As Australia’s new world city, Brisbane is built on a strong foundation of infrastructure. Assets include: a world-class international airport; a busy international port; a comprehensive road and rail network; a fully-integrated public transport and ticketing system; vibrant entertainment and sporting venues; and an exceptional range of accommodation options.
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Public infrastructure program
Brisbane City Council has delivered several important infrastructure projects in recent years, including the Clem Jones Tunnel, Go Between Bridge, Airport Link and the Legacy Way Tunnel.
Airport and links
Conveniently located just 20 minutes and 12km from the city centre, Brisbane Airport manages more than 600 flights per week and in excess of 21 million passengers per year.
Already a world-class facility, Brisbane Airport will continue to go from strength to strength in the years ahead as billions of dollars’ worth of infrastructure and improvement works are implemented. Designed to meet ongoing growth in the region, the works will enhance the existing airport precinct over the next two decades through the construction of a new parallel runway, expansion of the domestic terminal and development of aviation-related industry precincts.
Airtrain, Australia’s first dedicated rail link for airport patrons, runs every 15 minutes in peak hours, stops at five inner-city stations and takes just 20 minutes from the airport to the city.
Port of Brisbane
The Port of Brisbane is one of Australia’s fastest-growing container ports and Queensland’s largest general cargo port.
Located at the mouth of the Brisbane River, the facility is a driver of economic growth throughout South East Queensland and offers seven dedicated container berths and four deep-water bulk and general cargo berths. These are complemented by 11 bulk and general cargo upriver berths, four of which are multi-purpose, capable of handling wet and dry bulk commodities, and general cargo.
Key commodities traded through the Port of Brisbane include oil (crude and refined), coal exports and motor vehicle imports. The Port of Brisbane is also the country’s largest exporter of cotton and meat.
Road and rail network
Brisbane is strategically placed at the junction of major national and regional road networks, allowing industry to quickly and efficiently move product out of Brisbane’s port and airports to market.
Once on the major arterial road out of the Port of Brisbane, a truck will not encounter a traffic light for 150km when travelling north, south or west.
Queensland’s rail network is one of Australia’s largest and most modern, with a total of 9400km of narrow gauge (1067mm) track. Approximately 20 per cent of the rail network is electrified, and there is a 1435mm standard gauge line directly linking the Port of Brisbane to other Australian states.
Brisbane has an extensive public transport network of buses, trains, CityCats and ferries that connect all corners of the city and key community spots.
Quality rail infrastructure provides commuters with access to a network of 11 lines, more than 130 stations, and direct links to key destinations including the city heart, the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and South Bank.
With 400 bus routes, a modern fleet of buses and several dedicated busways, Brisbane’s bus network forms an essential component of the city’s public transport infrastructure mix.
The TransLink go card – Brisbane’s most convenient public transport payment option – is a pre-purchased electronic travel card that operates on a “touch-on, touch-off” system on all TransLink bus, train and ferry services.
Entertainment and sporting venues
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre is a world-class, purpose-built meeting, conference and event venue located in the unique South Bank riverside precinct – the hub of Brisbane’s arts and cultural activities.
Brisbane Entertainment Centre
The 13,500-seat Brisbane Entertainment Centre is Queensland’s premier indoor entertainment, sporting and meeting facility.
Brisbane Powerhouse is a producer of contemporary performing arts and a multi-faceted arts venue nestled on the beautiful banks of the Brisbane River at New Farm.
Doomben and Eagle Farm Racecourses
Owned by the Brisbane Racing Club, these unique venues offer a number of function rooms and expansive, wide-open spaces suitable for festivals, music events, trade shows and more. Plus they’re conveniently located between the Brisbane Airport and central business district.
The Brisbane Cricket Ground – affectionately known as the Gabba – is a 42,000-seat oval sports venue and also the home ground for the Brisbane Lions AFL team and Queensland Bulls cricket team.
King George Square
King George Square is a modern outdoor space that lends itself to festivals, outdoor exhibitions and public gatherings. Spanning 3000sqm, the site enjoys a central city location with excellent public transport links and close proximity to major hotels.
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art is Queensland’s premier visual arts institution and a leading art museum – nationally and internationally renowned for hosting world-class exhibitions.
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) is the state’s premier performing arts centre, showcasing the best live performances from Australia and around the world. Located on the banks of the Brisbane River, QPAC is one of four organisations that make up Queensland’s Cultural Centre
Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre
Home to the Queensland Academy of Sport, the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (QSAC) includes two international-standard running tracks, a 48,500-seat main stadium, a 2100-seat State Athletics Facility and an eight-court beach volleyball complex.
Queensland Tennis Centre
Boasting 23 international-standard clay, grass and hard-surface courts, the Queensland Tennis Centre is Brisbane’s premier tennis facility and one of Queensland’s newest sporting venues.
Nestled in Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens in the centre of the city, Riverstage is a premier outdoor entertainment venue and a popular venue for music festivals and concerts.
The RNA Showgrounds is Brisbane’s most iconic and versatile venue. Occupying 220,000sqm and located just minutes from the central business district, the site is home to the Ekka – Queensland’s largest annual event – and a variety of exhibitions and festivals throughout the year. In April 2011, the RNA Showgrounds regeneration began, and on completion the grounds will be transformed as a destination synonymous with events, fashion, design, lifestyle and culture.
Sleeman Sports Complex
Sleeman Sports Complex is one of Queensland’s premier multi-purpose sporting and entertainment venues, with a reputation for producing some of Australia’s most talented and successful athletes.
Largely recognised as one of Brisbane’s great icons, The Parklands at South Bank offer a broad range of unique venues suitable for everything from intimate affairs to large-scale events.
Suncorp Stadium is a 52,500-seat venue, widely regarded as the best rectangular sporting and entertainment facility in Australia, and is celebrated as the home ground of the Brisbane Broncos, Brisbane Roar and Queensland Reds.
Brisbane offers an exceptional range of accommodation options – many with the added convenience of in-house conference facilities.
From 5-star hotels and beautiful boutique lodgings, to backpacker hostels, the city can cater for all tastes and budgets with its 37,000 beds and 13,000 guest rooms. For further information see visitbrisbane.com.au/accommodation.