For those who have been observing the Queensland floods in the media over the past week, you would have seen many distressing images from Brisbane.
While parts of Queensland remain affected by flooding, most of the state’s tourism destinations, including Brisbane, are accessible and ready to welcome visitors.
Brisbane Marketing’s Leisure Tourism team would like to reassure all industry and trade that Brisbane’s tourism industry is getting back to business as quickly as possible with many tourism businesses resuming operations.
We are committed to getting the message out that Brisbane is getting back to business and we need your help for Brisbane and Queensland to recover.
Please show your support by encouraging people to take a holiday in Brisbane to help our operators get back on track quickly.
If anyone is concerned about an existing booking please check with the accommodation or tour provider for the latest update before considering changing plans. As you will see from our update many have not been affected by the flood waters.
If you use Twitter, Brisbane Marketing’s Twitter site is providing instant updates when Brisbane tourism operators are getting back to business.
Brisbane Marketing’s Facebook page will also keep you informed of what unique and varied experiences tourists to Brisbane can have. Through our Facebook page we are also asking all tourism operators to send in photos demonstrating that it is business as usual.
GETTING TO AND AROUND BRISBANE
- Brisbane’s domestic and international Airports have remained open throughout and are fully operational.
- The Port of Brisbane has reopened however the Brisbane River is closed until Marine Safety Queensland declares the river open.
- Airtrain services are running as per the regular timetable, there will be no charge for using Airtrain services in both directions of travel until the last service on Friday 21st January.
- Portside Wharf, Cruise Terminal remains open and was not damaged, however access via the Brisbane River is closed until Marine Safety Queensland declares the river open.
- All motorways and major roads in Brisbane are open. All of Brisbane’s bridges and rail lines are operational. If you are planning on driving throughout Brisbane please check road conditions online as some suburban streets remain closed to through traffic.
- Public transport, including trains and buses are operating on regular services and are free of charge until the last service on Friday 21st January
Pending: City Cats and ferries throughout Brisbane city remain closed.
- Most of Brisbane’s city hotels were not affected by the flooding.
- All Brisbane backpacking accommodation is open and unaffected.
The few hotels that experienced disruptions are anticipating opening their doors quickly. They include:
- Stamford Plaza Brisbane is expected to be opened February 28
- Oaks 212 Margaret Street is expected to be opened January 22
- Central West End Apartments is expected to be opened during the first week of February
- The Sebel Suites Brisbane expected to be opened February 7
OUT AND ABOUT IN BRISBANE
- Brisbane’s CBD is operational with the majority of the city’s 700+ Queen Street Mall retailers open and ready to welcome shoppers. QueensPlaza, Broadway on the Mall, Macarthur Central, Wintergarden, Brisbane Arcade, Post Office Square and The Myer Centre are all open.
- The Brisbane Powerhouse has reopened with all shows programmed going ahead. Patrons affected by flooding who were unable to attend performances can have their tickets changed or refunded by calling the Box Office on 07 3358 8600.
- The Brunswick Street Mall and China Town Mall in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley are open for visitors to enjoy diverse cuisine and some great shopping.
- Nature lovers are able to get out and about; with Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world’s largest Koala sanctuary opening its doors again today (Tuesday). Other animal attractions including Alma Park Zoo and Australia Zoo are also open for business.
- Many of Brisbane’s unique Urban Villages are open offering guests contemporary, alternative, edgy, sophisticated, progressive and laidback experiences;
- The Woolloongabba precinct is open for business for guests to experience retro antique shops. Some of the restaurant options in the area include The Crosstown Eating House, 1889 Enoteca and Pearl Cafe.
- James Street in Fortitude Valley is open with many high-end retailers and cool cafes and restaurants open for business. Some of the businesses on this strip include sass & bide, Libertine Parfumerie and Chelsea de Luca.
- The Paddington precinct is open for people looking for unique cafes and restaurants, vintage and designer fashion. Food lovers can stop into Anouk, The Lark or Simpatico while fashion fiends can stock up at Petrol, Olive Home or Retro Metro.
- Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct is closed until further notice. People can refer to websites for information about specific shows and exhibitions;
- South Bank Parklands has reopened with the worst affected areas remaining closed, including;
- all pools and lagoons,
- riverside Green,
- riverside Restaurants,
- the promenade, and
- parts of the Cultural Forecourt.
- Refer to their website for all their latest information
- Most of Little Stanley Street and Grey Street in South Bank is open for business. The remaining areas will open when power is fully restored to the area.
- The Wheel of Brisbane is officially closed until further notice.
- The XXXX Ale House and Brewery Tours are officially closed until further notice.
- A number of river cruises including River City Cruises, Kookaburra River Queen and Mirimar have suspended operations until the Brisbane River is deemed safe by Marine Safety Queensland.
- JPT Tour Group, incorporating Australian Day Tours is not operating Brisbane City Tours, but tours departing Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast and Byron Bay are still operating. The Aussie Outback Adventure tour to Ipswich and Spicers Hidden Vale is still operational.
- Moreton Bay and Island businesses including Tangalooma Island Resort, Moreton Island Adventures, Moreton Bay Escapes, Goanna Tours, Sunrover Tours and Reality Cruises are all operational.
- All accommodation and tour operators on North Stradbroke Island have remained open. All vehicle and passenger ferries to North Stradbroke Island including Southern Moreton Bay Islands continue to operate on normal schedules and have not been affected.
- Bribie Island, Redcliffe and Moreton Bay Hinterland accommodation operators have remained open.
- Ipswich Workshops Rail Museum is open and fully operational with no damage.
- All Ipswich accommodation operators including: Metro Hotel International Ipswich and Quest Ipswich Serviced Apartments are fully operational and unaffected.
- All major arterial roads and highways leading into Ipswich are open; however caution is advised when traveling along these roads.
- All accommodation and tour operators in the Scenic Rim (including Beaudesert, Boonah, and Mt Tamborine & Lamington National Park) have remained open. This includes:
- Tamborine Mountain Tours
- Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk
- JPT Day Tours
- O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk Araucaria Ecotours
- interNATIONAL PARKtours
- Eco Safaris Queensland
- Bushwacker Ecotours
- Binna Burra Mountain Lodge
- O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
- Spicers Hotels and Resorts