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Moving to Brisbane

Moving to Brisbane

Warm weather, lower taxes, good job prospects and friendly people - no wonder so many people are making the move to Brisbane! In the following article we look to give you the 'low-down' on moving to Brisbane, and Queensland in general.

Getting To and Around Brisbane

Brisbane's international and domestic airports are situated alongside each other in the suburb of Eagle Farm, about 20 minutes from Brisbane's CBD. There's several ways to gain access to the city from the airport, including:

  • Regular shuttle bus services to the Brisbane CBD and other destinations;
  • Readily available Taxi services from the Taxi Rank;
  • Hire cars are available from several rental companies at the airport;
  • Brisbane's Airtrain is a convenient option for getting to the Brisbane CBD, departing every half an hour (even more frequently during peak periods) and taking just over 20 minutes to reach the city.

In addition to regular rail, bus and taxi services (similar to other major Australian cities), Brisbane offers some more unique ways to move around the city:

  • The Brisbane River is well serviced by the CityCat ferry services. The catamaran and ferry services present a fantastic way to navigate, as well as experience, the city of Brisbane.
  • To get around the Brisbane CBD you can travel on the free city loop bus service, which provides a convenient way to access major shopping destinations, restaurants and other attractions.If you're moving to Brisbane from Sydney or Melbourne, in particular, you'll be used to the several cashless tollways found throughout Brisbane. Electronic tags for other Australian cities do work on Brisbane's tollways, so be sure to bring them with you when you move. You cannot pay by cash at these automatied tollways, so if you don't already have a tag you'll need to go on-line to pay or you may do so over an automated phone service.

Beating the Brisbane Heat

  • Situated at South Bank, in the heart of Brisbane, is the man-made Streets Beach. Overlooking the Brisbane River and the CBD, this marvel is one convenient place to cool your heels on a hot Brisbane day.
  • It's also only around 25km to Moreton Bay – the gateway to the picturesque Moreton, Stradebroke and Bribie islands.
  • It's only about one hour's drive to the the start of the Queensland Sunshine coast, featuring beautiful beaches in Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Noosa and plenty more!
  • The Gold Coast is  less than an hour away by bus, train or car with all the theme parks to visit along the way!

Moving to Brisbane Specifics

Unfortunately there's some restrictions on moving pets to Brisbane, or Queensland for that matter. You might not have a boa constrictor, but some more common pets aren't allowed to be kept as pets in Queensland including rabbits and guinea pigs. For more information on restricted pets refer to the Queensland Department of Primary Industries (DPI).

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