Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre is one of Australia's largest, fully integrated purpose built convention, exhibition and special event venues. Perfectly situated in Brisbane and adjacent to the cultural precincts, this multi-award winning venue boasts modern facilities with an extensive choice of the very latest convention equipment.
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre is located in the popular South Bank precinct, which encompasses an area of 125.5 hectares just across the Brisbane River from the city’s CBD. There is something for everyone at South Bank including a 17-hectare sub-tropical parkland, a rainforest boardwalk, picnic and barbecue areas, a weekend art and craft market and a beautiful riverfront promenade, as well as shops, bars, restaurants and cafes.
South Bank is also Brisbane’s arts precinct - home to the Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Museum, Opera Queensland, Queensland Theatre Company and State Library.
South Bank also houses Streets Beach, a unique artificial swimming beach overlooking the Brisbane River and the city’s CBD. Sub-tropical trees and exotic plants surround the beach, which is patrolled seven days a week by experienced, professional lifeguards. The lagoon contains enough water to fill five Olympic swimming pools and the 4000 cubic metres of sand surrounding the beach is topped up every year with an additional 70 tonnes of sand sourced from Moreton Bay to ensure it is kept in its pristine condition.
A year-round events calendar ensures there is always plenty to see and experience.
Brisbane could easily be described in one word – warm. Australia’s northernmost state capital, it’s warm by virtue of its sub-tropical location and warm because of its people.
Disarmingly sophisticated yet paradoxically relaxed, Brisbane, located in Queensland’s south east corner, provides the perfect lifestyle. It has something for everyone. Known as Australia’s new world city, Brisbane leads the nation in innovation and discovery yet embraces a down-to-earth attitude that welcomes visitors with open arms.
With nearly 2 million local Brisbanites, the city is alive with attractions and things to see and do. Flanked on two sides by one of Australia’s busiest working rivers – The Brisbane River, the city is shaded and cooled by tropical vegetation which seemingly covers the town like a green umbrella.
The pace is gentle and informal, while the city buzzes and rolls with industry and commerce. Warm summer breezes from the Pacific Ocean sweep across the city and wash the air with the fresh scent of the sea. Dotted with museums of all styles, galleries covering a diverse range of art and a food-lover’s booty of fabulous restaurants, clubs and bars, the city can be a very tempting place. The locals call it paradise yet some even refer to their own town as Bris Vegas as there’s just so much fun to have during the day and late into night.
But a short drive from the centre of town has you lying on some of Australia’s best beaches or pushing an SUV to its limits in the 4WD hotspots. Scenic drives and magic camping spots in the mountains or along the rivers or in the lush rain forests provide just a few of the many options if you’re the outdoors type looking for an escape.
But back in town after a day’s exploring the shops, markets or festivals, a wind down over a drink and dinner in one of the city’s fine hotels or restaurants might just be the thing for you. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Brisbane. There’s always a very warm welcome there.
Brisbane’s international and domestic airports are approximately 20km north east of the Central Business District (CBD), a 15 to 20 minute drive. Visitors can reach the central business district by taxi, shuttle bus or train.
The taxi fare from the airport to the city centre is approximately A$33 plus a A$3 fee for departing taxis only .
Airport Shuttle Bus
Buses connect the CBD and airports. A single transfer is approximately A$12 or A$22 return on Coachtrans which departs the airports and Roma Street Transit Centre (CBD) every 30 minutes. All major city hotels are serviced on request.
Airtrain services run frequently from Brisbane Airport to the centre of Brisbane and the express, air-conditioned journey takes only 20 minutes. The airport stations are located directly outside the Domestic and International terminals and connect with 5 stations covering 80% of downtown Brisbane. The fare from the airport to the Brisbane CBD is currently $14. Pre-book at http://www.airtrain.com.au/ (and receive a 10% discount on your fare).
Further Information About Brisbane
For more information about Brisbane, visit http://www.brisbanemarketing.com.au/aboutbrisbane
When he first came to Australia from a gloomy English winter, writer and comedian Stephen Fry commented: “It was like someone just turned on the colour”
He was right of course; Australia is one of the most colourful countries in the world in so many ways. From the sub-tropical north, to the temperate south, the entire country is bathed in a warm sunshine that brings out its natural blues, reds and greens. It’s like holidaying in the brushstrokes of an impressionist’s painting.
Australia is a big country, similar in size to mainland USA and much bigger than all the countries of Western Europe. And it’s big on attractions too.
A trip to Australia isn’t complete without experiencing its iconic and beautiful sites. There’s good reason why Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef is considered one of the natural wonders of the modern world – it’s just so beautiful. The northern tropical warmth brings out the surfer, diver, swimmer and yachtie to the blue, blue water – every day of the year.
In Sydney, the impossibly stunning harbour has visitors constantly mesmerised. The city on its shores pulsates, as every international city should, but the atmosphere is relaxed and the sights are breathtaking. If you can’t find fun in Sydney, you won’t find it anywhere.
The largest blanket of bright red dust imaginable, which covers most of the continent’s centre is weighed down and held in place by the magnificent Ayers Rock – an ancient and sacred aboriginal site smack in the centre of the country known as Uluru. The centrepiece of Australia’s Outback, the Rock, steeped in a unique spirit of the nation’s aboriginal cultural heritage is a must-see inclusion on anyone’s bucket list.
A little further south, in the hills of South Australia’s temperate climes, wine is the only word. The famed and incredibly beautiful Barossa and Clare Valleys, Coonawarra, and McLaren Vale wine districts are a magnet to the sophisticated palate of any wine-lover. And Adelaide, with its more provincial architecture and style cuts a nice cloth on the nation’s food and wine table too.
The contrast between Western Australia’s capital – Perth, with its modern architecture and love affair with beaches and outdoors lifestyle, and the charm of our Apple Isle – Tasmania, is as strong as you could imagine. Tasmania is a microcosmic version of the rest of the country and a postcard sized snapshot of the prettiest parts of Europe. Mountains, lakes, valleys, more wine districts and beautiful cities fill the island and welcome tourists with open arms.
And then there’s Melbourne of course. Classy, sophisticated, Australia’s second largest city is the country’s centre for sports, culture, theatre, food and wine, and fashion. Melbourne is the nation’s capital of so many different pursuits, knowing where to start exploring is your greatest challenge.
Let yourself be surprised by Australia – it’s a land of contrasts and paradoxes. It’s beautiful yet rugged, sophisticated yet relaxed, stylish yet unpretentious, diverse yet united.
And Australians? – They’re the most welcoming people in the world. They love their life, they love their country, and they love sharing it.