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How To Reach Brisbane
Brisbane is the most populous city of the state of Queensland in Australia and stands with a distinctive vibe of its own. The best way of reaching Brisbane is by Air or, by Cruise if you're up for an adventure. Brisbane is blessed with the ideal subtropical kind of weather for year-round visits and hence flights are available all them time with great frequency from most big cities here. With a number of events, scenic beauty, adventurous activities and world-class food and win, this is the ideal place to enjoy a part of your trip to Australia. Being a popular tourist destination in Australia, Brisbane is also well connected to many parts of the world.
The Brisbane Airport is the third largest in Australia and handles traffic of over 25 million people annually. The airport is located 20 km from the main city centre. Flights connect Brisbane from all major Australian cities. Most Asian countries have connections to Brisbane as well. Most long-haul flights from the UK, US and the Gulf have connecting flights via Sydney or Melbourne. Do keep time in hand in case your itinerary requires you to change terminals as the terminals are located 3 km apart. To reach the main city, you can avail the Airtrain, CoachTrans, Public Transportation or in case you’re in the mood to splurge, you could take a limo from the airport.
While the train network is not extensive, the NSW TrainLink operates two daily rail services connecting from Melbourne and Canberra. Also, the Queensland Rail Travel has services from most centres in Queensland.
The three major highways that can be taken to reach Brisbane from the southern states include the New England, Cunningham and Pacific Highways. Other Highways that can be taken include the Bruce Highway, Pacific Motorway and Warrego Highway, all of which connect Brisbane to the rest of Australia. Buses, coaches and cars run extensively on these highways. The major bus and coach services that run on these routes include Premier Motor Service and Greyhound Australia.
The recently opened international cruise terminal, Portside Wharf is located in the north side of the Brisbane river, upstream from the Gateway Bridge. It is capable of accommodating ships of up to 270 m length. The Wharf is home to the P&O Liners and the Pacific Sun. The Portside Wharf in a short time has become the second biggest port in the country. Servicing over 55 cruises, the waterways are a major entry point into the city.
Getting Around in Brisbane
Brisbane has an extensive and very well connected public transport system. The public transport system is called TransLink and it has a detailed website which gives simple directions and route maps for first-time travellers in Brisbane. The integrated ticketing system is called the Go Card. The smart card can be used to purchase tickets or pay for your travel across all modes of public transport. Fares are calculated automatically on the Go Card.
If you’d like, you can also rent a bike to cycle around the city.