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Brisbane may project a lazy, subtropical vibe, but Australia’s third largest city has a dynamic pulse just under the surface. While the river and beaches still attract their fair share of visitors, it’s the buzzing café culture, the world-class galleries, and the booming live music and theatre scene that are really drawing in the crowds. 
Find cheap flights to Brisbane right here on Travelstart, and find out for yourself why more and more people are calling it Australia’s “place to be”. Why not make your flight to Brisbane the beginning of an East to West tour of the land down under, and see all the best Australia has to offer.

Visa Requirements and Embassy Details

  • South African Passport holders do need a visa to visit Brisbane, Australia. Processing should take around 10 days, but it’s advisable not to leave your application till the last minute. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
  • The nearest South African embassy to Brisbane is the South African High Commission in Canberra. Rhodes Place, State Circle, Yarralumla, Canberra, ACT 2600. Phone: +61 02 6272 7300.

See and do

With its subtropical climate, nearby beaches and riverside location, it’s not surprising that many of Brisbane’s most popular, daytime attractions are outdoors. For a casual, sunny day, the Southbank Parklands is a great choice. It offers riverside cycling, lush garden walks, a beautiful inner-city beach and plenty of restaurants and shops.

The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is another must, especially if you have kids. They offer a uniquely interactive experience, and you can feed and touch many of the animals housed there, including the koalas, kangaroos and even a python. It’s also a great place to shop for souvenirs, and the proceeds go towards the sanctuary.

If pythons aren’t exciting enough, you may want to attempt one of the many adventure activities offered around Brisbane. Try kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, abseiling, rock climbing, bridge climbing or even rollerblading, for a different perspective on the city.

Night time isn’t lacking in entertainment either, with Fortitude Valley dedicated to live music and performers, and the Queensland Cultural Precinct showing off the best of Brisbane’s theatre.

Public transport in the city is easy, and affordable, with an integrated ticketing system. The bus system is extensive, and has a free loop service (the red bus) running in the CBD from 6am to 6pm on weekdays. The train network is equally fast and efficient, and is a good way to see things a bit further from the city. There are also several forms of water transport available, including ferries, water taxis, and barges.

Brisbane International Airport - BNE

Coffee: Aromas, Cavu, Hudsons Coffee, Merlo and The Coffee Club.

Forex Bureaus: Travelex Exchange stores are located in the central area of the International and Domestic terminals on L2, L3 and L4.

Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. For items lost within the airport, the lost and found for the International Terminal is located at the Visitors Information Desk on Level 2.

Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Best Western Airport 85 Motel

Car Hire: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty.

Brisbane International Airport is a hub for: Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Skytrans Airlines and Virgin Australia.


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