With connections to 26 international and 35 domestic destinations, chances are that during your trip in and around Australia, you may pass through Brisbane International Airport for at least a few hours. Why waste your hours on uncomfortable airport chairs waiting for your next flight when you can simply opt for a car hire from Brisbane Airport and spend your time exploring a new city.
Located about 11 km from the Brisbane city center, it would be convenient for you to drive to some of the top attractions in the city from the airport. Here are some of the many things you can do during your layover in Brisbane –
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The world’s first and largest Koala Sanctuary, this place is home to over 130 koalas that you can cuddle, feed and take pictures with. In addition to this, you will also be able to spot kangaroos and a variety of other wildlife that is unique to this region. This place is an ideal destination to consider when traveling with kids.
Story Bridge is a must visit during your short layover in Brisbane. This bridge is a heritage-listed steel cantilever that spans the Brisbane River and carries pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular traffic between the Southern and the Northern suburbs of the city. A great way to explore this bridge is to opt for an adventure climb, provided you have the time. Soaring high up on the bridge allows you great views of the city, the mountain ranges and the Moreton Bay Islands.
CityCat Ferry Services
Run by the Brisbane City Council, visitors can use the 2 CityCats and 9 Monohull Ferries that take you along a network of 25 terminals to explore the length and breadth of the city. Stretching from the University of Queensland to Northshore Hamilton, the ferry service offers a convenient and fun way to make the most of your time here in Brisbane.
Cathedral of St. Stephen
A visit to the Cathedral of St. Stephen will allow you to explore the distinctive architectural trends seen in this gorgeous building, where people embellished, added and replaced parts of the structure to represent their own style. The work of this cathedral started way back in 1848 using a design style of Gothic Revival Architecture. The façade of this structure was completed in 1884, during the time of Archbishop Robert Dune.
If you have more than 24 hours on your hands, you could also try visiting the Southern Great Barrier Reef and UnderWater World for a water-filled adventure.