Brisbane Travel Information

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.

Standard time zone: UGT/GMT +10 hours.
No daylight saving time in Brisbane.

Brisbane Southbank Precinct

The 2019 Australasian Groundwater Conference: Groundwater in a Changing World will be located on the beautiful Brisbane Southbank precinct. It is home to Queensland’s major cultural attractions including Australia’s newest and largest Gallery of Modern Art, state opera companies, performing arts theatres and symphony orchestras; the precinct is an arts mecca for visitors and provides delegates with a unique meeting experience encompassing culture and entertainment within a smart business environment.

The AGC2019’s central location at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre in Southbank is convenient for visitors with easy and direct access to an efficient citywide transport network, great food and retail outlets and accommodation offerings to suit all budgets.

Climate

Brisbane is a subtropical paradise, blessed with wonderful, warm sunshine throughout the year. For more accurate Brisbane Weather information visit the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

Sun Smart

Brisbane has plenty of sunshine. If you will be out for extended periods, wear protective clothing and sunglasses, rub on SPF30+ sunscreen and slap on a broad-brimmed hat. Also drink lots of water, especially in summer – dehydration and sunstroke are a good way to ruin a holiday. Limit your exposure to the sun between 10 am and 2 pm. Visit www.visitbrisbane.com.au for the latest information about Brisbane tourism and travel information

Transport

The Centre's central city location is convenient for visitors with easy and direct access to an efficient citywide transport network of buses, trains, taxis and the river's high-speed regular catamaran service. The City’s international and domestic airports are only a 20-minute taxi ride from the city centre and the Convention Centre.

  • The city to airport Air Train and City Train operate from the South Brisbane train station, adjacent to the Convention Centre.
  • There are two bus stations within the South Bank Precinct and a drop off bay alongside the Centre is available for chartered coaches
  • Queensland’s Go Card enables seamless travel across bus, train and ferry services and is readily available at newsagents, convenience stores and railway stations.
  • There is a dedicated taxi rank located at the Centre’s Main Entrance
  • The Centre has undercover parking for 1500 vehicles

The Queensland Government's transport website Translink provides a detailed trip planning guide with fare calculators, timetables and suggestions on the best way to get between (almost) any two points in Queensland, right down to how far you have to walk to the bus stop.

Translink Website: http://translink.com.au.

For more detailed information on getting to the venue, please click here (redirects to “Getting to the venue” part of venue page).

Restaurants

South Bank is one of Brisbane’s best dining hotspots with an array of cafes, pubs, bars, take-away restaurants and gourmet eateries to suit any taste. Just some of the precinct’s many cuisine styles include Turkish, Indian, Malaysian, Japanese, Mediterranean, Modern Australian, Russian and Italian. Click here to view a list of South Bank Restaurants.

Currency

Australia’s national currency is Australian dollars (AUD), which comes in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes. Coins come in 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and one and two dollar denominations.

Goods and Services Tax (GST)

Australia has a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10 per cent. You may be able to claim a refund for the GST paid on goods if you have spent AUD$300 or more with a single business, no more than 60 days before departing Australia. Tourist Refund Scheme facilities are located in the departure area of international terminals.

Tipping

Tipping is not compulsory in Australia.

Useful Links

Brisbane Visitors Information: http://www.brisbane.visitorsbureau.com.au/visitorinfo.html
Maps of Brisbane: http://www.brisbane-australia.com/maps.html
Brisbane Tours and Activities: http://www.brisbane.visitorsbureau.com.au/tours.html
Visit Brisbane: https://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/things-to-do