Brisbane and Queensland Information


Join us in beautiful Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, Australia’s sunshine state. You’ll be amazed by the attractions, the diverse places to visit and the warmth of Australian hospitality. Brisbane is a city with an innovative edge, a modern, free-spirited outlook and a dynamic recreational lifestyle. It’s about down-to-earth experiences, a love of the outdoors, and an appreciation of vibrant culture. From pristine beaches to lush mountain hideaways, from a gently winding river to the internationally acclaimed Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane has it all!


For information on exploring what’s on offer in Brisbane, please visit and .

Getting there

Brisbane Airport is about 20km from PACE.

Taxis – approximate $40-$60 one way (depending on time of day)

Black and White Cabs Phone: 133222

Yellow Cab Phone: 131924

Airtrain – $15.00 one way, $28.00 return.

The Airtrain station at the Brisbane Domestic and International Airports are located directly outside the terminals. Trains depart every 15 minutes to the city during peak times. In only 22 minutes, you’ll arrive at the heart of downtown Brisbane.
Central Station services the CBD, whilst South Brisbane Station servicing the area around South Bank including the BCEC. The service operates from 5.40am until 10.00pm weekday, and 6.00am until 10.00pm on weekends.

For a map of the Airtrain service

Getting Around


Brisbane is relatively easy to get around by foot. Afternoon showers are not uncommon so carrying an umbrella is a good idea. Bear in mind that temperatures in February range from a low of 20°C to a daily high of 30°C and humidity can be high, so cool clothing for outdoors is advised.

Public Transport:

Public transport is readily available in Brisbane. However it can be relatively expensive unless you have a GoCard (for example $5.20 for a one-way trip between South Bank and PACE, with GoCard 30% less). These can be purchased at many train stations (including the Airport Station) or can be pre-ordered online and delivered overseas if necessary. They require a $5 deposit (which is refunded when the card is returned) and can be loaded with credit that can be used on all Translink train, bus and ferry services. Simply “touch on” at the sensor at the beginning of the journey and “touch off” at the end and the cheapest rate of travel available is calculated. Fares are discounted 30% compared with paper tickets, and if you make 9 GoCard journeys in a week, (Monday to Sunday), you travel free on Translink services for the rest of the week. It can also be used on Airtrain services (at usual Airtrain rates). Any unused credit is refunded with the deposit on return of the card.

Translink has just launched a new visitors go Card information pack that you can get which includes the go Card. For more information, please see:

City Cycle

City Cycle is a public bike hire scheme. The closest citybike station to PACE is at the junction of Annerley and Gladstone Rds, approximately 400m from PACE. Details are available on the website. However we’d like to point out that cycle helmets are compulsory in Queensland and although a few bikes have helmets attached, the majority don’t. If you are planning on using City Cycle we recommend bringing your own cycle helmet.


Below are some relatively nearby suggestions for accommodation. Bookings will need to be made directly with the hotel. For more information and bookings please ask Mr Google, or try the following websites: (Has the advantage over wotif that most places allow cancellations and don’t require payment in advance.)

There are a number of options within easy walking distance of the venue, and they are also close to supermarkets, takeaways etc. The more distant locations are well supplied by public transport, and have the advantage of being close to restaurants, cafes and major tourist attractions.







Distance from PACE (km)


Car Parking

Brisbane Street Studios ***


70 Brisbane St





PA Apartments




40 Woleseley St





Chino Hotel




19 O’Keefe St





Ambassador Motor Inn ***


180 Gladstone Rd

Highgate Hill




Diana Plaza




12 Annerley Rd





Gabba Central Apartments ****


803 Stanley St





Somewhere to Stay Backpackers   Cnr Brighton Rd & Franklin St

West End




Mantra South Bank ****


161 Grey St

South Brisbane




Rydges South Bank ****


Cnr Grey & Glenelg St

South Brisbane




Brisbane Backpackers   110 Vulture St

West End





Tourist attractions around Brisbane

Local Sights and Activities to explore

South Bank

The riverside precinct of South Bank is home to more than 30 restaurants, cafes and bars, stylish shops, performing arts theatres and art culture including Australia’s newest and largest Gallery of Modern Art.

Queensland Museum Southbank

From dinosaurs to dung beetles and fossils to fire engines, Queensland’s vast scientific knowledge and cultural heritage is displayed at Queensland Museum South Bank. The largest and oldest campus of the Queensland Museum network, Queensland Museum South Bank aims to connect visitors to Queensland, its people and their stories of the past, present and future. General entry to the Museum is FREE! (except to some special exhibitions).

Shopping and Fashion

Dynamic, positive, forward thinking, innovative and creative sums up Brisbane’s impressive fashion scene. The Queen Street Mall offers around 700 specialty stores and just nearby in Elizabeth Street is a place where you can discover Brisbane’s up-and-coming fashion designers at the Elizabeth Arcade. Across the river, South Bank offers a shopping strip that includes Akuti, Nancy King and Jonak and the South Bank Young Designers Markets. Fortitude Valley and nearby New Farm are well known stomping grounds for young artists and emerging fashion designers or you can explore the trendy retailers along James Street – home to fashion icons including Sass & Bide and Mimco.

Bikeways and Walkways

Brisbane is truly a foot friendly city with over 1,200 km of walkways, paths and bikeways. Walking is a great way to explore the city and surrounds, as it’s compact and well connected with walkways and bridges linking South Bank to the nearby contemporary arts precinct and the CBD.

Brisbane River Ferries

A trip on the river. Even locals love to get out on the Brisbane River and it’s so easy and cheap to do with a journey on the CityCat. The CityCats and CityFerries service 21 terminals along the Brisbane River, making a trip on the river the perfect way to enjoy beautiful Brisbane. No traffic, no road rage – just jump on board a CityCat or ferry and enjoy the Brisbane River scenery.


Queensland offers 14 unique regions for you to explore, each offering countless places to visit that are distinctive and captivating. Pleaseclick here for an interactive map of Queensland.

From the arts, culture and fashion in Brisbane , to sailing the 74 islands of the Whitsundays, from the waterfall circuit in the Atherton Tablelands, to the essence of the Queensland Outback, from snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, to the exhilarating theme parks on theGold Coast …

Come alive in Queensland!

Queensland Holidays

Southern Queensland Tourism

Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Tourism

Tourism Port Douglas