While the Brisbane lifestyle and property prices revolve around the river, no local would be game to swim in the water – coloured a murky brown from dredging and home to notoriously snap-happy bull sharks. For more insider info on Brisbane, here are our tips.
Australian residents can explore the country with no limitations! For most international travellers however, a normal holiday visa (eVisitor) permits three months’ travel within Australia over a 12-month period. Please be aware this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, please contact your local Australian embassy or consulate.
The currency used in Brisbane is the Australian Dollar. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and other currencies can change constantly so it's always a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For overseas visitors, consider using a credit or debit card or a cash passport for safe spending while you are in Australia. Cash passports are ideal for international travellers as they can hold a range of currencies including Australian Dollars, and can be used like credit cards.
With a fair smattering of dining venues from celeb chef hotspots and upscale restaurants to alfresco cafes and gourmet food trucks, Brisbane has fine foodie form. Due to its proximity to Asia, oriental cuisines are a local fave with a dedicated Chinatown precinct in The Valley as well as Sunnybank on the southside, a plethora of sushi and Japanese joints and the ubiquitous Thai takeaways. Fresh seafood cooked any which way is another local speciality as is paddock-to-plate beef and steaks. Location is also an important part of the Brissie dining experience with riverside venues popular for views and events. Other trending cuisines in Brisbane include Middle-Eastern fare, fresh Vietnamese meals, Mexican nosh and rustic Italian dishes. For the DIY cook and gourmand, farmers markets are hugely popular on weekends.
The after-hours scene in Brisbane is mainly concentrated in the CBD and Valley areas with satellite sites in inner-city suburbs like South Bank, West End, New Farm, Paddington and Toowong. Fortitude Valley is a designated entertainment precinct with the largest concentration of clubs, bars, pubs and lounges in Australia catering for everyone from the LGBT crowd and suburban ravers to live music aficionados and wine bar sophisticates. Fridays and Saturdays see a big influx of people to the City and Valley, while there’s also a 3am lockout in place every night. Iconic student hangouts include the Regatta Hotel on the river, while West End attracts an eclectic, bohemian crowd. Caxton Street near Suncorp Stadium and around the Gabba are also quite busy post-match.