Brisbane Accommodation

Brisbane for International Visitors

General Information

  • Standard time zone; UTC/GMT +10 hours (No daylight saving in Queensland).
  • The postcode for Brisbane City is 4000, branches of all the major Australian banks, a taxi service, public transport, plenty of Internet cafe's, public libraries and public swimming pools.
  • There is a decimal currency in Australia, with bank notes for five, ten, twenty, fifty and one hundrend dollars. The cost of the Australian dollar (AUD) does fluctuate (how low will it go!), it's currently below $0.50 US Dollars. You can use this currency converter to get a more accurate conversion from 180 different currencies.
  • Tipping As a rule, tipping is not expected in Brisbane, however, it is customary so if you are happy with someone who has tried that little bit harder and gone the extra mile, then a tip is in order and always appreciated. Giving a small tip (10% of the bill) in a restaurant is in order if the service is good. It is also fairly common practice to tip bellhops in international hotels a few dollars, some hotels discourage tipping so don't be offended if they refuse to take it.
  • Smoking Smoking is not permitted in government buildings and on most public transport, including domestic flights.
  • Emergency In a life threatening emergency dial 000 for Fire, Ambulance & Police.
  • Cars drive on the left hand side of the road. If you're not used to it, take care when crossing the road - you should always use a "zebra crossing" to cross safely.
  • The spoken and writen language is English. If English is not your first language, there are many accredited English language schools in Australia.

Seasonal Information

Brisbane has a subtropical climate with temperature ranging between 20 - 29 C(F) in summer and a very pleasant 9 - 20 C in winter. Brisbanes has an average annual rainfall of approximately 1150 millimetres (inches) and 242 days a year of sunshine. The seasons in Australia are :

  • Spring : September 1 through November 30
  • Summer : December 1 through February 28 or 29
  • Autumn : March 1 through May 31
  • Winter : June 1 through August 31
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