Cheap Flights to Brisbane

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Brisbane overview

Brisbane, Queensland's capital and most populous city, is often known as Brisvegas. Travellers who take cheap flights to Brisbane will fall in love with its gloss and its glitz and its confident, yet laid-back atmosphere.

In Australia's fastest-growing city, there's plenty for visitors to see and do. South Bank, a 17-hectare stretch of parks, barbecue spots, arts exhibitions, craft markets, and a much-lauded (and wonderful) Arbour also boasts a ferris wheel (the Wheel of Brisbane) and a beach, man-made and magnificent, with a lagoon, white sand, and sub-tropical trees and plants.

Other spots on the must-do tourist trail are Kangaroo Point, where you can abseil (or merely climb), Story Bridge, which you can climb, Mt Coot-Tha Lookout, from where there are sumptuous views of the city and beyond, to Moreton Bay, and Brisbane Cricket Ground, better known as the Gabba to its legions of cricket fans.

Brisbane climate

Typically sub-tropical, Brisbane has hot, humid summers and mild, dry winters. Summer temperatures hover about 30 degrees Celsius, while winter temps are only about 10 degrees cooler than that. Sunscreen and hats are a staple, year-round.

When to fly to Brisbane

There's not really a bad time to take cheap flights to Brisbane. The best time to go will really depend on what you want to do when you get there. 

Peak season: 

July, August and September are the high season months. July to November is whale-watching season.

Off season: 

Humidity levels are very high between December and February, and these could make your stay uncomfortable.

Getting around Brisbane

The public transport network is good, with buses, trains and ferries all working well to keep Brisbane moving. The CityTrain network runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The bus service operates throughout the city. A great way to get around the city is to take to the river. The CityCats ferry service operates between 5.35am and 12.30am daily.

Brisbane insider information

  • The North Pine Country Market, Queensland's oldest craft market, in the North Pine Historical Village is very browseable, a great place to pick up handmade leather goods, jewellery, copper and brass work and hand-made beauty products. Fun for all the family, there is a Punch and Judy Show, pony rides and face painting. Sundays - 8am to 2pm. 
  • Play a game of bowls - barefoot bowls - at the Merthyr Bowls Club. An enjoyable way to pass an afternoon, it's an informal game. You don't wear shoes, or a white uniform and you can mix the sport with a barbecue and a beer. 
  • There's a small museum at MacArthur Central. During the Second World War, part of the building was the HQ of Douglas MacArthur, the US general, who was the commander-in-chief of the Southwest Pacific campaign. 
  • The Chinatown Mall opened in 1987. It's an authentic Chinatown, despite its youth. 
  • The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is home to more than 100 cute koala bears. One of the top zoos in the world. 
  • In the hinterland, Mount Tamborine and the Lamington Plateau villages are beautiful rainforested places. Mount Nebo, which borders the d’Aguilar National Park, and Mount Glorious, close to Mount Nebo, are two of the best-kept secrets of this part of the world.

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Airports for Brisbane

How much do things cost in Brisbane?

Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
R 256.77
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
R 50.11
Large bottle of water
R 25.31
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
R 53.03
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Nike shoes
R 1382.47
Pair of jeans
R 1026.12
Petrol (1 litre)
R 14.59
Taxi - fixed fee
R 42.79
One-way ticket (local transport)
R 53.49
1 hour taxi waiting fee
R 530.65
R 45.81
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
R 74.89
Meal at McDonald's or similar
R 106.99
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
R 33.66
How much does an apartment cost in Brisbane?
3 bedroom apartment in city centre
R 36478
1 bedroom apartment in city centre
R 19930
3 bedroom apartment outside of centre
R 19346
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre
R 14218

More information about Brisbane

  • Rock climb at any level on the astonishing Kangaroo Point Cliffs along the East Bank of the Brisbane River
  • Surfing around Brisbane: Mooloolaba, just to the north of Brisbane, has some of the best in Australia
  • Brisbane is situated on Australia’s East Coast and is an excellent destination for a culture-filled city break
  • Meet the furry residents of Brisbane’s Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary; the oldest of its kind in the world
  • Book one way flights to Brisbane and enjoy the rest of Queensland and Australia at your leisure
  • Brisbane is the largest city in Queensland, Australia - as well as its capital
  • Visit the Queensland Performing Arts Centre one evening for an unforgettable play, concert or ballet
  • Go for an all-day whale watching trip just miles from Brisbane’s coastline and see magnificent humpback whales
  • Enjoy scuba diving around the Moreton Bay area and dive the amazing shipwrecks that lay a little further off-shore
  • Why not check the links above for cheap last minute deals to Brisbane and make the most of your holiday budget?
  • Take your pick and drive north to the sandy golden beaches of Australia’s Sunshine Coast or south to the Gold Coast
  • Enjoy great flight deals to Brisbane to see the Story Bridge and Brisbane City Hall

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