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Brisbane Cruises

Soak up the sunshine of the glittering Gold Coast with a visit to Brisbane. This sophisticated Australian port offers swift access to some of Queensland’s top attractions, from the Australia Zoo to the Gold Coast Sea World. Head inland to explore Mt Tamborine, or take a day trip to the white sandy beaches and famous waves of Surfers Paradise. The city straddles the Brisbane River, which offers a hub for outdoor recreation whether you prefer hiking, cycling, or boating. Take a kayak out for a paddle or ride the convenient CityCat ferry to get around town while admiring the view of the skyline!

Brisbane, Australia Cruises

What You Need To Know About Brisbane

What are the can’t-miss sights in Brisbane?

Brisbane City Hall is more than just a fancy building – it’s worth visiting for its historic exhibitions in the onsite Museum of Brisbane and soaring Clock Tower with a view. Do you want to learn more about the city from a friendly local? No problem! Book a tour with the Brisbane Greeters, who walk you around their Brisbane and share a local’s insight. Head to the South Bank of Brisbane River to wander along the riverside, stopping off at a sandy beach, craft markets, parks and the Queensland Cultural Centre. Here you’ll find indigenous art galleries and the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.

How can you reach Brisbane from the cruise terminal?

Most ships dock at Portside Wharf, which is close in to the city centre. Your cruise ship will likely offer a shuttle bus into town, or you can opt for the CityCat ferry that transports you to the more centrally located Brett’s Wharf. If your ship docks at the main Port of Brisbane, you’ll be a bit further outside of town and will need to spring for a taxi or pay for a shuttle bus. Once you’re in central Brisbane, the city is easy to explore on foot! You can see most major attractions on a walking tour of the city, or take a hop-on, hop-off bus tour.

Parking facilities around the cruise terminal

While you can’t park directly in front of either terminal, if you’re departing from Portside Wharf you’ll be able to find Portside Cruise and Airport Parking just 100 metres away. It’s within walking distance if you prefer to stroll over to your terminal, but the price of parking also includes easy transport. This includes free shuttle buses to and from the ship, departing every five minutes so you won’t have to wait long. The parking offers 24-hour video surveillance for added security, and being undercover you don’t have to worry about sun damage!

BRISBANE EXPERTS

We have over 130 expert cruise consultants to help you book the perfect cruise. Many have first hand experience of Brisbane and you can find some of their best tips and advice below.
Expert

Barbara Hopley

Brisbane

The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a great place to visit for a brilliant day out whilst in Brisbane. It is approx 20/25 minute drive from the city and I was lucky enough to cuddle a Koala!

Cruise Expert Ava North

Ava North

Brisbane

Just off the coast of Brisbane, there is a gorgeous island called Tangalooma. Here’s a fun fact about Tangalooma; the film Scooby Doo – Spooky Island was filmed there.

BRISBANE - DID YOU KNOW?

While the South Bank is a popular area for tourists and locals to relax, the north bank area has its charms as well including the extensive RiverWalk pathway. It’s a great way to explore the natural setting around Brisbane as you stroll on wooden walkways through the mangroves.

Are you crazy for koalas? Visit these cuddly creatures at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, a 20-minute taxi ride or leisurely ferry ride outside of the city centre. The 100 koalas are the star of the show here, but you’ll also see kangaroos, wallabies, emus, bats, wombats, and crocodiles milling about!

Shop for handicrafts or high street fashions on Queen Street, the city’s pedestrian shopping mall covering an area of several blocks in the city centre. There’s an extensive food court as well as several outdoor cafes to choose from when you need to refuel.

Speaking of fine dining, Brisbane is well-known for its delicious seafood! Splash out on a meal at Esquire, overlooking the ferries and Story Bridge, widely regarded as one of the city’s finest restaurants. It’s helmed by Chef Ryan Squires, who crafts tasting menus showcasing seasonal ingredients and paired with Australian wine. Additional foodie hotspots include the Foraging Quail and Gerard’s Bistro.


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