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Brisbane at a Glance

Brisbane's fabulous climate and famously friendly locals are just two of many reasons to visit this laid-back city. Once a bit sleepy, Brisbane has transformed itself into a center for arts, culture and activity all while retaining its relaxed vibe. 

Bordered by the sea and crisscrossed by the Brisbane River, there are no shortages of ways to enjoy the water in Brisbane. The city's extensive park system snakes along the riverbank and is a great place to go biking, have a picnic or pick-up a free exercise class. If the unpredictable beaches are too rough for you or for your kids, visit Brisbane's artificial swimming lagoon, Streets Beach.  

Aside from the outdoors, Brisbane has developed a reputation as a cultural hub. Check out the free music hosted by City Sounds. Visit the Powerhouse for a show in a converted power plant. The Queensland Cultural Centre is another place to learn about the area's art, history and culture. 

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June - August, December - February
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March - May, September - November
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      • Major Airport Brisbane Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      All tourists need a visa to visit Australia with the exception of New Zealand nationals. Contact the Australian Consulate for more information. The U.S State Department website has information to help guide American citizens. 

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      Severe Weather Brisbane has a wet summer and a dry winter season.  Tornadoes, tropical cyclones, flooding do occur. The dry season can be quite crisp during the night, but pleasant during the day. 

      Safety Concerns Stay alert while in Brisbane. Pick-pocketing, theft, car break-ins and other crimes occur. Don't accept drinks from strangers and don't set yours down anywhere. On the beach, obey all posted warnings and keep in mind that dangerous rip-tides and currents do occur. 

      Health Concerns Ticks, snakes and mosquitoes spread diseases and infections. When spending time outdoors, protect yourself by wearing sturdy shoes and covering your skin. Check for ticks a few times a day if you are hiking. Get immediate medical attention if you receive a snake bite. For travel in remote areas, consider taking a wilderness first aid course. Whenever you are outdoors in a hot climate take steps to prevent heat-related problems by staying cool and well hydrated.