BRISBANE - GETTING AROUND

By Foot

Walking around the city of Brisbane is easy with the flat and condensed central business district which is situated close to the Brisbane River. The beautiful Riverwalk is a permanent 230 ft long path the travels over the river runs between New Farm towards the CBD. The South Bank Parklands spread over 40 acres of land along the Brisbane River, this scenic area features sprawling lawns, playgrounds, restaurants, recreation and leisure activities with stunning views of the skyline. There is also a man-made beach located at the parklands featuring swimming pools, lagoons, sand, and waves. Take a walk around the beautiful Brisbane Botanic Gardens also found here or hike up Mount Coot-tha featuring hiking and walking trails through the dense rainforest.

By Bicycle

Riding a bike in Brisbane is a very popular thing to do and a great way to get out and see all the wonderful sights and attractions the city has to offer. The city offers extensive bicycle paths and off-road bikeways that connect riders all over the city. The Southbank Parklands is a great place to take a leisurely ride and along the scenic Riverwalk path.

Brisbane City Council offers the CityCycle bike share program where visitors can rent 2,000 different bikes at 150 different stations located throughout the city. You can rent for a 24-hour period for about AU$2 or a week for around AU$11, as long as you return the bikes within the 30 minute time period (or additional charges apply). You can also rent bicycles in the center of the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens. Visit www.citycycle.com/au for more information.

Please Note: If riding a bike in the city a helmet is required! It is the law and you can be fined up to UA$150 if caught not wearing one. Most of the rentals places and stations have helmets to hire.

By Taxi

Taxis are plentiful in the city of Brisbane with two major companies operating, Yellow Cabs (orange colored) and Black and White Cabs. You can hail a taxi from the street, find them at designated taxi ranks across the city, or call and book one in advance by phone. If the light on the roof of the taxi is on, then the car is available. Taxis in the city are metered. Note: At night (especially on Friday and Saturday nights) taxis will only exclusively pick up passengers from the dedicated taxi ranks which are monitored by security, from midnight to 5:30am on Friday and Saturday nights you will pay a `FlatFare` which means the price is fixed for any destination and you have to pay before taking the ride. For more information contact Black and White Cabs at tel. 61-13-32-22 and Yellow Cabs at tel.61-13-19-24.

Green Cabs are an eco-friendly and affordable service offered on the weekends and during special events in the city. You can catch a Green Cab from the Wheel of Brisbane, South Bank and between West End and Fortitude Valley.

By Boat

The iconic Brisbane Ferries are known as `CityCats`, which provide a scenic and enjoyable ride along the river and are perfect for sightseeing offering access to key destinations around the city. These high-speed catamarans stop at South Bank and the City Center along with other riverside suburbs. CityCats operate 7 days a week and ferries terminate every 15 minutes from 6 am until midnight. CityHopper is another option which runs every 30 minutes and is a free hop-on, hop-off service. Visit www.translink.com/au for more information.

By Train

The Queensland Rail City network consists of seven suburban lines that cover most of the city and surrounding suburbs including the airport line. The first-class transportation option offers a fast and efficient way to get around Brisbane providing travelers with direct access to the city center and the popular attractions. The main train stations in the city are Central, Roma Street, Fortitude Valley, South Bank Station at Vulture Street and South Brisbane at the Cultural Center. The cheapest and easiest way to travel on the trains and other public transportation is to purchase the Go Card. Visit www.translink.com/au for more information.

By Bus

Buses in Brisbane generally operate from 6 am until 11 pm during the week and some offer 24-hour services on the weekends. Buses can connect passengers with the inner and outer suburbs as well as the CBD and the major retail and tourist attractions in the city. Most bus stations connect to railway and ferry terminals which makes it convenient to switch modes of transport while using the Go Card.

The City Loop and Spring Hill Loop bus (red) offers a free ride and travels clockwise (Route 40) and anti-clockwise (Route 50) around the CBD, the bus runs every 10 minutes from 7 am until 6 pm during the week and can be caught at the red bus stops. Stops include the CBD and the Spring Hill Precinct, the bus is a hop-on, hop-off system.

The NightLink bus runs from midnight until 5 am on Friday and Saturday evenings.