Region: Brisbane and Surrrounds

Brisbane is both the capital city of the state of Queensland and its largest cirty. Brisbane is located on the coast in the state's south east corner, some 100 km north of the New South Wales border. For many years, Brisbane was never considered a tourist destination in its own right, but rather a place you have to pass through on your way to somewhere else, be it the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast or some other Queensland destination. That began to change as a result of Brisbane hosting the Commonwealth Games in 1982 when it came of age as an international city and began to develop and promote itself as a destination in its own right.

That perception of Brisbane being a destination on the way to somewhere else still exists to a degree, but there are enough things to do and places to see in and around Brisbane to keep the traveller amused and avoid a visit becoming just a drive-through.

The coastal attractions in the Brisbane region, which are many, are well worth seeing, as is the very attractive hinterland which extends north from the Bunya Mountains to the Blackall Range, south to the ranges that surround Tamborine and Lamington National Parks, and further inland to Toowoomba and beyond (the Darling Downs and Granite Belt). Day drives to and through these regions, using Brisbane as a base, are highly recommended.

Queensland's Sunshine Coast to the north, and Gold Coast to the south, are both just an hour's drive away from Brisbane and therefore can each be visited in a single day, however they are major destinations in their own right and a day's drive to either one would barely scratch the surface of what they offer. Both have magnificent beaches and attractive mountainous hinterlands that cry out to be explored.

How To Get There

By rail: Queensland is linked by rail to the rest via a standard gauge line that terminated at Roma Street Station in Brisbane. A daily XPT service is operated by NSW's Counrtrylink rail service between Roma Street Station, Brisbane, and Central Station Sydney. The journey north (Sydney to Brisbane) is a night service; the journey south (Brisbane to Sydney) is a day service. Rail services from Brisbane to various localities across Queensland are operated by Queensland Rail.

By Air: Brisbane International Airport handles international and interstate air traffic. The airport has immigration and customs processing facilities. Regional and national airlines servicing outlying areas of Queensland also operate out of Brisbane Airport. Brisbane Airport is connected to the Central Business District by road and rail.

By Road (coach): Numerous operators provide coach services between Brisbane and Cairns (17 hrs. 30 mins.); Airlie Beach, Whitsundays (6 hrs. 30 mins.); Mt. Isa (26 hrs. 15 mins.); Noosa (2 hrs. 50 mins.); Surfers Paradise (1hr 20 mins.); Sydney via coast road (17 hrs. 30 mins.); Sydney via New England Hwy (14 hrs. 30 mins.); Melbourne direct (24 hrs. 45 mins.); Melbourne via Sydney (37 hrs. 30 mins.).

Best Time To Go

Brisbane has a subtropical climate with hot, moist summers and mild, dry winters. Brisbane is subject to high humidity, mainly from November through to April. Summer thunderstorms are common, and Brisbane frequently experiences hailstorms, cyclonic winds and more recently severe drought during the summer months. May to October are definitely the months where heat and humidity is at its mildest, and would be the preferred months to visit if there is a choice. That having been said, I've visited Brisbane in the hotter more humid months and found them quite bearable, no doubt because Brisbane is only sub tropical.

Mean January maximum temperature - 29 degrees C (85 degrees F)

Mean January minimum temperature - 21 degrees C (69 degrees F)

Mean July maximum temperature - 20 degrees C (69 degrees F)

Mean July minimum temperature - 10 degrees C (49 degrees F)

Mean annual rainfall - 1146 mm (45.1 inches)

Wettest month on average - January, 160 mm (6.3 inches)

Driest month on average - August, 46 mm (1.8 inches)



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