The majority of cruise liners that visit the port currently dock at the Portside Wharf cruise terminal, located on the north side of the Brisbane River. The Portside Wharf website contains detailed information on available facilities, including parking options for passengers. If the port is busy or the ship too big the Multi-Use Terminal is used.
The Bretts Wharf bus stop provides services throughout Brisbane via
the Brisbane City Council's extensive bus system.
If you are catching a bus from the city then take bus 300 in Adelaide Street at City Hall (Stop 18) - then jump off at the Bretts Wharf bus Stop - just 300m from Portside Wharf. This is also the pickup point for bus 300 on its return journey to the city.
The Bretts Wharf City Cat (a ferry) stop is just 300 meters from Portside and will take you to a number of key city stops such as the Riverside center, South Bank, New Farm Park, and Bulimba. It is a sightseeing trip by itself.
For City Cat timetables or just a bit more information simply follow this link to the Translink website - www.translink.com.au
At Portside Wharf, there is no need to go searching the streets for a cab - the purpose built Portside Wharf Taxi Rank can take you to your chosen destination in an instant. The taxi rank is located outside the Fresh n Wild Marketplace, at the entrance to the Portside Wharf precinct.
Some larger ships dock at Fishermans Island in the lower reaches of the Brisbane River, they pull into the F1 grain terminal. It is about a 25 km drive from the Brisbane CBD. Shuttle buses as well as taxis will be available.
A new terminal has been constructed late 2020 and has doubled the number of cruise ships in Brisbane. It has around 9,300 square meters set over two levels and connected to a 200-meter (660-foot) long wharf, with two air bridges facilitating the movement of passengers on and off ships.
Near the port, a $650 million AUD upgrade of Kingsford Smith Drive is well underway, which will see it turned it into a six-lane boulevard with a boardwalk along the river.
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Brisbane locally known as Brissie (or Brisvegasis) the capital city of Queensland located on the River Brisbane near Moreton Bay. Brisbane named after Sir Thomas Brisbane, the governor of New South Wales at the time of the settlement, is the fourth-largest of Australia's state capitals. Nestled between the Gold Coast to the south and the Sunshine Coast to the north, laid-back Brisbane makes the most of its magnificent beaches. Wander in the lush Botanical Gardens, shop in the Queen Street Mall, or enjoy the countless cafes and restaurants along the banks of the Brisbane River.
Among older buildings are Parliament House (1868); the Central Railway Station (1901); the People's Palace, notable for verandas and cast-iron balustrades; the town hall; and the only two surviving public buildings from the convict past, the stone Commissariat Store on the river and the Old Windmill (1827-1829), later transmuted into an Observatory, on the hill near Wickham Park. City Hall houses an art gallery and museum on Brisbane's history and growth.
Earlystreet Historical Village is an open-air museum conserving many characteristic Queensland buildings for posterity. Miegunyah Folk Museum, in an 1886 stilt house, records the lives and times of colonial women, and Newstead House, 4 km (2.5 mi) from central Brisbane, dates from the early 19th century and is the city's oldest private residence.
Of much more recent provenance (completed 1985) is the arts complex on the South Bank just across Victoria Bridge. This comprises the Queensland Art Gallery, which has an interesting Australian collection, the museum, and the state library and performing arts theaters.
Catching one of the sleek CityCat ferries down the Brisbane River has become the popular sightseeing journey. Passengers can stand on the open-air front deck of the blue, white and yellow catamarans and glide under the Story Bridge to South Bank and the city center. They run every 15 to 30 minutes, between 5.40am and 11.45pm, from the University of Queensland in the southwest to Apollo Rd, Bulimba, and back (a little over one hour each way). There are 15 terminals in total including New Farm Park, North Quay (for the Queen St Mall), Riverside (for the CBD) and West End. The CityCats are wheelchair accessible at the University of Queensland, Guyatt Park, North Quay, South Bank 1 and 2, Hawthorne and Apollo Rd.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is located in the Brisbane suburb of Fig Tree Pocket
The sanctuary is one of the very few sanctuaries in the world where visitors are actually allowed to hold koalas for a fee. Strict regulations ensure that each koala is not held for more than thirty minutes every day.
Visitors can also feed and pet the free-roaming kangaroos in the five-acre open-plan kangaroo reserve, where more than 130 of the animals freely reside. Kangaroos are sometimes seen with a joey in their pouch.
One can arrive by private car or taxi, a journey of approximately 20 minutes from the City. One can also catch a Brisbane Transport bus, or arrive by ferry from the Queensland Cultural center pontoon, a journey of approximately 1½ hours.
The main shopping area is Queen Street Mall surrounded by shopping centers.
Plenty of cafes which offer free WiFi for customers around
Shops and services are generally open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and until lunchtime on Saturday. In cities and larger towns, many shops stay open late on Thursday or Friday evening - usually until 9pm - and all day on Saturday. Shopping malls are often open on Sundays as well.
In remote country areas, roadhouses provide all the essential services for the traveler and, on the major highways, are generally open 24 hours a day. In tourist areas, even ones well off the beaten track, tourist offices are often open every day or at least through the week plus weekend mornings; urban information centers are more likely to conform to normal shopping hours.
Tourist attractions such as museums, galleries and attended historic monuments are often open daily, though those in rural communities may have erratic opening hours.
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