Brisbane Airport is the main international airport that serves Brisbane and South East Queensland. With more than 21.8 million passengers handled in 2013, 26 airlines flying to 42 national and 28 international destinations, it is the third busiest Australian airport by aircraft movements. It also has the third highest number of domestic connections in the country, following Sydney and Melbourne. Owned by Leased Federal Airport and operated by Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Limited, it serves as a major hub for Virgin Australia and a secondary hub for both Qantas and its low-cost subsidiary Jetstar. It is located 20km (12mi) northeast of the city centre at Eagle Farm, north of the river. It has international and domestic passenger terminals, a cargo terminal, a general aviation terminal and apron, as well as two runways.
What to see & do
There are plenty of attractions that one can check out and visit during their trip in Brisbane. The capital of the state of Queensland, this new-world city is a melting pot of ideas, positive attitude, creative confidence, youthful zest, and vibrancy, making it perhaps the most laidback of any east-coast capital city. Visit the city's most noteworthy historical landmark, Brisbane City Hall and King George Square; Museum of Brisbane, which features one floor of exhibits about the history of the city, and another floor for local artists’ exhibitions; the neo-gothic St Stephen's Cathedral; City Botanic Gardens, where you can sign up for a tour to learn the history of the gardens and the city; Commissariat Store, one of the oldest buildings in Brisbane; Queensland Cultural Centre, home to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Museum, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), and State Library of Queensland; Mt Coot-tha, the tallest mountain in the city; and the beautiful Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, located in the subtropical Brisbane Botanic Gardens.
How to get around within Brisbane
With Brisbane’s relatively flat and condensed Central Business District (CBD), getting around should be easy. You can walk or bike (via numerous cycle paths along the river) around as you wish. Just take note that there are a number of areas, such as inner-city suburbs and outer suburbs that can be difficult to navigate because of dead ends, winding roads, and steep slopes. You can rent a bike in the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens. One of the latest additions to Brisbane is the Green Cab, which is basically a rickshaw. Green Cabs are mostly found around the inner-city areas. Since many of the roads in the CBD are one-way, driving around can be difficult, especially if you’re not familiar with the city. There are plenty of taxis throughout Brisbane which can take you to any point in the city. For public transport, you can choose among three options: buses, trains, and ferries, which are linked by a common ticketing system called TransLink.
How to get there
Brisbane Airport offers direct flights from all Australian capitals and several regional centres. Virgin Australia, Jetstar, and Qantas are the major carriers that operate at the airport. From the airport, you can take the Airtrain, which will connect you to the city via the 15-minute interval rides served during peak times, with stops at Central, South Bank, Fortitude Valley, and Roma Street stations. There’s also the CoachTrans, which provides transfers to Brisbane City and to the Gold Coast via shuttle bus. You can also take the T-bus to Skygate (Airport Village) for free. The most expensive, but the easiest and far more comfortable alternative, is by limo transfer, which you can book ahead of time. Other ways of getting in are by train, via Countrylink and Queensland Rail; by car, via A1 Bruce Highway, M1 Pacific Motorway, M2 Ipswich Motorway, A2 Warrego Highway, and 15 (A15) Cunningham Highway; by bus, via Premier Motor Service or Greyhound Australia; and by boat, the newest form of transport, via Portside Wharf, home to an international cruise terminal.
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