Brisbane is a modern, dynamic destination with a youthful spirit, great convention and meeting facilities and an appealing range of leisure activities. In one neat package Brisbane embodies the great Australian destination. From the world-class infrastructure to the excellent transport systems to the global reputation for innovative and emerging industries to the immense options for pre and post touring and partner programs, Brisbane is a destination built for business events. Friendly, engaging, clean and safe, Brisbane is also a destination where people are a priority. This is a city where government and industry work together to support conventions, conferences and exhibitions. That means that across the city, from hotel lobbies to restaurants to retail outlets, your delegates will be welcomed and embraced into the community.
The weather in Brisbane is comfortable and sub-tropical. The city of Brisbane enjoys a very enviable climate of brilliant hot summers and clear mild winters. These enticing attributes ensure that Brisbane is idyllic for visitors all year round. Seasons in Australia are the reverse of North America and Europe. For example, Christmas day usually spent at the beach or around the pool with a cool drink in hand!
Summer is December to February, Autumn (fall) March to May, Winter June to August, and Spring September to November.
Average Temperatures: Summer: 29C maximum (84F), 21C minimum (70F); Winter: 22C maximum (72F), 10C minimum (50F).
Water Temperature: Summer 25C (77F), Winter 19C (66F).
Temperature Conversion: For visitors more accustomed to using Farenheit for temperatures than Celsius, the simplest method for an approximate conversion is to double the Celsius temperature and add 32. Hence, 20 degrees Celsius = (2×20)+32 = 72 degrees Farenheit.
For more accurate Brisbane Weather information visit the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.
The Australian dollar is divided into 100 cents. One and two cent coins are no longer in circulation, but many items in shops and supermarkets are priced in odd amounts, such as $1.97 or $9.99. The law provides that the TOTAL bill is rounded up or down to the nearest 5 cents. So $19.97 becomes $19.95, $19.98 becomes $20.00. Coin denominations are 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c $1 and $2. Notes are $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100, colour coded and made from a plastic compound that will survive a wash or a swim.
For current currency conversion rates, please visit http://www.xe.com/ucc/.
All banks have automated teller machines (ATMs) accessible 24-hours a day, generally outside the branch or in the foyer. Check with your card issuer that your charge or account-linked credit card can be used in this way, and at which bank as none accept every brand of card.
Travellers cheques, especially in foreign currencies, are generally NOT accepted. If they are the business will display a ‘travellers cheques welcome’ sign. Cash your cheques at a bank or Bureau de Change to ensure you have enough spending money. The same holds true for foreign currency, which is not generally accepted by Australian businesses and shops.
No service charge applies in Australia. Tipping is not mandatory but a tip in restaurants and hotel bars is optional for exceptional service.
Australians drive on the left, which can be disconcerting for visitors used to driving on the right side of the road. Roads are generally good and major routes well signposted. Speed limits and distances are expressed in kilometres and vary substantially from 50 kph in residential and heavy traffic areas to 110 kph on freeways. Drink driving is a serious offence and heavily policed. The legal limit of .05% is quite low – roughly equivalent to two small glasses of wine in the first hour and one an hour thereafter for men, less for women.