Brisbane experiences

Brisbane visitor information


The legal age for drinking is 18 and you will be asked for ID. Do not be offended if you are much older, take it as a compliment and remember the guys serving you can be fined many thousands of dollars if caught.

Beach Safety
Whilst Brisbane does not have beaches in the CBD to the north and south are beaches that are dangerous and that means check that conditions are safe before entering the water. Do swim at patrolled beaches, in between the red and yellow flags!

Brisbane airport
The airport is about 20 minutes from the CBD and connected by the Airtrain.

Electricity in Australia is 220-240V AC 50Hz and the sockets are three pin but not the same three pin as the UK. Universal outlets for 240V or 100V shavers are found in most leading hotels and multi-voltage appliances as well as adaptors are available in department stores and luggage shops.

Dial 000 (triple zero) for emergency fire, ambulance or police services.If the situation is not an emergency, call 13 12 33 for an ambulance. For storm and flood emergencies phone the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500.

All of the public hospitals listed below operate 24 hour emergency centres.
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
Cnr Butterfield Street and Bowen Bridge Road, Herston - 07 3636 8111
Mater Hospital Emergency Care Centre
Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane - 07 3163 8630
Mater Children's emergency
Cnr Stanley Street and Raymond Tce, South Brisbane
Princess Alexandra Hospital
199 Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba - 07 3176 2111
Prince Charles Accident and Emergency
Rode Road, Chermside - 07 3139 4000

Local Government
Brisbane is governed by the Brisbane City Council. The city is in the state of Queensland, governed by the State Government which operates out of Brisbane.

The local daily paper is the Courier Mail and one Sunday newspaper, the Sunday Mail There are several free community newspapers and one national paper The Australian that is printed and Brisbane.

24 hour parking is available at these car parks.
Valley Metro
Festival carpark in Elizabeth Street
Queens Plaza
Post Office Square
Tank Street
Brisbane Transit Centre
Barracks Petrie Terrace
St Andrews Hospital
Airport parking

Post Office
The General Post Office is at 261 Queen Street.

Public Holidays
Australia day (26 Jan); Queen's Birthday (14 June); Anzac Day (25 April); Exhibition Day (11 August); Labour Day (3 May) and the main religious holidays and New Year.

Radio stations
AM Brisbane radio stations
612: ABC Brisbane Brisbane’s local ABC talk and music.
792: ABC Radio National Radio.
882: Easy listening music and programs about gardening, boating, fishing and health.
936: ABC NewsRadio Frequent news and radio documentaries
1008: UNiTAB Limited Racing and sports radio
1053: Rete Italia Italian language radio
1116:News, talk and sport. Syndicated with national talkback radio.
1197: Switch 1197 Brisbane’s Maximum Music Station
1296: Radio for Print Handicapped. A national network with a Brisbane station.
1620: BBC Radio 2 World Audio Group National Network
1638: NTC Country music across Australia
1701: Radio Brisvaani Hindi Language Radio.

FM Brisbane radio stations
88: Planet Radio
90.5: Rebel FM
93.3: SBS National Radio
94.9: River 94.9 FM Covers South East Queensland for the 35 – 44 year demographic
96.5: 96five - Family Radio FM Family and Christian Radio.
97.3: 97.3 FM Mix of the music of the 80s, 90s and now.
98.1: Ethnic Community Radio, with programs in 50 languages
98.9 Brisbane’s country music station
99.7 Community Radio, Redcliffe
100.3: BayFM Bayside Community Radio, Wynnum Redlands
101.1: 101FM Community radio for Logan City
101.5: 101five FM Music radio for the Caboolture region.
102.1: Independent station, broadcasting new and alternative music.
103.7: Classical music radio
104.5: Triple M
105.3: B105 FM
106.1: ABC Classic FM The national classical music station
106.9: Nova 106
107.7: Triple J National ABC youth radio station

Brisbane shops open Monday to Saturday until about 6pm and later on Thursdays. Some retailers may remain open until 9pm on weeknights and between 9am and 6pm Sundays. Grocery and department stores generally open seven days a week.

In Queensland it is illegal for people under 18 years of age to be sold cigarettes or other tobacco products. Queensland has very strict anti-smoking laws and fines will be issued to anyone smoking in no-smoking zones which are very extensive! It is illegal to smoke within 4 metres of an entrance to bars, restaurant, shops and offices.

Brisbane has intense sun and the sun can kill. So do put on sun screen, wear a hat and wear light coloured clothing that reflects the sunlight and wearing sunglasses is not just a fashion item but to protect your eyes.

The overseas country code for Australia is 61 and the area code is 07 (just 7 if from overseas).

Television stations
ABC: National commercial free broadcaster
SBS: "The voice and vision of multi-cultural Australia."
There are three commercial channels Channel 7; Channel 9 and Channel 10

Time Zone
Brisbane is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Tipping is not expected however it is appreciated for good service.

Visitor Information Centre
The main Brisbane information office is in the middle of Queen Street Mall.

Water restrictions
Brisbane has water supply issues and your assistance in reducing the amount of water used is much appreciated.

Brisbane weather means hot summers and mild winters and would expect a max temp of 30 degrees from November to January. The coldest period is June and July where the max temperature is 22 degrees and the minimum 12 degrees. So not a bad climate!


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