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Brisbane is Australia's third-largest city, located on the banks of the Brisbane River. It is a popular destination for business and leisure travellers. The city hosts a number of sporting events and is home to many art galleries, museums, and wildlife parks. With a rental car in tow, you can make most of your stay in Brissy.
Anytime is a great time to visit Brisbane! The Sunshine State lives up to its name with consistent blue skies and fine weather most of the year. South Bank is the perfect place to start your exploration. It's Brisbane's famous inner-city artificial beach and is a mecca for children of any age. There are loads of green spaces, plenty of sand and swimming areas as well as an all-year-round special events program. Take a walk in the shade of the Brisbane Botanical Gardens, close to the city side of the river.
It would be difficult to find Brisbane's equal in terms of lifestyle and climate. Located in the Sunshine State, Brisbane is halfway between two of the best beaches in the country. With the famous Gold Coast to the south and the pristine Sunshine Coast to the north, visitors will have plenty of choices for exploring beyond the city limits.
Brisbane is our home town, and we are full of suggestions for a road trip. If you need some recommendations on how to spend your time here in Brisvegas, a drive up to Mt Cootha to the lookout provides a gorgeous birds' eye view of the river city.
Take note that you may have to pay tolls when you drive in Brisbane since there are several toll roads in the area including Gateway Motorway, Logan Motorway and AirportLinkM7.
Based on recent bookings by customers, the most popular vehicle class in Brisbane is a Kia Rio or similar.
There are six car rental companies at Brisbane Airport: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty.
You need to be at least 21 years old to hire a car in Brisbane, but you may need to pay a young driver surcharge.
Rates are usually cheaper, the longer you rent a car. Based on a recent search, a one-day rental in Brisbane costs A$41 while a one week-rental costs A$189 (A$31.50 per day).
You can park at King George Square, Wickham Terrace and Council’s street parking across the city for free but for up to 15 minutes only. If you are arriving via Brisbane Airport, you can find parking deals here.
Tour our home town at your own pace
Leave your hire car at your accommodation when you explore the city itself. The Loop downtown service is a CBD service which will get you from one end of town to the other. It runs Monday to Friday every ten minutes so you can simply hop on at the red bus stops. The Spring Hill loop runs between 8am-6pm Monday to Friday with twelve stops in the CBD and Spring Hill. All children under four travel free on Brisbane's public transport system. There is also a new service that links the city to the airport which means you can skip the city traffic when heading to or from your flight.
Just an hour's drive north-west of Brisbane you'll find yourself driving along gorgeous, winding mountain roads lined with gum trees and stretches of rain forest. This road is favoured by motorbike riders and people on weekend pleasure drives - and you might see the occasional brave hiker or jogger pushing themselves to the limit. Make no mistake, this is a steep climb at times.
If you're keen to head north on your day trip then the Sunshine Coast and Noosa should be top of your list of priority destinations. The drive will prove picturesque as you discover the Glasshouse Mountains on your left as you pass by pineapple farms on your way to Noosa. The world heritage listed Fraser Island is also a must-do. It is dotted with beautiful fresh-water lakes.
If you are after a real road-trip, consider the Whitsundays which are some of the most beautiful tropical islands in the world. Located in far north Queensland, the Whitsundays got their name from the history books. Captain James Cook passed through Whitsunday passage on Sunday the fourth of June - which happened to be Whit Sunday, the seventh Sunday after Easter. The Whitsundays are usually accessed from Airlie beach, about a 12 hour drive from Brisbane.
Sample the mouthwatering offerings of Brisbane restaurants
If you're in the mood for a serving of culture with a side dish of history then make sure you check out the St Lucia University of Queensland campus. This university has some culinary delights on offer - students favour the popular Pizza Cafe which serves a different pizza for every letter of the alphabet and is made with a fairly healthy pita bread base - but, even better, it has a rich history unique to Brisbane