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Welcome to Brisbane


Brisbane Holidays & Flights

Brisbane, often overshadowed by the larger cities of Sydney and Melbourne is the capital of the state of Queensland and the third largest city in Australia. Brisbane holidays and flights are a great choice for those interested in the arts, nightlife and fine food. Brisbane is the arts and culture hub of Queensland with the Queensland Art Gallery and GOMA showcasing stunning modern and classic art pieces with free admission. Brisbane’s sunny climate, city skyline, lagoon and riverside gardens offer stunning scenery with Moreton Bay offering dolphin feeding and shipwreck diving adventures.

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Shopaholics will love the Queen Street Mall with over 700 shops including your favourite world class retailers and unique local establishments. With all inclusive Brisbane holiday and flight packages from Abbey Travel you could find yourself staying in Brisbane’s top hotels with river, sea and city views.
Not sure what to do when you get there? Brisbane Greeters is a free service where Brisbane locals volunteer to show visitors around their beloved city. They are a great bunch and happy to show you around the sights.  There is a lot to do outdoors in Brisbane with hundreds of parks, pools, beaches and walks. The Orion Lagoon is a stunning, modern water park in the Springfield area just outside the city. Grab an express coach to Australia Zoo, the living legacy of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. Abbey Travel offer Brisbane holidays and flights from Ireland so why wait? Book your perfect holiday now.
There is no shortage of places to eat out in Brisbane, with more Good Food Guide awarded restaurants than anywhere else in Queensland. With fresh and locally sourced produce, the city offers an excellent dining experience for all tastes. Find yourself dining out on a rooftop bar, or enjoying a famous Australian BBQ with cheap Brisbane flight and holiday packages from Dublin.

Brisbane has a sub-tropical climate with very hot humid summers and mild, dry, sunny winters. Most rain falls during the height of summer, between November and February.


English is the official language of Australia.


The Australian Dollar (AUD) is divided into 100 cents. Banks and bureaux de change exchange most foreign currencies. Travellers cheques are also welcome everywhere, but banks take a small commission and it is better to take cheques in major currencies (e.g. US dollars or Euros) to avoid additional charges. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are freely available throughout the country. Banking hours are generally 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Friday, but some banks offer extended hours and some are open on Saturday mornings.

Formerly known as the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves, the Gondwana Rainforests are so-named as the fossil records show that when Gondwana existed it was covered by the same kind of rainforests, which as are the most extensive area of subtropical rainforest in the world. Gondwana was a southern supercontinent that existed approximately 550 million years ago, about 250 million years before Pangaea. The reserve includes 50 national parks which include Lamington National Park, Mount Chinghee National Park, Springbrook National Park, Mount Barney National Park and Main Range National Park, amongst many others that lie on the New South Wales side of Queensland. There are very few places on earth that contain so many plants and animals which remain fairly unchanged from their fossil records.

The world's oldest and largest koala sanctuary, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is home to more than just the cute and cuddly koala, but also to kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, wombats, echidnas and various species of reptiles as well as Australian parrots, cockatoos, kookaburras and cassowaries. Lucky visitors are actually able to handle the koalas here (for a fee) making this the only sanctuary in the world where this is possible - a dream come true for many. Feeding and petting is also permitted and is completely monitored, making this an ideal activity for families travelling with small children.

Located on the southern bank of the Brisbane River, the Queensland Maritime Museum was founded in 1971 and contains two exhibition buildings displaying historic sailing ships, tankers and cruise liners. It also includes a library, which exhibits documents, photographs and other artefacts relating to maritime history. Information is also provided on the 1,500 plus shipwrecks that have occurred along the Queensland coast, including the Great Barrier Reef.

One of Queensland's most popular attractions for visitors of all ages and an absolute must while on holiday with the kids in Brisbane, Sea World offers marine attractions, rides, shows and much more. Check out the ocean's most fearsome predator at Shark Bay, get up close and personal with Australia's only polar bears at Polar Bear Shores or check out the Fairy penguins in their -well - penguin suits, before taking a stroll through the Sea World Aquarium to discover Australia's exotic marine life. More adventurous visitors can climb aboard the Jet Rescue rollercoaster ride where kids can take an exciting journey to rescue the precious marine life - an exhilarating ride for kids of all ages.

The South Bank is a central Brisbane district packed with world class attractions and experiences for visitors. It attracts more than nine million people each year mostly to the South Bank Parklands, which were established on the former site of World Expo 88. The Parklands contain Australia's only man-made beach and lagoon, right in the heart of the City, known as South Bank Beach. There is also rainforest walks, picnic and barbecue areas and water features. One of Brisbane's most popular tourist attractions, South Bank is also home to the Queensland Cultural Centre, which includes Queensland Museum, Queensland Art Gallery, the State Library of Queensland, the Greater Union Hoyt's South Bank Cinemas and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre which all line the Brisbane River proudly. Shoppers and fashion lovers will enjoy Little Stanley Street where all the latest in fashion can be picked up from the boutiques and retails stores lining the strip. The South Bank Art and Craft Markets takes place every Friday night, as well as every Saturday and Sunday during the day. Visitors should head to the South Bank Visitors Centre which provides information on current events; from cultural activities to accommodation options, to event information and details regarding restaurant and bar facilities.

One of the oldest bridges in Australia, the Story Bridge is a 3,517-foot (1,072m) long cantilevered bridge which spans the Brisbane River, connecting Fortitude Valley to Kangaroo Point. Brave visitors who are certain they don't suffer from vertigo can climb to the top of the bridge and be rewarded with breathtaking views over Brisbane's cityscape. One of only three bridge climbs in the world, the Story Bridge is well worth a visit for those travelling through Brisbane.

Named after the suburb of Woolloongabba in which it is located, and with a seating capacity of 42,000, the famous Gabba Cricket Ground is just a short bus ride from the city of Brisbane. Visitors can check out locals, the Queensland Bulls Cricket team or the Brisbane Lions Australian Rules football team, depending on when you choose to visit. Over the years The Gabba has hosted athletics, Australian rules football, baseball, concerts, cricket, cycling, rugby league, rugby union, soccer and pony and greyhound races. Those lucky enough to catch an international cricket match are ensured a great day out!

Looking for something a bit different?  Check out our selection of cultural & adventure holidays or if you're looking to go it alone then see our selection of solo holidays.

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