Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, is midway up the east coast of Australia – 27.5oS, 153oE. With the Gold Coast to the south and the Sunshine Coast to the north, domestic and international airports, Brisbane is an ideal headquarters for an Australian holiday.
Brisbane, indeed all Queensland, operates on Eastern Standard Time which is 10 hours ahead of GMT all year round – Summertime or Daylight Saving is not practiced in Queensland.
Residents and visitors to Brisbane enjoy a wide range of landscapes and lifestyles. The inner-city, metropolitan Brisbane is surrounded by leafy, sometimes very hilly, suburbs. Further out in the suburbs, the traditional Australian house on a large block or even acreage dominates.
Moreton Bay and its islands provide water sports, sailing and seaside suburbs. The Pacific Highway leads south to the Gold Coast. North is the picturesque countryside of the Glasshouse Mountains. Bribie Island offers the first surf beach to the north. The Sunshine Coast towns and hinterland are popular holiday spots.
In Australia, we drive on the left side of the road. Although there are trains, buses and ferries in Brisbane, most families own at least one car.
Brisbane & Queensland
Further north of Brisbane are the Whitsunday Islands, the Great Barrier Reef, and tropical North Queensland – all popular holiday destinations.
Travelling west of Brisbane, past Ipswich, you soon climb the Great Dividing Range to Toowoomba and the rich plains of the Darling Downs.
Queensland map and regional information and accommodation including Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and North Queensland
In our Tours, adventure and activities section, you’ll find everything from leisurely river cruises and cuddling a koala to skydiving and hot air balloon rides.
What’s On Events and things to do including cinemas, theatres, museums and historic attractions, general attractions and festivals around Queensland.
Life & Community
Community Groups & Services includes links to community services and organisations around Queensland
Shop: Gifts and Hampers for delivery to Brisbane and Queensland
Brisbane Transport public transport and road information
Moving to Brisbane useful sites if you are planning a move to Brisbane and the Sunshine State.