Brisbane has become increasingly sophisticated over the years yet still manages to retain its laid back charm.
Bustling ferries ply the waters of the Brisbane River, the beach is less than an hour away by car (or 5 minutes if you go to South Bank) and the weather lends itself to outdoor pursuits like watching some pretty magical sunsets. The city's subtropical climate and relaxed outdoor lifestyle are irresistible and there is plenty to keep you entertained in the city and beyond. Discover fine art at one of the many CBD galleries, pull up a chair and enjoy the city's thriving dining scene, grab a beer at a historic pub or get your heart racing with a bike ride along the Brisbane River or a kayak tour which travels through its city reaches. Brisbane is also the perfect jumping off point for travelling further afield to destinations such as Noosa, the Sunshine Coast, Fraser Island, the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef.
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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
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Visitors can fly into Brisbane Airport which is located 16 km north-east of the CBD, arrive by train, catch a bus, or drive to Brisbane.
If you don't have far to go it's easy to walk around the Brisbane CBD as the area is almost completely flat. If you would like to travel further afield, you can catch a bus, ferry or train or rent a car. Brisbane also has an excellent network of bikeways and a public bike hire scheme.
Any time of year is a good time to visit Brisbane. Summer is hot and humid and perfect for swimming. Spring and Autumn are cooler and the town and surrounding area tend to be quieter. In winter, there are festivals in the city and the weather is perfect for active pursuits like hiking or bike riding.
Brisbane is a laid back destination and smart casual is the most common style of dress for a night out unless you are planning on hitting the clubs in Fortitude Valley. Brisbane is pleasantly warm throughout the year, although it can get cool in the evening so bring a lightweight sweater just in case. Bring swimwear as well as you may like to go swimming, even in winter.Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are a must as Brisbane is famous for its sunny weather.
Casual clothes are fine during the day. Smart casual is the usual dress code at restaurants in the evening.
Brisbane is the capital of Queensland so there is good WiFi coverage in town and the surrounding area. Free Wi-Fi is available in the Queen Street Mall, State Library of Queensland and on most trains and ferry services.
Brisbane is the capital of Queensland so there is good mobile coverage in town and the surrounding area.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.
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