Cruise Ship Embarkation Ports
A profile of cruise ship embarkation ports around the world. Terminal and parking information along with a preview of what to do around the area.
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Australian CurrencyAustralia has a decimal currency system, with 100 cents to the Australian dollar. Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are found around Sydney at most bank branches and in some clubs and pubs. Foreign exchange offices are located throughout the city including at American Express. Major credit cards accepted in Australia are Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express. Travelex travellers’ cheques are widely accepted throughout NSW. Banks are open from Monday to Friday 9.30am until between 4pm and 5pm, depending on the branch.
A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10 per cent applies to most goods and services. It is included in the ticket price of goods and in restaurant menus. Departing travellers may be able to claim a refund for GST paid on goods bought in Australia under the Tourist Refund Scheme. As a rule, tipping is not expected in NSW and is rarely added to bills automatically. However, if you're happy with the service, 10 per cent is an acceptable amount especially in restaurants, for taxi rides and in hotels.
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Getting around Brisbane
The city is connected with walkways and bridges linking South Bank to the
nearby arts precinct and the heart of the city just across the river.
RiverWalk is a network of walking paths, floating boardwalks, parks and bridges that stretches 20 kilometers along the river and over bridges.
Brisbane is easy to travel by car or campervan. An Australian or foreign license is needed.
Brisbane has 2,000 bicycles available for pick up and drop off at CityCycle stations across inner Brisbane. Visitors can use the bicycles via a daily access charge.
See translink.com.au for information on routes and timetables on Brisbane buses, rails, and City Cats (ferries). A Translink go card is transferable between all three modes of transpiration.
A SEEQ card is good for 3-5 days and allows visitors to travel to and around Brisbane, including the surrounding regions.
Brisbane International Tennis Tournament
Every January tennis stars descend on Brisbane for this International tournament.
On 26 January each year, Australians come together to celebrate their national day. The date commemorates the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet from Great Britain, reflecting the nation’s diversity and achievements, its past and its future.
Runners take to the streets in August for a 10k, Half, and full marathon run. Be aware of street closures.
Starting with Riverfire, a choreographed fireworks and musical celebration, Riverfire is held in September near the South Bank Parklands.
Brisbane is tucked neatly between Sydney and the sailing destination of the Whitsundays. From Brisbane, it's easy to visit Australian coastal cities like Noosa, Rainbow Beach, and the Gold Coast. The city is Australia's third largest with 1.6 million inhabitants.
Good to Know
Port of Brisbane Corporation
Address: 1 Sandpiper Avenue
Locked Bag 1818
Port of Brisbane, Queensland 178
Phone: 07 3907 4111 or 61 7 3258 4888
Location: 27° 22' 57" S, 153° 10' 10" E
GMT + 10 (Daylight Savings) (Australian Eastern Time)
ClimateBrisbane is a subtropical city with relatively warm or hot temperatures all year round. The summer months (January-March) experience heavy rainfall and average temperatures near 30C/86F. The summer is also tropical cyclone season. The winter (June-August) averages 7C/63F and is drier.
The electrical current in Australia is 220-240 volts, AC 50Hz. The Australian three-pin power outlet is different from some other countries, so you may need an adaptor.
If you’re visiting Brisbane and want to stay connected, you'll find widespread access to the internet via Wi-Fi or plug-in at locations around the city. They include internet cafes, most hotels, backpacker accommodation and hostels, major airports, some railway stations, public libraries, fast-food chains, and city parks. The Inner City provides free Wi-Fi at 22 outdoor locations including Botanical Gardens, South Bank, and Queen Street Mall.
Mobile phone networks work on GSM and 3G technology. Service is widely available in Brisbane. Phones must have GSM 900 and 1800 compatible handsets.
The wharf is just 7km from the Brisbane Airport for domestic and international flights. Next to the terminals in the Portside Wharf, passengers can find vibrant dining and entertainment overlooking the Brisbane River. The wharf is on the routes for bus, rail, and riverside walkways.
Portside Wharf Passenger Terminal
Passengers are welcome to check in their luggage and then explore the Riverside wharf area with its shopping, entertainment, and dining venues adjacent to the port along the Brisbane River. An ATM is available in the terminal.
Directions to the Terminal
From the City
If you are heading from the city follow Kingsford Smith Drive along the Brisbane River, past Racecourse Road and turn right into Harbour Road.
From the Airport
Portside Wharf is just 7 kilometers from the Domestic and International Airports - accessed along Kingsford Smith Drive.
Car parking on site has with 350 public short-term car spaces. Portside Wharf offers you the choice of both undercover parking and curb side parking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Things to do
Moreton Bay Marine Park
This marine reserve stretches for 125km and plays host to 50 thousand wading birds in the summer months. Moreton Bay is popular with bird watchers for its rare and abundant species. The marine reserve also has areas dedicated to protecting turtle and dugong habitats.
Saint Helena Island
The state's first penal colony is a can't miss site of exploration. The ruins include overrun gardens and groves, ruins of the prison, old cemeteries, and the first tramway in Queensland.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The world's first and largest koala sanctuary allows visitors to take a photo with a koala, feed kangaroos, and more.
Perhaps not as impressive as Sydney's Harbour Bridge, the Story Bridge is still highly scenic and impressive. It's one of only three bridges (including Sydney's Harbour Bridge) that visitors can climb. Dawn, Day, Twilight, and Night climbs are available.
A city fixture since 1924, the XXXX Brewery is one of Queensland's iconic beers. Join a brewery tour to go backstage and marvel at the massive packing line.
Spy humpback and Southern Right whales on their annual migration through Moreton Bay between the Pacific and Antarctic waters. June-August is the best time of year to go.
South Bank Parklands
This gorgeous section of the city is among Brisbane's favorite attractions. The parkland has an inner-city beach, tree-lined walks, shopping, restaurants, and more.
Queen Street Mall
At the heart of Brisbane is a mix of local, national, and international labels. Over 700 retailers are mixed in with restaurants, bars, cinemas, and spas.
Home to new fashion designers and young artists, Fortitude Valley is
sure to have unique finds for any discerning shopper.
Find trendy Australian designers and brands along this upmarket strip near Fortitude Valley.