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Brisbane is a city full of contradictions. It’s a place of shorts and thongs and high finance. It is both sophisticated and rustic. A city eager to change, yet reluctant to abandon its old ways!
It seems ironic that such a glorious place was originally established as a colony for only the “worst” of Britain’s offenders. Settlers only started arriving in Brisbane in 1842, nearly 30 years after its conception. In recent times it has seen a frenzy of building activity, including new bridges, freeways, cultural centres, hotels and office blocks. The city is well placed geographically. Located between the mountains and the sea, it provides almost limitless opportunities for day and weekend excursions. Brisbane has grown to become Australia’s third largest city, and an important industrial and commercial centre.
2,004,262 (2009 census)
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Famous for its miles of surf beach, theme parks, nightlife and shopping, Queensland’s Gold Coast is an easy day trip from Brisbane.
Brisbane is a great city to explore on foot. If you’re feeling active, take a leisurely stroll from Southbank to Dockside, enjoying beautiful river views, rock climbers and public art along the way. This walk can also be joined with the popular New Farm to Botanic Gardens walk if you take a quick ferry ride. If you feel like relaxing, stay in Southbank and enjoy Australia’s only inner city beach and lagoon style swimming pools. With a stunning riverside location, this vibrant inner city playground is very popular during summer. Take a dip in the lagoon, doze on the beach, or picnic in the park.
This 50 acre zoo, founded by the late Steve Irwin, is home to some of the world’s most exotic wildlife. See fresh and saltwater crocodiles, and have your photo taken with a giant python. You can also feed kangaroos and meet the world’s oldest Galapagos tortoise.
Your ship will dock at the Portside Wharf Cruise Terminal, a 10- 15 minute drive from the city centre.
A taxi rank is located at the entrance to the Portside Wharf. For a small fee, shuttle buses into town will be available. Please check your Pacific Daily for further details.
In the heart of the city you’ll find fine cuisine and gourmet delights. Being a large city, the cultural diversity and abundance of food choices is large enough to satisfy most restaurant goers.
Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products and sandwiches to be taken off the ship however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.
A range of shopping options are available in Brisbane including large shopping centres, factory outlet shops and bargain stores. Queen Street Mall offers the best downtown shopping, with numerous shops, stalls and cafes, along with a generally festive atmosphere. The surrounding streets also offer many interesting shops and arcades worth exploring.
Brisbane’s climate is mild all year round. In summer it can be quite hot and humid, with temperatures between 21 and 29 degrees on average.
Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted. Automatic teller machines can provide currency to foreign card holders.
Public telephones and internet cafe’s are available throughout the city. Mobile coverage is generally available.
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen and bottled water.
There are a range of tours available for you to really get the most out of your time in Brisbane. Tours can be booked on board at the shore tours desk and are subject to availability. Passengers are required to meet at a specific location for each shore tour departure. Please refer to your tour ticket for the correct time and place.
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