Brisbane is the capital of Queensland state in Australia. It’s a large, modern city centered on the Brisbane River. To the north is the central business district and bustling shopping area. Brisbane’s cultural centre, where JCSG 2016 will be held, is on the city’s South Bank precinct. It’s 17 hectares of lush parkland and is home to many of Brisbane’s cultural attractions including the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), the Queensland Museum and Science Centre, and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. South Bank offers a diverse mix of eateries from casual to restaurant and gourmet dining, and cafes, bars and pubs.
Mt. Coot-Tha, the highest peak in Brisbane, is a fifteen minute drive from the city, offering breath-taking, panoramic views of the city out to Moreton Bay. Other attractions and places of interest in and around Brisbane include the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens, and the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.
Brisbane has a subtropical climate with warm or hot weather for most of the year. Spring (September to November – during JCSG 2016) is one of the best seasons to be in Brisbane. With warm, sunny days tempered by cool sea breezes, and average temperatures around 15-25°C. It’s a good time of the year to enjoy days at the city beach or take a sightseeing cruise on the Brisbane River.
Brisbane is close to many of Queensland’s world-class tourist destinations including the Great Barrier Reef, the Sunshine Coast which stretches along the Coral Sea, The Gold Coast, famous for its long, sandy beaches and surfing, and the theme parks – Dreamworld, WhiteWater world and Movieworld. Other activities include whale watching at many locations along the coast and feeding wild dolphins.
Brisbane Airport: 20 minutes by taxi, train or shuttle to South Bank & CBD
Trains: convenient and frequent train service covering most of the city and further to the Gold Coast
Buses: frequent services covering the whole of the city
CityCats: frequent fast boats travelling up and down the Brisbane River
Tip: purchase a Go Card before you travel for 30% cheaper journeys
Taxis: available at your convenience for faster more direct journeys
You must have a valid Australian visa if you want to visit Australia. Passport holders from the European Union and a number of other European countries can apply online at least two weeks before your proposed date of travel for a free eVisitor Visa (subclass 651).
If you hold a passport from an eligible non-European country (including: Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, United States) lodge an on-line application for an ETA visa (subclass 601) at least two weeks before your proposed date of travel.
Passport holders from other countries please refer to the on-line Visa Finder.
Special JCSG 2016 accommodation rates of $219, $259 and $279 have been arranged at the Rydges Hotel South Bank (Glenelg St & Grey St) between Sunday 25th to 28th Sept (with Breakfast at $29 – normally $39) – which is 5 to 10 minutes walk to the conference venue, The Edge, State Library of Queensland, South Bank, Brisbane.
More reasonable accommodation can be found in Brisbane’s CBD (20–30 minutes walk across the river to the venue). For example, the Ibis in the Brisbane CBD
Please note, Saturday 24th Sept before the conference is the last day of the Brisbane Festival and fireworks display on Southbank and so hotel prices and availability may reflect this.
Travel and vacation ideas in Queensland and Australia
- The Gold Coast
- Sunshine Coast
- Whitsunday Islands
- Great Barrier Reef
- Port Douglas & Daintree Rainforest
- Byron Bay
- Uluru (Ayres Rock)
Images courtesy Brisbane Marketing, Griffith Film School, Griffith University, Tourism Australia, Tourism Whitsundays and Time Out. Photographers: Darren Jew, Roberto Seba, Sean Scott, Jamie MacFadyen, Masaru Kitano, Adrian Brown and Mike Newling.