Stuck on a Brisbane Layover? The Brisbane International Airport offers connections to 26 international and 35 domestic destinations. The airport is roughly 11 miles from Brisbane’s city center, which makes it a very accessible city to check out on a long layover. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your Brisbane layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck in the airport, you can check out the shopping and dining in the Airport Village, the Domestic Terminal, the International Terminal, and duty free options. If you’re bored you can also click here to send electronic postcards from Brisbane. In addition, there’s Optus Wireless connection in the airport, and departure lounges.
The airport also offer a Free Courtesy Bus for passengers with a 4 plus hour layover. The bus will take you to on-Airport shopping, food and fashion. The airport also offers suggestions for 6 hour and 8 hour layovers.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are many hotel options. For a comprehensive list of Brisbane hotels of varying price points, click here and for a list of hotels specifically near the airport, click here.
If you plan to leave the airport, taxis will cost you approximately $35, and you can also take the Airtrain to Roma Street Station for $12 , depending on location. Unfortunately, due to security regulations, the locker facilities are not available at the airport. If you need to drop off your luggage somewhere, layoverguide suggests renting a cheap hotel room, or asking for hourly rates at the airport hotel.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Brisbane Layover:
There are so many fun tours available in Brisbane and you can find the usual bus sightseeing tours, as well as tours to a koala sanctuary, sky diving, snorkeling, hot air balloon rides, and much more.
Southern Great Barrier Reef
If you have the time, there’s plenty of activities that you can do on the Southern Great Barrier Reef in Brisbane. Make sure to pack a bathingsuit, sunscreen and other essentials on your layover if you plan on snorkeling, boating, fishing and more. (Note: do not think of scuba diving if you plan on catching a connecting flight within 24 hours after your dive. This can be an enormous safety issue if not heeded!)
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
You can cuddle a koala at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary — world’s first and largest koala sanctuary. The sanctuary has over 130 koalas, and here you can also handfeed kangaroos, and encounter a large variety of wildlife.
This is for a much longer layover, as UnderWater World is located one hour north of Brisbane. Here, at this 2.5 million-liter oceanarium, you can dive with the sharks or swim with the seals, and see tons of species of ocean life. (Again, for diving, make sure that your flight is 24 hours after your dive.)
For tons of more options of things to do in the area, or on a long layover in Brisbane, click here.
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