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Aboriginal name : Meeanjin (pronounced Mee-an-jin) 

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Queensland’s sunny capital offers up laidback charm and urban energy with a dash of adventure.

Brisbane is a city that lives up to its sunny potential with a strong focus on the outdoors – think al fresco dining, picnics by the river, islands just off the coast and national parks. Add to this a dynamic cultural precinct, abundant wildlife and easy access to nearby icons like the Gold Coast and Great Barrier Reef, and you’ve got a destination you can’t say no to.

The traditional name for Brisbane is Meeanjin, meaning ‘the place of the blue water lilies.’ Brisbane was founded upon the homelands of the Turrbal and Yuggera peoples, whose Country stretches north from Elimbah Creek, south to the Logan River and inland as far as Moggill. Discover Brisbane's thriving First Nations culture with a range of unforgettable tours and experiences .

  • Traditional name for Central Brisbane: Meeanjin (pronounced Mee-an-jin) 
  • Indigenous Peoples: Turrbal and Yuggera peoples
  • Traditional languages: Yugara
  • How to say g’day in Yugara: Gurumba bigi

Getting to Brisbane is easy with both domestic and international flights arriving directly into Brisbane Airport. 

  • Brisbane Airport (BNE) is 17km (10mi) from the city and services international and domestic arrivals 
  • Hire cars, ride shares and a shuttle service are available from both airports

Once you’ve arrived, Brisbane is an easy city to get around. The city has a great range of options for public transport, including trains, buses and even river ferries. It's also an easy city to drive and walk around. Learn more about  getting around Brisbane .

As would be expected from the capital of the Sunshine State, Brisbane really comes into its own in summer as sunseekers flock here for the idyllic weather . In summer, temperatures and humidity can rise, so locals head to the coast. The benefit of Brisbane’s subtropical climate is that winter is very mild with lots of blue skies and moderate temperatures. In fact, Brisbane boasts an average of 261 days of sunshine per year. 

  • High season: Spring and summer (November to February)
  • Low season: Winter (June to August)
  • Don’t miss: Brisbane’s calendar of events and festivals

Brisbane provides many accessible options for exploring the city. You'll find a range of  accessible accommodation , wheelchair-friendly experiences  and activities for travellers with sensory sensitivities . 

  • Arrival: Brisbane Airport provides special assistance for people with disabilities – including hidden disabilities – throughout the airport journey.
  • Getting around: The TransLink website provides information on city trains, while Brisbane City Council buses have low floors and ramps. All CityCat river ferries and most ferry terminals are also fully accessible.
  • Accessible experience highlights: Exceptional staff are on hand to help wheelchair users and people with disabilities revel in the views from the Wheel of Brisbane . People travelling with mobility aids can also embark on a Brisbane Whale Watching cruise to spot the migrating ocean giants.
  • Helpful resources: Changing Places is a great resource for those needing highly accessible bathrooms. For ideas on things to do, check out this accessible travel guide .

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Brisbane to reopen to international travellers from 22 January

Aaron Wong

Fully vaccinated international arrivals to Queensland from 22 January need not quarantine once they produce a negative COVID-19 ART result.

Queensland has become the latest Australian state to reopen its borders to international travel, with the government announcing that from 22 January 2022 , fully vaccinated international arrivals can avoid quarantine by taking a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival.

Even better, this does not need to be a PCR test. The cheaper antigen rapid tests (known as ARTs to us, RATs to Australians) are acceptable- which means you could enjoy freedom of movement pretty much from the moment you land.

Queensland to reopen from 22 January

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Queensland has announced that from 1 a.m on Saturday, 22 January 2022, fully vaccinated international arrivals need not quarantine provided they can produce a negative COVID-19 ART result within 24 hours of arrival.

For avoidance of doubt, self-administered ARTs are acceptable. You technically need to isolate until a negative result is received, but realistically speaking, that’s maybe 15 minutes at most. 

There is no need to report the results of your on-arrival COVID-19 ART; the Queensland Premier has stated these will be on an honour system and not policed. As a matter of best practice, however, you should at the very least take a time-stamped photo of your negative result.

To summarise the requirements, international arrivals to Queensland will be required to:

  • Complete the Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before departure
  • Present a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure to Queensland
  • Take an ART within 24 hours of arrival in Queensland (and isolate until a negative result is received)

What kind of ART kits can I use?

Australia is facing a critical shortage of ARTs at the moment, so it’s highly recommended you bring your own from Singapore. ARTs start at just S$4.90 here, versus A$10-15 in Australia (and keep in mind those are the official prices; shortages have led to customers paying upwards of A$25 per kit). 

ART kits in Australia are overseen by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The TGA has a list of approved home test kits , as well as a copy of the manufacturer’s instructions for each test. 

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Three of the kits sold in Singapore pharmacies are accepted in Australia, namely:

  • Abbott Panbio COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test
  • SD Biosensor SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Self Test Nasal
  • Flowflex SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test

With regards to SD Biosensor, note that it’s the white kit with blue text that’s approved for use in Australia, not the white kit with pink text (Standard Q). I don’t see QuickVue on the TGA’s list, so don’t bring those. 

Overall testing regime

Here’s how much round-trip travellers to Brisbane can expect to pay for testing. 

For a list of the cheapest pre-departure tests you can find in Singapore, refer to this article.

Flights to/from Brisbane

From singapore.

Singapore Airlines is currently operating two daily flights to Brisbane on SQ245 and SQ255. From 1 February 2022, an additional 3x weekly service (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday) will commence on SQ235. 

These flights are marked as “For Eligible Persons Only” or FEPO, a label that refers to fully vaccinated:

  • Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family members
  • Singapore citizens
  • Eligible visa holders

This label will no longer appear for flights departing after 31 March 2022, although customers must still meet the relevant travel requirements before boarding their flight. 

From Brisbane

Singapore Airlines is currently operating two daily flights from Brisbane on SQ236 and SQ246. From 1 February 2022, an additional 3x weekly service (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) will commence on SQ256. 

All flights from Brisbane are VTL services.  You can identify these by the VTL label shown on the booking screen. 

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As a reminder, here’s the requirements for entering Singapore under the VTL.

Award costs

If you’re interested in redeeming miles, here’s how much it costs to redeem flights between Singapore and Brisbane on Singapore Airlines.

Flights are currently operated by regional-configured A350-900s, with Economy and Business Class the only two cabins available. 

Business Class passengers can expect the 2018 Regional Business Class seat. This is similar to the one on the B787-10, a review of which I’ve included below. 

Review: Singapore Airlines B787-10 Business Class Seoul to Singapore

Which other Australian states are open?

With this latest development, fully vaccinated Singapore citizens can travel to:

  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • South Australia

Western Australia is scheduled to reopen on 5 February 2022. 

Queensland will be reopening its borders to fully vaccinated international travellers from 22 January 2022, with the only on-arrival COVID-19 testing requirement being an ART. Bring a kit with you on the plane and test yourself at the airport, and you can effectively enjoy freedom of movement by the time you claim your bag.

Surprisingly, there’s still no word as to when Singapore PRs and long-term passholders will be able to visit Australia under the VTL, but from what I understand the hold up is on the Australian side, not Singapore.

Aaron Wong

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Goodbye vtls, hello vtf: singapore reopens borders to all fully vaccinated travellers, vtl travellers arriving in singapore can now take public transport from the airport.

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Wonder is there any testing facility at Brisbane airport for ART as PDT ?

Aaron Wong

If the FEPO label is not there for flights after 31 March 2022, does that mean non Singapore citizens can travel to Australia through VTL?

nope. they just stopped using the label. aussie policy remains unchanged

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The top 13 things to do in Brisbane

Cristian Bonetto

Jan 30, 2022 • 8 min read

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Australia’s third-largest city makes its own waves. In exciting  Brisbane , you’ll find Australia’s largest public gallery of contemporary art, some of its most inspired chefs and musicians, and spectacular cycling trails right in the heart of the city.

So whether you’re a first-time visitor or a happily returning convert, these are the 13 best things to do in Brisbane.

1. Sample locally made favorites at a farmers market

Crates of fragrant mangoes, stalls piled high with fresh pastries, neighbors discussing weekend plans over takeaway almond lattes – to really luxuriate in Brisbane’s subtropical lifestyle, spend a morning at a farmers market. Saturday favorites include the Jan Powers Farmers Market in New Farm and the West End Markets . Shaded by giant figs, the latter has an especially bohemian vibe, complete with a caravan coffee cart and stalls selling everything from sustainable cork handbags to summery frocks. 

If it’s Sunday morning, catch the train to suburban Woodridge for Global Food Markets , where sizzling woks and stalls piled high with tamarind, taro, mangosteens, jackfruit and heady spices channel steamy Southeast Asia. Whichever market you choose, get there early.

2. Cool down at South Bank Parklands

Squint hard enough, and you could be in the  Whitsundays . Yet you’re in the heart of Brisbane, at Streets Beach . This large artificial swimming lagoon comes complete with sandy shores, azure water and swaying palms. Free and popular with families, it’s the centerpiece of the 17-hectare (42-acre)  South Bank Parklands , a fabulous riverfront park within walking distance of major museums and galleries. 

There are showers and changing rooms on-site, so bring a change of clothes to continue your explorations in nearby Little Stanley St, where the  Collective Markets peddle locally designed clothing, art and gifts on Friday nights and the weekend.

3. Catch an exhibition by the river

A short walk north of South Bank Parklands lie Queensland’s foremost public art museums: the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) and the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). While the former houses important works by both past and present Australian artists, the latter is the nation’s largest contemporary art gallery. 

Dedicate an entire morning or afternoon to exploring either venue, both of which offer free general admission. If you have little culture vultures in tow, check what’s on at GOMA’s dedicated Children’s Art Centre .

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4. Hear a few Brisbane stories at City Hall

Though the walls at Brisbane City Hall don’t talk, the tour guides thankfully do. Free, 45-minute tours of Australia’s largest city hall reveal some fascinating anecdotes, including the building’s connection to both Michelangelo and the Rolling Stones. Shorter, 15-minute tours of the soaring, panoramic Clock Tower are also free, reached via a vintage elevator. 

Combine either tour with an hour or more exploring City Hall’s free, family-friendly Museum of Brisbane , where exhibitions explore the city’s rich tapestry through themes as diverse as contemporary art, fashion and music. Book guided tours of the building and clock tower via the museum website.

5. Scale Story Bridge

The wow factor provided by Story Bridge – Australia’s longest cantilevered bridge – lies in the view: a high-impact, Manhattan-esque sweep of skyscrapers towering over the Brisbane River. You can safely walk or cycle its 282m (925ft) span, though nothing beats scaling the beast. From the top of the bridge, 80m (262ft) above muddy river waters, the 360-degree panorama is simply superb. 

Story Bridge Adventure Climb runs numerous bridge-climbing experiences for people aged six and up, from standard climbs to abseiling and daredevil lean-outs. If possible, book the Twilight Climb to watch the city slip into its glittering evening cloak.

The zigzagging pathway of the New Farm Riverwalk is brightly illuminated by night, contrasting with the black water of the Brisbane River

6. Pedal along the waterfront

One of the most relaxing (and sustainable) ways to explore Brisbane’s beautiful riverfront is on a bike. Dedicated cycling and pedestrian trails flank large tracts of the city’s eponymous waterway, leading through parkland and past chic warehouse conversions and affording commanding skyline views. The ideal time to hit the pedal is in the morning before the heat and humidity really kick in. 

In Kangaroo Point, Riverlife rents out good-value adult and kids’ bikes. From here, consider cycling north over Story Bridge, then southwest around the perimeter of the CBD, crossing the river to South Bank and following the river back to Riverlife. Alternatively, cross Story Bridge and head southeast along the river to reach the Brisbane Riverwalk , an 870m (2854ft) trailway built directly over the water. An official map of the city’s cycling trails is an essential resource.

7. Taste the world at Eat Street Northshore

Upcycling gets an epicurean twist at riverfront Eat Street Northshore , a street-food village made up of 180 repurposed shipping containers. Come ravenous (and ideally with company) for a global food crawl, leaping from freshly shucked oysters to Japanese yakisoba , Chinese bao and Greek loukoumades . 

More than just a place to eat, this is a place to spend an afternoon or evening, with bars, musicians and a handful of shops adding to the all-ages carnival vibe. To really make it special, sail in on the CityCat  ferry, playing “Which waterfront property would I buy if I won the lottery?” en route.

8. Find art and cocktails in a laneway

Good things come in small packages, including vibrant alleyways Burnett Lane and Fish Lane . In the Central Business District (CBD), Burnett Lane is Brisbane’s oldest laneway and is packed with quirky details and exceptional eateries and bars. Be sure to seek out guerrilla artist Mace Robertson’s tiny red door and Blu Art Ninja’s duck in a top hat. 

Next, reward yourself with brunch at perennially cool cafe  Felix for Goodness , tapas at Alba , or an impeccable cocktail at Death and Taxes . Across the river in South Brisbane, Fish Lane and its surrounds are speckled with sculptures and murals by Brisbane creatives like Kuuki and Fintan Magee. Explore the latter mid-afternoon, just in time to score a coveted bar seat at pocket-sized Maker .

White garments seen through the window of a designer boutique on St James Street, Brisbane

9. See and be seen on James Street 

A verdant strip of boutiques and sophisticated bars, Fortitude Valley’s James Street is the perfect spot to show off that new outfit (or hunt down your next new favorite look). The street boasts boutiques from a number of high-end Australian designers, including celeb-approved Sass & Bide and Camilla . It also claims some of the Valley’s most lauded eating and drinking spots. 

If possible, shop the strip in the afternoon before an aperitif at Gerard’s Bar and dinner at Thai-Australian standout Same Same . The best seats at the latter are at the counter (and should be reserved online in advance).

10. Catch a show at the Powerhouse

Brisbane Powerhouse has had numerous incarnations: 20th-century power station, derelict homeless shelter, graffiti magnet. These days, it’s a hulking culture hub, pumping out a year-round program of top-notch theater, music, cabaret, stand-up comedy, kids’ shows and exhibitions. Even if you don’t catch a show, the ground-floor cafe-bar is an excellent spot for a riverside coffee or beer. Flanking the center is the urban oasis New Farm Park, home to a fantastic children’s adventure playground and skyline views, with old figs and jacarandas beckoning with shade.

11. Sail to a lesser-known cultural asset

The University of Queensland Art Museum is one of Brisbane’s best-kept secrets, home to a highly regarded art collection. Exhibitions are engaging, timely and thought-provoking, showcasing innovative Australian and international artists exploring themes as diverse as technology, colonialism and cultural identity. 

The most scenic way to get here is on the CityCat , which terminates at the university’s lush, sprawling grounds. While here, look out for the university’s Great Court, a sweeping quadrangle flanked by beautiful heritage buildings in multi-hued Helidon sandstone.

12. Tap into the live-music scene

Mallrat, Ball Park Music, Hatchie, Jaguar Jonze: Queensland’s capital claims some of Australia’s top indie music acts and catching a gig at notable venues like the Zoo , Tivoli , Triffid and Bearded Lady is as Brisbane as an afternoon summer storm. An especially good time to visit is in September, when emerging talent takes over Fortitude Valley for the Bigsound festival, Australia’s biggest and most important showcase for new music. 

Whatever the time of year, music lovers should drop by Jet Black Cat Music in West End. Not so much a sharply curated record store as a local institution, its staff will happily direct you toward your new favorite “Brissie muso” (musician).

13. Escape to Mt Coot-tha

Mt Coot-tha offers more than the lofty view from its summit lookout (one that extends as far as the Sunshine Coast hinterland on a clear day). Some 6km (4 miles) west of central Brisbane, the city’s tallest peak is just as good for a tranquil, wildlife-spotting bushwalk. Gentle trails trace its wooded slopes, ranging from easy wanders to more-challenging treks. 

At the base lie the beautiful Brisbane Botanic Gardens and the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium , both serviced by bus route 471 , which reaches the summit. If you’re not driving, be mindful that the last city-bound bus leaves just after 4pm (5pm on weekends). If you do have your own wheels, stay for the sunset.

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The country's international borders are gradually reopening, but virologists and travel experts advise holiday-makers to "delay" trips, with the industry not expected to completely bounce back before 2024.

Key points:

  • Virologist says stretched testing system remains a major problem for travellers
  • Visitor behaviour and tourism industry expert says travellers will likely face many frustrations in the current climate
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For the fully vaccinated, flights in and out of New South Wales have been taking off since late last year, while Queensland will allow quarantine-free international arrivals into the state from this weekend .

The world is slowly becoming more accessible, but virologist Paul Griffin said continued COVID-19 transmission around the world makes it hard to predict the future of travel.

"If holiday plans could be deferred, I think that's probably advisable and particularly while we get our systems back up and running," Dr Griffin said.

He said having testing facilities across Australian states and territories stretched to the limit remains a major roadblock.

"If we had more testing capacity it might make things like travel able to be done a little more safely."

Getting on a plane requires planning

Travelling from Brisbane to Los Angeles this month, I experienced the "new normal" of international travel.

Besides ensuring I was fully vaccinated, just getting on the plane required careful planning — in particular ensuring a negative PCR result no more than a single day before departing.

Due to the demand and delay at community testing clinics, I had to ensure I was at the airport a whole 24 hours before my flight departed and had to pay to ensure I'd get a test that returned results in time.

While I had no symptoms, it was still an anxious wait for a negative test result, given it would have thrown all our carefully laid plans into chaos.

"There's just a lot more to worry about now," University of Queensland researcher Pierre Benckendorff said.

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Dr Benckendorff, who has spent years studying visitor behaviour and the tourism industry, said travellers will likely face many frustrations in the current climate.

"Patience, be very patient to understand that your travel might be disrupted, particularly if you're overseas and you catch COVID," he said.

"We can't expect to see aviation and travel return to 2019 levels until about 2024, so it's going to take a couple of years."

'I'm not going to risk everything'

Maddy Black, 24, moved from Brisbane to the United Arab Emirates three years ago.

"When I moved here, if you told me, 'Oh you won't be able to go home for almost three years', I would have said, 'No way am I going to move'," she said.

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She works as a professional cyclist for Dubai Police but has not returned home because being locked in hotel quarantine was not an option due to her training.

"Until there's no quarantine and I can fly straight to see my family … I'm not going to risk everything I've worked so hard for over the past few years," she said.

She has had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, but was reluctant to travel until there is more certainty, regular flights and no quarantine restrictions.

Dr Benckendorff said financial constraints remain one of the biggest issues.

"Travel is more expensive than it would normally be, there are still a lot of destinations that don't have a lot of flights available, so that pushes flight prices up," he said.

"Then there's a risk that that flight might get cancelled or the hotel might get cancelled because worldwide there's a huge shortage of hospitality workers."

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But he said that because of Australia's hesitancy to reopen compared with other international destinations, it is likely to be "a destination of choice" when borders are fully reopened.

"When you have a destination with high vaccination rates like we have, we're going to look quite safe compared with some other destinations," Dr Benckendorff said.

Qantas is one airline trying to adapt to the new COVID normal.

On its Sydney to LAX route for example, the airline currently operates four services a week. The plan is to increase to seven flights per week by March 2022, the same number it was operating pre-COVID.

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Arriving at Los Angeles International Airport, I noticed three key differences with pre-pandemic overseas travel.

Firstly, there are far fewer people around, given the lower number of flights operating at the moment.

This actually made for a more enjoyable travel experience because it meant waits at customs and check-in points were not as long.

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Travel & Parking Overview

🏟️ Address :  Queensland Tennis Centre , 190 King Arthur Terrace, Tennyson, Brisbane, Queensland, 4105, Australia

The Queensland Tennis Centre is located in the Brisbane suburb of Tennyson. Whilst travelling via public transport on event days is encouraged - many bus and train routes can be used free of charge by Brisbane International ticket holders - there are also a couple of nearby car parking options for those who wish to drive. Those travelling from south Brisbane can also make the journey on foot or by bike.

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On-site parking

The Queensland Tennis Centre's free on-site car park is only open during non-event days, meaning tennis event attendees will need to use off-site paid car parks.

Park and ride

The Brisbane Inner West division of the Rotary Club oversees an unofficial tournament park and ride service for charity, which is open during all tournament days.

The park and ride car park is located on Vivian Street, a 1.2 km (14 min) walk from the Queensland Tennis Centre. The park and ride car park is open daily from 07:30 until 30 minutes after the end of play on the Pat Rafter Arena (main court). Car parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All-day parking costs AUD $20, which is payable via cash or EFTPOS (card, contactless, or digital payment methods), and included in the cost is a return shuttle bus journey from the car park to the Queensland Tennis Centre. The shuttle buses operate constantly, during all car park opening hours. There is a wheelchair-accessible shuttle bus available for disabled attendees.

Other off-site car parks

Many of Brisbane's larger public car parks are not situated very close to the Tennis Centre, with just a couple of viable options located south of the city centre:

  • Rocklea Station car park - 3.2 km (38 min) walk
  • Dutton Park car park (off TJ Doyle Memorial Drive) - 4.1 km (49 min) walk

On-street parking

Street parking in the vicinity of the Queensland Tennis Centre during events is strictly limited to a 1-hour stay only, with the exception of local residents who possess a valid council parking permit. Any drivers who exceed the 1-hour maximum stay risk being fined, with the fine increasing every hour.

Taxis can make quick drop-offs on Walker Street, just a 650 m (8 min) walk away from the Tennis Centre. Any drivers deemed to have been parked for over an hour risk receiving a fine. See the Parking section for more information.

🚍 Coach & Bus

Brisbane International ticket holders are entitled to free TransLink and Brisbane Transport travel on the day of their session(s).

The following bus routes stop close to the Queensland Tennis Centre:

  • 104, 105, & 108 - Softstone Street near Myla Terrace (bus stop 38) · 350 m (4 min) walk
  • 104, 109, R590, & R591 - Wilkie Street near Green Street bus stop · 700 m (8 min) walk

Brisbane International ticket holders are entitled to free TransLink and Queensland Rail travel on the day of their session(s). 

Although Tennyson train station is the closest rail station to the Tennis Centre, passenger services do not stop there. Instead, travellers can use Yeerongpilly train station, which is located just a 600 m (7 min) walk from the venue. Yeerongpilly train station offers services to and from Brisbane city centre, and the suburbs north and south of the city.

Please note that, due to works on the Cross River Rail, there will be major disruption to rail services at Yeerongpilly train station during the Brisbane International. Please consult up-to-date timetables or contact the provider of the service you wish to use, before travelling. Attendees looking to travel by train may wish to allow extra time for their journeys.

It takes just 30 minutes to cycle to the Tennis Centre from central Brisbane. There is a small number of bike racks immediately outside the north side of the venue, off King Arthur Terrace.

🚶‍♂️ Walking

If you are travelling from suburbs in and around the south of Brisbane, for example Tennyson, Yeerongpilly, Moorooka, Sherwood, and Graceville, it may be possible to make the journey on foot. If travelling from elsewhere in Brisbane, including the city centre, public transport should be utilised, as walking will likely take close to 2 hours or more.

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Brisbane to Host Australian Tourism Exchange 2025

Federal Minister for Trade and Tourism, Senator Don Farrell, highlighted the importance of ATE for Australia’s tourism industry. “The Australian Tourism Exchange is crucial for our tourism businesses to showcase their products and demonstrate why Australia is an unparalleled destination,” said Farrell. “With Queensland preparing for the 2032 Olympics, ATE’s return to Brisbane will connect international buyers with local businesses, capitalizing on this golden decade.”

Queensland’s Tourism Minister, Michael Healy, echoed these sentiments, noting Queensland’s prominence as a premier holiday destination. “ATE is our industry’s marquee event. We eagerly anticipate welcoming hundreds of international buyers and sellers to Brisbane, which is flourishing with new tourism infrastructure and opportunities,” said Healy.

Tourism Australia Managing Director Phillipa Harrison emphasized the event’s role in sustainable growth. “Melbourne has done an excellent job hosting ATE. We look forward to Brisbane, home to many tourism operators, taking the reins,” said Harrison. “By ATE25, we anticipate surpassing 2019 tourism benchmarks, focusing firmly on the future.”

Tourism and Events Queensland CEO Patricia O’Callaghan expressed pride in Queensland’s role as Australia’s top holiday destination. “Welcoming ATE back will benefit Queensland’s economy by an estimated $8.5 million,” said O’Callaghan. “The long-term benefits from ATE are immense, helping us reach our goal of $44 billion in overnight visitor expenditure by 2032.”

Brisbane Economic Development Agency CEO Anthony Ryan highlighted Brisbane’s growing recognition as a global travel destination. “Renowned publications like Lonely Planet and TIME Magazine have recently named Brisbane among the world’s top destinations. Hosting ATE 2025 will further elevate our city’s profile,” said Ryan. “This event offers an invaluable platform for Brisbane to shine, connecting tourism operators with international buyers in a city teeming with new attractions, hotels, dining experiences, and cultural gems.”

ATE25 is a collaborative effort by Tourism Australia, Tourism Events Queensland, and the Brisbane Economic Development Agency, promising an unforgettable experience for all attendees. As Brisbane gears up to roll out the welcome mat, the city stands ready to showcase its unique charm and dynamic offerings to the world.

Written by: Michelle Warner

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