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Brisbane is a safe, clean and welcoming city. Despite its relatively new status as a tourist destination, most of the city's facilities are well established and services are of a high standard. Top central hotels can be expensive, but there is plenty of good-quality medium and budget accommodation in and around the city. There are restaurants and caf├ęs in all price ranges which take advantage of the city's access to tropical produce and seafood. Public transport is comprehensive and cheap, and a Rover ticket allows unlimited, value for- money travel on all modes of transport. Taxis are plentiful and operate on metered fares. Tourist information centers, identifiable by the international "I" symbol, are situated throughout the city.

BRISBANE: GETTING AROUND

Brisbane is a compact city which is easy to explore on foot. Maps are available from most hotels and information centers. There are excellent self-guided heritage trails and riverside pathways on both sides of the river. A mangrove walkway meanders along the Botanic Gardens riverbank.

Public transport in Brisbane includes buses, commuter trains and ferries.

CityCat ferries service some of the most popular locations including South Bank, Eagle Street, Riverside, Dockside, New Farm and Kangaroo Point. The two main points of departure are in Eagle Street, but there are various stopping off points along the river.

Tour boats supply a commentary and lunch or dinner.

The most economical way to travel on all Brisbane's public transport if you are making several journeys is with a Rover ticket, available from the Administration Centre or at most newsagents. This can offer unlimited travel for a day, or at off-peak times.

Another flexible and economical way to see the city is on a City Sights Bus Tour, which runs a regular shuttle service around all Brisbane's main sights and attractions. There is a standard fare and you can get on and off whenever you choose. To get back on a Bus, simply hail one from one of the City Sights' clearly signposted stops and show your ticket.

Brisbane's Citybus service travels around the centre of the city. The Cityxpress buses service the suburbs. All buses stop at the Queen Street Bus Station near the Myer Centre. Commercially operated tour companies also offer coach tours of the city's highlights, as well as to the surrounding areas, including Stradbroke Island, Moreton Bay and Surfers Paradise and the mountainous hinterland.

All types of public transport run until midnight, and taxis are plentiful in the centre of the city at night. Driving is also not generally a problem, although parking spaces can be hard to find. There are numerous, well-maintained bike tracks around the city for keen cyclists.

Public Transport

Administration Centre
Address: 69 Ann Street.
Phone No: (07) 3403 8888. (24 hrs)

City Sights Bus Tour
Address: Myer Bus Tunnel (under Myer Centre).
Phone No: (07) 3407 2330.

Transinfo
Phone No: 13 12 30.

Tourist Information Centers

BrisbaneMarketing
Phone No: (07) 3006 6200.

Queen Street Mall
Phone No: (07) 3006 6290.