Brisbane is the capital of the state of Queensland. It has a population of about 2 million people, making it the third-largest city in Australia.
It's a positive attitude and creative confidence that makes Brisbane a genuine new-world city.
Even though Brisbane is rapidly developing and forward-thinking, it maintains a youthful enthusiasm and has what is arguably the most vibrant, laid back and friendliest atmosphere of any east-coast capital city. Gaining international exposure during the 1982 Commonwealth Games, the 1988 World Expo and the 2001 Goodwill Games, Brisbane's year-round warm climate, spectacular scenery and pleasant locals has been the draw-card for many domestic and international visitors, making Brisbane the fastest-growing city in Australia.
There are a number of districts in the city.
All of Brisbane's urban villages do things a little differently, from Australia's premier live music scene in Fortitude Valley, to exclusive world class exhibitions at Australia's largest Gallery of Modern Art at South Bank and to the natural splendour of Moreton Bay and the Scenic Rim, Brisbane enjoys a lifestyle that the world envies.
The CBD (locally referred to as "The City") is where Brisbane's major businesses are interspersed with several shopping malls, cinemas, parks and many of Brisbane's historical tourist sites. Queen Street Mall in the heart of the CBD is Queensland's premier shopping destination and a must see for all visitors.
South Bank (often misspelled as "Southbank") has ethnic restaurants, edgy cafes, riverside boardwalks and an inner-city beach. Located at South Bank is Queensland's Cultural Precinct, which includes the Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Museum, the State Library, Queensland Art Gallery and the spectacular Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA).
Fortitude Valley (or "The Valley") combines Brisbane's Chinatown, alternative shopping and vibrant nightlife. Eclectic bars with emerging and innovative DJs and world-class super clubs have brought a larger than life feel to the Valley precinct. Home to the best live music and entertainment scene in Australia.
West End, located just behind South Bank, is an edgy, bohemian district with artsy shops and cafes. West End is where you'll find alternative books, cult video stores and organic produce and quirky locals.
New Farm, located next to The Valley, features upmarket shopping and trendy dining places. A confirmed favourite of the locals, New Farm is high up on the hot list of places to be and to be seen shopping for gym wear with your designer pram. Used to be more bohemian but now full of trendy young families and rude old spinsters.
Portside Wharf, located at Hamilton, is where the cruise ships dock on the Brisbane River. This area was formerly known as Brett's Wharf and offers world class dining, cinemas and speciality shopping. A great place to wander and have a meal.
Paddington / Rosalie / Milton.
Paddington is quickly becoming the place to shop with many little, unique boutiques full of local designs and hard to find fashion gems.
Rosalie is home to many quaint bars, markets and restaurants.
Milton has two of Brisbane's most famous icons placed side by side the XXXX Ale House and Suncorp Stadium. Home of Caxton St. Mount Coot-tha, a suburb as well as a mountain (more accurately, a large hill) approximately 6 km (4 miles) west of the CBD, iconised by the large TV and radio antennas that line its peak. You can take a scenic drive through The Mount Coot-tha Reserve which visits the peak and has majestic 360 degree views of Brisbane and the surrounding region. Also features the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium and numerous walking and bicycle tracks.
Sunnybank, an outer suburb that is known for its Asian population. Great destination for very authentic Asian food. Head to Market Square. Bulimba, a suburb located east of the CBD just across the river from New Farm, boasts some of Brisbane's best restaurants, easily accessible by ferry from the CBD.
Woolloongabba, home of "The Gabba", Brisbane's well-known cricket ground, as well as medium-density residential and some restaurants and cafes. Most inner-city suburbs, or those close to the CBD have their own style and offer some small, unique attractions to the city, notably cafes, restaurants, historical sites or artistic ventures. Some of the other major districts are Spring Hill, Indooroopilly, Manly Harbour, Toowong, St. Lucia and South Brisbane.
Where does the cruise ship stop?
Portside Wharf located in the suburb of Hamilton, is where the cruise ships dock on the Brisbane River. This area was formerly known as Brett's Wharf and offers world class dining, cinemas and speciality shopping. A great place to wander and have a meal.
How far from the cruise terminal is the main city centre?
Its approximately 10 kilometers [6 miles] to the City Centre.
Can i catch the Brisbane River Cat fast ferries from the cruise terminal.
The nearest point to catch the fast river ferry service, is about 800 metres up river from the cruise terminal. The terminal is called Bretts Wharf and is located on Kingsford Smith Drive.