Staying in Brisbane

Getting around, places to stay, things to do

Visitor essentials – including transport

Brisbane is a green city with an enviable subtropical climate and diverse population. It is one of the fastest-growing cities in Australia and is known for its vibrant urban precincts, outdoor lifestyle and friendly locals. Get to know Brisbane better. From climate to currency –  You will find all the information you need on the VISIT BRISBANE site

Getting to and from Brisbane airport

Getting around Brisbane – public transport, walking, cycling, driving.

Brisbane City Council operate two transport services that allow you to discover Brisbane for FREE:

The City Hopper Ferry service allows you to rediscover Brisbane for free with ferries running every 30 minutes between 6am and midnight, seven days a week. The ferry travels along the Brisbane River, stopping at North Quay, South Bank 3, Maritime Museum, Thornton Street, Eagle Street Pier, Holman Street, Dockside and Sydney Street terminals – all you need to do is hop on and hop off and enjoy taking in the Brisbane River and city sights.  For up-to-date timetable information,or to plan your journey, visit TransLink’s website.

The free City Loop and Spring Hill Loop bus services provide high frequency public transport access within the Brisbane CBD, as well as between the Brisbane CBD and Spring Hill areas.The City Loop operates in a clockwise (Route 40) and anti-clockwise (Route 50) direction around the Brisbane CBD from the red signposted bus stops, using distinctive red buses. Popular stops along the route include QUT, Botanic Gardens, Queen Street Mall, City Hall, Central Station, Riverside and Eagle Street Pier.The Spring Hill Loop operates on a continuous loop between the CBD and Spring Hill precincts from the yellow signposted bus stops, using distinctive yellow buses. Popular stops along the route include Post Office Square, St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, Brisbane Private Hospital and Central Station.More detailed timetable information can be found on the TransLink website.

Accommodation Options


The Swiss Bellhotel  a sophisticated new urban hotel on the edge of South Bank parklands. The hotel has international standard facilities designed for both business and leisure travellers, enhanced by exceptional hospitality and features free WiFi, indoor swimming, gymnasium, conference space and Café 63 all day dining.

The hotel is ideally located in South Brisbane near the Southbank train station and a short 5-10 minute walk across the Goodwill pedestrian bridge to QUT Gardens Point Campus.  From it’s location you can enjoy a relaxed stroll through South Bank Parklands and lagoon or over The Goodwill Bridge pedestrian and cycleway to Brisbane CBD. Within easy walking distance are Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, The Gabba Brisbane Cricket Ground, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), and Queensland Museum. ACPID attendees will receive a special rate at this hotel for $155 per night (Superior Room Single or Twin Occupancy). Please refer to booking instructions below.



Royal on the Park Hotel

Directly opposite the City Botanic Gardens, Royal On The Park features free WiFi, a lounge bar and a restaurant. Guests enjoy an outdoor swimming pool and a hot tub.

Rydges South Bank

Rydges South Bank Brisbane is located in the heart of Brisbane’s arts and entertainment precinct with plenty of things to do and only minutes away from South Bank Parklands and the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Links to accommodation sites

Below are some sites that will assist in find the right accommodation to suit your budget and needs whether it be a luxurious suites complete with spa and city views to the simplest backpacker accommodation!    Wotif    Expedia    Last Minute    Trivago